Review: One Hundred Candles by Mara Purnhagen

Sunday, January 29, 2012

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Author: Mara Purnhagen

Release Date: February 15th, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 240
Source: Borrowed from Library
Series: Past Midnight (#2)
Other Titles in the Series: Past Midnight (#1), Beyond the Grave (#3)

Summary ( 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.

My Review:
Mara Purnhagen has a way of freaking me out even when I KNOW something scary is going to happen. The way she describes the ghosts/demons/scary stuff is so creepy that I just wanted to crawl under a blanket and hide until the scariness was over. That is what makes me love these books! That and the amazing characters and how real they are. Even though this is a paranormal novel these characters and the things that happen to them feel 100% real. Charlotte and her friends don’t just feel like some characters in a book, they could be anyone of your friends; they could go to your school or live down the block from you. That combined with the fantastic suspense makes this a really great read. This is an action packed, fast paced read that fan of books like Meg Cabot’s Mediator series will really enjoy.