February 1, 2011

ARC Review: One Hundred Candles by Mara Purnhagen / Teaser Tuesday (3)

One Hundred Candles by Mara Purnhagen
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: February 15, 2011
Pages: 235 (eARC)
Chapters: 25 (eARC)
Original Language: English
Source: NetGalley* 


It’s taken a long time for Charlotte Silver to feel like a normal teenager. But now that she’s settled in a new school, where she’s made friends who know about her parent’s infamous paranormal investigations, it feels like everything is falling into place. And what better way to be normal than to go on a date with the popular Harris Abbott? After all, it’s not as if Noah is anything more than a friend.

But Charlotte’s new life takes a disturbing detour when Harris takes her to a party where they play a game called One Hundred Candles. It all seems like harmless, ghostly fun. Until the spirits supposedly unleashed by the game start showing up at school. Now, Charlotte, her friends and her family are in very real danger, and the door that she’s opened into another realm may yield deadly consequences.

[via Goodreads]


I have finished this book yesterday (Jan. 31) but I didn't take the time on making the review. So, here I am now and let see what are the things I should say about this book.

To be honest, I haven't read the first book, Past Midnight, and I noticed this book is the 2nd installment of the series. Yes. It's a bummer. Still, I wanted to make a review about it. I'll get myself the first book sometime so I could be able to connect both of these reviews.

The narrator is the main character of the book, Charlotte Silver, who has a family of ghost busters -- not actually on the movie but they are debunkers. They are the ones investigating paranormal and supernatural activities using instead of a ghost-capturing-box, they use scientific methods which they are proving ghost are just energies floating around and not a real ghost at all.

If you're wondering why it is called -- One Hundred Candles, the details is included in this book, of course.

It is bad for me not knowing what had happen on the first book but it gave me a glimpse on it which is so good for me, though I don't know the exact details of the story.

This book gave me the chills, especially when the main reason of the one hundred candles are for. I am a fan of violence and gore but in ghostly stuff? No. When I am reading this alone in my room and the lights are dim lit, I felt goosebumps on my skin and felt of a sudden chill, creepy feelings are crawling through my skin. I am not freaking out but I don't like the feeling of it. But this book helped me to like this even more. There are few books that sending me that electricity of fright of sensation. That's something good about this book.

Love? Friendship? Family? It's all here. Tear-jerking scenes, a couple of humorous give and simple teenage love. Good combination of the three.

There are points of few flaws on this book. I don't want to sound bad but it is the truth. There is the part of predictability, not entirely all though. There were parts I was surprised to know. But the important stuff is the very most crucial part of the book. I already know the enemy from the beginning, so I just needed to read further to know what will happen. Not too much for revelations but it shows surprises which I liked too.

I do recommend this book for those who wanted to feel chills in your skin. Surely you will like this book. It is a worth to read and sure you're gonna enjoy it. I'll be getting my own copy of Past Midnight soon!:]

*I received this free eGalley via from publisher Harlequin Teens via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thanks guys!^^

Overall Rating

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along.

I'll give you 3 teasers today! These are the books I currently reading for reviews. Hope you liked it!^^

     "What a curious instrument," the lore master remarked, genuine interest returning to his voice.
     Jason pulled up the blue pant leg of his coveralls. "Look at my boot. Based on what I noticed people wearing at the waterfall, you've never seen shoes like these."

- page 30, Beyonders: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull, eARC via Galley Grab

As he watched, Eunice stretched her arm out behind her, holding up the folded slip of paper. Bulab took it from her hand and opened it.

- page 88, My Favorite Band Does Not Exist by Robert T. Jeschonek, eARC via NetGalley


     Eddie rolled his head, struggling to focus. "Tom... I saw an angel," he slurred.
     The bouncers burst out laughing. "Yeah, you mean Amber, right?" said the other one. "She wears short shorts while she's dancing around the bar."

- page 11, Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly, eARC via NetGalley

[Image via Goodreads]
It's the season of LOVE! Have a happy month of February guys! XOXO


Reading Lassie said...

Wow! Yours is like a total package, 3 in 1! Great teaserS and review! I look forward to you review of Angel Burn.

Mia said...

Awesome teasers! Especially Angel Burn ;)
Can't wait to hear what you think about it

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