Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Spoiler-Free Review: PARANORMALCY

Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy, #1) - Kiersten White
Genre: YA Paranormal (duh) fantasy
# of pages: (ARC)
Publisher: HarperTeen
Recommended for: ALL AGES.
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(Isn't this cover beautiful?)


The following review has been declared SPOILER FREE:

I’ve been fortunate to read MANY amazing, 5-star-worthy books this summer, so it’s no little thing when I say that Paranormalcy blows them all out of the water. In fact, Paranormalcy is the newest Must Have book for the fall, a treat every teen needs to ease those back-to-school blues.

While I love to hand out hugs and giggles,I’m pretty stingy handing out my A+ grade. Kiersten White's Paranormalcy didn't get an A+, it EARNED it. There is no way that I could give it anything less.

The characters were all so unique, quirky and absolutely lovable. The narrator, Evie, is just about as awesome as her zebra dress and pink boots. Her voice was funny, sassy and endearing – all the ingredients needed to cook up one of the best fictional characters of 2010! It was so great to watch her grow and mature over the course of the story. Oh, Evie, I'd love for you to be real. If you thought high school was fun, just you wait until you come to college with me! :P
But I can’t forget the love interest, Lend. Abso-freaking-lutely going in my Boyfriends! file. Besides being completely swoon-worthy, Lend is also an incredibly original character. Vampire? Nope. Werewolf? Uh-uh. Faerie? No way. Angel? Fuggedabadit. You’ll just have to see for yourself. And Reth… you know, I didn’t expect this to happen, but he became one of my favorite characters. His scenes were absolutely delicious. WORD to Aprilynne Pike’s blurb.

But characters aside, what impressed me the most about P was its sheer originality. I’ve read YA nearly exclusively for 2 years now, and I can honestly say that Paranormalcy was like nothing I’d ever read before. If we’re all sitting in a circle, holding hands and being honest, I thought I had this story pegged from page one. I thought I knew – because it was a “paranormal” book – what would happen in the story. Guys and girls – I wasn’t EVEN close! I can’t tell you all enough just how creative and ORIGINAL Paranormalcy is. This amazing story full of amazing characters populating an amazing world came straight out of the mind of the intensely talented Kiersten White, and I WAGER that you have not read anything like this! Evie and the world of the IPCA was so brilliantly created and put together.

From one YA lover to all of you, I guarantee you don’t want to miss this phantasmagorical thrill ride.
Paranormalcy will be released August 31, 2010.
(PS – am I the only one who is surprised that ‘phantasmagorical’ is a real word?)
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Final Grade:

13 shout-outs!:

Dazzling Mage said...

Okay, now you've got me all excited about reading this! Awesome review!

madeleinerex.com said...

You are certainly not the only one surprised that's a word.

You're also not alone in your opinion of PARANORMALCY. It's orginality is totally undeniable. I'm so happy you love it! I have such a soft spot for this book!

JessiKay89 said...

Okay, seriously, this has got to stop. (Of course, I'm only kidding :P) This was another book that I wasn't so sure about, and you have successfully convinced me that I NEED to read it. Love your review :)

Kristan said...

Holy geez, what a glowing recommendation. Is it Aug 31st yet?!

Cari said...

I want this book! August is a great month for books!

Sheri said...

You've got me convinced! It has been added to my to-read list.

Adriana said...

You've convinced me that I must read this book now! I wasn't sure about it, but it does sound like it has a fun and original concept.

Katrina L. Lantz said...

Agh! I'm so jealous you've read it already. Great review! Thanks for keeping it spoiler-free and using a word like phantasmagorical! I'll have to look that one up!

Jessilyn said...

You convinced me too! Great review, I belive it deserves A+ indeed!

Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

WOW. I have this one sitting in my review pile, and I've heard AWESOME things about it, but I still didn't think it would get such high marks from you! You're not one to hand them out like candy, so I'll DEFINITELY have to check this out the second I get a chance. So glad you enjoyed it! :)

Jenny Girl said...

Well jeez-louise! I have gotta read this one now. I had almost given up on YA because they are all so similiar lately. But since since is THE ONE, I will def read it. Thanks for the great enthusiastic review :)

Lorielle said...

I've been keeping my eye on this one. I really am wanting to read it!

Christina T said...

I will be reading this one when I can. Loved your review!

 
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