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Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
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May 04, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: young-adult, pnr, 2011
Read from May 22 to 23, 2011

(Young adult genre + supernatural creatures) x love triangle - originality = De ja bloody vu

Why even bother reading this book? I can point you towards hundreds of other young adult books that are more or less exactly the same as what you get from Paranormalcy. I keep going back to this kind of genre, hoping that just once I will find the exception to the current book cloning rule that seems to be taking over the 21st century. We have a heroine who is neither good or bad enough to be exciting, she's not exactly weak but doesn't have much strength to note, and the attempts to give her some kind of quirky sense of humour failed. She has a taser gun (my first thought: "cool!"), which she has named "Tasey" (not so cool). I thought the only people who named their guns were cops caught in a mid-life crisis. Apparently not.

Why do I get the feeling that I've met every single one of these characters before? Oh, that's right... because I have. So, yeah, they have different names but that's about it. Also, what exactly is the big story here? Some sort of unheard of supernatural creature is killing other supernatural creatures by leaving a big fiery handprint on them. Well, that's genius. It wasn't even a good unoriginal story. And naturally there's a love triangle going on too. It seems that most young adult authors don't know how not to put a love triangle in their books. This time it's Lend v. Reth. Lend is quite a cute character and my favourite of the pair; mostly because, wait for this, Reth repeatedly attempted some kind of supernatural rape thing - not good at all. No really, I don't know what it was all about but he kept trying to "fill her" with his "warm essence". Wtf?

The book started to really drag about half way through and I kept pushing myself to finish it because I'm sick of abandoning books, an abandoned book feels like a fail on my part. So I braved it til the end, even though I did do a bit of skimming on the last few chapters. My conclusion? Well, I can sort of, maybe, possibly see why some people might like this. It's not completely awful, but I do wish I'd stuck with my initial instincts when I saw the quote by Becca Fitzpatrick on the front cover and thought "uh-oh".

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Jessica I just started reading this one too!

Emily May Jessica wrote: "I just started reading this one too!"

How you finding it so far?

Jessica I am enjoying it so far. It's light and witty and just what I'm in the mood to read right now! How are you liking it?

message 4: by Tatiana (last edited May 23, 2011 05:03AM) (new)

Tatiana Good lord! And I have to read this for my book club!

P.S. Intrigued by the "warm essence" though...

message 5: by Nomes (new)

Nomes I abandoned this after the second chapter. I hardly read this genre but I felt weary from the beginning. A bit too cute for me...

i think it is much easier to abandon a book that's from the library than one I've purchased.

Love the review.

Emily May LOL. I'm interested to see what you make of it :)

Emily May Nomes wrote: "I abandoned this after the second chapter. I hardly read this genre but I felt weary from the beginning. A bit too cute for me...

i think it is much easier to abandon a book that's from the librar..."

Thanks! I know what you mean, had it been a library book I probably wouldn't have bothered either. Kind of wish I hadn't.

Dija Great review, Emily! I was bored to death while reading this book. All the wasted hype these days...

Emily May Thank you Dija. I don't know how many hyped books I've disliked this year, I've lost count :(

message 10: by Erin (new) - rated it 3 stars

Erin WORD on the supernatural rape thing. Reth = gross.

Mariella "Fill her with her warm essence" OH GOD that just cracked me up.

message 12: by Jay (new) - rated it 2 stars

Jay D great review. I agree with you. I disliked this book, and forced my way through it because I feel like a fail when I dont complete them.

Emily May Thanks Jay :)

Amelia, the pragmatic idealist You said it so well!

Emily May Thank you :)

SamWinchester'sGirl Aw dang, I was reading other reviews who said it's not a romance and I never know who to trust! Your review is helpful and funny, thank you! Also, I haven't read it now, but maybe she names her taser Tasey cuz Buffy has a stake called Mr.Pointy...

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