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One Hundred Candles (Past Midnight #2)

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  818 Ratings  ·  136 Reviews
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 ...more
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Published February 15th 2011 by Harlequin (first published February 9th 2011)
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May 14, 2011 Chibineko rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, harlequin
Ever wonder what it might be like to talk to ghosts? How about being part of a family business where the goal is to scientifically disprove the existence of said ghosts? If you’ve ever wondered what it’d be like then this book is for you.

While I liked the first volume in this series, I have to admit that Purnhagen definitely kicked it up a notch in this book. Charlotte has a lot to deal with- her crush on Noah seems to be going nowhere & the supernatural event in the previous book is causing
Donna Rochow - Poljarevic
Jun 18, 2011 Donna Rochow - Poljarevic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Adults, Adults
Shelves: own
Energy/Ghosts ? Who cares ? I'm a believer, and I'm liking this series more with each book in the series, two thumbs up for Mara Purnhagen.
Dec 16, 2010 KWinks rated it really liked it
First, I love this series. I love Charlotte. She is very smart and quite courageous. A one-sentence recap of the story-so far: Mom and Dad hunt ghosts and Charlotte is better at attracting deadly demons than hot guys at school.

I have never heard of the one hundred candle game (ritual?) that begins this book. I did, being a librarian, investigate some more online and there are variations on how to play but it sounds like fun. And here I had thought me and my friends had covered all of the usual s
Yolanda Sfetsos
Jun 14, 2011 Yolanda Sfetsos rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, as well as the novella that fits in-between the first book and this one, so I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next...

When Charlotte Silver spends Christmas in an abandoned insane asylum with her ghost-hunting family and a 'renowned demonologist', she can't believe her bad luck. Except, it gets worse, because not only is it freezing but the demonologist's assistant is suddenly overtaken by a dark entity and attacks her.

Back home and w
Princess Bookie
Dec 22, 2010 Princess Bookie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2010
My Thoughts: We are back with Charlotte, her crazy parents, and her gang of friends! In this installment, Charlotte finally has a date with the cutie Harris, her friendship with Noah is blooming and her life is finally coming together. She's being "normal."

Charlotte ends up going to a party where Harris is present, and he kisses her, really kisses her! At this party, she also participates in a game where everyone goes around and tells a ghost story that has really happened to them or someone the
Reading Teen
Feb 16, 2011 Reading Teen rated it it was amazing
This second book in the Past Midnight series, brings us back to Charlotte as she tries to live her senior year like all the other kids in school. Normal. And so far things are working out pretty well. Even though things didn't go the way Charlotte wanted in the romance department with Noah, they have remained really good friends. As she tries to distinguish her feelings for him, she suddenly finds herself being interested in another boy, Harris. Harris is popular and gorgeous, and really seems t ...more
FicTalk Blog
Jun 01, 2011 FicTalk Blog rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-in-2011
Reviewed by Lisa

I was beyond lucky enough to receive an ARC for this novel from netgalley.

One Hundred Candles is the second book in Mara Purnhagen's Past Midnight series. I was completely blown away by this book. A very, very strong sequel, in my opinion. Wickedly intriguing, exciting, and riveting. It was scarier, there were new things happening for Charlotte, for her family. Charlotte's parents were going through a rough patch, She found herself a possible love interest with the cute Harris, e
A Book Vacation
Jun 19, 2011 A Book Vacation rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won a signed copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads! I'm so excited! Fabulous!

This was a real treat! I extremely enjoyed this novel, and just like the prequel Past Midnight, the story was interesting and kept me captivated, the characters were real and fleshed out, and the writing was beautiful! The novel is written in such a way that the prequel is not mandatory (though extremely helpful). While Purnhagen alluded to some events from the first novel, she didn’t beat the reader over th
Bewitched Bookworms
Mar 21, 2011 Bewitched Bookworms rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-posted
Wohho I can tell you right from the start that this book was really scary and the whole story and characters grew so much from the last book! Charlotte finally begins to live her life as a Teenager, all together with going to parties and finally also looking out for a boy. This was one of the things I've missed in the first book - the whole romance part!

This is one of those series that is getting better and better. This second book was awesome and had all I missed in the first book. A bit romanc
Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
Much worse than the first book. The two plot lines had only a weak tie in. That probably would've been okay (or, hell, they would've strengthened each other) if it wasn't for the fact that one of those plot lines didn't make sense... At all.

The whole guardian thing just didn't make sense. I mean, her 'crime' was for seeing or seeing too much and yet, HELLO PEOPLE, WTF is the family business? She talks to a ghost and suddenly she's so big rule violator? The author doesn't seem to have an issue wi
Aug 21, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it
Ok, so I will admit it. I bought this book (actually the entire series) on a whim at a charity sale where they didn't have much, but I did want to support the charity and so I bought these. I really wasn't expecting much considering the publisher - actually I was expecting something MUCH more romance-y than what I got... which made me VERY happy. I actually really did enjoy this book, to the point where the first day I picked it up I think I read until about 3am, when I fell asleep with the ligh ...more
Jan 16, 2011 Danny rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-read, arc
I liked the first book, but this is one of those series that is getting better and better. This second book was awesome and had all I missed in the first book. A bit romance for Charlotte and the plot was really creepy this time, which I loved. More drama, more conflict...

For those who liked the first one, go ahead and read "One Hundered Candles" you won't be disappointed.

Looking forward to book 3! This series is growing.!!
May 29, 2015 Johanna rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
It's definitely an improvement compare to the first book, but still, I am just not getting attached to the main characters. Some things are just too predictable (Harris), and on the other side, some things are just coming out of the blue (the watcher, really ?). Again, Charlotte is the victim of some paranormal energy (ghost ?), but at least, this time it is a bad one, and she is finally in actual danger.
In the middle of all this, I am not sure how the issue with Charlotte's parents is adding an
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Miniseries: Past Midnight
Serendipity Reviews
Apr 09, 2011 Serendipity Reviews rated it really liked it
Charlotte comes from a rather infamous family who are well known as being paranormal investigators.She is just getting to a place in her life where she feels she can actually be a normal teenager. She has started a new school and made new friends who don't seem to be obsessed with her family's chosen career. She has even got a hot date with Harris, the school football star.

Yet things don't seem to want to run smoothly for Charlotte and after Harris takes her to a party where a spooky game calle
Oct 09, 2011 CrystalBookSnob rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, reviewd
The Past Midnight series is one of my favorite series right now because it's so fun to read and it includes all my favorite elements in a story. They're about a girl whose family is in the business of debunking ghost stories and haunted houses. One hundred candles are lit in the second book in the series to symbolize one hundred ghost stories and then they're supposed to become real. Even though there's these really creepy things happening, the story is not all that scary because the main charac ...more
Rebecca A. Rogers
**ARC Courtesy of NetGalley

Charlotte's finally settling in to the idea that her problems with crazy ghosts and floating coffins is over. What she doesn't know is that she's about to face her worst problem yet.

During a paranormal investigation on Christmas, Charlotte is attacked by something that calls itself a Watcher. More than a demon, this spirit is ancient--and powerful. When Charlotte and her friends leave a party one night to light one hundred candles, a game that was only meant to bring
Sep 29, 2011 Chanelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-review
Baring in mind it has been a while since I read the last one, but I think I enjoyed this book better than the first.

Charlotte's family are like those people on reality shows that go to haunted houses. But instead of try to prove there are ghosts, they try to prove there aren't. That hauntings are actually residual energy rather than spirits. But in this novel, not only does Charlotte have to deal with hauntings she suspects are fake but isn't sure, she has family problems, a new romance, and som
Jan 27, 2011 Kiki rated it it was amazing
Put simply, I loved this book! I read it in just two sittings, not wanting to put it down in between. The characters are strong, well-developed and real. I didn’t find myself getting bored or frustrated with them. They were not over-the-top like some YA novels I have read. Charlotte is an easily likable character who craves normal actually. And her relationships with her family and friends, even romantic, are realistic and complex at the same time. The parents’ occupations as debunkers of the pa ...more
Jan 15, 2011 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalleybooks
With every one of Mara Purnhagen's books I read I come to like her more and more as an author, and with One Hundred Candles this trend has continued thankfully. Because not only is One Hundred Candles Mara's best book yet, but this one is filled with even more suspense, romance, and intrigue than its prequel Past Midnight.

One Hundred Candles begins on Charlotte Silver's Christmas day, and while most families spend the day relaxing and having fun at home, Charlotte's doesn't, though, they've nev
Claire (Cem)
Feb 13, 2011 Claire (Cem) rated it really liked it
Review originally posted at Cem's Book Hideout.

One Hundred Candles is the second book in the Past Midnight series, picking up a couple months after the end of it. I really liked Past Midnight, despite a couple issues with the main character. I ended up enjoying One Hundred Candles much more!

Charlotte has grown up a bit I think, and she's gotten stronger, despite still not being particularly confident. She's not burying her head in the sand the way she was in Past Midnight and it made her much mo
Shannon (aka The Tale Temptress)
May 09, 2011 Shannon (aka The Tale Temptress) rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-arc
This story was somewhat different from what I'm used to reading, but I am glad I picked it up. I don't typically do haunting type stories, but the idea behind a family of paranormal investigators was too interesting to pass up.

I was pleasantly surprised, and found myself enjoying the story. It had a fast-paced, intriguing and mysterious quality to it that held my interest. Charlotte was a great character because she was smart, brave, and reasoned her way through some of the unusual occurrences t
Feb 22, 2011 ephrielle rated it liked it
This was a fun read, but no where near great.
That said there were some problems. The whole story picked up a lot more tension an action this time around. Sadly these really intense build ups had a weak release, which was very unsatisfying. The romantic portion of this book was sort of a mess. I was completely confused by the explanation given as to why things worked out the way they did. Perhaps, I am getting to used to the angst and lustful books I have read of late. I felt that Charlotte seeme
Marrion James (The Book Associate)
Jan 31, 2011 Marrion James (The Book Associate) rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
I have finished this book yesterday (Jan. 31) but I didn't take the time on making the review. So, here I am now and let see what are the things I should say about this book.

To be honest, I haven't read the first book, Past Midnight, and I noticed this book is the 2nd installment of the series. Yes. It's a bummer. Still, I wanted to make a review about it. I'll get myself the first book sometime so I could be able to connect both of these reviews.

The narrator is the main character of the book, C
Feb 23, 2011 Krystle rated it really liked it
I’m fast becoming a fan of this series. It continues with the same mood and suspenseful atmosphere after the first one.

I thought, in the beginning, that things were moving around really slow and the meat of the horror section was light at best. And I was getting kind of worried/disappointed. This was also due to the fact that One Hundred Candles is a lot more serious than the previous entry. We have Charlotte dealing with family troubles, ie: parents fighting and possibly going through a separat
Shay Williams
Jan 16, 2012 Shay Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 a
Aug 01, 2011 Veena rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, 2011-read, ya, netgalley
Charlotte is finally feeling a bit normal, she has 2 best friends, is not leading a nomadic life but is been in the same school for past one year, is looking forward to the prom and it seems a boy is interested in her too. Even though she had to spend the Christmas day in some kind of sanatorium with Dr. Zelden - the bestselling author and very known Demon-hunter ( who sounds more bogus than real) - looking for demons, she still feels good about her life. But when Zelden's help, Marcus snatches ...more
Alyssa Archambo
I thought this story was interesting and creative, and I really enjoyed it. Charlotte certainly has a different life, and I liked seeing just how much her life revolved around the supernatural due to her parents’ job. The pacing of the book was perfect – it didn’t drag at all, and I was pulled in at all the right moments. I also enjoyed how Purnhagen pulls together the supernatural and the realistic. Adding the extra elements of protective crystals, candles, and ceremonies really made it stand o ...more
Jan 29, 2011 Stephanie rated it really liked it

Book 2 in the Past Midnight Series
Mara Purnhagen
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Harlequin; Original edition (February 15, 2011)
From publisher through
No remuneration was exchanged.

Quick Tells
Not Cliche in plot or character
Passion: Lukewarm-even for YA
Cliffhanger rating - Aagh!

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 m
Jul 21, 2011 Monica added it
One of my complaints about the first book in this series was that the action wasn't enough. However, One Hundred Candles totally stepped it up in the action department. The spirits are bigger, badder, and meaner! Everything is more intensified from the first novel from Charlotte's relationships and family dynamics to the psycho killer monster that's after her! The book may have started out a little slow and I wasn't sure where Purnhagen was taking it at first but once it got going it was great! ...more
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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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