Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Review: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Title: Paranormalcy
Author: Kiersten White
Publisher: Harper Teen
Published: August 31, 2010
Pages: 335
My Rating: 3/5
Misc.: First in Paranormalcy Trilogy, Paranormal

Weird as it is working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, Evie’s always thought of herself as normal. Sure, her best friend is a mermaid, 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 still. Normal.

Only now paranormals are dying, and Evie's dreams are filled with haunting voices and mysterious prophecies. She soon realizes that there may be a link between her abilities and the sudden rash of deaths. Not only that, but she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.

Synopsis taken from goodreads.
My Review:
Can I just start this review out by applauding Kiersten White for portraying some scary creatures of the night as actually scary? It's not very often that we see vampires or werewolves as threatening paranormal creatures anymore, but this book did a good job showing the dangerous side of paranormals.

Let's start with Evie. She's our main character, and not only is she kick-ass, but she is girly too! I don't see that very often. Or at all, actually. Kiersten White created a really good balance between the two, so Evie didn't come off as annoying. I also love how most of the characters weren't human, but they weren't "typical" paranormals either. There are faeries, goblins, werewolves, vampires, mermaids, and entirely new species that most of us haven't heard of before. And I absolutely loved the relationship Evie had with her best friend and Lend, the shape-shifter.

The plot was also pretty good. From the beginning, I was captured by the thought, "Why is this human girl working for a paranormal agency?" And then the plot builds on that question. It was beautifully done. By the end, I was really rooting for Evie to succeed.

The one thing I didn't really like about this book was the pacing. It's not that it wasn't fast paced, it was just that whenever I put the book down, I didn't feel the need to pick it back up again. I ended up going on a two week vacation in the middle of reading the book, and it wasn't until I left that I realized I left the book at home. The author's writing is also just okay. Nothing stood out for me too much.

But overall, I did enjoy this book. It was an okay, funny read. I'm definitely going to check out the second book in the series when I have time. I'd recommend this book for anyone looking for a light read or something to do to pass the time.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Friday Memes #5

Follow Friday is hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee's View.

This week's question:

If you could have characters from a particular book meet and form an epic storyline with characters from a particular TV series, which would you choose and why?

I think it would be awesome if characters from Hourglass by Myra McEntire met with the whole Doctor Who cast. Woo, time travel! Seriously, how awesome would that be? Em and Michael don't need a TARDIS, but they can still travel with the Doctor throughout space :)

(Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Jen at Crazy For Books)

Book Blogger Hop
This week's question is:
What is your favorite spooky book (i.e. mystery/suspense, thriller, ghost story, etc.)?

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer! I just finished this book like two days ago, and I can't read anything else because I'm afraid that I'm going to think that book is terrible compared to Mara Dyer. It was that good. Anyways, my favorite parts were trying to figure out what actually happened at the asylum the night her friends died. And the creepy hallucinations added to the spooky effect. It was just a great read!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

In My Mailbox #3

IMM is a meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren

Sorry I haven't done and IMM for a while, I just haven't really got a lot of books until recently. So now I can do one :D

Here's what I got this week:


Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (review here)
I borrowed this book from the library and absolutely loved it, so I just needed to buy a copy. So I did. I'm probably gonna re-read it soon, even though I just recently read it.
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (review coming soon)
I read this book as soon as I got it, and I loved it! I can't wait for Isla and the Happily Ever After!
I've heard so many good things about this book. At first I was like ehh, i'll get it if I have time to read it,  but when I saw it in the store, I kinda went crazy and needed to buy it.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
This book has been hyped up to the max, and I've been wanting to buy it ever since I first heard about it. I can't wait to see how it turns out.
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Richelle Mead! Ahh! Companion series to Vampire Academy! Need I say more?
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
This is another one that caught my eye as soon as I saw it. So I thought since it's close to Halloween, why not?

Borrowed from Library:

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta 
I've heard so many amazing things about this book. I need to read it soon though, cause these books are almost due.
Between by Jessica Warman
I kind of got this book on impulse when I saw it, but I'm excited to see how it turns out.
I'm actually reading this one now, and I have to say, it's pretty good. Can't wait to finish it!

For Review:

The Poppet and the Lune by Madeline Claire Franklin
This one is a self published book, so thank you Madeline Claire Franklin for sending it to me! I'm also reading this, and it's amazing so far.
Far From the War by Jeffery David Payne
Thank you Roche Harbor Books for sending this my way! It's a dystopian, so I can't wait to start reading it!


Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowly
I've heard a lot of good things about this one. Can't wait to read it!
Ashes by Isla J. Bick
I haven't heard much about this one, so does anyone know if it's good or not?
Farsighted by Emlyn Chand
Thank you Emily for sending this to me! Can't wait to start it!

Thank you Ann for sending this my way! I've already started it, so I should be done soon.
The Future Perfect by Kirk Mustard (not pictured)
Thank you again to the author for sending this to me. I'll try to get to it as soon as possible! :)

So what did you guys get this week?  :D

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Dutton
Published: December 2, 2010
Pages: 372
My Rating: 4.8/5
Misc.: Contemporary, two companion novels coming soon
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.

As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near - misses end with the French kiss Anna - and readers - have long awaited?

Synopsis taken from goodreads.
My Review: 
I don't really have that much experience reading contemporary romance novels, but omg this was absolutely amazing! I think Stephanie Perkins may have opened me up to a new genre in YA. Yay.

At first, looking at the cover and the title, I was like "no way". It seemed way too cheesy and predictable. And parts of it were. But there were parts that were so unexpected and serious and beautifully written that they made me fall in love with this book. Stephanie Perkins knows how to blend funny with serious to create the perfect balance between the two. Her writing is fast paced and flows wonderfully.

Aside from the writing, the characters were another reason that made me fall in love with this book. The main character, Anna, was not the only character developed so well. In fact, I think some characters like St. Clair were even more developed than her. And the side characters each had their own back-story which really made me care about them too. I wasn't just rooting for Anna. I was rooting for Anna, St. Clair, Rashmi, Josh, and Meredith. Another thing I loved was that all of the characters had their flaws. Nobody was perfect, not even the love interest. They had fears, they had breakdowns, they were real. That was another thing Stephanie Perkins did a great job on.

Lastly, the plot. It took me a little while to figure out what the plot was, but when I did, the book really fell together for me. Throughout the book, she's just trying to survive life in Paris when all she really wants to do is go back home to Atlanta. And the readers are right there along with her. The descriptions are so clear, you really feel like you're in Paris with Anna.

So basically, this book was amazing and I urge you guys to read it if you haven't already (I think I was one of the last people to read this book, actually lol). I can't wait to get Lola, which I already ordered. It should be here in a week, yay! I think after reading this, I'm going to try to read some more contemporary novels. :)