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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Book Review: LOVED Paranormalcy by Kiersten White...LOVED!


If you follow this blog at all, you'll probably know that I've been wishing, pleading, and shamelessly begging for a copy of this book since I saw this AWESOME cover a couple of months ago.  I've been following Kiersten's blog, and have gotten to know some about her, and everything I've learned has made me like her and appreciate her, not just as an author, but as a person.  So, when a Twitter friend offered to let me borrow her BEA copy I was freaking out!  But not just because I was finally getting my wish, but also because I was a little afraid that the book wouldn't live up to all that I had come to expect. So, the question is....how did I like it?

Paranormalcy:
Evie is just your normal, average, everyday girl.  If by normal you mean a vampire-chasing, werewolf-tagging, ex-faerie-dating, girl who can see through glamours.  But that's all Evie has known since she was found by the IPCA (International Paranormal Containment Agency) when she was a little girl.  She knew that she was special, because she was the only one who could see through the glamours that betrayed everyone else's eyes, but she never thought about what that could mean about herself.  To Evie, she is just a normal girl.

But that all changes the day a new shape-shifting boy, named Lend (for his ability to "lend" people's appearance), breaks into IPCA.  Lend challenges everything Evie thinks she knows about IPCA and about herself.  There is a strange new threat in the world, that is killing all the paranormals, and Lend thinks that Evie may hold the answers.  As Evie and Lend try to figure out the mystery behind these horrible acts of violence, they start realizing there is more to their relationship than just crime-solving.  As Evie faces the truth about the IPCA and about herself, she'll have to make a choice that may endanger the lives of all the people.....and non-people that she loves.

From the very first page of Paranormalcy, I fell completely in love with Evie!  She was "bleeping" fantastic!  It's not that often that I come away from a book, just loving the girl that is the "point of view".  Even in Twilight, which I loved, I found myself often thinking, "I understand why she loves him....but what on earth does he see in her?"  This was absolutely not the case in this book!  Evie was funny, witty, intelligent, thoughtful, kind, and beautiful!  What's not to love?  I found myself cracking up laughing at her sarcastic remarks, and her witty comebacks.  I loved that she had insecurities, but that they didn't hold her back.  She wasn't afraid to speak her mind, even if she thought people might think she was crazy for saying it.  I just loved everything about her!   And the relationship between Evie and Lend was just perfect.  Lend was such a fun character to get to know.  I love how he "wore" different appearances all the time, and that Evie just didn't care at all what he looked like.  It was so refreshing to see their relationship progress over time, as they got to really know each other.  They didn't just meet and fall madly in love without any real reason.  It was perfectly sweet!

I also loved the storyline.  It was so unique!  It was kind of like "Men in Black" meets "Van Helsing" meets "Never Been Kissed".  It has something for everyone!  It's funny, light-hearted, sweet, and clever, while at the same time it's unusual, romantic, mysterious, and even at brief times a little dark and scary.  It's everything that I love in a book!  

This is the part where I normally say what I didn't like about the book.  I have nothing.  There is honestly nothing I would change about this book!  I've read a LOT of paranormal books, and this one was just so original, so different from the other paranormals out there.  When I was reading it, I kept laughing, and sighing, and smiling, and Kit (my 15 yr old daughter) would keep saying, "What?"  And I would just say, "Oh, you have to read this book....you will love it!"  And what makes me happiest, is not only that I think this book is ok (appropriate) for her to read, but that I want her to read it.  I can't wait until she reads it, because I know it will be one of those books that we talk about and quote to each other forever!


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  • Sexual Content: Some Kissing
  • Profanity:  "Bleep" is used where profanity would normally be used (funny).
  • Violence:  Mild
Parents should know:  This book is fantastically clean!  There are a couple of kissing scenes, but nothing detailed, and even though there is some violence, they are mostly mentioned or implied and not detailed. For more details, go to Paranormalcy on Parental Book Reviews.

70 comments:

  1. I am so jealous, seriously. Glad you loved it & glad it lived up to the hype! Can't wait to get my hands on this.

    If I had a BEA friend (or anyone in the vicinity that went to BEA, friend or not) in the area I would STALK them until they let me borrow it. Really.

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  2. I'm dying to read this book. Great review!

    Let's do the Hop!

    My Hop is here.

    I hope you are having a fun filled Friday. :)

    xx,
    E.J.
    From the Shadows

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  3. Hey!

    I am visiting via the hop. I love meeting fellow book bloggers and just wanted to say hello!

    What an awesome cover!

    And the plot thickens...

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  4. wow, I didn't thought this would be so good. Thanks for the review, I cant wait to read it!

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  5. I'm so excited to see Kiersten getting rave reviews like this! Go Kiersten!! :)

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  6. Ah1 I am so excited about this book. Great review. I can't wait to get my hands on it. And hopefully, my stepdaughter will read it as well.

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  7. great review! i can't wait to read it :)

    found you through the hop, and i'm now a follower!

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  8. "So, when a Twitter friend offered to let me borrow her BEA copy I was freaking out! But not just because I was finally getting my wish, but also because I was a little afraid that the book wouldn't live up to all that I had come to expect."

    That's my concern too, so I'm glad that PARANORMALCY lived up for you. I SO want Kiersten's book to be as awesome as the Kiersten I've come to know and love through her blog. It sounds like I probably won't be disappointed. :)

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  9. Just hopping by to say, hi.
    Kelly Bookend Diaries
    http://bookenddiaries.blogspot.com

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  10. I've been following your blog for awhile. It's awesome! Hope you'll drop by mine. I'm celebrating my one-year blogiversary with some great giveaways.

    Emily's Reading Room

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  11. Found you at the hop!

    Wow, sounds like a great book. I love that it's clean. So few are anymore. Thanks for your great review. :)
    janetsumnerjohnson.blogspot.com

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  12. I'm hopping by your blog through the Blog Hop. WOW-excellent blog! I've already read through some of your posts and found books that will definitely be going on my to be read list!!!! I'm your newest follower! :)

    http://coffeeliciousbookaholic.blogspot.com/

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  13. Fabulous review (though i skipped the synopsis-y part a bit in fear of spoilers). I am so looking forward to this one too and I LOVE knowing this will be a clean book. I am also a bit jealous! :)

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  14. Hopping on over! I am beyond Jealous you are so lucky!

    Erika@Moonlight Book Reviews

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  15. So jealous that you got to read Paranormalcy!Glad that you loved the book so much!
    Awesome review! I loved the review especially '"Men in Black" meets "Van Helsing" meets "Never Been Kissed"'.This line totally caught my eye!
    I wish I could borrow the book from you!! I am so desperate to read it!!
    And no negative points whatsoever? Whoa! That's a tremendous achievement! Yay for Kierstin!

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  16. I love the cover of this book! And your review is fantastic!

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  17. I'm glad you loved this and told us about it! I'm always wary of anticipating a book too much, but your review gives me hope! ^_^

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  18. Way too jealous!I'm dying to read this and thanks to you, i die twice.LOL.but seriously, at least the heroine has something unique in her than something I dont know what the guy sees in her. =)

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  19. I want to read this one so badly! Everything I've heard about it sounds so good. I'm so jealous!

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  20. the cover is seriously amazing and i love me some van Helsing Ive been thinking about this book ill go do some research first lovely review :)

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  21. Wow, great review! Going on my wish list.

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  22. This book sounds so good ! I definitely can't wait. :D

    ~Alison

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  23. This book sounds amazing.

    I love books that can also keep it really clean.

    That is what makes you a great writer implying so much great emotion withouth having to give extreme detail.

    :)

    Valorie at www.TruthBeToldBlog.com

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  24. I've been dying to read this since I first started reading Kiersten's blog! I'm glad you liked it, and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy when it comes out! Great review by the way.;)

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  25. i am so insaly jelous u got a copy of this...i really want to read this one :)

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  26. Stopping by from SITS. Great review! I'll have to check it out.

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  27. so dying to read this book too and I also follow her blog and I did a video for her too to win it. Great review

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  29. Dammit, girl, now you have me wanting the book. :oP Thanks for knocking me off the fence!

    *had to fix my typo >_< *

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  30. Omg! I want to read this book so much now. I am dying!

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  31. WOW, what a great review! Can't wait to read this.

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  32. You have me thinking about this book all the time now! (It's everywhere!) Super excited to read it, only a couple more weeks. :D

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  33. Great review! I'm glad this one has a stronger MC than Twilight, it seems. :) The cover is amazing. I can't wait to get my hands on it! I hope it lives up to my expectations, too!

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  34. Great review! High-Five for a great+clean book! Although I'm not into the werewolf-vampire realm, you made me really want to read this just to get into her character. Oh, and "cover-love"!

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  35. I've been wanting to read this book cos it sounded like a good read. Now after your review, it sounds like a GREAT read!! Thanks!

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  36. So jealous! I've wanted this book for months. I've seen so many great reviews about this book, but I didn't know that this book is clean!
    Darn, this review just moved the book to a higher spot on my wish list.

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  37. Awesome review!! I have been looking forward to reading Paranormalcy for a long time too, I can't wait to read it!!!

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  38. Wow, the book sounds amazing. Love when books live up to your exceptions. Will definitely be getting this book once it comes out!!

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  39. I am DYING to read this book and I love your review! :)

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  40. It sounds like a bit too much for me. When I hear Vampires/werewolves/fearies/humans *oh, my!* I tend to leave well enough alone.

    Great cover!

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  41. How nice that it lived up to what you've expected, it feels so wrong when it doesn't happen...
    Great review! =)

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  42. ok not sure i got got the right spot. Loved the review
    Thanks for the second hand giveaway. If i win i would like AUDIOBOOK Will Grayson, Will Grayson by Devid Levithan and John Green
    http://readforyourfuture.blogspot.com/
    chaarmedone1512@aol.com

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  43. Wonderful review. I really enjoy books that are differant. I love this book cover too.
    Sue B

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  44. I have been wanting to read this book! Yes I judged it by the cover! Great review!

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  45. Geez! I'm SO jealous 'cause we don't have it in Brazil, yet. :(
    Who knows? Maybe God can be kind and give me some money to buy it! :P

    Loved the review!
    :*

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  46. +JMJ+

    Well, I'm not as crazy about Paranormals these days as I used to be. But on the strength of this review, I might be tempted to give Paranormalcy a try--as it at least sounds fresh and original.

    I also know what you mean about reading an otherwise decent Romance and wondering, "What does he see in her, anyway?" When characters are great, I'd like the author to show it, not just tell me--or worse, have another character tell me! =P So that's another plus point for this novel. =)

    Thanks for the review!

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  47. Wow, you made this sound even more fantastic than I was already expecting it to be! Now I'm even more excited about reading it.

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  48. I absolutely loved this book, so I'm glad that you did too!

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  49. I've been wanting to read Paranormalcy for so long it isn't even funny. I've been on different book blog websites trying to find Paranormalcy teasers and excerpts. And luckily, I've read some really good ones. Your review is only reinforcing my want for the book. Thanks for the heads up.
    -Erica

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  50. Yes, yes, yes! Awesome review. I read this last week and absolutely adored it!! :D

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  51. I've had my eye on this book for a while now! The cover is fantastic and thats what drew my in at first! Can't wait to read it.

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  52. Cool review! I don't think I've seen a bad review of this book yet... I just might have to check it out even if I'm not big on paranormal books.

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  53. I read paranormal but I am not that great a fan however you description of the heroine makes me want to try the book.

    Being a pendant however should the hero not be called Borrow and not Lend ?

    Carol T

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  54. Really looking forward to reading this, even more so after your review. But tell me, does anyone else think the girl on the cover looks a little like a young Scarlett Johansen?

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  55. Sounds great! I am lucky enough to have a copy myself and I can't wait to start reading it!

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  56. I've read other reviews praising this book, so I really can't wait to get my hands on a copy:)

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  57. I don't think I've seen one bad review of this book. I can't wait to get my own copy.

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  58. I'm so excited for this book! I kept hearing about it and I follow Kiersten's blog. This review just made me want to read it even more. I can't wait to get it when it comes out! :)

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  59. Ooh, nice review. I am now even more excited about this book then I already was. ^_^

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  60. I'm SO excited for this book! I already have it preordered but I'm going to go crazy waiting for it after I know it's out! You did a fantastic review and it made me want it even more!

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  61. This is one I am dying to read! I am glad to see that you have given it such a good review. I know I won't be disappointed!

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  62. Awesome review! Saying a paranormal book is original is pretty much the highest praise you can give it nowadays! I'm DYING for my copy to get here!!!

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  63. (small spoilers in this comment...)

    To be honest when I looked at the cover I just didn't like it. You wanted to read it because (amongst many other things) the cover was gorgeous, but with me it was the cover that put me OFF the book for so long.
    Obviously, never judge a book by its cover, so upon reading the blurb ... I was slightly interested but not that much because supernaturals are in so many YA books now-a-days, and I felt it might be a story I would have already read.

    It JUST came out in the UK, and so as I was browsing on Amazon, looking for a book to buy, I though "Hmm, I'll give it a go, see what the big deal is about".

    I'm glad I did. Because I LOVED IT!!!!!
    Evie was a breath of fresh air, I can’t recall when was the last time I read a book where the protagonist was girly and fun and simply lit up the whole book. We sometimes get a strong female character who doesn’t cry, is stubborn, a survivor, smart and simply kick-ass. Or we get the girl who can’t defend herself, doesn’t make a stand until the last book, and from beginning to end, is just dull.
    But for me, a lot of the protagonists in YA novels are... just sort of there. You can tell that they’re the quiet, invisible girl nothing ever happens to, but they have their quirks. With those protagonists I find myself loving some of the smaller characters more; her best friend, her brother, etc.
    I guess that’s why Evie shocked me. I mean she’s a girl who’s not afraid to admit she loves the colour pink, not afraid to cry when she’s scared or sad, but she also cracks lame jokes, thinks a locker is the coolest thing and really lives for the moment. She’s sassy, can tag and bag vamps and still go home to watch a TV show. And even though there’s a prophecy around the corner, she doesn’t obsess day and night about it.
    Evie MADE this book for me. Lend was sweet and perfect for her, just what you needed to add to her life.
    Bleep I love this book!
    Cannot wait for Supernatural!!!

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  64. God, that comment was like a review of my own :S
    Oops, sorry!

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  65. What a FANTASTIC review, Andye! I really enjoy reading detailed reviews such as this one, where the reviewer explains why they are enchanted with the characters and events in the story.

    As for this book, you've made me want to rush over to Amazon or eBay, or WHEREVER, to grab my own copy! I NEVER borrow books, by the way. Oh, no....I have to OWN them. And no ebooks, either! I have to be able to hold a book in my hands, smell the pages, and lovingly turn the pages...

    Thanks again for the GREAT review!

    Maria @http://twilightandotherdreams.blogspot.com/

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  66. Maria, thank you so much!! You made my day!

    Sheepa, I forgot to tell you that I make Kiersten read your comment because I liked it so much!! :)

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  67. @Andye
    Omg seriously?! Eek! I called her next book Supernatural! Talk about typos *slaps forehead*

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  68. wow can't wait to read it :0

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