“About a year ago I got the chance to read this book for free through Harlequin Teen Panel, when I first saw the synopsis for this book, I immediately thought of the cartoon Danny Phantom . You know where the parents are ghost hunters and just drag their kids along for the ride. When I sat down to...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“About a year ago I got the chance to read this book for free through Harlequin Teen Panel, when I first saw the synopsis for this book, I immediately thought of the cartoon Danny Phantom . You know where the parents are ghost hunters and just drag their kids along for the ride. When I sat down to start reading it, I was surprised that it wasn’t as corny as I thought it would be. It had me hooked from the first page.
Charlotte Silver and her older sister Annalise have been traveling with their parents’ ghost-hunting show most of their lives. But their parents really don’t believe in ghosts, they are actually professors out to prove that people’s “hauntings” are just predictable forms of electrical energy. On their latest trip to Charleston, SC Charlotte finds herself haunted be actual ghosts. Which totally freaks out the family especially Charlotte. Weird dreams plague Charlotte as her family rush to find out who is haunting their daughter and what they want.
There are two different plots in this book. The main plot of course is Charlotte being haunted by ghosts. The second plot however, revolves around Charlotte trying to fit into her school, trying to make friends(maybe even a boyfriend), and trying to keep her parents’ occupation a secret.
I really enjoyed that Charlotte was not the only person in the book keeping secrets. In fact, most of the characters had at least a little secret that they did not want others to know about. The secret Avery kept from Charlotte dragged on a little in my opinion and I think the secret could have been a little bigger giving the build up. The dream scenes were a little confusing but that’s dreams for you, eventually though everything starts to come together.
There’s little to no romance, no drugs, no cuss words, and no alcohol but some of the characters do talk about going to a party. This is a fast and easy read. This has to be one of my favorite books I’ve read in a series, I couldn’t seem to put the book down, I had to know what would happen next! I’m really excited to read and review the rest of the books.”
“Charlotte Silver has grown up in a family that isn't your everyday family next door. Her parents are famous paranormal investigators and the entire family travels around the world, debunking reports of ghostly hauntings. Charlotte has always been in the background of their investigations, her sister Annalise being the sister considered to be more "sensitive". Most of the time, Charlotte is okay with that, just wanting to be a normal high school girl. But after a research trip to Charleston, everything changes for Charlotte. No longer is she in the background, and that threatens the semblance of normalcy she has finally found.
Past Midnight is a modern day ghost story with all the chills and thrills you would want. Sometimes, with a ghost story, it can become overdone, overpowering the other elements that make for a good story. This was definately not the case with this novel. It was a perfect blend of mystery, every day drama, and the paranormal. The paranormal was definately the center of the story, but the subplots were equally as engaging. The themes of grief and guilt between Jared and Avery was heartwrenching, but due to a desire to not give a spoiler, I won't explain further! Charlotte's struggle to be normal and to be accepted was entirely relatable because everyone at some point in their lives feels that way.
The characters were extremely well-developed, even those that weren't at the forefront of the story. Charlotte was very easy to relate to as a person and was extremely likeable. You could feel her angst as if it were your own. Because there were things she wasn't being honest about, Avery was harder to get to know in the story, as you weren't quite sure if she was going to turn out to be good or bad. Jared's story just made my heart ache for him. The only characters I truly didn't like as much were Charlotte's parents, who were so wrapped up in their work that they tended to not really see their daughters and their problems.
The only thing that left me wanting was Dante the dog. A dog, I know! A point was made repeatedly throughout the book about his apparent dislike for Charlotte, and no explanation was ever made. Other than that one little silly thing, I absolutely loved this book! I absolutely recommend it and I cannot wait for the next one to come out!”
“It gave me the creeps!”Grace wrote this review Friday, October 7, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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I'm Not really one for a ghost story, but Past Midnight was really quite good :) From the start the book intrigued me. I liked how Charlotte's parent had an anti-ghost show, instead of those losers who are like, "the level of paranormal in this corner of the house is much higher then the heat waves we went ac cross as we entered the threshold of the house, this ghost is obviously pissed off where here." Ive never believed those BS-ey shows. I did find it interesting how Charlotte kind of gave us a behind the scenes look at how those kinds of shows are made, and how the equipment for that stuff works.
Charlotte's sister Annaliese sticks up for Charlotte and is the one who convinces her parents to stay in one place for Charlotte's sake, which is nice of here. I really loved her, and wish she was in the story a little more. once Charlotte moves she meets her next-door neighbor, Avery, and they have instant friendship. I find it a tad hard to be live that the most popular girl in the school, and head cheerleader, can suddenly become best friends with someone who's.... never had a best friends before. I get that she wants someone fresh that doesn't know about what happened to Adam. But the fact that she was a non-cheerleader, and everyone in Avery's inner circle were completely accepting and not the least bit jealous is a bit far-fetched. Remember, I am in high school and trust me, becoming one of the most popular girls in the school is not that easily. Non the less that flaw doesn't change much in the book, and is easily overlooked.
The mysteries going on in the book kept it rolling at a steady rate, It wasn't predictable, and once you got tired of the pickensens troubles, you were swept back in with a clue to the thing with Jeremy. The plot was intertwined just enough, and all the loose ends were tied up.
Charlotte does have a love interest too. :) the all too adorable Noah, who edits the A/V clips with her. the only problem is that he's a year younger. --GASP-- *scandal*
lols. over all I really enjoyed it :P, and it was strange, because before harlequine teen sent it to me, I had never heard of it, to all you who have never seen it before, go amazon it, and you can also get the next book 100 candles also!”
“This was a very quick and fun read. Charlotte's character is very likable - she is a young girl just trying to fit in. Because she has been a little ostracized all her life, she is very accepting of other people.
Her older sister Annalise has roped her parents into settling down for Charlotte's senior year of high school. This is both good and bad for Charlotte. It is good because she is finally able to live in a "new" house and not a gothic or victorian haunted house. She is also able to start to fit in and make friends at school. However, when her parents appear on the cover of the local tv schedule publication, she will have to face what she feels is their "weird" celebrity status.
Charlotte has some good friends in Avery - her next door neighbor and Noah, a boy from her AV class. I liked the way that secrets were revealed throughout the book among them.
You also get to learn about how paranormal activity is recorded with heat sensing monitors and EMF (electro magnetic field) readers and microphones to catch electronic voice phenomena or EVP's.
I have already read the next book - or novella in the series - Raising the Dead.
“Past Midnight was a good, if predictable read. It certainly made my heart thump and the suspense created was fantastic. I really enjoyed reading a truly creepy ghost story. However there were dual mysteries going on and the mystery of Adam, a normal boy, bored me. I only cared about the ghost aspect of the book. Also, none of the characters really grabbed me. I didn't dislike any of them but I didn't like them either. Past Midnight was a good book! It just wasn't a great book.
“Charlotte Silver has had an interesting life. She's traveled all over the world with her ghost-debunking parents, never staying in one place for very long. All of that changes when they went to Charleston, and things go very wrong. Charlotte gains a set of spiritual stalkers that follow her to their new home. As if starting a new school while keeping her parent's occupation is hard enough, things get a little hairy when those spirits turn demanding. She's start to question everything she thought she knew about the supernatural and hope she figures a way to get rid of her stalkers before things get any worse.
This book was a little lighter on the paranormal side than most books in the genre, but it worked very well. In fact most of the things that were happening, the parents kept trying to come up with rational explanations like the rest of their debunking methods. However, when push came to shove, they stepped up to the plate to help Charlotte, even going so far to contact spiritualists, something they never would have given the time of day for. I'm happy the author took thus route as it could have easily gone the other way considering her parent's beliefs. I really was glad to see a supportive set of parents, something that you don't seem to see in many YA novels.
I had a hard time getting attached to these characters, especially Charlotte. They all just felt a little one dimensional leaving me feeling detached. I prefer stories to grab me from the start and suck me into caring about the characters and what was happening to them. Yes, there are some spooky parts that had me feeling not a little creeped out right along with Charlotte, but other than that, I just had no attachment to the story. I'm hoping that changes in the next book as there is a really great potential here, and I do like the premise behind it all, so if the characters form a little more depth I would feel a lot more invested.
Okay so I did enjoy reading Past Midnight. Granted some of it felt to be a little "fluffy" at times, as well as a little predictable, but when it all came down to it, the book read quickly and held my interest. Perhaps I would have liked it just a little more if there had been a little romance or a least a tease of a potential love interest, but there wasn't really anything at all in that department. I'm hoping some possibilities open up in the future as I think that would really add to these books. I'd recommend Past Midnight to YA fans that like their books with just a touch of paranormal mixed in with a high school setting full of problems both mundane and supernatural.
Charlotte's family is unusual. Her parents are modern day ghost busters. They don't believe in the paranormal, instead they go to haunted houses and disprove the paranormal. They have written books, made documentaries, and they even have their own TV. show. One time while they were at Charleston doing research for a new documentary something overly strange happens. Ever since then Charlotte has been having weird dreams about a girl who lived hundreds of years back, and she is being haunted by two ghosts. She is trying to keep all of this under wraps, including her parents weird job, from her new friends at her new school, but how long can she really keep it under wraps? And what do this very active ghosts want from her exactly?
When I first started reading this novel I found it slow and slightly boring to be completely honest. I thought Charlotte thought of herself as a victim way too much, her parents were cooler than her, her sister could have been the protagonist, and well I wasn't invested enough in any of them enough to care. But I gotta tell you, that little Charlotte found her way into a corner of my heart. As the story progressed she started growing and developing and finding herself, more than that really she started to accept herself and her family and started to be proud and even believe in what they do. That's some character development right there. By the end I took to her liking and we became friends. There's also side characters that make the story that much more enjoyable like her best friend who is coping with a loss, Avery, Jared the guy with the deep dark secret, and Nick the nice guy who is always there to help, not to mention her parents who are really cool and so helpful, plus her sister who is a head strong girl. To be honest, I wish I got to know Nick a little better... second book?
There is something that makes this book stand out from the other paranormal books, and that is that the parents actually get involved in their daughter's life. *Le gasp* what the hell! That's breaking protocol! I know! And it works! I really liked Charlotte's parents and couldn't help but respect them. I only hope that if I ever do bring a ghost home my mother will be as kick ass as her parent's were.
The way they handled ghosts here was nothing out of the ordinary. Charlotte's parents have a lot of different theories when it comes to the paranormal (were speaking strictly ghosts here), they say that "ghosts" are but left over energy from years past, very strong left over energy. It works in some cases, in others not so much. Specially when two very strong ghosts are creeping on Charlotte. So the ideas may not be out of this world, but the book has enough creepiness to make up for it. It's only about 210 pages too and I think Mara Purnhagen made this 200 or so pages be well balanced, even though the first 100 or so didn't hook me that much. Charlotte is an okay girl, I started liking her at the end there, but we are strictly new friends, not besties or anything. Well see how she grows up in the next few novels.
So yes, in some parts it could have been better, but it makes for a quick light ghostly read. I enjoyed it, and yes I plan to pick up the second book. I am not in love, but I think this could be the start of a very good friendship.”
“I really liked it. The naration was excellent, and the plot was great. The different theories were interesting to read. A great book for anyone who likes the paranormal.”Abbie wrote this review Saturday, July 16, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Ok so i thought this book was pretty boring. The ghost story was yawn worthy and well nothing about it made me love it really.
I will read the next one because ive heard its good, but yeah not rushing in or anything.”