So I wasn’t much of a reader when I was younger, it’s just something I’ve recently fallen in love with, so I missed a lot of trends in YA. The biggest one being I never read Twilight and as an adult it’s not something that now interests me after hearing so much about it. Honestly I’ve never really been interested in that short of romance driven YA with some fantastic… Then I found Paranormalcy by 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 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.
It has a 3.91 rating on goodread and I do truly think it deserves that rating, it’s really the perfect example of the ‘It’s so bad it’s good’ category and I know that normally isn’t peoples things.
Evie is like most YA heroines, nothing about her standing out and making her feel special. She’s stuck in a love triangle between two boys that are so different, I can never imagine a real girl being interested in them at the same time. (But for the record one of the boys did have her under a kind of spell) She just wants to be normal and go to school with normal people but instead she’s essentially a paranormal bounty hunter.
None of the characters are especially rounded, you get backstories but it feels like White is just trying to tick boxes and make you feel connected to them. The best example of this is Lend, the main love interest. He starts the story very mysterious and I understand this as it’s part of his story but even as Evie falls in love with him it feels like she’s just falling in love with him just because he’s the only man who’s spoken to her in years.
I also feel like the book was rushed. I do understand that this is the first book in a trilogy and time is often spent building law and the world around you but I still feel like you should spend time on telling the story. The book felt like it was split into two parts and they weren’t equil, Evie spent a lot of time talking about how bad arse she was but then the action itself all happened in 2 or 3 chapters near the end. I just felt like all of a sudden she was living in a new home and I’m not sure how that happened.
But that being said… This book was very good, my new guilty pleasure. It also helps that I got it for free when I was on holiday from a free book exchange.
I would really recommend this book if you’re looking for something you can turn your mind off while reading. I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series.
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