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Raising the Dead (Past Midnight #1.5)

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A Past Midnight novella, available exclusively in ebook form.

Charlotte Silver's world is like no one else's...

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
Kindle Edition, 85 pages
Published February 11th 2011 by Harlequin Teen (first published January 1st 2011)
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I really loved Past Midnight, so when I saw this being offered for free on Harlequin’s website, I snapped it up right away.

I just love the cover; it’s a lot prettier than the first book’s. There’s a sort of creepy, eerie mood, and if I saw coffins floating down my street, I sure as heck would be freaked out. This novella mostly revolved around the repercussions after the first book and how everyone around her is dealing with it.

To be honest, I didn’t really care for this installment. The writing
Noted to be Book #1.5 in anticipation of the upcoming release of One Hundred Candles in 2 weeks, Raising the Dead is the newest installment of the Past Midnight series. The first novel introduced Charlotte Silver, a teen girl who just wants to be normal, not an easy feat when she is the daughter of semi-famous paranormal investigators. Raising the Dead begins soon after Past Midnight ends, in the midst of a torrential downpour. The story drew me in from the moment it started, the meat of the sto ...more
Blair Mirth
After Finishing Asylum by Madeline Roux I was still in the mood for a Horror read. I wanted something lighter though, and I recalled a series I started back in 2011 by Mara Purnhagen . Raising the Dead was the perfect short read.

With clever writing, a promising synopsis, and likeable characters this novella hit the spot. I enjoyed getting back into the world of the Paranormal Investigator family – The Silvers, and rekindling my love for a good paranormal story. Interwoven with the intrigue of fl
Rebecca A. Rogers
3.5 stars. Charlotte Silver and the Silver Spirits group are at it again. In the bridging novella, a hurricane hits the coast of South Carolina and everyone feels the aftermath--especially when coffins float through the streets. Charlotte, her family and their friends are, of course, more than happy to help clean up. Soon the coffins tell their own story. But who is the man who seems dead-set on hiding the real truth behind those wooden boxes?

I happened to see this book on Amazon's Free Books Li
Yolanda Sfetsos
Well, because I absolutely loved the the first book in this series, I just had to read the novella that fits between the first and second Past Midnight books. :)

Several weeks after what happened in Past Midnight, Charlotte is helping her father during one of his lectures, only to find that when it's over, a huge storm has hit the town. So much rain falls that there are floods, and with those floods come roaming coffins. Of course, her parents are instantly drawn to the case. The strange thing is
Originally posted at Girl about Books

Raising The Dead is a short novella about Charlotte Silver and her not-so usual ability. It was a quick read but I really liked it. For someone like me who still haven't read Past Midnight, it let me take a gander at characters like Charlotte, herself, her family and friends and most especially, a glimpse on what Past Midnight series is all about.

The story was well-written and I love stories about ghosts so it was easy for me to like the story. Mara did men
Catch These Words
This short story is set in between Past Midnight and One Hundred Candles.

When South Carolina experiences heavy flooding and coffins from a graveyard are washed into the street Charlotte’s family offer to help restore the remains to the cemetery. As they do this they make a shocking discovery, however, that is not the only strange thing going on. A man can be seen in the graveyard, running into the woods when anyone comes near. What is he doing there and why doesn’t he want to be seen?

I read this
Jaime the Wizzard
I got this book for free off of Amazon. I haven’t read any of the other books in this series, so this was my first exposure. On the whole I liked this novella. The plot was interesting, and I like that it’s a fantasy book with only little touches of fantasy…BUT I have this thing with books, I like them to stay constant with plot and character throughout. I don’t like to have to flip back and confirm things, which sadly this book did in a big way.

We meet a man named William who owns the graveyar
I haven't read Past Midnight but when I saw the reviews for Raising the Dead I thought I'd give it a try since it was being offered for free on Harlequin’s website.

This was a really quick read, being a novella and all. It was really well written with all the aspects of a great ghost story. It starts out with a huge storm that floods the area and leaves several coffins uprooted from their graves. Charlotte joins her family to identify the remains of the coffin owners and bring them back to their
Oh, man, this author got me on this one. It's #1.5 of a series. Now I'm hooked. That's what authors/publishers/Amazon do with these free Kindle downloads. Suck us in. LOL
I haven't read any YA that is so prolific these days. I'll admit, it's been a long, long time since I was a YA. But I know there is a lot of good reading out there so when I saw this YA/Paranormal I thought I'd check it out.
Charlotte, 17, is the daughter of paranormal investigators. Her father is in it to debunk everything. Her
A Book Vacation
If you loved Past Midnight, you should read this short novella. You’ll get to see more of your favorite characters dealing with paranormal activity, and I think this novella is geared more towards debunking paranormal activity, whereas Past Midnight and One Hundred Candles seem to deal more with asserting paranormal presence. I think that is a nice twist in the series; it clouds things for the reader a bit, and keeps us guessing. However, I really disliked the end of this novella. I feel like it ...more
Raising the Dead by Mara Purnhagen

My Summary:

Charlotte is still in the same house and school, which is saying something. Her parents have decided to hang around the same place for a few years and she is happy to have friends and consistency. That is until the rain causes flooding that leaves coffins floating around the city. When her parents get involved in the job of restoring the coffins to a civil war age cemetery, the paranormal energy is sure to follow.
My Thoughts:

3 stars – a good read

Rasing the Dead continues the story of Charlotte Silver.

While the story in Raising the Dead reads okay there have been some grammatical errors as well as inconsistencies.
More than once there was a word missing or sentences were awkwardly structured. What was most off-putting about the short story was that it says in one of the first chapters that William has pictures of his grandchildren in the family photo album. A few chapters later he tells Charlotte that if he ever had grandchildren he would
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
This is a short novella, 84 pages long e-book format, that I downloaded for free from The story itself takes place between Past Midnight, and One Hundred Candles. I haven't read either of the other books as I'm waiting for the library to get off their broke butts and buy them, but this sounded interesting.

The story continues Charlotte Silver's story as the daughter of the famous Silver Spirits paranormal investigators as they work to fix a cemetery that ended up losing most of it's c
Raising the Dead is a novella of thirteen chapters that is set between the first book, Past Midnight, and the second book in the series, One Hundred Candles. It is great bonus adventure involving Charlotte Silver and her friends and family that takes place shortly after the first book ends, just before Halloween.

Due to severe rain storms in South Carolina a small cemetery is flooded and a number of coffins are disinterred. While her parents aid in helping with the identification of these remains
I may be in the minority on this, but I thought this story was almost stronger than book 2. Maybe it was finally getting a little more detail on what happened in Charleston in book 1. No, I still haven't read book 1 yet. Yes, I'm aware that if I read it I'd get all the answers to my questions. It's mostly a matter of time. I have a lot of books to read and only a finite amount of time to read them in. I could make the time I suppose but when I look at the massive pile of books that I already own ...more
This started out as a neat story about a family of paranormal investigators. When a storm washes a couple dozen coffins out of an old family cemetary, the Silvers become involved in investigating the coffins to figure out who's who and return them to their proper place in the cemetary.

Neat premise, well-written throughout.

Here's my problem. The end is so mild it could have been in a Pooh Bear picture book. The author gets us all set up for some really rousing horror, chases, maybe even a murder
Review found here: http://lili-lost-in-a-book.blogspot.c...

In this short story, the town Charlotte now lives in is experiencing a storm sooo bad that there is a flood. But the weird thing is that coffins start to float down the street during the flood…pretty creepy, eh? lol. Anyway, charlotte and her family (and her crush Noah) volunteer to help clean up the mess of coffins all over town. But they soon discover that these are no normal coffins. No, these coffins hide secrets, secrets that could
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Mara Purnhagen's short novella, Raising the Dead takes place after Past Midnight and it was a quick read. Managed to get it done early this morning before moving on to a full length novel. So this will be a quick review.

The cover description tells the story simply enough, and beforehand I didn't really read it, so I just went in blind to the story and for a short one it had impeccable pacing. Things moved quickly and a mystery developed that was quite intriguing. I didn't really see the ending c
Robert Beveridge
Mara Purnhagen, Raising the Dead (Harlequin, 2011)

Purnhagen follows up Past Midnight with this novella, meant to bridge the gap between that and the second full-length in the trilogy, One Hundred Candles (which technically makes this the second entry in the Past Midnight series). I enjoyed Past Midnight a bunch (cf. review 1Nov10), but in some ways I liked this even better; it's shorter, a bit more focused on the actual mystery (who's the stranger hanging around an old family cemetery that was p
Brandi ;)
I got this book free from amazon and didn't realize it was only a short story based after the first book in the series. I was a little confused by the Charleston incident, but i eventually figured out the basics with the info provided. The story was good, well written and it kept me entertained...that is until the end. It just seemed to get wrapped up so nice and neat and quick that I was left feeling unfulfilled. Of course it is a short story, but I just wanted the ending to have maybe a little ...more
Jen Lynn
For being a short novella, this book was surprisingly good. It was definitely meant for young teenagers, and if you keep that in mind, you will appreciate it a little bit more. The ending could have been better. I didn't feel it was rushed so much as I was disappointed in the actual outcome itself. It was like the whole book was suspenseful and then the very end was just blah. It reminded me of an episode of Scooby Doo. Everything seemed scary most of the way through, but the end it turned out n ...more
This was a quick read for me, finishing it in only 2 hours. It caught my attention right away and drew me into the story and the characters. The author has a great writing style and kept me on edge through the book. That being said, the unresolved ending really bothered me. There were several key elements of the story that were left unanswered and the elements that were (vaguely) answered were very simple and seemed almost like an afterthought, offering no real resolution. Even being a part of a ...more
Sometimes I don't know what to expect with novellas...since they are free after all! (Grab your free e-book here: However, you can tell the editorial was not spared and this is truly a great read.

The books opens with Charlotte Silver attending one of her dad's lectures on the state of paranormal, while outside, a heavy thunderstorm parades. Once they are driving home, Mara Purnhagen provides the reader with a treat for the imagination: Imagine...caskets floating down a co
So far, so creepy. Just like Past Midnight, Rising the Dead gave me the chills :)

Kudos to Ms. Mara Purnhagen for creating yet another spine-chilling read! Charlotte was in for another adventure. One storm led to coffins being washed away by a flood. William, the owner of the cemetery where the coffins came from, seek the Silvers for help. He asked them to restore and return his ancestors remain to the cemetery. But the task was more complicated than it seems. Ghouls, a man in a black trench coat
Ashley - Book Labyrinth
This is a novella that takes place between 'Past Midnight' and 'One Hundred Candles' ... I would have liked to have read it in between those two, as opposed to after 'One Hundred Candles', but I still found it entertaining. I guess because this is a novella that belongs to a series it can't really give you any big plot point or revelation of importance, so that was a bit disappointing. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this story about Charlotte and her family and friends, especially the historical aspect ...more
I downloaded this book for free to my kindle. It is a young adult/teen paranormal book. I enjoyed the story and would like to read more in this series. The events in this book take place after the events in book 1, and although they reference what happened, it is not necessary to read the first book in order to enjoy this one. This is more of a novella. I thought the book was great, right up until the very end. In the last couple chapters it felt like everything was resolved too easily, and was ...more
Lisa Dess
This novella was pretty good and a quick easy read. It did fall flat in some areas though and I am still unsure about the ghoul but maybe that is continued in book 2.
S.R. McKade
Deeply engrossing and very well-written. Wicked cool. I found this book as captivating as the first one. Definitely among the best books I've read.
Emily WilowRaven
I loved Past Midnight, so I was excited to read Raising the Dead. A 84 pages (approx) short tale that fits perfectly between books 1 and 2. It was really a condensed, mini mystery. I love the characters of this series so this short story was a real treat.

All the same characters we were introduced to in Past Midnight - a twist or 2 and a neat happy ending.

Available as an ebook for around $3.00 - well worth it in my opinion and a must read for fans of the series.
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Mara Purnhagen cannot live without a tall caramel latte, her iPod, or a stack of books on her night stand. She has lived in Aurora, Illinois; Kalamazoo, Michigan; Dayton, Ohio and Duncan, South Carolina. She presently lives outside Cleveland, Ohio with her family and two cats.

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