Saturday, September 18, 2010

Review: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

GoodReads Description: Weird as it is working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, Evie's always thought of herself as normal. Sure, her best friend is a mermaid, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals' glamours, but still. Normal.

Only now paranormals are dying, and Evie's dreams are filled with haunting voices and mysterious prophecies. She soon realizes that there may be a link between her abilities and the sudden rash of deaths. Not only that, but she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.
My Thoughts: There was sooo much buzz and hype about Paranormalcy. I'm in the minority, here. I know. It saddens me because I really, really, REAAALLY tried to love this book. The storyline is fantastically original. The characters, for the most part, were multi-dimensional with distinguished personalities. Evie had an attitude, which I love, and her OMGBFF was a freaking mermaid who worked a switchboard or something. I never lost interest in the story, nor did I get bored. For some reason, it just fell short for me.

The Lovely

- The cover is beautiful. The cover model is a perfect fit for Evie. You can even see her silver eyes! I love the dress, though I can't help but wonder how difficult it'd be to bring down a werewolf or two in that dress.
- There is a seriously wide variety of paranormal creatures in this book, each type having their own special powers/abilities. Vamps, werewolves, fey, water nymphs, mermaids, hags, gnomes, trolls. Yay for a smorgasbord of paranormals!
- The idea behind the book is great. The International Paranormal Containment Agency hires Evie to track down unruly paranormals who threaten the unveiling of their existence, allowing her to tase them to the fullest extent of her desire.
- Evie is an especially special (heh) abnormal human who can see through paranormal creatures' glamours. She kicks serious butt and can take down a coven of vamps without a second thought.
- Evie's fascination with lockers was cute and funny.
- There were some really clever lines in this book. The interaction between Lend and Evie caused some near-LOLs.
- I loved Ms. White's writing style. Once I started reading, I couldn't stop. The story flowed smoothly and before I knew it, I was done with the book.

The Not-so-Lovely

- Evie got on my nerves sometimes. I found her cute at first. Ya know, she's a girl who doesn't get out much (read: ever) and she clings to whatever sense of normalcy available with every fiber of her being. She watches hip teen shows and wears zebra print dresses and pink stiletto boots. She has a right to be a little weird. But somewhere along the line, she just began to grind my gears and I would roll my eyes instead of smile. I can't get much more descriptive than that, really, because I don't know when, where, or why exactly she began to annoy me.
- Lackluster love interests. Reth was semi-appealing at first, until he uttered the a particular line from which I think I temporarily lost the sense of what genre of book I was reading, because with that line, it looked like a seriously trashy porn novel. I later found out it didn't mean what I thought it meant, but that line really threw me off. You'll know it when you read it. Lend was a sweet guy, but I didn't swoon. He shouldn't have bored me because he's the artsy, witty, nice guy who isn't quite normal and, like the heroine, is looking for somewhere to belong. But he just didn't do it for me.
- Pink taser with rhinestones: acceptable. Pink taser with rhinestones named "Tasey:" eh..
- The villain wasn't that scary.
- The ending was really, really strange. I hope to have questions answered in the next installment of the series.

This book may appeal to many people and apparently has. I'll definitely read the sequel, but my expectations won't be as high. Don't let this deter you, though. Practically everyone else who wrote a review on this story loved it. I liked it, for sure. I just wish I liked it a little bit more.

Rating: 3/5

Series?: The sequel, Supernaturally, will be published in the Fall of 2011. There will be three books in this series.
Source: I purchased this book.
Published: Harper Teen, 352 pages (August 31, 2010)

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  1. Great honest review! I loved this book, but I can see why it might get on some people's nerves. Either way - here's to hoping you like Supernaturally more! :)

  2. Aw, that sucks that you did not love this one, but I know how hype goes. It can totally ruin the experience, because your expectations are so high! I was lucky and got to read this WAY before the hype, so I had an awesome experience.

    ALSO, the locker thing? Totally my favorite part of the book!

  3. I quite like your succint style of reviewing. I probably still prefer paragraphing, but this isn't a bad way to go about reviews, since it allows people to quickly see what you enjoyed and what you didn't. I'm still really looking forward to reading this one!