Thursday, July 29, 2010

My Bookanista Review: PARANORMALCY

I’m having one of those days. You know, the kind of day when you restart the blog post about five bajillion times. Which, okay, doesn’t even make sense. Because it’s Bookanistas Thursday—what could be easier to introduce  than a book review?

My brain has turned to mush, I think.

No, not mush. Mush is delicious, actually. More like a slushy. A coke slushy. Wait. That’s delicious, too.

Never mind. It’s 4 AM. Metaphors are not my friends right now.

Shall we move on to the book review then?


Be sure to stop by and check out the books some of the other Bookanistas are celebrating:



Elana Johnson: YOU

Christine Fonseca: LINGER



Bethany Wiggins and Suzette Saxton: MONSTER HIGH

Lisa and Laura Roecker: YOU


PARANORMALCY by Kiersten White


Book cover summary: Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, despite the fact that she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, 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 Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie' prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.

I will tell you right up front I did not pick up this book on a whim. I’d heard about it, so when I saw an ARC was available, I simply had to have it. So, yes, I read it with some pre-love. But come on, look at that cover! It’s just so shiny and pretty. And that dress is just so gotsta-have-it. It also seems remarkably fitting for Evie, the main character, who is also shiny and pretty. But she’s far more than that as well—she’s downright hilarious. I laughed my way through PARANORMALCY. Evie’s voice just pops in this. Not a line or an action feels out of place because the voice is true to itself. The sparkling teenage voice was so well established that by the end, I felt like I could predict what she would say in any given situation. And Evie herself was just. so. likeable. She was vivacious and quirky and had a really cool taser named Tasey. She was everything we wished we could’ve been as teenagers, except perhaps for one small thing…she has a freaky ability to see through paranormals’ glamours (enchantments that make paranormals appear to be human). Well, maybe you’d wish for that, too, but perhaps not all the danger she gets into. This books was one wild ride after another with Evie .

Now, while Evie got into a lot of dark, action-packed scrapes, it still felt fairly light to me because of the humorous voice. Yet it didn’t detract from the sense of urgency or the suspense, but it did make the book feel…fun. I guess that’s the word I’m looking for. But don’t mistake fun for shallow. There was a greater depth to Evie that allowed me to feel wholly invested in the story, wanting to know how things turned out. And what an adventure! It was such an original, clever premise, which seems pretty amazing to me considering it was packed full of paranormal creatures that have been written into stories for ages. And did I mention the romance? So sweet and touching. And a little bizarre, all things considered, but that’s part of what makes it so cool (I’d like to explain, but you’d hate me for giving away one of the most rockin aspects of this book).  You’ll just have to read it to find out.

And you can do so soon, too! PARANORMALCY is set to release August 31! But, you can also enter to win PARANORMALCY, as well as a signed ARC of MATCHED, and ARCs of FIRELIGHT, TORMENT, EXTRAORDINARY, PERSONAL DEMONS, and THE DUFF! Just GO HERE to ENTER my 7 ARC contest!! It is open internationally. Contest ends August 9, so HURRY!!!!


  1. Great review!! I love the cover too!

    Take care

  2. I've been waiting for this one, too. You make it sound even better. Can't wait!

  3. Yeah, I have been DYING to read this one!

  4. ARGH...I'm moving in next door so I can raid your bookshelf. Is it a crime to read someone's books without permission? No harm comes to the book, and it's not like I used your toothbrush or took your car for a spin......

  5. I cannot wait to get my hands on this book!!! Great review!

  6. I've pre-ordered it. :D

    Actually, I've pre-ordered three of the books on your prize list.

    See you in LA. :D

  7. For a second I thought you said Mash, like Whiskey, and I was LOLing. Then I figured out what you really said, and I LOLed again.

    Anyway great review, I keep hearing wonderful things about this book!

  8. this sounds amazing! I've been meaning to preorder but maybe I'll enter your contest and cross my fingers first! Thanks for the review!

  9. This does sound amazing! Can't wait :)

  10. This book is my reward for when I finish edits!!!

  11. Yes -- loved this book. Great post, even at 4 AM. :)

  12. For 4 AM, that is a sharp, well-organized, detailed review! I've heard all good things about this book, but love your analysis of the voice better than anything.

    Hope you get your Coke slushy today.

  13. I heard such awesome things about this book! And now you have me wanting a slushie as well as this book. Using your powers of persuasion on me. ;) Have an awesome day.

  14. You pulled off a very coherent, thoughtful, rave of a review for a slushy, mushy 4 a.m. post, C.

    Have a safe trip...and HAVE FUN!!


  15. I'm with you about the cover. Sounds really good.

  16. Loved loved loved this book =)

    Can't wait to see you tonight!!

  17. You have done such a lovely job of hinting at why I ought to go and order my copy. I love the idea of seeing Kiersten's book out there on the shelves.

  18. Hello beautiful, been a while i haven't seen you at my corner and i haven't been around here so my apologies. All the above sounds great and hope all is well with you :) x

    Wild Rose~

  19. Paranormalcy sounds really good. I can't wait to get my hands on it!

  20. I can't wait to read this book! And I'm so jealous right now that you've read it already. So not fair! Oh well, guess I'll have to wait until end of August.

    Have fun in LA! You'll have to tell us all about it. I'm thinking I will be there next summer!

  21. Nice post for 4 am! And I'm a sucker for dark fairies (and delicate demons as well)

    Sounds like a good book --

  22. Thanks for the awesome review! This book looks great - I love a book that makes me laugh. :)

  23. Thanks for the heads up. Also, I'm wondering if you're going to Gen Con? I'm all excited about it!

  24. I wants it. Thanks for the review!

  25. Ooo, I am SO EXCITED for this one!

  26. Only by the book cover I'd buy this, but with the excellent review too, I've no doubts!

  27. Just stopping by all the blogs I follow – Thought I would check in with everyone! Stop by The Wormhole if you get a chance!

  28. Thanks for such a generous giveaway!!! I have now found a new place to visit! ;0)
    Thanks JoJo


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