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Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
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Jul 19, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: kat-s-book-reviews, should-have-been-bad, ya-pnr-maddness, to-ya-or-not-to-ya
Recommended for: Fans of the YA Paranormal genre

There’s a scene in Vampire’s Suck (yes, my husband and saw it with a group of friends and exited the cinema a few hours later with a few less braincells). Vampire’s Suck’s version of Mike Newton from Twilight approached the Bella character upon meeting her, threw an arm around her shoulder and said, “Wow, you look pretty frigid and boring! Wanna go to prom?”

Despite the stupidity of this movie they managed to encapsulate, in one brilliant sentence, the biggest problem I’ve had with the YA paranormal novels of late. Particularly Fallen, Hugh Hush, Evermore, Halo, and the countless others like it that I haven’t managed to torture myself with. The female main characters are BORING. What’s more, they’re written in the roles of heroines and tragically couldn’t act less heroic.

Unless those bitches were hiding their sheballs somewhere I couldn’t see. (Yes, most women totally have sheballs.)


Except for Chris Crocker…



Evie is such a refreshing departure. She’s funny and, here’s something new, FUN. From her crazy antics and funny obsessions to even the most simple of phrases that come from her mouth.

Now, I’ll briefly explain about the Mary Sue test. Most authors and people in general are familiar with this term. It basically means the Main Character, if she is a Mary Sue, is basically an author self-insert.

Otherwise known as Luce, Nora, Ever, Bethany, Clary, Tessa and the biggest Mary Sue ever – Anita Blake.

Though imagining yourself doing various and weird sexual acts with Jean “I stole my leather pants from a hooker and now she wants them back” Claude is just a little weird.

Tranny Pants!

Unfortunately Evie ticks quite a few boxes on the Mary Sue test:

Evie is remarkably beautiful.

Evie carries an unusual weapon, wears a strange piece of jewelry, or otherwise displays a unique possession on her person.

Evie is notably witty, always ready with a sharp comeback or clever remark. Alternatively, she is fascinatingly stern and close-mouthed.

She is a natty dresser, always in fashion, or not in fashion but so well as to make the fashionable pale in comparison.

There's an unusual story centering around Evie's birth or infancy.

She was adopted, raised by people other than her parents, or for some reason has no biological parents.

There are prophecies about Evie.

Evie has psychic abilities, exceptional strength, magical powers, can heal with a touch, or has any other skill, talent, or power that we would consider superhuman.

More Than one special power.

Practically no one else in the story has similar powers.

But you know, she never feels like a Mary Sue. I guess her cute yearning for cars, high school, lockers, television and all the other little quirks to her personality give her a rounded character.

I thoroughly enjoyed the relationship between Evie and Lend. Not only did they have some witty and fun banter. There’s also that rare feeling that I have when I read novels, that these two could actually make it. I’m serious in that I could actually see these two getting married and the whole happily ever after too. They really make a lovely couple.
Unlike some people…

Anita and Jean Claude twu loff!

Anita and Jean Claude know how to have a good time together… no really!

The plot and pacing move nicely throughout the story and whilst it was easy to guess who the bad guy was and what the eventual outcome would be, it didn’t annoy me like it has in other novels. Can I help it if I’m, like, practically a genius or something?
No, no I can’t!

So over all this novel was a breath of fresh air. I completely enjoyed it and I absolutely can’t wait to read the sequel! I highly recommend it to most people, except for anyone named Bob and I think that out of most of the other YA paranormal lit out there, this one is definitely the best.
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Reading Progress

July 19, 2010 – Shelved
October 17, 2010 – Started Reading
October 19, 2010 – Shelved as: kat-s-book-reviews
October 19, 2010 – Shelved as: should-have-been-bad
October 19, 2010 – Finished Reading
December 28, 2011 – Shelved as: ya-pnr-maddness
December 28, 2011 – Shelved as: to-ya-or-not-to-ya

Comments (showing 1-36 of 36) (36 new)

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Laura I see you finally picked this one up :o) Looking forward to seeing what you think!

Kat Kennedy I know! It's taken me forever.

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AH That was an interesting review. Once again, I am awed by your use of visual aids. Very entertaining!

Megan I was interested in this one, but haven't heard much about it. Good to know it's worth checking out :)

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Kim I'm reading this right now, your review is hilarious.

I see you're not a fan of Anita either ^^

I stopped reading her books before it got really ugly.

Penny I saw Vampires Suck, laughed uncontrollably through the majority of it, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. Sure it was stupid. So stupid. But it sucked less then any one of the twilight books and was infinitely better then most YA UF/PNF being published these days.

Anyway, great review. I have the Paranormalcy audio book and will be starting it as soon as I finish Zombies vs Unicorns, and get through the last twenty-ish pages of Rot & Ruin.

I'm excited to start Paranormalcy because of all the positive reviews.

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Annalisa I want to see Vampires Suck! But I think I'm going to wait until it comes out on video.

Kat Kennedy Penny - did you like Rot & Ruin? I quite liked it. Yes, Vampires Suck was better than the Twilight movie!

Kim - Yeah, you did the right thing. It went WAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy off the deep end. I hope you're enjoying Paranormalcy!

Annalisa - give it a go, it definitely had some funny bits.

AH - Visual aids are teh best. I highly recommend them. :D

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Pickles You've convinced me to give this a chance! I was up in the air about it.

Desperado Awesome review, Kat! I've had this book on my TBR shelf for awhile & it's a relief that it's not another crap-ass book with a beautiful cover. Now, I know Evie has Mary Sue tendencies, but does she has sheballs? Cause I likes a heroine with sheballs...as long as she doesn't flash me.

Kat Kennedy She has sheballs, LL! I'm impressed with her sheballs.

message 12: by Kim (new) - rated it 4 stars

Kim I ended up liking this book, I didn't expect that.

Kat Kennedy Same, Kim. It was refreashing not to have to trash another YA paranormal.

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Lina I'm so glad that this is actually good because after Firelight I was worried to be taken in again.

message 15: by Desperado (last edited Oct 22, 2010 02:43PM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Desperado Kat wrote: "She has sheballs, LL! I'm impressed with her sheballs."

YES! I'm planning on reading this book next month, so WOO!

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Joyzi Vampire Sucks sucks *kidding*

Danica Mccabe thank you! i have been reading reviews for the past hour, and was starting to think there were no good books left! however, your review has made my day and i will most definitely be going to barnes and nobles tonight to buy this book.

I almost decided on Halo instead but laughed when i saw it in your category of boring, cliche YA books and quickly changed my mind.

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Amazon80 You write the best frickin’ reviews. I’m going to grow some sheballs.
I’ve been on a UF/PNR binge but will definitely throw this YA in for good measure. Another really funny YA that caught me by surprise was Hex Hall. Really funny!

Nishtha Your review is so funnny!!! I absolutely agree with you about the girl protagonist in up coming books are like weaklings!! They are not strong at all!! I tried reading fallen I hated it!! My favorite part was when the guy flips her of on the first day!!!

And if u like strong women roles!! Try out sabina kane series, chicagoland vampires, succubus series and Vampire academy series!!!

message 20: by Misty (last edited Dec 22, 2010 07:27PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Misty Okay, a good portion of this review I had to skip over because I intend to read the book and don't want any pre-whatever; I will come back. HOWEVER, I did have to read the Jean Claude bits and YESSSSSSSSSSS. Jesus Christ, what the hell, Laurell K? I know we talked about this before, but she has issues.
♥ the pictures.

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SimBim Hey, nice review! I'm in Paris on holiday right now. Just saw this book in WHSmith and wondered if this was good enough to buy. It has good reviews...just wondering if this was a YA book, or a paranormal romance for adults...thanks.

Misty It's YA

Kat Kennedy As Misty said - very YA.

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SimBim Okay, thanks!

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Faith u r high-larious... thanks

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Jess I have always wondered about the Anita Blake marvel comics - What happens when they catch up to book 10 in the series and Anita starts having sex every second page. Will marvel start producing Porn???

message 27: by Sandra (I don't read, I devour.) (last edited May 23, 2011 11:46PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Sandra (I don't read, I devour.) I really liked the characters voice here. I would compare it more to Lackey's characters. If you haven't checked her out as an author, I would highly recommend her books. Start with the Fairy Godmother or The Fire Rose.

Loving your review. Convinced me to move this book to the top of my to read: stack. First REAL book with actual pages that you turn I've read in a while. Kinda surprised me how fast I got back into the flick, turn page, forget your turning pages and just do it automagicaly mode.

Wadzanai Mufunde lol! She-balls. I know what you mean about Vampire's Suck. I thought it was just awful. I loved your review. Very visual and quite funny. I found it a fun easy to read book. I really want to strangle Reth but I can't help but like him for some reason. I have an obsession with faeries since the Wicked Lovely series. Couldn't go back to Aprillyne Pike's Wings series after that though.

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Seth Frost Awesome review; I was on the fence about getting this, but you convinced me to give it a try! :) Also glad to find another person who wasn't....charmed (?) by the Anita Blake novels; have you tried the Dresden Files?

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Abby So funny! Geez, my reviews are lame compared to a lot of the ones I read on here. I think I'm compiling a list of favorite reviewers, especially if they've read books I have so I can feel socially validated in my reading selections.

I can recommend The Next Thing I Knew because the main character kind of reminds me of Evie. Thankfully she doesn't carry around anything like Tasey or a pink pocket rocket with rhinestones named Screwy.

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Jase Have you read Nevermore by Kelly CReagh ?

Therealbadkitty You forgot Zoey in your list of Mary Sues. Awesome review btw.

Stella B. I accidentaly google Paranormalcy insted of Paranormal Activity and the first few sentences of the review caught my intention, so I've read it since I've read the book, and then only thing I have to say that yes, Nora from Hush, Hush was extremely boring and dull in the beginning but she really did grew some sheballs in the end (proved!!) and also had Tessa (if you're thinking of that Tessa from The Infernal Devices). It's really nice to see a female character develop that way. (◕‿◕✿)

Cindy Gumenick Ah vampires suck...that movie never fails to make me feel so much better about myself for some reason. I liked it better than twilight though that is a good book to read when your sick cause god is it funny to me. I still have yet to read most of those other books you mentioned...I was reading hush hush but I forgot why I stopped. I have them all on my list though so we shall see. I liked this series and I'm probably going to read it again eventually I just have so much on my list right now that idk when I'll get to it.

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Katy H I got sick of Anita Blake too. I actually binged on Laurell K. Hamilton for awhile several (like 10) years ago and after a few books I thought "Wow, she's just going to solve all of her problems by having sex with various were-animals - oh yeah and the vampire, huh? Yep, I'm done." I have a tendency to like almost everything else though. As long as it's not raunchy, I don't mind it though I have grown a little tired of all the were-animals and shifters. Between Anita Blake and Twilight I think I just felt like I'd had all I could take but I often find it still doesn't bother me to read about them even now. As long as they've not having a ton of weird sex...

Thadora I do agree that this was a well rounded character! Although I was sad to read that you did not enjoy Nora and her stories. I LOVE Hush Hush, but I guess I didn't pay attention to the girl as much as fantasy Jev

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