Review: Paranormalcy

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy, #1)

Publication date: August 31st 2010

Publisher: HarperTeen

Number of pages: 335

Series: Paranormalcy (1#)

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

Source: Purchased. This is my honest opinion.


 Goodreads synopsis:

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.



Talk about hard to review.

You have literally no idea I have been staring at this screen.

A long time.

I guess I could start off by saying that I looooooved the romance. Man, it was so adorable. In fact, I’m astounded that I actually liked the name Lend. It was endearing.

I loved all the supernatural creatures and the beginning but with the vampire. Is it twisted if I say I liked the bits with Reth? Because I did.

The fire thing and Evie’s gift was cool too.

What I didn’t like, or should I say who I didn’t like, was Evie. Pink, pink, Tasey, high school, pink, pink. Tasey reminds me way to much of Buffy the Vampire Slayer because Buffy called HER stake Mr. Pointy. And all the bleeps really annoyed me too. I definitely warmed to her a little more as the book went on though.

I will definitely be continuing with the series – I already have the second book – and it was strangely addicting I that sense.

 3.5/5 comets
Looks like the start of an apocalypse. Nearly there.

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 Goodreads author bio:

Kiersten WhiteHi! I’m the New York Times best-selling author of Paranormalcy and Supernaturally. I also give the most awkward hugs in the world. You should probably opt for one of my books over one of my hugs, but then again, maybe you like awkward hugs.

As for me, I like writing flirting scenes, and fighting scenes, and sometimes I write scenes that fall somewhere in between the two, but only if I can’t avoid it.

Review: Notable

Notable by Marni Bates

Notable (Smith High, #3)

Publication date: October 29th 2013

Publisher: K-Teen

Number of pages: 272

Series: Smith High (3# (can be read as standalone))

Genre: YA Contemporary

Source: Received in exchange for review. This is my honest opinion.


 Goodreads synopsis:

I take no prisoners…

I’m Chelsea Halloway and I will happily destroy your social life if you mess with me. Just ask anyone. There is no situation I can’t handle. Divorcing parents? No problem. An ex-boyfriend who wants to date Smith High School’s biggest geek instead of me? Just a matter of time before I can make him see reason. At least, until my parents decide to ship me off on a study abroad trip to Cambodia…

Now instead of being admired as the queen of the Notables, I’m stuck with a bunch of college students who don’t take me seriously, and a professor who accidentally landed himself on the wrong side of a drug lord. And it’s up to me to get us all out of the country alive–even the annoying jerk with the green eyes who won’t stop calling me “princess.”

Oh yeah, what could possibly go wrong?



You could say that this book was notable. But you could also say that it was great. Personal choice, ya know?

Well my choice is great. Do you want to know why? Well, dear followers/random readers, read on indeed.

Chelsea is your typical mean girl. And mean girls have feelings too. So how does Chelsea feel about being sent to Cambodia? Not very happy.

And she is totally right. She is sent on one of the most dangerous aadventures of a lifetime. Drug dealers, violence and of course a bit of love, this was one gripping book.

I thought that Marni Bates did a fantastic job at executing the mean girl kind of thing. Yeah, sure, it was a little stereotypical, but you cares? Not me. Marni managed to prove that even though Chelsea didn’t exactly get the best SAT (think that’s it. Sorry, not American) scores, it certainly didn’t make her dumb. And it proved that not all mean girls are mean for no reason. They have wants too and they may put on a steel exterior but they are not real.

No, I am not a patriot for mean girls.

I thought that the romance was so cute! I’m glad she ended up with that person because they were just perfect for each other.

I have not yet read any of the other books in the series, but I really want to. If I am to get them, I may as well wait for the fourth book to come out. While you don’t need to read them before Notable, I can see why it would enhance your reading experience.

I would recommend this to anyone open to contemporaries, looking for a good book with a different storyline. Loved it!
4.5/5 comets
KABOOM! That only leaves one continet. One little flaw.

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 Goodreads author bio:

Marni BatesMy autobiography MARNI (part of HCI’s Louder Than Words series) was on the New York Public Library Stuff for the Teen Age 2010 List. I then signed a four book contract with KTeen. My first YA novel, AWKWARD, has been optioned by the Disney Channel as a made-for-TV movie and translated into Portuguese, Spanish, and Hungarian.

In my free time I can be found reading romance novels, rollerblading, singing really loudly (and off-key) in public and watching copious amounts of television–strictly for artistic inspiration, of course.