One Hundred Candles

One Hundred Candles

by Mara Purnhagen


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780373210237
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 02/22/2011
Series: Past Midnight , #3
Edition description: Original
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 11 Years

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I would never get used to spending Christmas in an insane asylum. My parents laughed and said that, after seventeen years, I should have looked forward to it, but I would much rather sit in front of a roaring fire with a mug of hot chocolate listening to Christmas carols instead of this year's version of holiday cheer: roaming the barren hallways of an empty sanitarium in a quest for restless energy.

After opening presents in yet another beige-and-floral hotel room and wolfing down the hotel's complimentary cinnamon rolls, my family piled into our van and drove nearly an hour west of Cleveland to Lake Sanitarium, a somber-looking brick monstrosity that was, despite its name, located nowhere near a lake. Dad opened the massive front doors by shoving against them with his entire body. My teeth chattered as the five of us climbed the stairs, our footsteps echoing until we reached a large, empty room on the third floor.

"It's colder inside than it is outside," I muttered to my sister when we reached our destination.

"Welcome to Ohio," Annalise replied. "It's supposed to be nearly seventy degrees back home today."

I groaned and thought of our house in South Carolina. I could picture my best friend, Avery, taking her little dog for a warm winter walk, shading her eyes from the sunlight. Or Noah, who told me that he grilled steaks for his mom every Christmas. And Jared—well, I didn't know what Jared did for the holidays. We were friends, but he was an intensely private person, and he rarely offered details about his life.

I glanced out one of the grimy, narrow windows onto the sprawling white lawn of the sanitarium. The perfectly undisturbed snow was lovely to look at, but I was too cold to enjoy it.

"How are we doing, girls?" Dad clapped his hands together and walked over to where Annalise and I stood huddled in the corner.

"We're freezing." I could see my breath, which was the same pale color as the cinder-block walls.

"Well, the best way to stay warm is to keep moving. How about helping Shane with the equipment?"

I sighed, sending another puff of white into the air, and hurried across the empty room. There was no furniture to offer a clue of what the space had once been used for, but I guessed it had served as a massive holding area for the insane people who had lived there decades earlier. I knew the building had housed thousands of dejected people. Many of them had died here, as well, earning it the nickname Last Stop Lake.

"Hey, kid, can you give me a hand?" Shane was struggling to sort through a nest of cables and camera wires. I knelt down next to him and began picking through the different cables.

"This is a mess," I complained. Shane was usually more organized. He'd worked as my parents' full-time cameraman since I was a baby, traveling all over the world with us to produce documentaries about the paranormal. I'd never seen his equipment so scattered.

"It's a little chaotic," Shane admitted. "Been distracted lately, I guess."

I snorted. "Distracted, huh? I wonder what's causing that?"

He shot me a look but said nothing. Shane had begun dating Trisha, the mother of my friend Noah, right around Halloween. They were always together, it seemed, and while I liked seeing Shane crazy about someone, Noah was not nearly as thrilled.

"She's acting like a teenager!" he told me during AV. It was the one class we shared together, and we usually worked as a team to edit the daily school news footage. "I'm supposed to be doing this, not her."

"And anyone in particular you'd like to be immature over?" I teased him.

His eyes had widened and he immediately blushed. I suspected he harbored a little bit of a crush on a freshman girl I'd seen hanging around his locker, but he hadn't admitted to it yet, and I didn't ask a lot of questions. We had gone to homecoming together, an event I thought might lead to something more. At the end of the night, though, he'd just smiled, said he had a great time and left. That was it. I was totally confused, but Avery said that maybe Noah and I were destined to be good friends. Since I would be graduating in a few months, it didn't make a lot of sense to start something with a junior, but I had been hoping that Noah and I could be more than just "friends."

After sorting through the web of wires, I helped Shane set up a tripod, then returned to a corner of the huge room and pulled out my cell phone. Being the daughter of paranormal investigators provided a few perks. My parents were always buying different gadgets, and they appreciated great technology, so when I asked for a new cell phone for Christmas they gave me the best one they could find. While they set up their equipment to begin their research, I stood by the window and attempted to download my email.

"Hey, Charlotte. Do you have a signal yet?" Annalise walked over, gathering her long black hair into a ponytail. My sister had gorgeous wavy hair, just like our mom. I, on the other hand, inherited our dad's straight locks, which I'd recently chopped shorter, so that it was just long enough to tuck behind my ears.

"It's faint," I told Annalise.

She sat on the cement floor. "I can't believe how much I miss Mills."

I rolled my eyes. "It's only been three days." "It feels like three years."

I'd never seen my older sister so head-over-heels for a guy. I'd met Mills two months earlier, in Charleston. Annalise was a junior at the college there and Mills was a grad student. We were in Charleston to put an end to a seriously supernatural situation, but our gathering had also served to introduce Mills to the family. Mom loved him. Dad was not as thrilled.

"He's a little old for her, isn't he?" he asked me the day after we met Mills.

"He's just a couple years older," I pointed out. "Besides, aren't you five years older than Mom?"

"That's not the point," he grumbled.

I wondered if Dad would have the same disgruntled reaction when I began introducing guys to the family. Of course, I didn't see that happening in the immediate future, but still. A girl could wish. I finally felt somewhat secure in my life since we had moved to South Carolina at the end of the summer. I had a bedroom that was completely unpacked, whereas in the past I'd always used moving boxes as my dresser. I would be graduating from Lincoln High in the spring instead of transferring to yet another high school. And best of all, I had friends who knew what my parents did for a living and still chose to be associated with me. Things were great, but there was still something missing from my life.

Or, more accurately, someone was missing.

I wanted to meet a guy, someone I could spend time with and share inside jokes with and curl up next to. Someone who would take me to the movies or out to eat and, most importantly, to the prom. More than anything, I wanted to go to prom, if only because it seemed like the most glamorously normal thing I could do.

"Girls?" Mom called from across the large room. Her voice echoed. "Any sign of him?"

Annalise stood up and looked out the window. "Not yet."

We were waiting for Leonard Zelden, a "renowned de-monologist" and bestselling author who was already an hour late. My parents weren't happy about having to accommodate someone whose work conflicted with their own, but it was the only way they could get permission to film and research in the abandoned asylum. The owner of the building knew Zelden, and had promised us full access to the property on the condition that Zelden was present to document his own findings, which would undoubtedly find their way into yet another fat, glossy book.

My parents were known as debunkers; that is, they went into a "haunted" place and methodically uncovered evidence to prove that paranormal happenings were, in fact, just plain normal. They also worked under the theory that strange occurrences were often caused by harmless residual energy. Dad was a staunch believer in the effects of energy. Mom had been, too—until two months ago. Now she was beginning to research different theories about the paranormal, theories my Dad absolutely rejected. It was causing some tension at home, and I hoped it wouldn't spill over into their documentaries. They had obviously decided to set aside their professional differences for the holiday, which I appreciated. It was weird enough to be checking the lights on a camera instead of on a Christmas tree, without the added stress of yet another parental disagreement to deal with.

Annalise sighed and wandered off to wallow in her longing for Mills while I tried to force my new phone to show signs of life. It was hopeless. Nothing could get through the thick concrete walls of Lake Sanitarium.

"Someone's here," Shane announced. We all stood at different windows and watched as a sleek white car slithered up the winding driveway and parked in front of the entrance. The graceful curves of Zelden's vehicle were a sharp contrast to our bulky van, which was painted black with the word Doubt stretched across it in tall silver letters. A young man got out of the driver's side and quickly opened the back door. An older man wearing a gray wool coat and hat emerged. He surveyed his surroundings and said something to the driver, who scurried to open the trunk.

"I already despise this guy," Dad muttered.

"He's not even helping with the camera," Shane pointed out. "What a tool."

"Be nice," Mom warned.

We heard footsteps thumping up the stairs and turned to greet our late guest. Zelden entered the room and immediately walked over to Mom, smiling wide and taking both her hands in his.

"Karen Silver! So lovely to finally meet you! I've heard marvelous things about you."

Mom was flustered. "Oh. Well, it's lovely to meet you, too."

Dad stepped forward. "Mr. Zelden, I'm Patrick Silver."

Zelden frowned. "It's Doctor Zelden, if you don't mind. I do hold a doctorate in theology, you know."

Dad gave him a stiff smile. "Of course."

Both my parents held doctorates in psychology, but they never referred to themselves as doctors. They said that title should be reserved for people who could actually save lives, not just write a thesis.

Zelden's assistant stumbled into the room, struggling under the weight of the video equipment. "Over there, Marcus," Zelden said in an unconcerned voice. He turned back to my mother. "Good assistants are so difficult to acquire," he said, winking. "Marcus has been with me for two years, and I'm still training him."

Mom nodded. "Dr. Zelden, I'd like to introduce you to our daughters." Annalise and I stepped forward, but Zelden was looking at Shane, who was positioning the tripod.

"Is that on?" he asked.

Shane grunted yes, and Zelden positioned himself directly in front of the camera. "As you can see, I travel without an entourage," he said, his voice louder. "I believe the pursuit of truth is a somewhat solitary calling, and, even though my devoted fans have often offered to help me with my research, I choose to focus purely on the work, with only minimal distractions." He glanced at me and Annalise.

"Our daughters are not a distraction," Dad said, clearly insulted. "They've been assisting us since they learned to walk."

Zelden smiled. "Of course. Now, where should we begin?"

While Marcus the Assistant made trips up and down the stairs to retrieve cameras, candles and coffee for his boss, Zelden and my parents went on a tour of the building to get

a "feel for the energy." Shane followed with his video camera. Annalise and I stayed behind with Marcus.

"Merry Christmas," Annalise said to him as he hunched over a camera.

He looked up. "I'd forgotten that was today."

"How could you forget Christmas?" I asked.

Marcus shrugged. "Dr. Zelden doesn't celebrate the traditional holidays."

"No kidding." I was ticked that we were spending the day researching. It had been Zelden's decision to work on December twenty-fifth. While my parents usually scheduled something around the holiday, we rarely spent the actual day doing anything besides lounging around in a hotel watching classic movies and eating too much fudge. I studied Marcus as he pulled fat white candles from a cardboard box. He looked to be about college age, and was dressed like his boss: dark dress pants and a white-collared shirt with a tie. Again, it was a stark contrast to my family. We were wearing jeans and sweatshirts beneath our heavy coats.

I offered to help Marcus set up, but he firmly rebuffed me, saying that Dr. Zelden expected things to be done precisely.

"No offense," he said. "It's just that I can't allow any mistakes. It could interfere with his process."

I knelt down on the cold floor next to him. "What is his process?" I knew a little about Zelden's work, but it was mainly through what I'd heard my parents say, and none of it was flattering. They saw him as a complete fraud, although Zelden's book sales indicated that many people believed the opposite. He claimed to contact demons who resided in people's homes or businesses and "send them back to their place of origin." My parents scoffed at not only the concept of demons, but also the idea that one could summon and control something supposedly so powerful.

Marcus considered my question as he arranged the candles in a circle on the floor. "He's very guarded about the process. I don't completely understand it, and I've watched him work hundreds of times." He stood up and surveyed his work, then knelt down again to move a candle so it was perfectly aligned with the others. "The spirits speak through him," he continued. "His entire body changes. His voice becomes something otherworldly. It's fascinating."

"It sounds, uh, fascinating," I said.

Marcus smiled. "It's okay if you don't believe in it. You will, though. Before today is over, you'll get it."

I seriously doubted that Zelden's performance would convince me of anything other than his acting abilities, but I nodded. Marcus stood up.

"Is that them?" he asked, looking toward the doorway. "That was quick."

I followed his gaze but didn't see anything. "They're probably on another floor by now."

He frowned. "I heard voices."

"I don't hear anything."

Marcus returned to his work and I wandered over to Anna-lise, who was blowing into her hands to warm them up.

"What'd Marcus have to say?" she asked.

I shrugged. "Nothing much. He says we'll be amazed by Zelden's process."

"Unlikely." She looked around. "Where are they? I want to get this thing over with so we can go somewhere that actually has heat."

The group returned ten minutes later, Zelden leading the way. "Are we ready?" he asked Marcus. "Yes, sir."

"Very well, then. May I have everyone gather around the candles?"

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One Hundred Candles 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
sandypllm More than 1 year ago
Another great book in a really great series! You really need to read the first book 'Past Midnight' first.
Bookgirl22 More than 1 year ago
I really love this book well all the books in this series. I really like the fact that the main character doesnt have any powers and she gets by with her smarts its a nice change from the vampire books and warewolf and such (dont get me worng i read those too) I think most should try well really like
harstan More than 1 year ago
An hour west of Cleveland at the Lake Sanitarium insane asylum, Charlotte Silver and her sister Annalise assist her famous parents (Patrick and Karen) and Shane their cameraman on their research into paranormal activity.when the Guardian of the Gate possesses dubious colleague Dr. Zeldon in what the Silver crew know is a sham. At the asylum, there is an otherworldly essence; the Watcher notices the Silver team, but makes his presence known through Zeldon's assistant to Charlotte. Besides an apparent demon, Charlotte has bigger personal concerns as the teen fears that the relationship between her father and mother, which she thought loving and forever, seems at an end. The teen would prefer to live a normal life as she has travels around the world with her parents mostly debunking claims of otherworldly phenomena, but not to have it end by the marriage ending. Meanwhile, Charlotte is excited to be going out on a normal date with school football star Harris Abbot though she muses on going out with her friend Noah. As the Watcher sets in motion snuffing out the life of Charlotte, Harris seems to want more from her than she is ready to give him; especially at a party where the kids play One Hundred Candles, which will prove spiritually deadly. The exciting sequel to Past Midnight is a fun teen angst paranormal thriller starring a realistic family dealing with paranormal phenomena. The key is that the four Silvers and Shane act normal including reacting in a way to what they encounter in a plausible manner. Young adult readers will appreciate One Hundred Candles as Marla Purnhagen goes golden with this enjoyable teen urban fantasy. Harriet Klausner
Bookworm_Lisa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Near the beginning of the book there is a ceremony with 100 candles and the book ends with a ceremony of 100 candles. I liked that Mara Purnhagen was able to connect the beginning and the end.I would say that the paranormal activity is more intense in the second book. I felt more connected to the story and was drawn into the world that Mara created.Life isn't easy for Charlotte. She has some emotional issues that she is dealing with. She has guy problems, demon problems, and parental problems. There is a lot of growth from the beginning to the end of the story. The time line is about a four month period. I liked the way the story was written. It is perfect for the audience, the young adult and teenager. The emotional issues were expressed well and I think many could relate with them.The ending of the book is not what I wanted, but I hope in the next book it will all be resolved. I look forward to reading it.I received a copy to review from Netgalley. Thanks to Harlequin teen for accepting my request to read the book.
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Things are never normal in Charlotte Silver's life. Since the last book she has grown immensely and is still having problems with ghost. After attending a party playing a ghost game, all of sudden all the stories are coming true. Some students are scared, while others are excited. But Charlotte looks deeper realizing it is not as all as it seems. Its something much more.I will go straight into it and say this book lost it pizazz from the first book. I still enjoyed reading it. I just felt like something was missing. Charlotte's character felt different. She has matured in a lot of ways. This time in the book the ghost are not the only problem as much as the drama. The drama in this book was intense. As things always go in Charlotte's life she is faced with fighting parents. I admit that this hurt me. Only because I have been there done that with the fighting parents and its not cool. It put an extreme amount of stress on Charlotte. I do like that it gave a fresh prospective on real life. Cause lets face it. Life is not perfect, not even our parents.The boy drama had me fuming. I thought the guy was selfish and a jerk. I like the way Charlotte handled it. I would have done the same thing. For one thing, her best friend is awesome and a life saver. I loved how she was always there for her and always had her door open. Charlotte need help and she got it.This book does contain major life drama like a roller coaster. I was mad, angry, upset, and I even cried because I felt so bad. I just really wanted to hug Charlotte and make all the bad things go away. I am happy that things did turned out okay in the end.
MrsTeeMae on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 and ends up gazing at the stars with the big jock on campus, Harris. When Harris offers to head over to a party that is more up Charlotte's alley the ghosts stories begin. A game called One Hundred Candles in being played when Harris, Charlotte, Avery and Noah arrive. Gwyn explains the rules that you can only tell a paranormal story that is true and has either happened to you or someone that you are close with. Once the story is told a candle is lit. After all of the one hundred candles are lit, there will be one hundred spirits in the room with them. Little did they know, the stories would haunt them long after the stories were told. This is something that Charlotte isn't easily spooked by and is always thinking of a way to debunk the story. What happens where there are no scientific explanations, and personal experiences that haunt your every thought? A vision so burned into your mind you are forced to believe. The premise of this story, of one hundred candles being lit and each frightening story being played out had me hooked! To me it seemed like an urban legend story. But, urban legends don't end up with a creepy possessed demon (or something worse) hunting you down. Along with the story you learn a lot about Charlotte. The family troubles she is trying to deal with, the new boyfriend in her life, the mystery of the hauntings happening at her school and the 1-year anniversary of Adam's death. With the scary aspect of the story, you also got the real life feeling too, and that's what I loved. I am also a huge fan of ghost stories and scary movies. I don't know why, because I am the biggest scardy cat ever. This book did for me, what the exorcist did. Made me turn on every light on in the house. Why I didn't rate this the full five stars is because it wasn't (for me, at least) a book that I couldn't live with out. While I loved the story and I am looking forward to the next, I didn't LOVE it. But I did enjoy it and I am glad that this was my first paranormal read. Recommendation I would recommend this book to those who love ghost stories, anything paranormal, ghost hunting, possession and a bit of mystery. I do love all those things and I don't know why I haven't read something like this sooner.
jaxs1971 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to receive this as an review galley prior to publication and I really enjoyed reading it. I had not read any previous works by this author but I found her style to be very easy to read and enjoyable.This is the second book in the series but it can be read as a stand alone novel. The author does refer to events in the first novel but she also explains them so the reader does not feel like they are missing out by not having read the first novel.The plot moves well, there are no drage or lulls and none of the events felt forced like there was a timeline that had to be stuck to. The characters are all fully developed, believable and it was easy to invest in them. Charlotte, the main character, was likeable as a reader you felt her confusion as she dealt with her family issues and worried about her friends. The relationships she has with her friends make her seem more real and the minor characters never felt flat, they felt like full characters with whole stories behind them.I really enjoyed how the authoer wrote the character of Harris who dates Charlotte, you know something is just a little off about him but you aren't sure what it is so you end up hoping and rooting for Charlotte to be happy with him.If you payed attention you will see some plot twists coming but not enough so that it ruins the enjoyment of the novel. The ending is one that I did not see coming at all and it was a big one, I will def be waiting for the third book while I hunt down the first one.
dukesangel002 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this addition to the series much more than I did the first book, Past Midnight. While Past Midnight was slow for me at times, the pacing in this book was great. It keep me guessing, keep me turning the pages to find out what would happen next. There was a lot more action and a lot more mystery.This time around, not only is Charlotte dealing with school drama, boyfriend problems, and parents who are always fighting, she is also dealing with with something stalking her that isn't exactly human. I love that this series concentrates just as much or the mortal problems that Charlotte deals with as it does the paranormal element.I love that Charlotte is a girl like anyone, with no extra special powers, no added advantages. She has to figure out how to deal with the paranormal world around her and find the strength within herself and her family and friends to face things down. She has a great support system of characters that are very enjoyable to read.Overall, this was a great mystery, but even more a coming-of-age story. Enjoyable, fast, and fun read that I think will appeal to most YA fans.
sedelia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 out for me. Although this seems like stuff that would seem to be in all supernatural stories, I have found it in very few. It¿s also a great stand-alone book, even though it was the second in the series. I was able to catch on quickly as to what was going on and wasn¿t confused as to who the characters were. However, I think that if I had read the first book, I¿d have had a stronger connection with the characters, which would have been nice.As I said, I really enjoyed the story, but the writing was a little too simplistic for me. The characters are very black-and-white and predictable. The main character says everything that¿s going on in her mind in a very simple, direct manner. I think it¿s a classic example of the writer ¿telling¿ rather than ¿showing.¿ Instead of showing that the main character was worried or sad by having her do something or act a certain way, she directly stated, ¿I am worried.¿ It makes the story less interesting to read, and definitely made me feel distanced from the characters, because I wasn¿t interacting with them as much.I thought the climax and ending was wonderfully done. By the time I got to the high point of the novel, I couldn¿t put it down ¿ I had to finish.I would rate this at 3.5 stars, but it has a cool cover, so I¿m bumping it up.
mee503 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was a fun read. With an easy to follow story line, strong character, a plot full of creepiness,deception,sadness and of course love Not knowing it was a second book in a series I found it to be great on it's own but look forward to see what the future holds for Charlotte and her family.I recommend One hundred candles with 4 stars!
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really like Charlotte Silver, the star of this delightful ghost series. Charlotte's family are debunkers. They investigate paranormal activity (on tv) and then try to prove what is causing the disturbances or activity is NOT ghosts. But there have been a few things along the way that are impossible to explain away. In the first book "Past Midnight", Charlotte's family settled down in a new town and Charlotte demanded some roots be set down after years of wandering from place to place. Now she has friends and the popular football hunk is wanting to date her. At a party, the kids play a game called a hundred candles where they tell a hundred ghost stories (supposedly true ones) and then light a candle for each story. When those stories seem to come to life around Charlotte's school, she and friend Noah start to look into it. Also there seems to be another malicious spirit that is after Charlotte. Charlotte's mom seems ready to believe that sometimes ghosts ARE to blame, but her dad is still adament that there are no such things. Can they pull together and put aside their differences in time to help Charlotte? As I mentioned before, Charlotte is a nice girl who doesn't spend a lot of time wallowing in the drama. She is a good friend, smart, and very willing to help her parents. She tries to keep peace all around her. Her personality really comes right off the page. Her friend Noah also stands out. He too is smart and kind, and more than a little bit funny. The books are clean but the teens still feel very realistic. I love the ghost stories and the author does a great job pulling together tales that keep the reader guessing at least a little bit. The book isn't perfect. Some weird things happened in the book as far as the 'timeline' goes and also at times I felt Charlotte should've seen something in someone that she convienantly didn't. I know that some of that is inevitable to keep the book moving forward but still Charlotte was too smart for some of her ignorance to feel real. Still this is a great series and I would have no problem letting my younger teens pick this up and read it, and as an adult I still feel the story is engaging and worth the read.
theepicrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The beginning didn't really catch my interest as Charlotte bemoaned her "single lady" state, but when we get to the ghost stories gone real, I admit that I had trouble sleeping that night! one hundred candles was a little confusing - I think mostly because there might be a book before it that hopefully explains what happened to Charlotte before now, but partly due to trying to build the suspense without giving too much away.
meags222 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well, it's taken me quite some time to write this review. I started this book on the plane home from Barbados and I finished the book on the plane home from Barbados. Like the first book in Purnhagen's series, I could not put this book down. I really enjoy a good ghost story and this book didn't disappoint. As I said in my review of Past Midnight, I really relate to the main character in this book. This book added another layer to Charlotte's character; she caught in the middle of her parents fighting. Again, while in high school my parents split up and I remember almost feeling relieved because I wouldn't have to deal with their constant arguing anymore. In this novel, Charlotte is frustrated with the way her parents are acting throughout a good portion of the novel. Again all this is to say that I related to Charlotte in a new way. I have to admit that the ghost story of this book wasn't as intriguing as in the first novel. I don't want to give too much away but I had figured out a good part of the mystery to the story. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy the mystery of the book but I had it figured out pretty quickly for the most part. There was an added twist at the end and I hadn't figured that out. Overall, I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. I would definitely recommend any book written by Mara Purnhagen. Her writing flows really well and her characters are endearing.
KikiHowell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 paranormal were an original and wonderful idea.The solid writing in this novel did not leave you guessing at the paranormal elements and therefore easily built suspense with elements of the unknown. Enough was revealed and enough was held back. I think the amount of subplots and plot twists added to the novel, grabbing the reader and not letting go. The author does a great job of raising tension, a nice build with subtle hints and lots of plot hooks. I found this book to be wonderfully creepy and truly haunting. Rarely does a book surprise me, but this one did. I can¿t say exactly how or why, but this story walked that thin line between scary and entertaining and age appropriate situations. As a mom, I enjoyed it myself and would have no qualms letting my teens read it. In fact, I think it would be fun to discuss. As a former English teacher, it also touched upon enough of life¿s issues like divorce and death that I think it would make a worthy class read. If you are a fan of ghost stories, I highly recommend it no matter what your age.
nlsobon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I¿ve developed a slight obsession with the ¿Past Midnight¿ series. The characters are likeable, the story lines are interesting, and the pacing is wonderful. Plus, the fact that they are slightly over two hundred pages, as opposed to the [what seems to be normal] four hundred page young-adult novels, doesn¿t hurt. These books are easy to read and incredibly enjoyable.¿One Hundred Candles¿ did a good job of summarizing the events that took place in ¿Past Midnight¿. From the first line until the very last, I couldn¿t tear my interest away. Charlotte¿s family is finally settling down. She¿s getting the chance at a normal life; she even has hope of attending prom for the first time. And them ¿ BAM, it hits you fast. The scene with Charlotte and Marcus. Thing¿s settle for a while, until New Year¿s when Charlotte spends time with Harris. The entire one hundred candles ritual was interesting. The reader can sense something is coming, but Purnhagen is great with her pacing and she manages to set it up perfectly so that it hits you hard when all hell does break lose.Before he finds them, Charlotte¿s life seems to be finding a balance: her parents are getting along better, her relationship with Noah has grown, and she thinks that the worst is over. Then her father delivers the news that they have to run, everything comes crashing down around her just as it was beginning to fall into place. From that moment until the final page, you hope for the best, but Purnhagen doesn¿t gloss over everything. He¿s coming to punish Charlotte. This isn¿t going to be a happy ending. Not yet. There¿s a lot of pain headed her way. There¿s going to be a lot of healing that needs to take place before she can get her life back in order. And she¿s not safe yet. There¿s still a chance that the energy will manifest itself again. She may have won this time, but safety isn¿t promised.I can¿t wait to start ¿Haunting the Night¿ and ¿Beyond the Grave¿! This series is honestly addicting.
BeccaLyn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Past Midnight series by Mara Purnhagen. At first I was not sure how I would like this series. I don¿t like those ghost hunter shows on TV, but I was absolutely blown away by this series! I loved it! One hundred Candles takes place a few months after the events that happened in the first book, where Charlotte got a glimpse into the other world. While trying to act like a normal teenage girl, Charlotte agrees to go to a party with her friends, Noah and Avery. She runs into Harris, who invites her to another party across the street. Once there she finds a group of people sitting on the floor surrounded by candles. The object of the game is to tell a real ghost story or occurrence that has happened to you or someone you know, and then light a candle. When all one hundred candles have been lit, they wait for something spooky to happen¿ With nothing happening at the party everyone was convinced it didn¿t work. Until a few days later when weird things start happening at school. With the strange things at school and the investigations Charlotte helps her parents with; she has a full plate of weird. Somewhere along the way, the weird and strange things start to affect her life and she is faced with a ¿thing¿ called the Watcher. If all that wasn¿t bad enough, she is having relationship issues with not only her boyfriend, but with her friend Noah. I love how easily I was drawn into the life of Charlotte Silver. There was never a dull moment. This book was a complete page turner and had me on the edge of my seat till the end. With the end leaving you hanging, I had to start book three, Beyond the Grave, right away!
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KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
Until recently, Charlotte Silver has been the youngest in a globe-trotting, nomadic family of ghost debunkers. Stability is something she has never known but has always wanted. Finally, her family has decided it is time to form a home base, and Charlotte is thrilled. She has a new best friend, cute boys, and a social life. She is starting to feel as if she belongs, has a home. This is the second full-length book in the series, following the first, Past Midnight, and a bridging novella, Raising the Dead (only available online). I think it is my favorite of the series thus far. It has all the thrills and chills necessary for a great ghost story, but this book is so much more than that. Purnhagan has created a story in which the paranormal themes ride right alongside the mundane. The blend is perfect, allowing the everyday drama of Charlotte's life to be just as important. Charlotte is a wonderful lead character, entirely believable and relatable. The emotional pull between the characters drew me into the story just as much as the paranormal aspect. One of things that I truly love about this series, beyond the blend of the paranormal and the mundane, is the character creation. All of the characters, both main and supporting, are equally well-developed. That, in my opinion, creates a better, fuller backdrop for the main characters and the plot. Next up is Haunting the Night, also available only online.
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