Actual rating 2.5 stars Let me start by saying that I didn t hate this book, but I also didn t love it either It was cute, spunky, and funny However, there was just something about it that annoyed me So I ve recently found out what a Mary Sue is All this time I ve been calling it A la Bella esque Evie is most defiantly a Mary Sue And I ve come to the realization that I had a love hate relationship with Evie the entire book I thought she was really funny and down right silly at times BUT at the same time she annoyed me with being so cheerful with her love of all things pink I kept flipping back an forth Sometimes I felt her endearing Yet other times I wanted to bitch slap her But I digress I did find a few things I liked about the book I found Evie s relationship with Lend to be very realistic It wasn t over done They weren t ripping their clothes off after only dating for a week They weren t confessing their undying love for one another Actually, I would say the romance kinda took a backseat in this book It was there, but it didn t feel like it controlled the plot Also, I did find the book really funny Awesome dialog Bonus points for no cliffhanger Anyway, I can t really think of anything else to add to this review right now It just didn t leave a lasting impression like I had hoped I will continue with the series More so, out of curiosity for where the story will go More reviews and at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog. Young adult genre supernatural creatures x love triangle originality De ja bloody vuWhy even bother reading this book I can point you towards hundreds of other young adult books that are or less exactly the same as what you get from Paranormalcy I keep going back to this kind of genre, hoping that just once I will find the exception to the current book cloning rule that seems to be taking over the 21st century We have a heroine who is neither good or bad enough to be exciting, she s not exactly weak but doesn t have much strength to note, and the attempts to give her some kind of quirky sense of humour failed She has a taser gun my first thought cool , which she has named Tasey not so cool I thought the only people who named their guns were cops caught in a mid life crisis Apparently not.Why do I get the feeling that I ve met every single one of these characters before Oh, that s right because I have So, yeah, they have different names but that s about it Also, what exactly is the big story here Some sort of unheard of supernatural creature is killing other supernatural creatures by leaving a big fiery handprint on them Well, that s genius It wasn t even a good unoriginal story And naturally there s a love triangle going on too It seems that most young adult authors don t know how not to put a love triangle in their books This time it s Lend v Reth Lend is quite a cute character and my favourite of the pair mostly because, wait for this, Reth repeatedly attempted some kind of supernatural rape thing not good at all No really, I don t know what it was all about but he kept trying to fill her with his warm essence Wtf The book started to really drag about half way through and I kept pushing myself to finish it because I m sick of abandoning books, an abandoned book feels like a fail on my part So I braved it til the end, even though I did do a bit of skimming on the last few chapters My conclusion Well, I can sort of, maybe, possibly see why some people might like this It s not completely awful, but I do wish I d stuck with my initial instincts when I saw the quote by Becca Fitzpatrick on the front cover and thought uh oh. When you look at the cover of this book, what do you think it is about A blond teenage girl is wearing a prom dress in a field of pussy willows or wheat or something equally nonsensical Here s a new cover that crushes the actual book cover on the relevancy front though regrettably not in terms of artistic merit I mean, I went into this thinking it was going to be another YA paranormal romance and IT ISN T It is decidedly fun YA urban fantasy book jacket copy reading is for losers It has a pretty kickass heroine, mermaids, werewolves that may or MAY look like an Ewok in my picture , people made of water, people made of fire, vampires, trolls, nymphs, faeries, and everything else you can think of Why would you trick your audience with the wheat field I digress Evie has lived in the Center for as long as she can remember She was picked up at the age of three and put through the foster system until the IPCA Int l Paranormal Containment Agency realizes that she can see through glamours produced by all paranormals As a vital asset, she goes out to bag and tag all sorts of beings for the agency Things get a little dicey when all sorts of paranormals are being killed, the Center is invaded, and some faeries are being total douchebags Speaking of faeries, Reth sounds like a noise someone makes when they are choking on something ReeethReeeethI m retching here, it s too bad you can t hear it I felt like the last third or so wasn t as strong as the rest of the book The story moved at a relaxed but appealing pace until a total break occurred and then it was out of whack view spoiler The moment Evie looks, sees a sign for the prom, and then Lend asks her hide spoiler I do not have the patience to read a book where the heroine talks like this Oh bleep I m so pumped He kissed me It was the best kiss of my life It s such a cool kiss Oh bleep Oh bleep I m out. I probably would ve given a slightly higher star rating if there hadn t been so much damn hype around this book.Alright I m feeling pro con y today I m taking a break from pharmacology homework to write this, so I need to get back to that And it s a football Saturday, I ve got a Bud Light in hand, so my thoughts are less than structured.Pros The cover is pretty, even though I can t decide how it correlates to the story There is a seriously wide variety of paranormal creatures in this book, each type having their own special powers abilities Vamps, werewolves, fey, water nymphs, mermaids, hags, gnomes, trolls Yay for a smorgasbord of weirdness The idea behind the book is cool The International Paranormal Containment Agency hires Evie to track down unruly paranormals who threaten the unveiling of their existence, allowing her to tase them to the fullest extent of her desire Evie is an especially special heh abnormal human who can see through paranormal creatures glamours She kicks serious butt and can take down a gaggle of vamps without a second thought I didn t lose interest in the book throughout the first 4 5 of the novel Evie s fascination with lockers was cute and funny There were some really clever lines in this book The interaction between Lend and Evie caused some near LOLs.Cons Evie was annoying I found her cute at first Ya know, she s a girl who doesn t get out much read ever and she clings to whatever sense of normalcy available with every fiber of her being She watches hip teen shows and wears zebra print dresses and pink stiletto boots She has a right to be a little weird But somewhere along the line, she just began to grind my gears and wasn t cute any I can t get much descriptive than that, really, because I don t know when exactly she began to annoy me Lackluster love interests Reth was semi appealing at first, until he uttered the line let me fill you I think I temporarily lost control of my gag reflex and gastric content at that moment I later found out it didn t mean what I thought it meant, but WHO CARES That line should never be used in any context whatsoever, unless he s a bartender offering to fill her drink or a millionaire offering to fill her bank account Lend just bored me He shouldn t have bored me because he s your typical nice guy who isn t quite normal and, like the heroine, is looking for somewhere to belong But he just didn t do it for me Pink taser with rhinestones Acceptable Pink taser with rhinestones named Tasey facepalm headdesk keysmash OAIm PA7A Wrj H LK % T The villain wasn t scary The weird, hokey ending with the floating and the souls and the WTF.This book may appeal to many people and apparently has I ll probably read the sequel, but I m not rushing out to get it If you like cutesy books with happy little rainbow endings, by all means, help yourself It could ve been better, though. Paranormalcy, Kiersten WhiteParanormalcy is a series of young adult urban fantasy novels by American author Kiersten White, beginning with the inaugural entry of the same name The story focuses on a girl named Evie, a member of a special international police force assigned to paranormal cases As the tale progresses, Evie s professional duties begin to conflict with her growing desire for a normal life 2014 1390 312 20 14 9786001192364 1393 312 9786006885551 21. Being dead wasn t supposed to hurt Where was the fairness in that If I was dead, the least the universe could do was make it painless This novel was actually awfully written but the plot was funny, and so was the main character I mean, I m sure Kiersten s writing has improved and the only reason I picked this one up is because I wanted to see how her writing is was I m sure the other 2 books are much better and now that And I Darken is almost published, I m sure that one will have much improvements I wanted to see how her writing is and what changes might be made The writing in this one is pretty bad I mean, the main character, Evie, is pretty annoying, not much of a heroine, pretty weak, and instead of cussing, she says bleep because she s so used to hearing it from her best friend who is a mermaid Other than that, she s pretty confident with herself and her jokes are bad but they made me laugh Because they were bad This isn t really a typical YA romance paranormal novel that deals with vampires, faeries, mermaids, werewolves and other paranormals It dealt with romance but it wasn t a main point It mainly focused on finding out who was killing all these paranormals and what who is Evie Because she can see through the glamours of a paranormal, she is considered not only human but a paranormal herself See, if there is a vampire with their glowing bright yellow eyes walking in the streets of Miami, FL, someone will think Ooh pretty eyes, nice color and they won t know that creature is a bloody sucking creature, but Evie immediately knows She sees yellow eyes behind the brown ones, blue ones behind the grey ones, and she sees what kind of paranormal it is But there comes the mysterious one, Lend, who is introduced as some shape shifter who turns out to become Evie s friend and I guess boyfriend Sadly, there was a love triangle It wasn t a big one and it wasn t much of a distraction, but it still bugged me.Love triangles are something I do not like I think they are useless and pointless and they ruin the story most of the time We always get introduced to the main female and male character but then some other male character is introduced and well, that s where the love triangles is sensed The main female character leaves the main male character and falls for the other male character Wow that was confusing even for me.The reason the love triangle wasn t a big distraction was because it wasn t really a love triangle What I mean is, Evie falls for Lend and spends time with him while her ex, Reth a faerie tries to win her heart back, touch her, make her his and blah blah blah all that But, Evie doesn t really want him back Sure she misses his arms wrapped around her and her thin waist, his warmth around her, his protection over her and everything else they did But after she saw who he really was and what he did to her which is around page 100 and on she doesn t want anything to do with him I was okay with that I shipped her with Lend sort of and didn t want her going back to Reth The only reason why I sense a love triangle was because I thought she would go back to Reth, since she was talking to Lend and becoming his friend while she was thinking about Reth.The plot was hard to get at first I didn t understand it I didn t know what the book was really about, where it was going, and what was the point of it It did take a while, and because of the lack of writing and stupid horrible jokes, nothing really made sense at one point It was hard to get into it and there were times where I put the book down because it was a really frustrating and stupid part, I didn t want to continue reading Hopefully the 2nd and 3rd books are better 10 27 17 HEY, GUESS WHAT I don t know why or for how long, but this book is currently FREE on I love, love, love, this book I ve read it on and off for the last ten years and every time I pick it up, I literally yes, literally laugh out loud Tasers are a one size fits all paranormal butt kicking option Mine s pink with rhinestones I adore the premise, the subtle and not so subtle humor scattered throughout and the heroine is easily one of my YA faves Evie sees through glamors No one can hide from her From when she was discovered at three to now, she s been under the thumb of ICPA Internatuonal Paranormal Containment Agency as their bagger and tagger Her job is pretty simple see a paranormal, neuter it via tracking device and bring it back to headquarters BUT She isn t your average government employee YA heroine When she s not rounding up the wild paranormals, she s watching Easten Heights her absolute fave drama , online shopping though most of the purchases get canceled by the government and hanging out with her best friend a mermaid.When a suspicious paranormal shows up in the midst of a crisis Evie will have to figure out A What s killing off the paranormals, B How to stop her creepy ex boyfriend a faerie from stalking her and C If the suspicious slash hot new guy has a girlfriend Not necessarily in that order He reached out and put his hand on top of mine My heart skipped a beat he liked me, too You re worried about what s killing the paranormals aren t you Crap He didn t like me The sincerity, the sass Gah I want Evie to be my best friend If you re looking for a refreshing take on YA fiction pick it up What are you I whispered What are you Offended, I frowned Human Funny, me too No, you re not Funny, neither are you Audiobook CommentsRead by Emily Eiden and she absolutely rocked this audio She had the right tempo timing for the humor really made Evie come alive.YouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat miranda.reads Happy Reading 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 supernatural glamours.She s also about to find out that she may be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.So much for normal.