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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

One Hundred Candles, by Mara Purnhagen (Book 2 in the After Midnight Series)

I’ve opened a door that cannot be closed.

It’s taken a long time for me to feel like a normal teenager. But now that I’m settled in a new school, where people know me as more than Charlotte Silver of the infamous Silver family paranormal investigators, it feels like everything is falling into place. And what better way to be normal than to go on a date with a popular football star like Harris Abbott? After all, it’s not as if Noah is anything more than a friend...

But my new life takes a disturbing turn when Harris brings me to a party and we play a game called One Hundred Candles. It seems like harmless, ghostly fun. Until spirits unleashed by the game start showing up at school. Now my friends and family are in very real danger, and the door that I’ve opened into another realm may yield deadly consequences.

As if being a high school student is hard enough...

Charlotte has lived with the paranormal all her life. Her parents are famous (infamous) for being paranormal researchers, but in the "Ghost Hunters" tradition of debunking the events rather than blind acceptance. Charlotte has almost always been involved in the family business, though only recently has she experienced some things for herself.

It seems that something has sought her out. Strange things are happening at school that seem to be recreating the stories told at the party that. Charlotte can explain away many of them, but there's just some things that no one has an answer for. To top it off, someone else has heard the same ghostly voice talking about pushing back a curtain.

Things are heating up. People are getting physically hurt, and what happens in a few months time really will change Charlotte's life, forever.

I'm a sucker for a good paranormal story that doesn't include glittery vampires or hunky werewolves. And the whole "debunking" aspect of this family appeals to me. Purnhagen's story is just good. She doesn't go for the unbelievable, and the fact that Charlotte is a bit skeptical about everything just makes everything that much more realistic.

With the growing interest in all things supernatural, this second book in the After Midnight series continues the story that's just fun..and captivating...and scarily believable. ;)

Purnhage, Mara. One Hundred Candles. Harlequin (Harlequin TEEN). February, 2011.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook galley from Harlequin TEEN through the netGalley publisher/reader connection program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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