oliviasbooks's Reviews > Paranormalcy

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Rate this book
Clear rating

I was skeptical after I read a ton of reviews and saw that Becca Fitzpatrick recommended it (very bad sign in my opinion), but I decided not to cancel my pre-order and have a go. Now I have to say: I really liked the book. And I liked the heroine and her love-interest (I mention only one, because that manipulative control-freak behavior of RetCh, the conscience-free faerie, cannot be counted as love-triangle worthy. He just used her loneliness and her craving of any kind of physical contact to reach his goal. There is really NOTHING to recommend or excuse him apart from good looks. So don't try to convince me of the opposite. Aprilynne Pike wrote in her blurb "...One won Evie's heart and the other won mine." I enjoyed Mrs. Pikes debut well enough to rate it three stars, but after this disclosure of her bad taste in evil guys I will be very wary of books to come).

After reading her story I can even understand Evie's girlish preference for pink, sparkling clothes and tasers and her motivation to give her Taser and her knife pet names: Since she turned eight she has been living underground, held like a dumb princess in an ivory tower, fed with only the information necessary to tag and bag random paranormals for the International Paranormal Containment Agency that is her "home" and shamelessly uses her unique gift of seeing beyond every kind of magic glamour. All her confidants are grown-ups. She is home-schooled by a permanently depressed female werewolf and High-School is something that happens on TV. If you were Evie, would you not jump at every possibility to shop with your otherwise business-like guardian for some ultra-girlish clothes, which resemble the stuff the actors on your favorite Teen TV Drama "Easton Heights" flaunt? Would you not try to be a little normal, to be a teenager? Evie does not own rhine-stone-studded hand-bags because she never leaves the Center outside of a mission. So she compensates by decorating her weapon and giving it a silly name.

Apart from the difference in age and that unhealthy degree of helpers syndrom Rachel Morgan has, Evie's personality reminded me a lot of this favorite urban fantasy heroine of mine. I don't excactly know why. But she was not at all how I had imagined her to be.

What I also liked were the various commonly known paranormal lores (faerie, vampire, werewolf, mermaid, elementals ...), their adaption and their integration into the book's world-building. Nicely done. I think I will pickup the sequel "Supernaturally", when it comes out in paperback.
16 likes · flag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read Paranormalcy.
Sign In »

Reading Progress

03/10 page 36
11.0% "So far it's pretty interesting."
03/11 page 122
36.0% "I still like Evie and Lend. But Reth ... ughh .. he should be called RetCh. Ultracreep." 2 comments
02/26 marked as: read

Comments (showing 1-15 of 15) (15 new)

dateDown arrow    newest »

Corinne I'm looking forward to your review! I got mixed feelings while reading it.

~Tina~ Yay's! You liked:)

oliviasbooks Available for swapping within Germany.

Janina Hey, I'm glad you liked it. I would be interested. Take a look at my swapping shelf, I updated it recently, maybe there is something you would like.

oliviasbooks Sisters in Sanity would be lovely, Janina.

Janina Sure. It's a 'Mängelexemplar', though, but apart from the stamp, I haven't been able to detect any defects ;).

Corinne But didn't you thought that the ending was a little bit anti-climatic? I for once was wondering why suddenly Evie had a soul, but maybe I just don't get it *g*

oliviasbooks *don't follow the discussion, janina!* No, Corinne. I wasn't wondering. Reth told her a lot of lies anyway and in the end even Vivian had a soul. I think Vivian was so lonely, that she misintepreted her own feelings / the void she felt.

Flannery I thought Reth reminded me of retch, as well:-) I thought this book was well done and really fun. And I laughed out loud at that line when Lend said sometimes he puts his license in his locker and it is almost too exciting to bear lol. Great review, Olivia.

oliviasbooks Janina wrote: "Sure. It's a 'Mängelexemplar', though, but apart from the stamp, I haven't been able to detect any defects ;)."

Just to be sure, I repeat: I'd take it regardless of physical faults.

My/Your Paranormalcy copy has a wavy cover. The paperback binding is just crap - has been since I opened the parcel.

Janina Okay :). I'll send it off tomorrow.

oliviasbooks Ich hoffentlich auch. Sonst übermorgen.

Alexandra  Harris I'm thinking of starting this series, is there a good dialog, is it funny and witty?

oliviasbooks I have honestly forgotten how the author dealt with dialogues. But I have to admit I dropped the series before even finishing volume 2. So, I could recommend Paranormalcy, but if you are someone who finishes a series no matter what, I am the wrong person to ask.

Alexandra  Harris Ok thanks

back to top