Saturday, April 14, 2012

Paranormals and Hot Pink Boots

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Summary: 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.

Review: An enjoyable young adult supernatural book, but it still felt somewhat generic.

Paranormals aren't too exciting if they are just being bagged and tagged. The vast majority didn't feel dangerous, mysterious, or alluring. The vampires especially felt just like humans. Even the hags, who were supposed to be scary, were damn boring too. I only really enjoyed the faeries. They actually felt dangerous and mysterious. I did find it disappointing that one faerie was tricked into giving up its true name with caffeine and thereby giving up all the true names of the other faeries. 

Evie did grate on my nerves at time. She felt incredibly immature. Some of that could be attributed to living for so long at IPCA and not having a normal life. Also, if Evie was always cold, she should have bundled up by wearing long pants, long sleeves, and sweaters, not tank tops and short dresses. I liked the Evie was smart enough to leave Reth although I believe that there might be a love triangle involving him and Lend. The romance between Lend and Evie was sweet and believable. Evie happens to be super special, but there is a logical reason for this so I can look past the super specialness. 


Recommendation: I would recommend this to fans of young adult supernatural books. 

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