Monday, May 9, 2011

One Hundred Candles by Mara Purnhagen

One Hundred Candles by Mara Purnhagen
Release Date: February 15, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin

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. - Goodreads.com

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 that she found herself involved in.  There were times in the story that I found eerie, but in a good way, as there were some truly creepy elements that had the hair standing up on my arms.  This only added to the appeal though.

If I had any complaints about the book, it might be two things.  1. Obviously this is a sequel book, and I found that some elements of the story were missing for me in the sense that the author left a lot of information out, trusting to the fact that the reader must already be aware of events in the prior book.  This wasn't the case though.  I would have liked it if some things had been explained a little bit better.  There were times I felt led around by the nose, and times when someone would refer to something that hadn't happened in this book, but that had a huge impact on this book's events.  Yet, it was never explained.

2. I felt that the romance really took a back seat in the book, to be almost non-existent.  I'm a romance-y sort of girl, so I really missed out on that aspect and didn't feel like I got quite enough development in that area.

On the whole, however, this was a highly enjoyable book that makes me want to go back and read the first to understand things better.  I will definitely keep an eye out for more from this author in future.

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