Rereading this after reading it for the first time in seventh grade was like coming home. Everything's familiar, everything's comforting; but at the sRereading this after reading it for the first time in seventh grade was like coming home. Everything's familiar, everything's comforting; but at the same time you can't help but notice the cracks, the things you missed all your life and have just started to see. ...more
Pride and Prejudice is one of Austen's best and most loved novels. The plot is excellent, the characters are hilarious and the writing is superb. It'sPride and Prejudice is one of Austen's best and most loved novels. The plot is excellent, the characters are hilarious and the writing is superb. It's an excellent place to start if you're just starting out with Austen and an excellent book to read anytime. It's influence is huge and it's one of my favorites. ...more
It's Christmas time at Spence, and Gemma, Fee, and Anne are once again plotting their way back to the realms, and the special person they've forgottenIt's Christmas time at Spence, and Gemma, Fee, and Anne are once again plotting their way back to the realms, and the special person they've forgotten there. As they use the magic to change their futures, trouble follows them when various tribes and people of the realms fight for control of the unclaimed and freed power. Things get Libba Bray creepy-crawly, however, with Gemma's new visions, a madwoman, and the ultimate showdown between our heroine and the mysterious Circe.
If you've read my review on A Great and Terrible Beauty, you should know I love this series. I've read this one and AGATB nearly five times each, and every word, plot twist and turn are as familiar to me as Harry Potter's are.
And, in spite of that, I still utterly and devotionally love this book. It's much better than AGATB was, the story is even more riveting, and the plot isn't as predictable, and instead is so much more twisting and turning than before. There's excellent character development in this one too, for Gemma, Fee and especially Kartrik, and I adore the interweave this development has with all the crazy events in this novel.
Is it sufficient to say I really just all around LOVE this novel? I love the plot, I love the mystery even though I know it by heart now, and I love the characters in here.
Except for Ann. Ann is my least favorite person in this entire series. I liked Pippa more than I liked her. I liked Gemma's father more than I liked her. I even liked Tom more than I liked her. But I digress, you gotta have a wimpy character in there somewhere I suppose.
And the writing? So much better, smoother, and just plain good. Rebel Angels is definitely easier to get into than AGATB was.
Honestly, I don't think I've got any more to say about this one. I loved it. Most of what I think about the series I wrote about in my review on AGATB anyway, so there really isn't much for me to comment on. I surprisingly don't write a lot on books I really liked. And this is definitely one of them. 5/5
The Sweet Far Thing takes place about 4 months after the final events of Rebel Angels. Gems, F'city, and Annybopkins are currently finishing their finThe Sweet Far Thing takes place about 4 months after the final events of Rebel Angels. Gems, F'city, and Annybopkins are currently finishing their final year at Spence, all the while desperately trying to get back to the realms which strangely remain closed to them. Kartik remains elusive as odd things start happening around the school, and Gemma's visions tell of a dark foreboding. The army of the Winterlands are moving, and they're coming for her head.
If you do not know how much I have loved this series, as well as this particular book, the only two things I did in this novel will help you.
During this novel, I:
A. Read it with breathless anticipation.
and B. Bawled my eyes out.
Good enough for ya? No, I suppose not.
I originally read this book in like 2007/2008, and actually didn't care for it that much. I remember thinking it was too long, and it didn't get down to the good stuff. Re-reading it now, however, I want to slap myself. The Sweet Far Thing is not a book you read in like 3 hours. That is to say it is not Harry Potter. It is a book that requires long hours of careful dedication, and pauses for you to contemplate and enjoy Libba's prose in this very very long end to a wonderful series.
Those pauses are also there for you not to start crying all over the place, and actually take time to compose yourself. Yeah, I cried a lot. Even though I knew what was coming.
The Sweet Far Thing has a lot of what you've expected from the first two novels in the series: Victorian society, magical realms, the meaning of friendship, beautiful prose, and of course Libba's little sliver of romance to keep you hungering after Kartik and all his sexyness.
One of my favorite things about this novel was the characters. Because they are seriously all at their best and wonderfully detailed here. I even like Ann at some points. :O There's great development for all of them, and lots of those 800+ pages are dedicated to tying up those loose ends, and subplots that have been around for a while.
The romance between Kartik and Gemma was, as in the other novels, beautifully handled, and really made the romantic in me very very happy. (view spoiler)[Even though he's now a tree. (hide spoiler)] The other romance in this novel was also something I felt Libba did very well, and both conclusions to each individual romance were understandable (based on the setting), and left me satisfied (view spoiler)[ even in spite of the ending. Which my boyfriend offered to rewrite for me so I could stop crying about it. (hide spoiler)]
I'm trying to keep this as spoiler free as I can, hence the 'view spoiler' linky things.
Plot-wise this book was wonderfully done, with lots of twists and turns to keep you gasping and guessing. I remember not seeing a lot of things coming, though Libba is, as always, careful enough about her foreshadowing for you to sort of see the bigger picture before it actually happens. The second time around, I couldn't remember much about the smaller twists, and was caught off guard when something I had forgotten happened.
The prose was, as always, beautiful, and filled with Libba's lovely poetic ways to keep me riveted and wondrously charmed.
All in all, wonderfully heartbreaking, and beautifully done, The Sweet Far Thing is a great ending to a fabulous series. Oh, why did it have to end! 5/5["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Beautiful, destructive and so very very sad. Characters: Considering this is the third and last book, you should know by now that the characters be roBeautiful, destructive and so very very sad. Characters: Considering this is the third and last book, you should know by now that the characters be rockin' ♥ Plot: Twists, turns and so much turmoil. I tried my hardest not to cry in this one, but it really got to me. Collins really shows the hardships and destructive powers war can take on a person as well as a nation. Much like the last Harry Potter book, this one was different from the other two in that the focus and the message here was less about Katniss and more about the cruelty of war and the death and fear that comes with it. Writing: Collins is superb, without question. She knows how to set up a story and keep the suspense going without making the reader bored. I look forward to reading her next work. While I wouldn't say this is my favorite of the Hunger Games Trilogy, it is the one that made the most impact and really brought the message home that the first two didn't. 4.5/5...more
as always with this series all I can say is brilliant. Characters: You know they be rockin'. Plot: twists, turns and so so much suspense. I couldn'tas always with this series all I can say is brilliant. Characters: You know they be rockin'. ♥ Plot: twists, turns and so so much suspense. I couldn't stop reading because I JUST HAD TO KNOW WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN!! Writing: Awesome. Beautiful and perfect, Collins knows how to keep you hooked :P 5/5...more
So so much better than the movie. Characters: Perfect. All of them made me laugh and love. Particularly Sophie, Howl and Calcifer , so so much CalcifeSo so much better than the movie. Characters: Perfect. All of them made me laugh and love. Particularly Sophie, Howl and Calcifer ♥, so so much Calcifer ♥ Plot: Even though parts of it do follow the movie, lots of it doesn't and the twist and turns made me very happy and surprised! Writing: Brilliant. This woman knows how to write and does it well. I laughed and loved every minute of this and will definitely consider it and the many sequels. The only negative aspects I can say about this novel was the love story between Sophie and Howl was much better and more realistic in the movie than the book and the book was too short, I wanted to stay in the world a little longer *sigh* 4.5/5...more
First Review: When I first started this, I wasn't really sure I'd like it. But I gave it a couple more chapters and then...WHAM. Addicted. I don't know what happened but this book became my crack. I couldn't stop. I JUST HAD TO KNOW THE END. So that goes without saying I loved it. EVERY SINGLE MINUTE OF IT. Characters: I LOVED EVERY SINGLE ONE. Plot: BRILLIANT. Writing: I don't know how this woman does this, but I couldn't stop reading, my body is still trying to cope with finishing the thing and it wants more! This proves how serious I am, I think, in that I'm buying this book and the companion novel. Both in hardcover. That's how much I loved it. 5/5...more
Woah. Shocking, thrilling, wonderful, brilliant and one of the scariest things I've ever read. The ups and downs of this book left me hanging and wantiWoah. Shocking, thrilling, wonderful, brilliant and one of the scariest things I've ever read. The ups and downs of this book left me hanging and wanting, needing more. Chilling, Haunting and oh, so eerily beautiful, Wintergirls made me think and wonder about the effects of anorexia and the relationships that push us to it....more
When I first read Graceling three summers ago, I fell in love with Kristin Cashore. The prose, the characters, the world, everything about Graceling cWhen I first read Graceling three summers ago, I fell in love with Kristin Cashore. The prose, the characters, the world, everything about Graceling consumed me beginning to end. When I read Fire a few months later, I enjoyed it, but not as much as its predecessor.
Though that might've been because I have enormous crush on both Katsa and Po.
When I started Bitterblue I didn't think it could top what I felt for Graceling.
I can easily say I was utterly, totally, and completely wrong.
Bitterblue is not only an amazing end to a really phenomenal series, but it really is an amazing book on its own merits as well. Cashore, as always, writes eloquently, and brings together so many themes and plots throughout the novel. Healing, reconstruction, trust, Bitterblue has it all, and really brings together the surrounding discourse around Leck each of the books have centered on.
Honestly, it's truly my favorite of the series, no matter my love affair with Katsa. Bitterblue is brave, honest, and an absolute joy to read about. How I wish I could've stayed in her world longer. 5/5...more
Picking up a few months after the events at the end of White Cat, Cassel is heading back to his normal life at school. As he deals with his newly relePicking up a few months after the events at the end of White Cat, Cassel is heading back to his normal life at school. As he deals with his newly released mother, his new loving brother, and his guilt about a certain sexy blonde, things in Cassel's world get crazier with the arrival of two federal agents with an interesting proposition, a sudden expected death, and the return of my favorite character.
I absolutely A-D-O-R-E-D Red Glove. It was better than the first one, with more character interaction, and just enough plot-that's-actually-more-like-set-up to keep you longing, just longing for the last one.
Stupid April 2012 release. I wantz bookz nowz.
One of the best things about this novel, and the series in general is the world Black has built. I love the whole con-man magic thing, and I love how Black is able to play with the idea of a mafia with magical powers. It's like the X-Men, just badass. I also love the fact that Black is able to sneak a bigger-message-theme political side to it too, in making the society Cassel is in conflicted between allowing workers to leave free of anyone knowing their powers (and therefore basically condemning them to a life of misery. Much like the sex offender status we have today), and having their particular power as part of their record. And the best part about it is she's able to sneak it in among all her other plots going on, and you don't even notice this kind of subtle message she's giving you till you start to make comparisons in your own mind. For me it was when I started to realize the similarities between the workers' situation and that of sex offenders (I watch a little too much of L&O:SVU). In both, knowledge of who you are (worker or sex offender) leads to a life of misery in terms of finding a job. And while in both, there are definitely some people out there who deserve to have their record known, there are others, like Cassel (and others who've been wrongly charged etc...), who don't deserve to placed within that stereotype, and therefore lose out. This does NOT mean that I want to change the system surrounding sex offenders or anything, but I thought it was interesting that the political and societal problems Black is showing in her curse workers could be so easily applied to today. We base our opinions on people on these stereotypes, so much of the time on things that can't be helped, that we end up liking/disliking, hiring/not hiring, etc.. just based on that, and not an actual aspect of their personality.
Another thing I loved about Red Glove was the fact that Black spent so much time on character development this time around, in comparison to the huge amount of effort made in White Cat on plot. (Which makes sense since WC is the first in a series, and is therefore the introduction book, while RG is the middle book, and is only there to extend the series further. ie set-up) While there still is an awesome plot to RG, Black puts more of an effort into us getting to know the characters better. Sam, Dani, Cassel, and Lila get a good amount of spotlight each for us to really focus in on them in preparation for the final events in Black Heart.
Black's prose in this novel, as well as in WC, is especially riveting. I don't know how she does it, but she's able to write what would take me a paragraph to say in like three words. I'm not even kidding! She just nails it, she gets it right down to that perfect sentence that shows you so much. It's just arg. I can't explain it, but she's good. Real good.
The only thing I didn't care for in this novel was the federal agents plot. I just couldn't see the point of it at first, or at least not till I finished the book and got a good hint of where Black's going with the last one. Then, THEN, it made sense to me.
All in all, it was fabulous. Absolutely fabulous. That's really all that needs to be said. 5/5 ...more
It's always hard to finish off a trilogy, or a series for that matter. An author has to tie up all those loose ends, and still make some sort of endinIt's always hard to finish off a trilogy, or a series for that matter. An author has to tie up all those loose ends, and still make some sort of ending appear, while the reader has to accept those terms. And Mastiff was definitely one of those books that I can easily say, as a fan, I deliberated over while reading it. If you've read Mastiff you'll probably guess what I'm talking about, and if you haven't, don't clink on those (view spoiler)[I SAID NOT TO CLICK IT! :D (hide spoiler)] tags.
Mastiff picks up about 3 (? dear god, my memory) after the ending events in Bloodhound. Our ferocious Beka is her own dog now, with Tunstall as her partner, and is dealing with the death of her fiance who she might or might not have loved. :O Anyway, when the heir to the kingdom goes missing, and mages are to suspect, it's up to Beka, Achoo, Tunstall, and a mage named Farmer (*shakes head* I still can't get over how ridiculous his name is :P) to solve the mystery, and find the young boy.
If you've ever read anything by Tamora Pierce you'll know she doesn't skimp on the darker sides to humanity, and Mastiff was probably one of the darkest, more serious novels I've read by her. This novel doesn't only deal with the usual courtly intrigue, but it also deals with slavery, death, and torture, especially in relation to children. In other words this novel isn't for the faint hearted, nor is it a fun fantasy adventure with galloping knights and pretty princesses. Instead Mastiff is dark, beautiful, and deals with the darker sides of our nature, and the sickness in people that makes them do things for money, status, revenge even if it means betraying the people you love.
And yes, I am subtly hinting at the twist in the novel that I knew as soon as I read it would divide a large portion of the Pierce fandom. And while I really don't want to go into details, I will share my thoughts on it.
One thing I should mention is that I never saw this coming. Or rather I didn't, but immediately realized I should've have. I explained this to a friend like this: There's a twist in Libba Bray's The Sweet Far Thing where a hidden relationship is revealed. (and I'm sorry for all of those who haven't read it and won't get this reference-sorry!) (view spoiler)[The one between Fee and Pip (hide spoiler)] And while the relationship is utterly shocking, surprising and worthy of a spectacular 'Whaaatttt?' face, it makes sense considering the context, and the development of their relationship during the entire series. And yes, it's utter OMG moment, but it was also a moment for me that was worth of facepalming, because I SHOULD'VE SEEN IT COMING. And I know this sounds much too vague to make sense, but that's what I felt like when I read the twist in Mastiff. It was very OHNONONONOOMGNONONO, but then it was Ah. Yes. Okay. I understand now. BECAUSE IT MADE ABSOLUTE SENSE WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE ENTIRE SERIES. It was something that always irked me, it was something that I kept noticing, and when I saw the outcome of all that set-up I understood why. Don't get me wrong, I hated it, I hated it as much as Beka did, but sadly it just made sense. It made sense considering the context, the plot, and most of all it made sense thematically with what Pierce was trying to show us throughout Mastiff: That people are good and bad, and that people will do horrible, cruel things if one of those sides outweighs the other.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that while I hated the twist, I gained so much more respect for Pierce as an author for not backing down from such a heart wrenching decision that I think we all know broke her heart as much as it did ours.
I'm really not going to go much further into the plot or the characters, because I don't want to inadvertently spoil anything, or ruin the book for anyone. Most of the characters, with the exception of Farmer, you'll already know if you've read any of Beka's books anyway, so I don't think a character analysis is really needed at this point. I will mention that I enjoyed Farmer, and the role he played in relation to Beka. I thought he was cute, oh so funny, and just really, really good at what he did. (view spoiler)[That is kissing Beka :D (hide spoiler)]
The romance, yes, yes, there is one, was something I really enjoyed, and felt fit Beka nicely for her character (view spoiler)[even if she didn't end up with a certain rogue-which I don't think would've worked out anyway, because Beka is just too law-centered to be able to overlook those kind of attributes (hide spoiler)]. I always like how Pierce never makes the romance the center of the novel, and I was particularly glad it didn't happen in Mastiff, because it just wouldn't have fit Beka's character.
(I must mention, probably for the millionth time, that I just love Beka. She's one of my favorite heroines, and I even like her more than Alanna :O)
There was one thing I found kind of odd while reading this, and that was the ending. Or at least the way it was written. It could be because the majority of Mastiff is so dreadfully sad, but I found the more happier aspects awkward to read. Again, might be me, but it's something to consider. I'll probably figure out what was bothering me when I re-read this novel in a few years. Otherwise, the writing, as always, was top notch, and so, so, so addicting. Mrs. Pierce, you kill all my spare time with your books. Please don't ever stop.
All in all, Mastiff was a fantastic, if utterly depressing, way to end such a wonderfully gritty series. (WHY DID IT HAVE TO END??!! BEKKKKAAAAA!!!!) 5/5["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I couldn't help myself, I had to finish this. So the Last Olympian exceeded all my expectations and was an absolutely crazy fun ride of the usual suspI couldn't help myself, I had to finish this. So the Last Olympian exceeded all my expectations and was an absolutely crazy fun ride of the usual suspense and action. The story starts off almost a year after the fourth book left off, with a few days left before Percy's 16th birthday (and hence crazy prophecy time) and in the middle of the war between the losing Olympians and the Titans. Things, of course, get worse before they get better and lots of battles and wonderful schemes take place before a pretty good ending tops it all off. The plot is wickedly done and the twists and turns are absolutely thrilling. I did see a few of them coming but a lot I was surprised at. I was really impressed the way Riordan was able to tie everything together so perfectly at the end and flow in all those missing pieces so that nothing was left unanswered. The sense of realism Riordan has put into the Percy Jackson series remains in terms of the casualties of war and complexities within characters and made me happy-realism is very crucial for a good novel. I was also very happy with the romantic aspect of the story and got what I wanted to see :) In terms of writing, Riordan doesn't let you down and this one if filled with the wonderful amounts of suspense that, in my case, prevent you from doing anything other than reading the whole thing. Percy's voice has always been very prominent in the series and this one is no exception. All in all, The Last Olympian was an excellent end to a fabulous series and leaves just a hint of the next series in this world. Don't know if I'll pick it up just yet (I'm kinda in love with Percy, I don't think any other half-blood can take his place at the moment) but I will be looking into it :) 5/5...more
Terrier is the first in Tamora Pierce's Beka Cooper trilogy, and revolves around a character living 300 years before the events in the Song of the LioTerrier is the first in Tamora Pierce's Beka Cooper trilogy, and revolves around a character living 300 years before the events in the Song of the Lioness Quartet. Beka is a Puppy or trainee in the Provost's Guard, and is assigned to Goodwin and Tunstall in the Lower City. Mysteries, of course, soon pop up and Beka must use her skills and unique talents to survive and solve the murders before *gasp* it's too late! First off let me warn you: I LOVE BEKA. I love her character, I love her books, and I love her first person narration. She is by far my favorite of Pierce's heroines, and no matter how many times I read her books (my 3rd or 4th for this one) I still love her. So, um, this review could have a lot more praise than criticism, and could be quite a bit biased I suppose, but I digress. Terrier is essentially a mystery novel. Just you know set in Tortall, and with magic and stuff. Intrigue, politics, and all that lovely stuff are a major part of the novel, and figuring out whodoneit is basically for the most part the point of the book. Surprisingly, even after re-reading it several times and being very much aware of the baddies, the novel is still suspense and captivating. Or for me at least. I can't help being drawn in to the details and the world Pierce creates that's very much Tortall, but has a lot of major differences. The plot is very twisty turny, with lots of surprises here and there, and relies on that suspense factor to get keep you reading and wondering what's going to happen next. The fact that the story is written in a diary of sorts lets Pierce able to play with that suspense even more as she can play with dates, missing pages, etc... in order for us to nearly die with anticipation for Beka's next entry. The characters are all part of a lovely well detailed cast, and though many of them are reminiscent of other characters in Pierce's world (Alanna's Quartet was where I saw the most similarities) the cast as a whole are still very realistic and engrossing to watch. Beka, as our narrator, is of course the most interesting of the bunch, and I loved seeing her grow and train to get better. The writing is a change for Pierce in that it's first person, but nevertheless is as beautifully done as her other work. Lovely dialogue, word choices, and unique language are all used to make you feel the effort put into this novel. This is a great book to read if you're already a Pierce fan, as well as a great introduction to the series and world as a whole. 5/5...more
The Battle of The Labyrinth is the fourth book in the Percy Jackson series (as well as being the first one to catch my eye) and follows the adventuresThe Battle of The Labyrinth is the fourth book in the Percy Jackson series (as well as being the first one to catch my eye) and follows the adventures of our buddies in the famous Labyrinth as they continue to try and stop the mighty Kronos from rising. The Battle of the Labyrinth is easily my favorite of the four I've read so far. The pacing is excellent, the suspense prevents me from doing my homework and the plot is very well done with lots of twist, lots of turns and loads of laughter. The characters are still as awesome and the romance is very funny and cute. Riordan's writing is at it's best and the ending makes you want to scream for the last one. Go Percy! 5/5...more
A year and a few months after the end of her Puppy training, full-fledged Dog Beka Cooper is facing a few difficulties. Without a stable partner or evA year and a few months after the end of her Puppy training, full-fledged Dog Beka Cooper is facing a few difficulties. Without a stable partner or even one that can stand her for more than a few weeks, Beka is having a hard time dealing with the lazy people she keeps getting assigned to. When counterfeit coins, coles, start arriving in the city, however, Beka is given a secret assignment in Port Caynn to root out the Rat who started the nasty business. I loved Bloodhound almost as much as I loved Terrier. A lot of my favorite characters were back, though most didn't stick around, and Beka was still Beka. There wasn't much of a mystery in this one as Terrier was, but there certainly was a lot of development in terms of Beka's character, and a bit more of that gray area criminal stuff that Pierce does very well indeed. So the story isn't really about who's doing the counterfeiting as how can we prove it? Yes, there's a fair amount of intrigue and fun sleuthly parts to the novel, but for the most part we're seeing Beka learning and dealing with working within the limits of the law, and her growth as a character in learning to adapt to various situations. In addition to the growth Beka is experiencing toward her job, we also see her deal with a sort of identity crisis in figuring out if she's a Dog or just plain old Beka. Most of the book can easily be seen as character development as the plot takes a bit of a backseat in comparison to Terrier, but it works really well in showing us the many ways Beka is growing in preparation for final (and hopefully awesome) book in the trilogy. (view spoiler)[The romance in this one, compared to the tiny hints in Terrier, takes a greater precedence in the whole of the plot, and while I enjoyed watching Beka have fun for once I was really glad when the romance ended. It didn't feel right, something I'm hoping Pierce was getting at in making sure Beka and us the readers know it wasn't meant to be. (hide spoiler)] All in all, though I didn't love it as much as I devoured Terrier, Bloodhound is a great addition to the trilogy and Tortall as we wait and wait for Mastiff to finally come out. 4.5-5/5["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
So I first looked at this book because..well..everyone else was. It looked good, I read a few of the chapters and I was very interested. So interestedSo I first looked at this book because..well..everyone else was. It looked good, I read a few of the chapters and I was very interested. So interested I almost considered buying it. But I didn't and waited until my local library got it and snagged a copy. I should have just bought it. Paranormalcy surprisingly reminds me a lot of Evie's character, slightly blonde and cute on the outside yet full of this dark and deep personality on the inside. Both work well for the book and Evie herself. I started this baby off with lots of laughter and fun, cute moments and suddenly it turned dark and full of these questions and well it got to me, it really really did. And I couldn't believe how it had gotten so under my skin and utterly ensnared me. Because seriously that's what I was ensnared. I had to finish it and I'm slightly sad I did because now I have to wait till september for the second one. Applause for Kiersten White, I'm now a fan. Characters? Okay, so Paranormalcy's got a good if smallish cast of fun, lovable 'paranormals' and a few humans. Evie and Lend, unsurprisingly were my personal favorites and I enjoyed the chemistry and easy relationship they had with each other that was such a great contrast to this theme of true love that seems to be filling up teen lit these days. Evie and Lend's relationship was nothing close to that and it made me very very happy because it felt REAL and it didn't feel like some fate destined relationship but an everyday one that's perfectly and wonderfully relatable. Evie's character solely was perhaps my favorite part of the whole book, just getting to know her and hear her voice really brought me a great connection to who she was and how she felt. White's amazing ability to transform Evie's character from light to dark while still retaining her identity really helped create Evie as a person in my mind and brought me closer to the book and the conflicts within it. Plot? Brilliant. I should have seen most of it coming but I didn't. Bravo, White, bravo. No, but seriously it was full of fun, laughter, tense suspenseful action scenes and great dialogue. I actually laughed outloud while reading and that's pretty hard to do with a reader like me. (usually it's just smiles) The sense of realism is also apparent in the plot and the world White creates. While reading I felt not only the characters but the places as well and easily imagined it as being real. I loved the way the author tied everything neatly together at the end yet left us with just enough to wonder what next? Writing? By now, you should have figured out that the writing in this baby was wonderful and full of the realism throughout. I won't say much other than it left me completely hooked and addicted to Evie's voice. All in all, Paranormalcy was definitely one of the better teen books of this year and is now on my to buy list. I really am excited for the sequel and am sad I didn't trust myself enough to buy it in the first place. 5 bleeps! out of 5. ...more