Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Review: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

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Paranormalcy
Kiersten White
Released August 31st, 2010
by HarperTeen

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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.

This is the book that you read when you need a break from dark, serious, hefty novels and just want something fun! Paranormalcy not simply about vampires, or werewolves, or faeries, it’s includes ALL of them- and more. I really had a great time with it and enjoyed the medley.

Evie can see paranormals: No matter what glamour they wear, she can see through it. She’s been living with the IPCA, an agency who controls the paranormals, all her life and feels pretty lonely being the only (human) teenager there. Evie is an incredibly fun character. She has wit, spunk and a definite sense of humor. I loved how she gets excited for the smallest things – like lockers – and we get to see her take in the real world. I also didn’t get an annoyed teenager vibe from her. Evie is very mature for her age which I imagine comes from being raised by IPCA as well as seeing unimaginably icky things daily. However, it doesn’t change the fact that she longs for a boyfriend like on her favourite show, and wishes she could just go to real high school prom.

Evie soon meets a very intriguing love interest, Lend. He’s like nothing she’s ever seen before – literally. I loved Lend. He’s the type of noble guy that you can always count on. His relationship with Evie is not instant either, it progresses at a great pace where you can see and feel their attraction grow. I was also delighted with the lack of a love triangle. I enjoy love triangles as much as the next, but sometimes it’s nice to get a change of pace.

As for the plot, it’s just plain fun! Vampires, fairies, mermaids, werewolves, wookies, you name it. Don’t expect anything too deep or elaborate, but do count on a lot of attitude, pink weapons and interesting twists! And all of this in a quick, satisfying read.

4 Hot Espressos

Dusty Reads (9)

Posted by on 11/22/2011 • 28 Comments

Dusty Reads is a weekly meme, hosted here, featuring a book that has been sitting unread on my home shelf for some time. To participate, add your link at the bottom.  If you wish, you can grab the button and find more information here. My pick this week:

The ReplacementBrenna YovanoffReleased September 21st, 2010by RazorbillGoodreads / Purchase

Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human…

Giveaway: Awakening by Karice Bolton

Posted by on 11/21/2011 • 15 Comments

AwakeningKarice BoltonReleased September 27th, 2011

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Alone in snowy, remote Whistler village, Ana tries to build a new life since losing her parents. With a cozy condo, a sweet-faced bulldog and an evening job to leave the days free for the slopes, life slips into a great routine. If only she could shake the guilt for not remembering anything about her parents and banish the night terrors that haunt her every dream. 

On a whim, Ana goes out with Athen, a guy she’s just met in the Grizzly Pub… The only problem is that she feels like she already knows him. Within 48 hours of meeting Athen and his family, Ana’s world implodes. She falls for Athen quickly and before she knows it, a past life begins…

Review: Awakening by Karice Bolton

Posted by on 11/21/2011 • 17 Comments

AwakeningKarice BoltonReleased September 27th, 2011

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Alone in snowy, remote Whistler village, Ana tries to build a new life since losing her parents. With a cozy condo, a sweet-faced bulldog and an evening job to leave the days free for the slopes, life slips into a great routine. If only she could shake the guilt for not remembering anything about her parents and banish the night terrors that haunt her every dream. 

On a whim, Ana goes out with Athen, a guy she’s just met in the Grizzly Pub… The only problem is that she feels like she already knows him. Within 48 hours of meeting Athen and his family, Ana’s world implodes. She falls for Athen quickly and before she knows it, a past life begins…

In My Mailbox (10)

Posted by on 11/20/2011 • 124 Comments

“In My Mailbox” is a meme, created by Kristi at The Story Siren, that features books I’ve  received/ purchased/ borrowed during the current week. 

How are my lovelies this week? We’re starting to see Christmas lights going up and it’s getting me in the holiday mood! I Love Christmas it’s my favorite holiday because I get to see a lot of family that I don’t see the rest of the year. Plus my little one is 18 months old so it’s the first Christmas where he’s old enough to really enjoy it. Everything is so much more exciting when you go through it with your kid! It’s all so magical to them. I Love it!Enough with the rambling, let’s see what books I got =)(Click on images for Goodreads) I…

Fresh Batch (Nov 20th-Nov 26th)

Posted by on 11/19/2011 • 19 Comments

Exclusively titled for Xpresso Reads, Fresh Batch features the hottest releases of this upcoming week. Flavour of the week:

Unleashed

Nancy Holder & Debbie Vigué Goodreads / Purchase 

When Katelyn starts at her new school the only person she knows is the handsome and intriguing Trick Sokolov, an acquaintance of her grandfather. She’s surprised when the popular Cordelia Fenner invites her home and when she meets Cordelia’s hot brother, she begins to think her new life might be ok after all. But as she spends time with the family, she realises that the Fenners are harbouring a deep dark secret. Every bone in Katelyn’s body tells her that the Fenners are mad, bad and dangerous to know – but how can she give up her only friend, and…

Review: Titan Magic by Jodi Lamm

Posted by on 11/18/2011 • 17 Comments

Titan MagicJodi LammReleased September 30th, 2011

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Mute, heartless, and tormented by auditory hallucinations, Madeleine Lavoie never questions why her family has hidden her from the world. But the night her brother casts her out, she learns the mysterious voice she thought existed only in her mind is no delusion, and no matter how hard she tries, she can never disobey it.

Now Madeleine must find her own voice in a cacophony of powerful tyrants, monsters, and gods. If she fails, she will forfeit her life and the lives of everyone who loves her. But if she succeeds, she may finally gain the ability to love someone in return.

*A copy was provided by Jodi Lamm for review purposes*

Titans, monsters and gods aren’t part of…

Review: Brightest Kind of Darkness by PT Michelle

Posted by on 11/17/2011 • 44 Comments

Brightest Kind of DarknessP.T. MichelleReleased June 27th, 2011

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Nara Collins is an average sixteen-year-old, with one exception: every night she dreams the events of the following day. Due to an incident in her past, Nara avoids using her special gift to change fate- until she dreams a future she can’t ignore.

After Nara prevents a bombing at Blue Ridge High, her ability to see the future starts to fade, while people at school are suddenly being injured at an unusually high rate.

Grappling with her diminishing powers and the need to prevent another disaster, Nara meets Ethan Harris, a mysterious loner who seems to understand her better than anyone. Ethan and Nara forge an irresistible connection, but as their relationship heats up, so do her questions about…