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4.0 out of 5 stars Paranormalcy: 4/5
Before I begin, I want you all to look to the left of the page. See the cover? Now take a good, long look. Really take it in. *waits*. Now, tell me. You want the book don't you? I know you're interested...
Anyway, moving on. Evie is a unique paranormal hunter who can see past the paranormal creatures' glamours. Meaning, they cannot disguise themselves from her...
Published on 3 Nov 2010 by Amber
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not your average Paranormal!
I ordered this book having read a number of raving reviews for it. I certainly enjoyed reading it, but I didn't find it gripped me as much as other books in this category have in the past 12 months. I think the reason for me not enjoying this book as much as others have is possibly an age thing, though I can't be sure. I think Evie comes across as having a younger...
Published on 6 Feb 2011 by Nikki-ann
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT! LOVE IT!,
This review is from: Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy, Book 1) (Paperback)One of the best books ever! I really really loved it.
It has everything, IPCA (International Paranormal Containment Agency) seems like a department of CIA. But better, way better.
Except for the fighting, they don't really do anything like that in this book.
Anyway, Evie has an awesome character. She's fun, yet serious. And in a lot of books they make 16 year olds act as if they're way older, but not in this one. She may have been through a lot, she's true to her age. And she has an obsession over pink. Love it!
It really is a good book!
5.0 out of 5 stars WICKED !!,
This review is from: Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy, Book 1) (Paperback)I recived this book on friday and finished it today (sunday) i havent enjoyed a book this much in a long time i recomend this book to every one i loved evies charecter and lends charecter im was soo pleased with the ending and cant wait for the second book!!! 10/10
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and witty!,
This review is from: Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy, Book 1) (Paperback)When Paranormalcy started being publicised on blogs, I pined for this book, and the cover did hurt my need to have this book either. You can't deny that is one awesome cover! So when I finally got my hands on it (I love you, Kindle!), I started it on a long car journey to London and that was it! I had to finish this sucker and find out what happened to Evie! I was taking my Kindle all over London and reading on two-minute tube journeys.
From the very first page I fell in love with Evie. She's sassy, witty and a typical teen. It was nice to read a protagonist that reacts like a teen instead of being a little too mature. My only gripe with Evie was as the story went on and more things were being revealed, it made you wonder why she had never asked these questions before, but she does acknowledge this as she learns new things from the past.
All the characters were well-rounded and written so well that you could really imagine these beings and their mannerisms. Oh and the Faeries. The wickedness and indifference dripped off the page from them. And Lend...I wish I knew a boy like Lend when I was sixteen! So sweet and adorable, and nothing like any of the teen boys I knew.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a light, fast-paced, fun read with good, strong characters. I will be making sure everyone I know (who reads YA) reads this book and Supernaturally is already on my pre-order! So what you waiting for? If you have read it, go now. Read it. Love it. Embrace it!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read,
This review is from: Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy, Book 1) (Paperback)Paranormalcy could very easily have slipped into overdone and tacky. With a cast made up almost entirely of paranormal creatures, the world Evie lives in is as far from normal as she can get.
Paranormalcy delves into the nature of ever creature you could imagine - from fey to werewolf, shapeshifter to nymph, hag to mermaid.
Once I got past all the otherworldly-ness and started seeing her home the way Evie herself viewed it, the story blossomed in front of me, growing complex and intricate but not because of the all the beings - but their relationships.
The appearance of shapeshifter, Lend, has Evie questioning her very existence. The reader goes on a very believable soul-searching journey with her, all the while rooting for a happy ending.
Any lover of the paranormal will devour this amazing book. Evie's voice is charming and sassy, the romance achingly sweet and the suspense goes up a notch with every passing chapter.
To cut it short, it's a bleeping awesome book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Original idea, great cover, OK writing,
This review is from: Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy, Book 1) (Paperback)Drawn by the wonderful cover, I got this on Kindle. It was an interesting read, an original idea and world building, Evie was fleshed out ok, Lend needed a bit more work i think, a common pitfall for many YA books, where the female lead gets all the focus and the male is a bit amorphous. The writing was a bit average too, without something that sticks to your memory or an ability to draw suspense. I felt that it was lacking a bit in the fear factor, the villain not being as threatening as it could have been, which led to it being a bit flat on suspense. Overall an OK read, maybe 3.5 stars rather than 4.
4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of A Trillian Books,
This review is from: Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy, Book 1) (Paperback)Since she was a young child, Evie has lived in The Center, base of the IPCA, who she has also worked for, using her ability to see through paranormal glamours. Evie's life is okay, if a little boring sometimes - there's no one else her age at the The Center and her only real friend is mermaid, Allisha. Then an unknown paranormal shows up, a shape-shifter of sorts - no one really knows what he is. Evie starts to get to know him, Lend, and discovers that maybe the IPCA isn't what she thought it was. Throw in an evil girl who looks somewhat like Evie and you have an exciting plot on your hands.
When I first started reading Paranormalcy I was expecting something quite different to what I got. I thought it was going to be dark and mostly serious. I was expecting a traumatised, sorrowful protagonist. What I got was funny, witty dialogue with a kick-ass heroine who loves wearing pink and names her weapons things like Tasey. I don't know where I got the original impression from but I'm certainly glad to have got the opposite.
Evie was a great character to get to know. All she wanted was to be a normal teenager, to go to high school, have her own locker and learn to drive. However she'd as good as accepted that this wasn't going to be so she was making the most of what she did have. Evie had a good balance of not being too peppy or too whiney and although in some ways she seemed a little innocent for her age, that felt right for a character who'd grown up without the influence of other kids/teens.
A fun read which in some places was reminiscent of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I'm looking forward to the sequel, Supernaturally, when it comes out later this year.
5.0 out of 5 stars Paranormalcy,
This review is from: Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy, Book 1) (Paperback)I loved this book, I actally pre-ordered it so didn't read any reviews before I purchased it but I have only just got round to reading it, why didn't I read it earlier? Loved the characters especially Evie and Lend and it's been a long time since I was a teenager so would suit older readers aswell. Can't wait for Supernaturally.
5.0 out of 5 stars Paranormalcy,
This review is from: Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy, Book 1) (Paperback)My blogging partner Lyndsey told me that I MUST read Paranormalcy. She loved it, like really loved it...in fact to make sure I did read it she sent me her very own copy. Still it sat on my shelves for a few weeks, until one day while standing in front of said shelves trying to decide what to read next I picked it up and scanned the first few pages. And that was it...pow. I was completely addicted to this book and read it in two awestruck sittings.
Paranormalcy has, without question, the best first paragraph ever written and I was instantly hooked by the sharp, witty and laugh out loud writing style. I loved the main character, Evie-she's definitely my kinda girl. Brought up after being found abandoned by the International Paranormal Containment Agency (a kind of government agency responsible for identifying, tagging and making safe paranormal creatures then putting them to work) she's kick ass strong and feisty but with a real girly streak. With her trademark pink taser she totally rocks! Yet she also has a vulnerable side, the one that is desperate to be normal and go to high school (and have her very own locker...bless!) and wonders why she doesn't seem to belong. She also really compassionate under the attitude and I really warmed to her. I also really liked her relationship with best friend Lish, a mermaid. Every girl should have a mermaid best pal like Lish. She's loyal, trustworthy and in a formal and regulated life, the one person Evie can go to. Raquel, Evie's boss and guardian, on the other hand is pretty annoying, although I presume she's meant to be. She sighs a lot in despair at Evie. I know people in real life who sigh a lot-they annoy me. It meant I could picture her and practically hear her sighs.
There's a whole host of Paranormals making an appearance in this book. Some are old favourites- werewolves, vampires and fairies, while some were completely new to me. Love interest Lend was fascinating, especially as we haven't got a clue for most of the book about what he actually is, although he does have an extremely creepy (but useful) talent. What I liked about Lend was how he helped Evie see the truth about the system she was working in and the building trust and respect that builds between the two. Then there's Reth, bad boy fairy (or is he?...I still don't know!), deliciously sinister and creepy I certainly look forward to more of him in follow up books.
Paranormalcy is certainly an action packed read with a fierce pace and not one boring section to slow you down. But along with the action White throws in some pretty interesting and thought provoking themes, particularly regarding the IPCA. Through her paranormals and the way they were dealt with by the authorities she reminded me of issues such as animal welfare, human rights and slavery making the situation seem completely believable. I did have one minor issue with the book in that occasionally the chapters seemed to jump way ahead in the story and I had to go back a couple of times to see if I missed something meaning once or twice the end of one didn't flow perfectly into the other. But this is a very minor quibble and only distracted me for a few short seconds and the rest of the time I thoroughly enjoyed the ride.
Kiersten White's debut is a definite success and fans of paranormal YA will love the fresh and exciting new ideas she brings and enjoy being spoiled with so many creatures woven into one book. It was exciting from the very first page and left me wanting more. I can't wait until September to get my hands on the sequel, Supernaturally.
5.0 out of 5 stars STUNNING,
This review is from: Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy, Book 1) (Paperback)Written in first person narrative from Evie's perspective. At 16, Evie has spent most of her life living in the International Paranormal Containment Agency due to her special ability to see through supernatural 'glamours', her childhood is a mystery. Where did she come from and how does she have this special ability? This mystery is entwined seamlessly with the action.
Evie had a wonderfully sarcastic voice and snarky attitude that I adored and could relate to. Sarcasm is my thing remember [ ; ) ] The way in which she stamped her personality on everything gave her such a solid presence within the imagination. I particularly liked that she had a pink taser embellished with diamante that she even named 'tasey'. This femininity was well balanced with her ability to kick some serious paranormal butt.
The contrast with Evie's 'normal' teenage activities like watching TV dramas about high school and colourful fashion sense made me realise just how young and isolated she really was. Her enthusiasm for lockers made me giggle. The introduction of Lend enhanced Evie's personality perfectly (or as I like to call him Water Boy and I would like one please). The characterisations and imagery were spectacular, each character had such an individual voice that is truly unique and refreshing. The references to The Little Mermaid had me snickering to myself.
What really stood out for me in the narrative was how image and action can create a false impression. It was difficult to tell who was good and who was bad, or if there were truly two separate factions. Not everything is black and white only varying shades of grey. Got you thinking now haven't I [ : D ] The depiction of faeries in particular provided a fresh appreciation into the wonderful world of the Fae.
I still can't believe this was a debut novel. I can sum it up in one word and this time I will refrain from using awesome - STUNNING. Please let me have the sequel *begs, grovels, bribes*
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!,
This review is from: Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy, Book 1) (Paperback)This is the type of book I was looking for the last couple of weeks.I love reading this novel and can't wait to finish it and read and wait for the next installment :)
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Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy, Book 1) by Kiersten White (Paperback - 6 Jan 2011)