Charlotte Silver, Princess of the Paranormal (as she was dubbed by her dad) wants a normal life. Her parents are dubunkers of the paranormal and her and her sister Annalise have been raised in this lifestyle. After an investigation near where Annalise attends college scares her she lays down a few rules if they want her to continue to help with what any future investigations. One of them is that they must stay in one place long enough so that Charlotte can finish her senior year at one high school. This is a dream come true for Charlotte and she only hopes that no one finds out who she really is.
Charlotte has lived in her sister's shadow her entire life and now she has a chance to be on her own. She wants people to see her as just a regular everyday kind of girl. She meets Avery (the popular cheerleader who has a secret of her own), Jared (the mysterious boy) and Noah (cute geeky boy). Unfortunately something has followed her home from the last investigation and she must solve the mystery before the spirits take their revenge (and hopefully before anyone finds out about her). Charlotte evolves from a shy-behind-the-scenes-kind-of-girl to a take-charge-this-is-how-we-are-going-to-solve-the-problem woman. She even starts to have her first crush on a boy...:)
This is a fantastic book for the teen reader! It mixes the paranormal (without being cheesy) with normal teen angst. This is a good clean read...:) I was really caught up in this story and didn't want it to end! I had to start the second book, One Hundred Candles, right away! Check out my review tomorrow...:)
Charlotte and her family are spending the summer in Charleston, South Carolina so her parents can make a documentary about old hotels and restaurants that are supposed to be haunted. Charlottes sister, Annalise, a college student, is helping as well. Charlotte feels inferior to her sister because shes everything shes not.
Annalise is short, beautiful, and all that most people talk about when both of them are around. She also feels inferior because Annalise is used as the chum, someone used to try to lure out ghosts. Some people believe that the person needs to be beautiful. Her parents always ask Annalise to and she is always stuck doing something in the background.
All of them go to the Courtyard Café to investigate a haunting. It doesnt go as it usually does. Annalise claims that she felt overwhelming sadness and freaks out. Charlotte convinces her to go in the restaurant again to see if they can figure out why it happened. Annalise feels the sensation once again.
This causes her to get her parents to agree to three things. One of them is to live in one place for a year for Charlotte because its her senior year. To Charlottes luck, the parents agree and also agree that they can live in a new house instead of an old Victorian house like usual.
Charlotte is actually looking forward to it because she never got to feel like she could leave a mark on a place because she was never around long enough to have best friends or join a team or club at her past schools. She meets Avery when loading stuff into their new house. Avery also has a pet dog with her named Dante, which immediately starts to growl at her. Charlotte says to herself that she hates that dog and learns later that the dog is sick. Could this be a coincidence?
Apparently, its not. Something is someone wont leave her alone. Will she find out why shes being paranormally stalked? Will she ever understand the dreams shes been having?
I didnt think Id like this book a lot, but I really enjoyed reading this. There were times when I guessed what was going on with the story and was right for the most part. There was something that happened that I never thought happened. I really felt bad for Jared. The whole school is against him. There are several times that he talks to Charlotte.
At times, I wanted to shake her and tell her to talk more to him. She doesnt though because of Avery. Right away, you can tell shes hiding something. I didnt hate Avery for it, but I didnt like how she would act about James. Theres always more to a story than meets the eye. I loved reading this and finding out what happened. Cant wait to read the next book!
This book kind of surprised me. I originally got it for my daughter, who devoured it in a day and told me, "Get me the sequel when it comes out!" Since she enjoyed it so much, I decided to read it too...
I have to admit- it drew me in right away. While I felt that the author could have maybe done a little bit more with each character's development, the story itself was rather interesting. It was nice to read something that didn't require me to keep so many characters straight for a change! I also read this in a day- the book kept pulling me back to it. The story has a little bit of ghost haunting, but not enough to be too scary. There's a little bit of a mystery and a little romance in there too. I will be looking for the sequel when it comes out, to see how the story continues.