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One Hundred Candles

(Past Midnight #2)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  921 ratings  ·  142 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
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 15th 2011 by Harlequin (first published February 9th 2011)
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Dec 11, 2010 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 lot
Donna Rochow - Poljarevic
Feb 16, 2011 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. ...more
Reading Teen
Nov 27, 2010 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
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Jun 01, 2011 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
Yolanda Sfetsos
Feb 27, 2011 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
Dec 08, 2010 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
Princess Bookie
Aug 18, 2010 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
A Book Vacation
Feb 15, 2011 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 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
Nov 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley-read
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.!!
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
This wasn’t as good as I remember the first one being. I read ‘Past Midnight’ like seven years ago, so maybe my tastes have changed now that I’m older. It wasn’t bad. I just feel like the writing and characters weren’t as well developed as I wanted them to be. Also, Charlotte kept making dumb decisions or not telling people important info. It was weird because, on one hand, she seemed to not believe in the paranormal, but on the other, she had literally been attacked by someone possessed by a de ...more
Sep 27, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a sequel to a charming paranormal ghost novel. A girl whose parents debunk the supernatural--but after the events of the first, her mother starts to believe in otherworldly spirits and her father does not. Then their family is once again targeted by the supernatural, and disagreements abound...

There is plenty of drama in here, a first boyfriend and some ghostly happenings... but overall it just was not as poignant as the first, and left no mark on me. I found this to be predictable and s
Julie Marie
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Written well story was ok. Not a lot of action until the very end. Score may be low due to time in life when I read it.
Jai Rahim
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Enjoyed this book 2 storyline much better than 1.5. Curious to see if 2,5 picks up where open-ended 1.5 left off?
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Liked it, but not in a couldn’t put it down sort of way.
Feb 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Past Midnight
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 now I'm being stalked by some truly frightening other beings. Trying to fit into a new school and keeping my par
I don't really know what to say... like wow, I do really want the next book now, but it's not a big temptation.
Well, I like the new drama in the book. And Noah is everything. I love his awkwardness.

I like the new writing and mystery..
The thing is, I just don't remember a lot from when I read the book, probably a year ago, and it feels a little weird just diving back in, then jumping back out when I don't have the next book.
I liked revisiting the characters, like Avery and N
Dec 27, 2012 rated it liked it
In the fast paced sequel to Past Midnight Charlotte Silver finds herself In frightening and very real danger.

After a terrifying encounter in Ohio that leaves her arm in a sling Charlotte tries to at least regain some semblence of normality by going to a party with Harris Abbott, captain of the football team and one of the most popular boys in school. Despite the fact that her parents would disapprove she takes part in a game called one hundred candles, the result of which will supposedly bring s
Jan 29, 2011 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
*Rating* 3.5
*Genre* YA Paranormal


17 year old Charlotte Silver belongs to a family of paranormal investigators. The Silvers, Patrick and Karen, are known as debunkers who attempt to prove supernatural happenings are natural in occurring, and not by mythical beings like ghosts, vampires, demons, or ghosts.

They have finally settled down in one place, along with Shane, after Charlotte and her older sister Annalise demanded that Charlotte be allowed to finish High School in one place. She is
Dec 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
Spending her Christmas break at an insane asylum was unusual, even for Charlotte Silver, daughter of two famous paranormal investigators. Wandering the cold and empty halls of an abandoned mental facility just didn’t scream “happy holidays.”

Lately it seemed that no matter where she went, paranormal entities seemed to follow. And a sanitarium in Ohio was no exception.

But this time there was no mystery about what what it wanted. Someone had to be punished. Someone crossed the line. And that someon
Jan 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Favorite Quote: “The watcher wanted to punish me, and he had. Now it was my turn.”

Charlotte Silver has waited a long time to feel like a “normal” kid. After spending most of her life traveling with her family in their paranormal investigations, they have finally settled down in South Carolina and Charlotte has friends and a normal high schooler’s life. When a popular football player asks Charlotte out, she’s sure life can’t get much be
Jul 23, 2010 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
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Charlotte Silver is not afraid of ghosts. She’s been studying them with her scientific team parents, debunking them as myths, since she could walk. But things seem to be changing after an incident at a “haunted” asylum over the holidays. When a seemingly possessed cameraman grabs her arm and inflicts pain with a haunting warning, things start going haywire at Charlotte’s high school, where all she wants to do is fit in. Everyone is seeing ghosts everywhere, which may or may not be the result of ...more
Terra Timmons
Mar 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, read-2011
Creepy, fantastic read! The descriptions of the paranormal happenings had me pull the covers up to my nose at night and jumping at every little noise I heard. I loved the way Mara described everything in this book, the strength and personalities of the characters, and the downright creepiness of the paranormal beings. I don't think there was any part of this book that bored me. It had me flipping the pages all the way to the end.

Charlotte gets invited to a huge party where she gets overwhelmed
Dec 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
The author of One Hundred Candles was so kind and allowed me to upload this book onto my reader from Netgally and I am so grateful she did. I was not able to read the first book of the series because unfortunately my library doesn't carry it but it is one I am going to have to get my hands on so I can read it because I really enjoyed this book. Even though I didn't read the first book (yet) I didn't really feel lost reading the second book, there were things that were talked about from the first ...more
Marrion James (The Book Associate)
Jan 22, 2011 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
Jul 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011, e-book
I have read and enjoyed all of Mara's published books so far and I've been eager for One Hundred Candles to be released. Luckily, it was a fabulous follow up to Past Midnight! Filled with more spooky twists and turns and new characters, One Hundred Candles sent shivers up my spine and kept me reading into the night!

The plot of One Hundred Candles was intriguing and fast paced. The action starts almost immediately and comes to a high point when our protagonist, Charlotte, and some friends go to a
Apr 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Book Review – “One Hundred Candles” by Mara Purnhagen

Often when you put teenager and ghosts together in one story you end up with “the Scooby Gang” as Buffy called he friends, which in turn was a reference to the Hanna Barbara animated series “Scooby Doo Where Are You?” that began back in the sixties.

There is no “Scooby Gang” to be found in the PAST MIDNIGHT series of Young Adult novels by Mara Purnhagen.

Instead we have Charlotte Silver, her family, and friends having to deal with the ordinary
Dec 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Quick Summary: While spending Christmas day in an old, abandoned insane asylum, Charlotte encounters some very bad "energy". After she barely escapes, Charlotte is a little rattled but goes back to her now normal life and friends. She gets herself a boyfriend and starts to come out of her shell a bit more though she still pines after Noah. While travelling through her emotional dramas, it seems as if someone is playing pranks on the whole school with strange happenings and sightings of ghosts. B ...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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