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Friday, April 8, 2011

Raising the Dead, by Mara Purnhage (bridge book in the After Midnight series)

As the daughter of the famous Silver Spirits paranormal investigators, Charlotte Silver is used to all things weird. But when coffins start floating down her street during a flood, life turns extra strange. And wonderful, when her friend and crush Noah signs on to help Charlotte and her folks in the aftermath. Cemetery cleanup might not sound exciting, but as shocking discoveries and a lurking stranger come to light, Charlotte learns that sometimes, raising the dead can bring unexpected rewards.

As high school lives go, Charlotte's is anything but normal. It's hard to be with parents like hers.

Another good one from Purnhagen. While the paranormal aspect is certainly present, this novella is heavier on the teenage love and general craziness of growing up.  Charlotte's focus is torn between either making sure Noah knows she's interested, to trying to pretend she's not (because he certainly isn't), to trying to help William with the mystery of the family burial grounds behind his house. Any one of those would wear a girl out!

It's nice to have a little extra in this series. You can tell between book one and book two that there are a few months missing, so it's nice to catch up with the characters. The paranormal story in Raising the Dead is just as intense as that in the other After Midnight books.  There's a distinctly evil feel this time, what with the mystery, and events in the story.

As I've come to expect, the writing is approachable and easy to get caught up in. It's escapist, with a creepy, scary side. Just the way I like it!

Disclosure of Material Connection: This book is part of the library collection for the school library I work in. I was not solicited to write a review, nor am I receiving any compensation. 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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