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Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
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really liked it
bookshelves: tbr-scb-2011, kcls, paranormal, young-adult-teen, read-in-2011, reviewed-2011
Recommended to Flannery by: SCB TBR 2011 - Pick Three; Jess
Recommended for: YA urban fantasy readers, Buffy fans

When you look at the cover of this book, what do you think it is about? A blond teenage girl is wearing a prom dress in a field of pussy willows or wheat or something equally nonsensical. Here's a new cover that crushes the actual book cover on the relevancy front (though regrettably not in terms of artistic merit):

I mean, I went into this thinking it was going to be another YA paranormal romance and IT ISN'T. It is decidedly fun YA urban fantasy book. (jacket copy reading is for losers) It has a pretty kickass heroine, mermaids, werewolves (that may or MAY look like an Ewok in my picture), people made of water, people made of fire, vampires, trolls, nymphs, faeries, and everything else you can think of. Why would you trick your audience with the wheat field?

I digress. Evie has lived in the Center for as long as she can remember. She was picked up at the age of three and put through the foster system until the IPCA (Int'l Paranormal Containment Agency) realizes that she can see through glamours produced by all paranormals. As a vital asset, she goes out to bag-and-tag all sorts of beings for the agency. Things get a little dicey when all sorts of paranormals are being killed, the Center is invaded, and some faeries are being total douchebags. Speaking of faeries, Reth sounds like a noise someone makes when they are choking on something. Reeeth...Reeeeth...I'm retching here, it's too bad you can't hear it.

I felt like the last third or so wasn't as strong as the rest of the book. The story moved at a relaxed but appealing pace until a total break occurred and then it was out of whack. (view spoiler) Fun, sure, but I was perfectly happy with the natural pacing of the relationship--I was glad it wasn't going into trite YA foreverlove territory, and it still didn't...but it did get a little cheesified.

Kiersten White has a great sense of humor. Her characters were funny and fans of Buffy will definitely find something appealing about the friendships and storyline. I'm excited to see where it goes in the second book--Supernaturally.(which, incidentally, has Evie in a red dress and with some red (and probably completely irrelevant) flowers on the cover)

(view spoiler) 3.5 stars.
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Reading Progress

November 11, 2010 – Shelved
March 4, 2011 – Started Reading
March 4, 2011 –
page 78
March 5, 2011 –
page 158
March 7, 2011 – Finished Reading

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message 51: by Abby (new) - rated it 4 stars

Abby That was why one of my friends said I should get a nook...but I like the Kindle a little better. I've found myself perusing a lot of indie stuff lately. Amanda Hocking has a lot of ebooks out for super cheap and there are tons of good deals to find when you're desperate!!

And I read waaay too much to keep my budget under control.

Giselle BWAHAHAHAHA Love the cover! Ewoks!!!


Jennifer I very much enjoy your cover. I love the black boots and Tasey most of all. Well done :) (I also enjoy your review!)

message 55: by Ni (new) - rated it 2 stars

Ni I just wanted to say that that is certainly a magnificent, beautiful drawing.

Flannery My MSPaint skills are limited...or perhaps more aptly stated, EVERYONE's skills are limited by MSPaint:) I am partial to relevant covers in general. The girl in the dress theme in YA novels is sad.

Tayler Luv ur drawing

Courtnie evie's eyes are gray...

s.l.j. Yes, i liked this book, even though it wasnt very original or too greatly written. But it had that pull to it, and the relationships between all the characters was all messy and unknown and i likes it. So i give it almost 4.5 stars, almost like 4.25

message 60: by Melinda (new)

Melinda Cordell Dude. I need to make my jacket art look like that.

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