Thursday, June 2, 2011

PARANORMALCY by Kiersten White

Before I bought the book, I'd read several great reviews about it and spent a good amount of time eyeballing the beautiful cover.  What?  Can you blame me?  Just look at it, you know I'm right J The title was great--GREAT.  Knowing how big paranormal is, I can't believe someone hadn't thought of it before (hats off to you Miss White).  Being a YA paranormal with a fun/original plot, Paranormalcy seemed to be right up my alley.

Here's a quick rundown: Sixteen-year-old Evie has worked for the International Paranormal Containment Agency all her life.  Her ex is a fairy (literally), her best and only friend lives in a fish tank (again, literally), her job involves clapping tracking devices on vamps, weres and other paranormaly beings, but Evie still insists that she's normal--or at least not 'paranormal'--despite her rare talent for seeing through paranormals' glamours.  Then someone (a boy, naturally...or in this case supernaturally since he can shape-shift) breaks into the Agency, paranomals start dying left and right, there's talk of a prophecy, and Evie finds out that she's not as normal as she'd once thought.

Annnnd after all those run-on sentences I'm pretty tired. *takes a moment to regroup*

Phew...okay, now I'm good.  So, the book started out great.  Fast pacing, a light tone and relatable heroine who for once wasn't depressed, suicidal, or obsessed with sparkly vamps sporting the funky I-love-you-but-I-want-to-kill-you stare 0___o (Yes, I'm looking at you Swan).  I honestly thought it was really good.  The action kept the story moving, and the plot was interesting.  Lend and Evie's relationship in contrast to hers and Reth's (the possessive fairy ex) was actually kind of refreshing.  Their budding romance was innocent and moved at a far more believable pace than most of the YA I've read.  And Lend, though not the tortured/bad boy love interest I typically go for, was sweet and courageous.  I can appreciate a bit of nice guy charm J

I did have a slight problem with Evie, though.  As the novel went on, more and more bad things happened, and she just didn't feel the impact as much as I thought she should have (don't worry, no spoilers).  I'll just say that although I didn't want her to turn weepy and weak for keeps, there are times when 'weepy and weak' is exactly what a character should feel.  She'd think about this tragic event one moment and then be laughing/shopping the next.  Her emotions just didn't run as deep as they should have, or at least that's how it felt to me.

Overall, I really liked it.  Not loved but liked.  Lend was a good guy, and I'm glad to see one of them finishing first for once (As you can tell, I'm totally Team Jacob J  But I didn't think Bella deserved him anyway...but I DEFINITELY didn't think Nessy did either.  Just...ewww.  WTH was Meyer thinking???  Twilight rant over!).  Another thing I enjoyed was the fairy slant.  I do love me some fairy stories!  But if I were to recommend any, I'd go for Tithe by Holly Black or the Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr.  Darker than Paranormalcy but ultimately more satisfying I think.

Good book, but I'm not sure about buying the sequel.  Any thoughts?

Ninja Girl


  1. I liked this one! I thought it was a fresh take on the Paranormal YA genre - not cliche or anything. But I agree, it wasn't really a favorite.

  2. I'm going to have so many books to read after you're done with me.

  3. ooh i agree 100% with you. There was one spot in particular in the book where something horrible happened, and EVie was sad right away, but then wasn't. I really thought any normal person would have been pretty consumed by grief for quite a while...

  4. I have it in my hands every time I'm in a bookstore but I always end up putting it down... There's something that stops me from reading it... I don't know what it is but it's there... Anyway, I don't blame you at all, a good, beautiful cover deserves to be watch over and over! ;)

  5. @Jillian Totally agree w/you

    @Metro Girl Yes, yes you will ;)

    @Falen I think I know exactly what part you're talking about, and I felt the same. She just recovered way too fast, too soon

    @Silvia OMG, I went through that same thing! Looking at it, picking it up, putting it down annnnd repeat...Glad to know I wasn't the only one. And yes, beauteous covers def deserve their share of ogling 0_0

  6. I''m kind of like @Silvia, I keep picking it up, then putting it down, not sure if I want to read it or not. Your review gives me a thought to go ahead and give it a try. I love that you're talking about Twilight as well, and that you can complain without dissing the whole series like others do.

  7. Hey Ninja Girl,

    This book has been on my radar for a while. Thanks for the honest review. I am def going to give it a try. Hey. the main character has my name - It is my duty to read

    Awesome review, as always!


  8. @Lisa Madina Wow, is that your real name, b/c it totally rocks!!! And thanks for your comment

    @Paromantasy Yeah, you totally have a duty to read lol!

  9. I agree - beautiful cover. Makes a ton of difference! Sounds intriguing, might have to check it out. As a hardcore Twilight reader I enjoyed the side commentary...Team Jacob?! Ninja Girl - really?! u would b strong enough to resist the sparkling vamps!? LOL

  10. Gorgeous cover!

    I hadn't really known what this one was about, and now I can't wait to read it! Your summary of it makes it sound like such a unique, yet action-packed story. I'm definitely going to try this one out! Great review!

  11. Guess who read Paranormalcy and loved it!? ;P