Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Far From Normal

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White


I didn't really like this book at the beginning.  It seemed like another adolescent fluffy paranormal piece, but the farther the story went on, the darker and more convoluted it became.  Thus, I was hooked:  a story with meat--and one that could keep readers going through several more books.

Evie's life is not normal, even for a paranormal book!  She works for (lives at and is chaperoned by) the International Paranormal Containment Agency, an agency that tracks and monitors the world's magical creatures.  Evie is far from normal herself.  She has the unique ability to see past 'glamours' to the truth about paranormal creatures.  This makes her dangerous to some, so she needs protection.  And, it's also her job.  She goes out to locate and bring back these dangerous creatures. 

This is first in a series that I will definitely keep reading.  One of my favorite characters was the evil fairy, and Evie's ex-boyfriend.  This back story would be fascinating.  I liked him way better than the current boyfriend, who was boring a little suspicious.  Evie does act in very immature and irritating way for some of the book, but she is 16, so her actions and dialogue are credible.  I also loved that Evie can't figure out what is going on with who or what she is.  Perhaps the prophecy in the book is about her?  I can't wait to find out!

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