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Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
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Feb 13, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: ya-fantasy
Read from February 10 to 12, 2012 , read count: 1

It's not terrible. That being said, it's not particularly good either.

I love urban fantasy and this book tries to incorporate some of those elements - a paranormal center in Bucharest? Bring it on! It also makes room for all kinds of paranormal creatures, which I also love to see in a good fantasy, and I especially look forward to faerie character that are decidedly anti-Tinkerbell in looks and demeanor. There are even broader themes of social justice, though they are not addressed as well or as deeply as they could have been.

The problem with this book, by and large, is the protagonist, Evie. There's all this potential in her back story and all this possibility for a complex and multi-layered young woman, but what we end up with is a stereotypical "pink glitter and rhinestones" little girl. Evie does a serious disservice to the notion of strong female characters in YA fantasy literature. It's a bummer.

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