Friday, 17 May 2013

Paranormalcy [Paranormalcy #1] - Kiersten White

Title - Paranormalcy
Author - Kiersten White

Evie's always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though 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 centre of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.


I wanted this review while it was still fresh in my head. There are not a lot of books that keep me on the edge of my seat and I am glad to say that this was one of those books.  I hesitated in reading this book for such a long time, I wanted to take in the beautiful cover and keep the book in the eternally beautiful state rather than risk reading it and be disappointed yet again but I am glad I finally too the risk.

This book is, to phrase it like Evie, ''freaking awesome!''.  I could not put it down, I felt like I wanted to devour the whole thing. Before I delve into how much I really loved it let me star by saying things I was not such a fan of. First of all I wasn't wild about Evie's  … how do I phrase this, there was a lot of "Seriously? Shut up!" and other equally annoying ways of teen talk. Having lived half my life  in east London I am not a stranger to colloquial language, in fact I am pretty sure I say classically British things like "bloody hell" and classically American things like "duuuude".While it doesn't usually bother me in speech, it becomes more noticeable when you are reading it and can get somewhat tiresome (look at me using such a fancy word).

The other thing that bothered me about the book, well it is two thing really but since they are both related I think I can role them up into one bundle. As a person who cried   about once a year, I have a problem with girls and their tears. Seriously it is a problem in real life too, I have no idea how to deal with them and I find hugging crying people or if I am really honest any prolonged physical contact with people  I haven't known for older than sin makes me very uncomfortable. Mostly if people are having a continuous sobbing fit I am more likely to be the person who slaps them and tell them to pull together and since you can't slap someone through the book (you could try I suppose but it would be an exercise in futility or you could pretend you are the character and slap yourself but again it would make no difference and you will be left with a sore cheek and possibly gets your mum to test you for insanity) so you are left a little bit frustrated.

Tied with the same tears problem is Evie's complete helplessness. At the beginning she seemed so much more in control, tearing into Vamps like they were just walking corpses rather than blood drinking wannabe minions of the devil, okay the last part I added but who can blame me I have never seen Vamps diminished so much since Twilight. As the book went on Evie become increasingly less powerful and while I understood that she was now on a playing field where she was massively out gunned, part of me hopped that she would snap into kick ass girl. In the end I suppose I understood while her upbringing was rather unconventional, she was just a sixteen year old girl with all the insecurities and naivety of one that age.  Her reaction to things were incredible realistic of a sixteen year old right down to her desire to experience normality in all it un-glory.

I loved Lend. At first his name was kind of weird but I think I understand it's significance now, although I could be over analysing things entirely which is all too possible. I can't tell you what I think the significance it because I don't want to spoil it for you since this book is worth reading.

  I was actually quite surprised by the way this book had turned out. Initially I had assumed this book was going to be a amalgamation of the usual lore with a specific focus on a species we were expected to think was sexy but this went in the entirely different path of creating a world where every species was unique in its own brilliance and was as diverse as a world can get. The creatures in this book are powerful, beautiful and yet hideous in their own way . They are created so that they could never really fit in the world we perceive and that made them all that much perfect.

There was one more thing I loved about this book and it was the relationship between people. Despite the only too different world they lived in, they all seemed very much alive in the sense that they had a depth in them. Even Lish with her monotonous robotic voice conveyed an emotional richness that you rarely see in other books. I especially loved Evie's relationship with Raquel. There was always some sense of ambiguity when it came to where they really stood but there have been many times where I thought they might as well be mother and daughter.

I am now going to stop myself since I am likely to carry on glorifying this book for hours and pages no one will ever read. I award this book 4 out of 5 cupcakes and a promise that I am going to run to the shops as soon as I can to get my and on Supernaturally. I am very glad that this book was more than the sum of its beautiful cover.

P.S. Have I told you how much I love the title, it's freaking awesome!

Product Detail
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Harper Collins
Language: English
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Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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