Paranormalcy Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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 center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.
So much for normal.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 35 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||August 31, 2010|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #151,190 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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I loved, loved, loved this book. Loved it. Why? In large part because of Evie. She's such a super sweet character and so well developed. I could easily see myself hanging out with her. She's hilarious (really, I was laughing so hard throughout this book), but she's also sensitive. The story is told in the first person with Evie narrating, so we get to know her really well. She's light and bubbly, but she also has depth. She's been raised in a pretty cold environment without ever really having anyone to love her for herself.
At first blush she may seem a little too stereotypical teenager with her love of shopping, teen drama television shows, and pink fashion (all things I think are actually kind of fun). Going deeper, though, you really get a sense of her separation from all these normal teenage things and so her interest in them seems less superficial and more sad. She seems to try so hard to create normality and love around her because the reality of her life lacks all of that. My heart breaks for her, especially as she uncovers the secrets and prophesies throughout the book.
Evie isn't the only thing I loved about this book. I mentioned the humor, but I really need to reiterate this. I was so darn happy reading this book. I kept smiling and giggling and smirking. I dare anyone to read the first page and not, at the very least, crack a smile. Go on, I'm serious. I dare you. Amazon even gives you a preview.
Ok, did you read it? Well, did you smile? I read that first page in the library, closed the book, and walked straight to the checkout line. I knew I was going to love the book based on that first page alone, and I was right. Kiersten White's writing style is so fluid and fun, but she also really knows how to keep suspense high. There was this one scene (don't worry I'm not going to give anything away) where Evie encountered the big bad of the story and I was all prepared to start screaming myself. It was tense! But also so much fun! I don't know how White manages to combine the two, but as a reader I am so glad she did.
But those aren't the only reasons I loved this book. Yeah, there's more. There's all those other characters. Evie is great, but so is pretty much everyone else. Evie's best friend (a mermaid!) is so sweet and such a fun character. She speaks through a voice translating computer, all monotone and with any curses bleeped over. She was hilarious. I was so glad Evie had a friend like her. Then there's Lend. He's a good guy and his paranormal ability is really very cool. I hope we get to see it used more in the sequel. That's all I'm going to say about him. Don't want to spoil anything for you. And the big bad? Jeez, I can't say anything about that one without giving stuff away, so I'll just say that I LOVE what White did with this character.
And I'm still not finished explaining all the reasons I loved this book. I'm a, how should I say this, I'm a "throw it all in the pot" kind of girl. When I eat rice, for example, I don't want just plain rice. I want my rice to have a ton of stuff in it. Cranberries, mushrooms, onions, chicken, whatever. Throw it all in and I'm happy.
I'm finding I also like my books like that. Not with food (then I'm just super hungry every time I read), but with paranormals. I love that publishers are printing so many different paranormal stories: we've got werewolves, vampires, mermaids, fairies, and so on. It's great. Only thing is, they're each neatly sectioned off into their own little books. Kiersten White took all those major players, threw them together, and even added a bunch more of her own. I loved it! Even better, it all worked. It didn't feel jumbled or awkward at all.
I especially liked how White made her fairies. They were mysterious and dangerous, seriously dangerous. I liked that so much more than the delicate sparkly fairies of a lot of other series. How am I supposed to swoon over a fairy guy if he resembles body glitter? I love glitter. Don't get me wrong, I'm actually kind of obsessed with glitter and anything sparkly (put it on a pretty cover and I could stare at it all day stroking the cover with a dazed expression mumbling "Pretty...." Think a sparkle zombie).
But on a hot guy? I may be kind of old school here, but I want my men to be described with words like "rugged" not "disco ball." Likewise, if you'd use a word to describe a ballerina, then I don't want that word used to describe the guy I'm supposed to find attractive. Reth, the second love interest and a fairy, might have been gorgeous (and I'm so not complaining about that), but he was in no way, shape, or form delicate. Um, can you tell I liked this character? I hope and suspect we'll see a lot more of him in the second book (Sorry Team Lend girls, I loved Lend, but I've got a thing for the bad boys).
Finally, the last thing I loved about this book is the mystery. We're fed little bits and pieces as the story progresses. A hint here, a cryptic statement there. I know Reth was bad news for Evie and she was right to try to avoid him, but I really just wanted her to tase him until he spilled the beans...in clear and complete sentences! He was such a tease with all of his little sly statements. Jerk! (I loved him.) Eventually most of these tid bits add up to an interesting conclusion that I really wasn't expecting at all. Actually, there were a number of curve balls thrown here that I didn't see coming. I can't wait to see how this is developed in the sequel.
I still have a ton of questions I'm hoping will be answered in the sequel (Supernaturally, coming out much too far away in September 2011), but this first book did wrap things up well. I hate it when I'm left hanging right in the middle of a storyline with zero answers. Paranormalcy didn't do that. We get closure in a lot of areas, but significant parts of the storyline are still left open. Fans of Lee Nichols' Deception will love Paranormalcy (and if Paranormalcy sounds good to you, then be sure to check out Deception if you haven't already read it!)
Evie is a character most anyone will be able to relate to and appreciate. She has a well defined history which is revealed throughout the book, garnering sympathy and understanding. As the plot moves and her view on things begins to change, Evie's character grows tremendously. The manner she handles things is incredibly true to her age, despite the childhood she's had. Her general view of the world shifts according to the events surrounding her, showing maturity but White does a phenomenal job continuing to keep Evie as a teenager- she is still flawed, has her moments of weakness and fear, and doesn't immediately see and put everything together. She is perceptive but not in a way unbefitting of her age and the times when she shifts into simply being a teenager provide a flowing comedic relief.
Even more notable, White blends the world of a teenage girl with working for a major organization. Even within the Center, Evie behaves like a teen and has her own shining personality. Her substitution of bleep for swear words, her love of pink, and her obsession with a teenage drama show keep the voice strong. As events progress and her circumstances change, this real/fiction, teen/adult blend becomes even more prominent and played out magnificently.
Lend is absolutely adorable and as idiosyncratic as Evie. The two contrast each other fantastically and the way he falls into the story progresses smoothly. His character and history are revealed as effortlessly as Evie's, sometimes the two coming out concomitantly. He is bashful and awkward, also holding a perfect blend of supernatural and realistic teenager. His responses and motivations are clear to see despite the story being told in Evie's perspective. The two understand each other in a soft manner, both being similar yet completely different.
The entire world has been weaved together in new, innovative, and surprising ways. New takes on commonly used supernatural creatures and even some additions of not often seen ones help bring out the brilliance and refreshing nature of this book. The creation of an entirely new kind of creature helps spark it to life even more, making many aspects of this book stand out as highly original.
The writing is incredibly strong and well defined. Evie comes to life in a brilliant way and her snark and sass fly from the pages. She is intelligent and witty, both of which are pulled off without a hitch. The banter and dialogue is also well written, as is the narration. White easily writes a young adult voice, making it highly realistic but still pitching it in a way any age group will be able to understand and appreciate. Everything is streamlined, maintaining a rich voice without being overbearing. The descriptions are vivid and the reader is able to imagine the events and settings as they crop up.
The plot is brilliant, filled with unpredictable twists and turns. It will pull the reader in from the start and keep them engaged and involved with each page. Small things come back later to mean something and huge things end up having a simple yet unforeseeable explanation. Minor characters become something extraordinary and the way the reader will view not only these characters but the world in general shifts along with Evie's take on them. The primarily mystery driving this plot is wrapped up by the end, leaving the reader in a comfortable closing spot while still hinting at what could come and leaving innumerable doors open for the next installment.
The thought and effort White poured into the entire first book is very clear and her mind just might be a little bit of a weapon of mass destruction. White has a very promising and fantastic future as a writer and many great things can be expected from her both with the future of this series and her clear, inherent ability to write young adult. I firmly believe her skills can transfer to other characters and even other genres, both of which will come across as fluidly as in this book.
Overall, this is a masterfully executed debut with a stunning plot that is unlike many other supernatural books. A perfect blend of romance and teenage emotions mix with the pressing events and unknowns that come up throughout to pack a powerful punch. This book is highly memorable and extremely well written, with the exceedingly distinctive voice being one of its most prominent features. White did not simply try to write a teenager- she nailed it. Evie is a lively, original character with some fantastic eccentricities the reader will find endearing and humorous.
A wide range of characters- both revamped and newly original- and some inventive and imaginative settings and events combine to make this book a well deserved five star read. The reader will crave more of these loveable, developed characters and their minds will spur numerous questions about what lies ahead for Evie but this specific plot is predominantly wrapped up, everything tying together beautifully at the end. This is honestly one of the most original, beautifully executed books from the YA supernatural genre I've come across in awhile.
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This book started off promisingly, it was very unique with the glamours aspect, and the different types of Superntatural's you don't usually see in these kinds of books, and the unique takes on classics like Mermaids, but I found it very bland in places.
It was fast paced, i'll give it that, but at the same time parts could be very boring and very meh, and I think the prose had a lot to do with that. I wouldn't call it a Teen book, because it times it seems like it's aimed at younger girls.
The character of Evie started to annoy me as well, she was just so clueless and so helpless it got very ridiculous very fast. She was supposed to be the heroine but nothing she ever did was very heroic, she was very much a damsel in distress and herself was very boring. Not to mention the over use of silly phrases, and cliched phrases. She named her taser "Tasey" I mean....seriously? She was supposed to be quirky, but it was just annoying. "oh bleep" that got on my last nerve very fast. She was so juvenile, I just...can't.
Evie is very shallow and very ridiculous, running in to stupid situations with no plan and I just can't connect with that. Or appreciate reading about it. Aside from my issue with the male love interest being called "Lend", their relationship was kind of based on the fact he was hot and he kept holding her hand.
My other issue with the book was that a large part of it was very obvious and very easy to guess. The only reason I finished this book is because leaving books abandoned makes me feel like a fail.
Evie's life isn't what most people would call normal. She can see through the glamour of Paranormal creatures such as Hag's, Faeries, Vampires and Werewolves and she helps to tag them and bring them under the rules of the International Paranormal Containment Agency (IPCA) to stop them causing anymore trouble and to give them work to do. But now Paranormals are dying and as the death toll increases and a strange prophecy surfaces, it becomes apparent that Evie may be unintentionally caught up in something incredibly dark and dangerous.
Wow, I loved this book and I'm about to go all gushy about this like a love-sick teenager! Evie is such an incredible and original character and I loved how stupidly funny this is. One minute I was laughing my head off and the next I was shedding tears. This is a bleeping wonderful book!
The plot is original with all it's twists, turns and revelations and I loved how Evie came into her own and started making her own choices as she learned more and more about the IPCA and what it did, which is brave considering how sheltered from the normal teenage world she was.
Just for fun here's my top favourite things I love about this book:
1. Lish and her bleeping computer
2. Tasey the pink taser
3. Evie's obsession with lockers
Ah, Lend. How I love Lend. As far as characters go he is true teenage awesomeness. I don't want to say too much about what he can do but he is honestly fantastic and the way he is with Evie is brilliant too!
Lish is another one of my favourites and I love how every swear word she uses gets bleeped on her computer, it had me in giggles throughout the book, and her and Evie have such a good laugh together.
I am aware I've been talking about this like it's a easy children/teen read but it really is much more than that and although it will have you laughing until you hurt it will also have you sobbing in parts. Some of the story line will have you so tense and wanting to know what happens next that you'll be flipping the pages at light speed. So many things in this book are different to others I've read, for example, even the enemy in this book isn't what it appears to be and quite a bit of the book reads like a mystery as well as romance and fantasy.
The ending was fantastic and I have just downloaded the sequel for my Kindle so the good news people is that when you read this and you get hooked, you don't have to wait for the sequel to be released.
If your looking for a teen novel with good escapism for you're adventurous adult, and with a touch of romance, give this incredible book a go.
I remember when this came out and I was really keen to read it but for some reason I forgot all about it until I was looking through my old t-b-r shelf recently, so thought I would give it a go...
I didn't really have any expectations so was quite pleased with it - good story and writing, not a huge amount of world-building outside of the paranormal organisation Evie works for, but some interesting main and secondary characters throughout. There were lots of great paranormal beings that you don't normally get to see and I LOVED Lend, the water boy:) Such a sweetie and he's a pretty cool water-shifter type of thing.
The story is a little bit drawn out with not a lot happening in parts but it still kept my interest and overall I thought the storyline was pretty good. I actually really liked the heroine, despite her being a 16 year old! She was very 'young adult', but in a sweet way, not an incredibly annoying "like, oh my god" sort of way... and the romance between Evie and Lend was a really cute and sweet teen romance.
I think if you read the sample (on kindle at least) and you like that, you should like the book itself, as you get a good feel for our main character in it.
The main issue in this story is resolved at the end so there is no immediate cliff-hanger, but there are quite a lot of loose ends, not least with what will actually happen to Evie now, so if you like this one you will want to read the next at some point...I will definitely pick up the second in the series at some point.
I think the main reason is I did not like this book is the characters. There wasn't a single main character to me that seemed to be believable or even anything but hollow. The relationship between Evelyn and her Fey ex, who's name I can't even remember, seemed unbelievable. It is a stereotypical manipulative relationship but It has no depth and I felt no connection or even reason for Evie to feel so drawn to him and unable to walk away. The author missed out on a big possibility of exploring abusive relationships here.
I also feel like her relationships with the new guy Link, her best friend who's a mermaid, the woman who is like her surrogate mother and all the other people in her small world were just very hollow. And while I understand that Evie is supposed to be a very disconnected character in a lot of pain even her pain felt non-existent. She is thoroughly just a hollow character who I could not connect with at all and everything that happened to her and with her regarding other people felt so forced it was uncomfortable. (Also I have forgotten most of the characters names, a sign that they were not worth remembering)
Worse still is that this book is part of a series, yet I feel not one bit compelled to read the rest of the books. I couldn't care less what happens to any of the characters. So even though this book is not badly written in an obvious way, and even though the story should have been good, it is just not worth reading. I am glad it was only 99p on my kindle and even then that almost feels like a waste of money.
However, after going on sale for 99p in the Kindle Christmas sale, I was extremely pleased to find that inside instead was a humourous, paranormal story about Evie, a girl working at the International Paranormal Containment Agency (IPCA). Adopted by the Agency, her main duties involve `tagging' paranormals--werewolves, vampies, the odd hag--as she seems to be the only person with the ability to see through their glamour or disguises. Evie was a great heroine, completely realistic in her self-preservation instincts and fully teenage in her need to break free and be normal.
Encountering the different paranormals was part of the fun. There was so much variety in the characters and what they were, I can't wait to see what others appear as the rest of the series goes on. I love that Evie's best friend was a mermaid and they managed to have a great relationship even though they could only interact through glass. I found Evie's fairie ex, Reth, just the right combination of handsome and creepy. Most of all, I really liked Lend.
Evie and Lend's relationship is really refreshing. It was very natural (in this supernatural world), just spending time together, then slowly falling for each other. No love at first sight, it was just a regular teenage crush that eventually developed. I liked that he could shape shift, but she's the only one who can see through it to his `real face'. It was poetic and sweet.
However, I was frustrated by the fact that many things weren't fully explained by the end of the book. Although I understand there are two more books in the series, I think it ended quite abruptly. Characterisation was also a little light, and while I liked most of the characters, I didn't love any of them. I would've enjoyed a little more development in the rest of the supporting cast. It felt a little unfinished but it did keep me wanting to read more, so will definitely picking up Supernaturally. A solid, fun read.