Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Mini Review: Raising the Dead [Past Midnight #1.5] by Mara Purnhagen

Title: Raising the Dead
Author: Mara Purnhagen
Author Info: Website
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Series: Past Midnight #1.5
Source: Purchased by myself
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: 1st January 2011
Rating: 3 stars

Tell Me About It
As the daughter of the famous Silver Spirits paranormal investigators, Charlotte Silver is used to all things weird. But when coffins start floating down her street during a flood, life turns extra strange. And wonderful, when her friend and crush Noah signs on to help Charlotte and her folks in the aftermath. Cemetery cleanup might not sound exciting, but as shocking discoveries and a lurking stranger come to light, Charlotte learns that sometimes, raising the dead can bring unexpected rewards.
My Thoughts
Raising the Dead is a short story that comes between Past Midnight and One Hundred Candles.
We start the book with Charlotte's Dad doing a lecture and some signings when torrential rainfall causes a flood and all the old coffins from the cemetery have been moved out of the earth and floated along on the rainfall till they are stopped by buildings.
Charlotte's family help to clean up the mess while Charlotte and her friends go to look after Mr Kitsman, the caretaker of the cemetery, which leads to more investigation and some weird goings on.

Raising the Dead focuses on a variety of things, Charlotte's doubts about what happened in Past Midnight, but also her feelings for Noah.  We also get to see the developing relationship between Avery and Jared.

I started and finished Raising the Dead straight after Past Midnight.  It continues on perfectly from the previous book, but if you miss it out and jump straight into One Hundred Candles you don't feel like you have missed anything out, it's more like an extra bit of information as a surprise.

I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to others who are looking for a series that is interesting but doesn't take a long time to read.

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