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Past Midnight

(Past Midnight #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  2,053 Ratings  ·  273 Reviews
Let me set the record straight. My name is Charlotte Silver and I'm not one of those paranormal-obsessed freaks you see on TV…no, those would be my parents, who have their own ghost-hunting reality show. And while I'm usually roped into the behind-the-scenes work, it turns out that I haven't gone unnoticed. Something happened on my parents' research trip in Charleston—and ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Harlequin Teen (first published January 1st 2010)
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The truth is that the paranormal is normal. It's just a normal that we don't understand yet.

So the main character of this book, Charlotte, composed a song and wanted me to sing it to you.

*cue Fresh Prince music*

Now this is the story of about how
My life got spooky turned inside out.
I'd like to take a minute - so sit right there.
And I'll tell you how I became the princess of Ghost-busters extraordinaire.

In deeply haunted houses where I was born and raised,
A ghost's playground was where I was filme
Mar 28, 2011 rated it liked it
You guys! There are cheerleaders in this book! And guess what? They're perfectly nice people! They go out of their way to befriend the New Girl in School even though *GASP* she isn't a cheerleader! There are only two characters in the book that they're less than totally friendly towards. One is so unpleasant that she's earned it, the other has made every effort to make them believe that he's more than earned it. This so rare it's practically the YA equivalent of a unicorn. Maybe you have to read ...more
Oct 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Charlotte’s parents are ghost-hunters who travel the country investigating (and debunking) the paranormal. In the past, Charlotte’s peers have treated her like a freak when they learned about her parents’ profession, so when Charlotte starts a new school at the beginning of senior year, she keeps it a secret. Avery, a popular cheerleader, lives across the street from Charlotte’s new home, and the two girls become fast friends. Finally, Charlotte thinks she’s going to have a normal life —that is, ...more
Aug 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, ghosts
I'm using 2 in the goodreads-rating "it was okay" sense. There wasn't really anything to hate on in this book. The concept was interesting and the characters were nice enough, if a bit bland. It was a nice change to have a teens-at-school setting without outrageous bitchiness and douchery. Even the cheerleaders were nice! But the downside of this is that the conflicts get resolved too easily. The supposed "main" plot with the ghosts isn't developed enough and ends up feeling like a side note to ...more
Jul 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Charlotte Silver's parents are ghost debunkers. Yep I said ghost debunkers think Ghost Hunters on sci fi. Sounds interesting right. Yeah sure unless your a teen starting your senior year of high school.
Charlotte doesn't want to be a paranormal problem solver she just wants to fit in and be normal for her last yr of high school, but unfortunately for Charlotte that isn't going to happen.
Her parents travel all over the country debunking ghost stories and their latest stop is in Charleston SC, whi
Aug 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Here’s something that I wasn’t expecting much out of that actually turned into something pretty good. Past Midnight actually brings something fresh to the table concerning ya paranormal stuff. This is not your typical girl gets haunted by a ghost in a creepy house story. It’s different in the sense that Charlotte’s parents are paranormal debunkers, like the ones you see on TV.

What really made this cool was that the author definitely knew her stuff, by having them use EVP recorders, thermal heat
Sep 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Past Midnight started out really nice. I was quickly hooked and curious to find out what the ghosts wanted from Charlotte and most importantly I wanted to know what really happened to Adam and what that big secret was that Jared wasn’t allowed to tell. Finally, when the time came and Charlotte figured it out I thought it was a pretty lame secret. I was really expecting something more dramatic.
Be warned, there is zero romance in this book. Two cute guys are introduced and one of them seems to be
Lynne Perednia
Aug 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Past Midnight
By Mara Purnhagen
YA paranormal
Harlequin Teen
September 2010
ISBN-13: 978-0-373-21020-6

Intro: I know a lot about ghosts. More than the average person and way, way more than any other seventeen-year-old. Except for Jared and Avery, but most of what they know they learned from me this year, when things got crazy. I know a lot about things going crazy, too, thanks to my parents. They're paranormal researchers, and let's just say they like to bring their work home with them. And sometimess
Mar 20, 2011 rated it liked it
*Rating* B-
*Genre* YA Paranormal


Past Midnight is the first book in the duly named Past Midnight series by Mara Purnhagen. The rest of the books in the series are named at the end of this review.

17-year old Charlotte Silver hasn't been able to stay in one place for long periods of time because her parents are world famous paranormal investigators Patrick and Karen Silver who debunk ghost sightings. Charlotte and her older sister Annalise, even though they are part of the crew, have never
Nov 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Got an ARC of this book straight from Harlequin YA Paranormal, and I must say I was very pleasantly surprised by its quality and readability.

Charlotte Silver is the oft-overlooked younger sister in a family of ghost hunters. This is less weird than it sounds. Charlotte's parents do not actually believe in ghosts, they're more interested in disproving claims of hauntings while being unable to explain away a couple of strange "energy patterns" they've come across in their career.

Anyway, Charlott
Jun 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
If you're looking at the post before this and thinking, "What? There is no way she could have possibly finished this book so fast!", I understand. However I assure you, I really did. Read below to find out why!

Charlotte and her sister Annalise help their parents debunk "ghost stories" by proving their scientific origins. The question is: What happens if there is one that you just can't seem to disprove?

As a reader, and I know I say this often, it is extremely important that I feel invested in th
Past Midnight was a quick, fun read. One I read straight through in one sitting. The story flowed nicely and I liked all the characters.

This book tells the story of Charlotte Silver, a high school senior who's parents are paranormal debunkers. They've included their two daughters, Charlotte and her older sister, Annalise, making them part of their "team". Annalise is the one typically used on camera to lure communication with spirits while Charlotte tends to find herself behind the camera.

Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
Short and Sweet: Past Midnight was exactly what I was looking for. A fun, fast paranormal read. Looking at the outside, I was surprised at how short it was. At 216 pages, Past Midnight is more than meets the eye. Not overtly scary but paranormal enough to satisfy my paranormal craving. The characters were engaging. The plot was different, in a completely amazing way. And the romance did not follow the stereotypical formula that I feared it might.

Final Verdict: I want more of this series... right
Paige Keller
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Aug 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
This novel surprised me, and in a good way. At first, I assumed the novel would have a pretty basic plot on ghosts, but I love ghosts and all kinds of ghost stories so I was willing to give it a go, either way. It kept getting pushed to the back of my TBR pile, until one day I thought 'no, I'm going to read this today.' And I'm glad I did.

It centres around Charlotte. A girl with slight insecurity issues, especially around her older, beautiful sister. Her parents make their living investigating
Oct 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teens, arc
Original post at Amaterasu Reads

Are ghosts real? Ask Charlotte Silver.

Her parents have made a name in disproving that ghosts exists. All her life Charlotte hasn't settled in one place, never having a chance to with the nature of her parents' work. They might be famous, but once people find out who Charlotte is and what her family does, she starts attracting all the wrong attention. All she wants is to be like a normal seventeen year old and not be treated as the Princess of the Paranormal once e
Oct 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: november-2010
This is more of a 3.5 stars.
I enjoyed the book, this I can say truly. It's not a big mind blowing plot but anyway highly enjoyable.

Charlotte, her sister and especially her parents are something like ghost-hunters, but not really. Actually, the don't believe in ghost and rather call them "energy". But they are pretty famous for this and the family moves around a lot, always looking for a new case. The film documentaries which is what made them famous in the first place.

For Charlotte and her sis
Oct 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Unless you've been studiously avoiding noticing such titles, there's no mistaking that paranormal teen fiction has enjoyed an enormous raise in popularity in the past few years. As such, more & more authors are putting out their own stories to thrill & entertain readers both young & old. (Let's be honest- teen fiction rocks regardless of how old you are.) With large amounts of similarly themed books entering the market it's difficult to find something that puts a different spin on th ...more
Jul 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Charlotte Silver has had an interesting life. She's traveled all over the world with her ghost-debunking parents, never staying in one place for very long. All of that changes when they went to Charleston, and things go very wrong. Charlotte gains a set of spiritual stalkers that follow her to their new home. As if starting a new school while keeping her parent's occupation is hard enough, things get a little hairy when those spirits turn demanding. She's start to question everything she thought ...more
Robert Beveridge
Nov 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Mara Purnhagen, Past Midnight (Harlequin, 2010)

I was in the middle of a dozen other things when I picked up Past Midnight, the first book in a new series by local author Mara Purnhagen. This is nothing out of the ordinary; I'm usually in the middle of a dozen other things. It's not all that often that I put them all aside and concentrate on one book, however, and that's exactly what happened here. I can't quite put my finger on why, but there's no denying the speed with which I devoured this. I
Feb 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, signed
Ever since reading Mara Purhagen's fantastic first novel Tagged, I've been eager to read more by her, so when Past Midnight (her newest novel and a paranormal mystery at that!) showed up in my mailbox I was beyond ecstatic. And as it turned out that was just the right emotion to be feeling, because Past Midnight is an unputdownable ghostly paranormal read that I can't suggest highly enough for all you paranormal lovers out there!

From the first page the reader is thrown into the world of Charlot
Jun 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, for-review
First off how many of you are tired of constantly reading books that are 300-600 pages long and bulky? Really its hard to find a book that is under 300 pages anymore. I’m pleased to say that Mara Purnhagen’s Past Midnight is a wonderful paranormal novel that is under 250 pages!

Past Midnight took me a few days to read and I enjoyed every second of it. Charlotte’s family moves around a lot because of her parent’s career as ghost hunters with their own T.V. show. One day something goes wrong at a
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Actual Rating: 1.5 stars

So let's set the record straight... I DIDN'T LIKE THIS BOOK.... NOT A BIT!

I don't know what to call it, maybe torture is a good word... yes, an awesome word. This book was really bad in my opinion, I didn't like the way it was written, I didn't like the ch
Feb 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Charlotte has never stayed at a town long enough to complete more than a semester at school yet her sister, Annalise, is determined for Charlotte to graduate and finish her senior. That’s why after their last hunt at disproving ghost their parents and Charlotte are finally staying a full year in a town, in a school! But this brand new house Charlotte has always dreamed of has a few hidden ghosts that came with her and they are angry.

I am easily scared. Like I get scared watching Scary Movie, whi
Frannie Pan
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chills-creepy

There’s nothing in particular to say about this book, really.

Charlotte Silver is a normal girl expect for her parents’ job: they have their ghost-hunting reality show and they move a lot to do their research and make their documentaries; this until Charlotte feels the need of spending her last year of high school in one single place and they all decide to settle down in Charleston, where she hopes she’ll be able to be just like everyone else and not the paranormal-obsessed freak that previous sc
Wendy Cantu
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was ok

Past Midnight wasn't a bad book. It was your stereotypical paranormal YA novel, but it lacked anything special to make it stand out in its genre.

Charlotte Silver hasn't had a normal childhood. Her parents, semi-famous ghost hunters, and older sister Annalise, travel the world in search of debunking reported spirit activity. All Charlotte wants is some normalcy -- a permanent residence, friends, and maybe even a boyfriend. Her parents agree to buy a house and settle down long enough for Charlot
Reading Teen
Sep 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: clean-read
I really enjoyed reading this book! Charlotte was a fantastic main character! She is smart and funny, and just seems like the girl-next-door; like someone that you would want to be friends with. The storyline was interesting and fun to read. Once I picked up the book, I only set it down once (because it was midnight) and looked forward to picking it back up the next day. There were so many different little mystery nuggets in this book. I love books that make you wonder what's going on, where you ...more
Murphy's Library
Dec 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
(from Murphy's Library - - rated 3 and a half)

This story is a little creepy, but it gets you in a way that is “haunted.” Charlotte is the daughter of a couple who produces a show about haunted houses, and she never stays at the same place for too long. When she moves for the sixth time in three years we start to read her story.

When she finally got to stay at one place during eleven months, after her sister gave her parents some problems, she started being haunted b
Mar 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, reviewd
I really like books that have to do with ghosts and hauntings. Sometimes they're fun, light and good-natured and others are super scary and gruesome. I would classify Past Midnight as the former because the main character is really comical about her paranormal-obsessed family and their ghost-hunting reality show.

Since I also really enjoy a good mystery, this book was right up my alley! Ghost hunters trying to figure out the mystery of why some ghosts have decided to haunt their daughter. It was
Claire (Cem)
Nov 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Review originally published at Cem's Book Hideout.

I really liked this book, more so than I first thought I would. The book kind of has two main plots, the one involving Charlotte and the ghosts haunting her, and the other involving Charlotte's new friend at school, Avery. Personally, I enjoyed the storyline with Avery more than the ghosts-attacking-Charlotte one. I don't really know why, but I certainly had more sympathy in that part of the story than when the focus was more specifically on Char
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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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