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:
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!!!!