Book Review: Past Midnight

Past Midnight

Past Midnight, by Mara Purnhagen

Like most teens, Charlotte is embarrassed by her parents. But everyone knows about her parents, since they are the stars of a hit paranormal investigation reality show. Charlotte often helps her parents on their investigations. But after a particularly strange incident in Charleston, Charlotte’s sister convinces the family to move on a semi-permanent basis (at least one school year) so Charlotte can have a stable senior year. But something has followed Charlotte to their new home. Invading her dreams as well as while awake, Charlotte must discover what the presence wants before it’s too late.

Charlotte is a likeable girl who makes friends easily. And though she gets to know a couple boys at school, one with particular potential, the story doesn’t focus at all on romance. Instead, the story revolves around mystery, suspense and the paranormal. Although there are some creepy and slightly disturbing scenes, for the most part this quick read is a teen drama. The story and characters are engaging. Though, the mysteries are fairly predictable. The ending is also a bit lackluster and anti-climactic. It’s a fun and slightly, dark tale with potential that just fell a little bit flat.

Book Review: Pegasus

Pegasus

Pegasus, by Robin McKincley

On Princess Sylvi’s twelfth birthday, she is bound to her pegasus. For the past thousand years, an alliance has existed between humans and pegasi. Communication between species is difficult, so magicians are needed as interpreters. But as soon as Sylvi meets Ebon her bonded pegasus, the two are able to speak telepathically. Their bond is immediate and a strong friendship soon develops. But not everyone is happy about the bond that the two share. Some see Sylvi as a threat to relations with the pegasi and their entire way of life.

Sylvi and Ebon are like-minded adolescents who share an incredible friendship. Their worlds are wrapped up in each other. McKincley’s characters have immense depth, both humans and pegasi alike. Her world-building is flawless, where pegasi are completely sentient, but their society has developed in a different way from humans. Scenes where Sylvi and Ebon take nightly, forbidden flights together are magical. The prose is beautiful and completely engaging. The drama and mystery are completely riveting. Fantastic events lead to an abrupt ending cut much too short. But thankfully, the story will continue in a sequel releasing in 2012. Fantasy fans of all ages will love this captivating story of friendship and duty.

BBC America Holiday Giveaway!

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On behalf of BBC America, I have a giveaway pack for one lucky winner!
The BBC America Holiday Giveaway pack includes:
Dr. Who The Complete Fifth Season
BBC Earth: Life
Top Gear The Complete Season 13
– Doctor Who mug

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