Review: Past Midnight

Jan •  20 •  2011
Title: Past Midnight
Series: Past Midnight # 1
Genre: Young Adult- Supernatural
Author: Mara Purnhagen
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: September 1, 2010
Book: Bought?

“Let me set the record straight. My name is Charlotte Silver and I’m not one of those paranormal-obsessed freaks you see on TV…no, those would be my parents, who have their own ghost-hunting reality show. And while I’m usually roped into the behind-the-scenes work, it turns out that I haven’t gone unnoticed. Something happened on my parents’ research trip in Charleston—and now I’m being stalked by some truly frightening other beings. Trying to fit into a new school and keeping my parents’ creepy occupation a secret from my friends—and potential boyfriends—is hard enough without having angry spirits whispering in my ear. All I ever wanted was to be normal, but with ghosts of my past and present colliding, now I just want to make it out of high school alive…”
Ghosts. I love ghost stories and anything paranormal. But this book, not only held me at every page, but captured my every being. Charlotte is the Princess of Paranormal. Her parents are famous for the ghost documentaries. After moving to a new town, she meets a new friend with a big secret. After being there for a while, she begins to investigate and learned what really happen that night. She also learns that she is being haunted by ghosts who want her to find there long lost daughter.

Sometimes when I read a book I don’t like the fact that there are two story lines going on. Sometimes it fits well with the plot and other times no. Ms. Purnhagen did a wonderful job writing both story lines. Not only did they fit well with each other, but they also had great endings. Both lines were closed with all questions answered. You weren’t left hanging and confused.

I loved Charlotte. She was fearless and strong when it came to ghost. One thing that did get me was she was quick to judge. Whatever her friends told her she believe, yet she doubted in her mind. I was glad to see that she gave him a chance to explain and set things right. There are always two sides to a story. I am happy that both were heard. The ghost part I loved. All the researching and finding out clues is one adventure I liked being on. Charlotte willingness to help I adored. She wanted to help everyone. She was selfless when it came to setting things straight. She put herself on the line no matter what.

If you are looking for a great ghost story, with researching, creepy raise the hair on your arm moment but also great life drama read this book. It will not only make you look over your shoulder but it will entice you till the very end.

I give it 5 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. Kate Evangelista
    Jan 20, 2011

    You know, I’ve heard of this book. Now, if I can only remember where…

  2. Missy
    Jan 20, 2011

    I really want to read this book and your review makes me want to read it that much more! Thanks for the great review!

  3. Small Review
    Jan 20, 2011

    Your last paragraph sold me. I am looking for a book like that 🙂 Thanks!

  4. you know it’s been a long time since I’ve read a good ghost story!

    thanks for the great review, adding it to the TBR list

  5. Jenny
    Jan 20, 2011

    Oh this one does sound fantastic! I love a good ghost story even though I usually end up freaking myself out:) Charlotte sounds like a great heroine aside from the quick to judge thing, but otherwise I think I’ll be a fan of her. Great review Savy!

  6. Lisa
    Jan 20, 2011

    Great review. This sounds like one of those book that you don’t just love that it really becomes part of you.

  7. I need to read more ghost stories! I just can’t seem to get enough of them. Great review, Savy…I really want to try this now 🙂

  8. Oh this sounds like the perfect ghost story for me. I have been curious about this book so thanks for the review. I think i want this one now!

  9. Missie
    Jan 20, 2011

    I haven’t read many ghost stories. I need to read more, and I hadn’t heard of this one. Thanks for the review Savy. Gonna add this one to the TBR.

  10. Great review Savy!

    Im not a huge Ghost fan, but doesnt sound bad =D

  11. Wonderful review. I love ghost stories too. I’ve been meaning to check this out!

  12. Nikki
    Jan 22, 2011

    I love ghosts. they rule you must bow down to the ghosts. (lol) and yet I have had this book sitting on my shelf for a while now, maybe i might pick it up next. your review was awesome it really gave me a feel for charlotte. i really want to read it more than ever now.

  13. BooksforCompany
    Jan 23, 2011

    New book for me!
    This sounds great, very unique.