04 maio 2011

Review: Past Midnight (Mara Purnhagen)

Publisher: Harlequin Teen (2010)
Format:  Paperback | 216 pages
Genre(s): Young Adult, Urban Fantasy
Description: "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 parents' creepy occupation a secret from my friends—and potential boyfriends—is hard enough without having angry spirits whispering in my ear. All I ever wanted was to be normal, but with ghosts of my past and present colliding, now I just want to make it out of high school alive…"
Even I am astonished for giving three stars to this book. Why? Because it was short and it lacked some serious character and story development.

But... I really liked the idea behind the story. Charlotte, the main character is completely human. That's right! No weird powers and no supernatural blood flowing through her veins. She's just a normal girl, who just happens to be the daughter of two ghost-story debunkers. They even have their own show. But then, after a filming in a supposedly haunted location weird things start happening to Charlotte. Ghost-related things.

So I thought the author could have developed some parts of the story better. Everything felt rushed (especially the ending) and most of the characters had little to no personality whatsoever. That was the main problem with this book, it was just too short.

The author had this great, fresh idea for a new YA paranormal series (without insta-romance, too!) but I felt like the story was missing scenes and everything was, as I said above, rushed. The end of the book seemed a bit unrealistic and confusing too. Still, overall I liked to read about Charlotte and her scientist parents and I loved how the author treated the supernatural elements of the plot. Maybe we'll get more character development in future books.

2 comentários:

Ana C. Nunes disse...

Há livros pequenos que conseguem ainda assim mostrar um bom desenvolvimento de personagens, mas é pena se este peca um pouco nesse aspecto, pois a premissa parece interessante.

E sempre vai ter sequela?

slayra disse...

Peca realmente um pouco. A Charlotte ainda passa, mas as outras personagens... hmm, nem por isso.

Sim, tem sequela e até já saiu: http://www.amazon.com/One-Hundred-Candles-Harlequin-Teen/dp/037321023X/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_2