Thursday, August 25

Beyond The Grave by Mara Purnhagen

Beyond The Grave (Past Midnight #3) by Mara Purnhagen
Release Date: August 23, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 256

Summary: A haunting new tale in the Past Midnight series...

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 Thoughts: Oh gosh!! I really have enjoyed this series. I gave the first book 4 cupcakes, the second book 5 cupcakes, and now the third book 3 cupcakes. I just didn't love this one as much as the others.

We are back with Charlotte and her sticky life. After the last book, her mother is still in a coma, her dad's still pining away trying to be there in case she wakes up, Charlotte is trying to figure out what is going on with her boyfriend Noah, and Annalise is away at college.  Oh, and Noah's mom is planning her wedding. The wedding that they weren't supposed to have without Charlotte's mom being there.

In Beyond the Grave, we learn more about what happened at the ending of 100 Candles. We learn more about why Noah is acting the way he is and why her mom can't seem to wake up.

We also learn more about The Watcher and The Protector.

Honestly, I just don't think there was enough action in this book. And hardly any romance at all. Noah was kind of aloof for most of this book and he just wasn't interesting anymore. And maybe it was just me, but I didn't care much for the Watcher or Protector angle. I just wanted things to be happy and Charlotte and Noah to get their relationship back on track and I wanted her mom to wake up!

Beyond The Grave was still an alright book but I did enjoy the other two books more. Will I still read anything else Mara writes? Yes, of course. This just wasn't the best book for me. You might like it more than me, there just wasn't enough real action to tide me over.

Overall: Just okay in my opinion. Not a bad book, just sad to see the series come to an end and I wasn't as invested in this one as the others. Probably a 3.5 more than a 3 cupcake book for me.

Cover: Like it. Like the red color!

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tthepageturner said...

Aww, it's a shame this book book was just 'okay' as I really enjoyed the other books. Not much romance and action you say? Darn! =(

Thanks for the lovely review. =)

Tia said...

I haven't read this book series yet! It seems like it's definitely worth the read.

Tia @ Falling For Books


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