Thursday, January 26, 2012

Review: Beyond the Grave (Past Midnight #3) by Mara Purnhagen

Beyond the Grave (Past Midnight, #3)
Title: Beyond the Grave

Series: Past Midnight #3

Previous books in this series: Past Midnight (#1) | Raising the Dead (#1.5) | One Hundred Candles (#2) | Haunting the Night (#2.5)

Author: Mara Purnhagen

Publication date: August 30, 2011

Published by: HarlequinTeen

Source: The publishers via Netgalley

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Synopsis:

I can’t move forward with my life until I know my demons are confined to the past...

Being Charlotte Silver, the daughter of famous paranormal investigators, means my life isn’t like that of other teenage girls. Especially after what happened to my parents. Things changed. I missed prom and deferred my big college plans. But I still have my boyfriend, Noah. He’s everything I could want—if I can figure out what’s up with him. Suddenly Noah is secretive.

I fear it has something to do with what happened to us three months ago. The bruise Noah suffered during a paranormal attack has never completely faded. Now I’ve learned Noah is researching demons. And when he disappears, it’s up to me to find him—before something else does.

My rating: ★★★★★

Three months ago a demon-like entity attacked Charlotte’s family and friends, leaving them all injured. Her boyfriend Noah came out of the deal with an unfading bruise that, to this day, reminds Charlotte of the attack, making her feel guilty all over again. Charlotte’s scar on the palm of her hand is slowly fading. And although both her parents were also hurt, her mother got the worst of it. Still in a coma from the severe head injury, they moved Charlotte’s mother from the hospital to a long-term care facility.

As if things couldn't get any worse, Noah has been acting very strange lately and lying to Charlotte, something he never did. Charlotte is worried that the Watcher may have somehow gotten a hold of Noah and she isn’t sure how to help.

With the help of Michael, the Protector, someone who can possibly help defeat the Watcher when he becomes too powerful, Charlotte sets out to save her mother and Noah. But time starts to run out when Noah goes missing. Its up to Charlotte and her new fiends to stop the Watcher before anyone else gets seriously hurt.

Man, what can I say about this book? It was totally awesome! It was so suspenseful that it nearly killed me! Not literally, mind you. The story was well developed and had smooth transitions from present to past and then back to present. And the characters went through an amazing change! The one who surprised me the most was Bliss. She was just...wow. I don't want to spoil anything but she had a big role in this book and she totally caught me off guard! I actually ended up liking her :)

And that Watcher thing...OMG! Again, I don't want to give too much away, but he totally freaked me out! Can I just say that Charlotte makes one hell of a heroine!

I would recommend this series to those who love a good ghost story because this one was just amazing!

I'm kinda sad that story ended though; this is definitely one of my favorite series! But I have to say, I really liked the ending. It was very satisfactory and it wrapped up things nicely.

I will definitely be on the lookout for more books by Mara!


Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If not, what do you think? Does it sound like something you might want to read? Leave me a comment! :)

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