Book Review: One Hundred Candles by Mara Purnhagen

I recently had the opportunity to review the Young Adult novel, One Hundred Candles by Mara Purnhagen.  The book will be released in February 2011 by Harlequin Teen.  The story begins with a scene at an old asylum where the main character, Charlotte Silver, is helping her paranormal research parents find supernatural forces.  It’s not something she loves, just a fact of her life.  What she encounters during that morning turns out to be unlike anything she’s ever come across.

Calling itself simply The Watcher, this other world being begins to set his sights on Charlotte.  Complicating her already complex life is the sudden interest of high school heartthrob, Harris Abbott, who’s after more than just Charlotte.  The story is filled with the typical angst of teenage romance while dealing with the more complex situation of her parents marriage slowly going to pieces.  The question is how will Charlotte deal with her parents marriage, an over attentive boyfriend and a supernatural being out for her life?

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.  The plot is layered, turning each corner it kept me guessing as to what was really behind the relationship between Charlotte and Harris, who was planning the events foretold during the party where they lit the one hundred candles, and how everything would come together.

While the situation of being hunted by a supernatural being is perhaps unrealistic, the characters are believable and real and made me feel like just maybe such a thing could exist.  The author creates a world most teenagers can relate to, the agony of first love, parental upset and everyday life.

This is the second book in the One Hundred Candles series featuring Charlotte Silver by Mara Purnhagen.  You can find the first book, Past Midnight, at local retailers and online.  For more information visit Harlequin Teen.

I was provided with a galley copy of this book through NetGalley to complete my review.  The opinions expressed are mine and were in no way influenced by Harlequin Teen.

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