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Paranormalcy

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Oh bleep! Paranormalcy was such a cute, flirty, and funny read. When I first saw the cover, it drew me in. Look at it and tell me it’s not gorgeous! And that dress! I want that dress! Not only that, but the synopsis was so different too. I did wonder about how good this book was going to be. It was an original idea, yes, but how would Kiersten White apply it? Well, I’m happy to say that after reading this book in one day, I have not doubts: Keirsten White’s debut novel Paranormalcy is a treat and a must read!The idea of the IPCA (International Paranormal Containment Agency) was original itself. I’d never heard of such a thing until now. I was glad when White told us about the IPCA but she didn’t bore us with a zillion useless details and information. She made learning about the IPCA fun and interesting.The entire plot for this book was well throughout and well written. White obviously took the time to come up with all of these characters, and traits, and surprises, and everything else. I felt that the plot flowed really well: it was calm when I expected it to be; it was fast paced when it should have been fast paced.Evie was a great protagonist. I loved reading from her point of view. She’s such a sweet, cute girl with a fierce side. Sure she’s silly and funny and niave and worries about how she looks and loves her soaps, but honestly, that is what made her so awesome. Only Evie could have on such cute (read about it in the book!) book and be able to hunt down monsters with Tasey! She was a lot like teenagers and I was about to connect with her. Evie was also not afraid of grownups and she knew what she wanted. Though she’s the only one who can see through the glamors of all the creatures, she’s just so…herself. She knows who she is and is quiet happy about it. I loved that about her. Evie made me laugh when she made her comebacks and her remarks.Lately, I’m getting tired of the love triangles. I love them, yes, but sometimes, it’s too much. Low and behold, there was no love triangle in this book! There was no love-at-first-sight in this book. There was just this great, sweet guy named Lend (who just happens to have broken in to the IPCA) and the friendship that came between him and Evie. As said in the synopsis, something is killing off the paranormals and as Evie and Lend come together to find out what it is, they become friends. Soon, though, their friendship turns into something more. Their relationship was so realistic! They didn’t fall for each other at first sight! They were interested as to Lend’s ability and what Evie could do. The natural flow of conversation between them was believable. Their relationship progressed at a great pace!Paranormalcy was a cute, witty, funny, great, awesome book that you have to read. Not only was it all those things mentioned above, there was mystery and surprises and twists and turns and some parts were scary. There were honestly no parts of this book that I didn’t like. Unlike many other books in a series, Paranormalcy didn’t leave with a huge cliffhanger. Sure there were plenty of unanswered questions but the ending was fitting. Paranormalcy left me satisfied and I can’t wait for book two, Supernaturally coming Fall of 2011!
Populazzi

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I hadn’t heard a lot about this book when I was first asked to review it. I liked the synopsis of it so I went for it. When I began reading it, I wasn’t sure of what I was going to get. Hilary Duff called it “Fresh, funny, and sometimes wrenching, Populazzi nails what it’s like to try to find yourself while navigating the crazy world of high school.” I thought that was high praise for this book at that time but now, I know it’s well deserved. Populazzi was fresh and funny and sometimes wrenching. It was real.I liked Cara a lot…most of the time anyways. Sometimes, I was frustrated with her actions and the decisions she made. But she and her best friend Claudia are funny and awkward and ready for something new and exciting. It’s something I saw in myself, really, as a high school student who is always in need of something new and exciting. Cara was a great character and someone I connected with. She thought she knew things and people but they came out and surprised her. She made mistakes but she saw the wrong and tried to make it right. Two problems I had with this book: First, Claudia and her ridiculous Ladder, I felt, were the reason Cara got into so much trouble. Claudia kept on insisting Cara was made to get to the top of the Ladder and it bugged me so much. I never thought I would happen but I hated Claudia a little less when she realized her mistake. Second, Karl, Cara’s step dad. He, in my opinion, went over the top sometimes. He made small things into such huge problems that I had no idea what was wrong with him! And his obsession with Cara’s grades! Okay, parents should be concerned, it’s only natural, but Karl went over the top. The plot was really great and though I felt it was slow at times, I sped through this book. All the things that happened in this book were things that I’d heard of or seen happen in real life. I’m still not sure how Elise Allen got all these things correct. The romance in this book was awesome. It didn’t develop instantly but over a long period of time. Cara was able to grow as a character and see right from wrong (but she made mistakes too, along the way, which was okay. It’s life people; it’s not perfect.)Overall, I liked this book a lot. It was funny and sad and sometimes I got angry. Sometimes I hated some of the characters for what they did and didn’t do. I can’t wait for more from Ms. Allen!
Die for Me

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I had no idea what to expect from this book. The cover jacket is so vague and mysterious that I was utterly excited to being reading this book. Can I just say right now that this book was like a breath of fresh air for one reason (among others) 1: the supernatural creature that was featured in this book is one that I haven’t seen a lot of.“Revenants” is the new concept (kind of like zombies) in this book and I was super interested to see how the author would play this out. Revenants are immortal….people?...who die over and over again to save someone else’s life. After dying, for three days, the revenants reanimate and then it begins all over again. As Kate, our protagonist, learns about the revenants, so do we and honestly, I just loved how Amy did it. It wasn’t too much information that over whelmed us but good amounts scattered throughout the book.I loved the characters in this book, especially Kate. She’s horrified at Vincent’s true identity but she moves on with it; she doesn’t just stick with the fact that she’s got a paranormal boyfriend, which was really nice. She’s stubborn and proves that she can stand up for herself, against everything. Vincent, the love interest, was also a favorite of mine because he’s such a (French, oh la la) gentleman. He treats Kate with respect and he understands that she’s human but she’s also very strong. He also understands that when she says she’s okay with learning new information, he doesn’t keep her in the dark like a feeble child; he tells her what she wants to know. If you can’t already tell, their relationship is awesome, built very much on trust and understand and love; very awesome!A French setting, an awesome protagonist, a swoon worthy (really, really swoon worthy) love interest, and a very well thought out, interesting concept, Die for Me is a must read. Even if you’re hesitant towards paranormal these days, give this book a chance. You might just be very pleasantly surprised.
Shade

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To say that I loved this book is an understatement. To say that I want a Zachary in real life is an understatement. I’d heard numerous good things about this book and it looked good but I never picked it up. I was bored one day and I decided to read it. Now I’m mad because I didn’t read this book sooner!This book has such a unique idea. 16 and ¾ years ago, after the Shift, all the babies born are able to see ghosts. Seriously, that is the coolest thing about the plot! Not only does our protagonist see ghosts but she’s not the only one who can which makes this even more fun to read about! There is so much great world building in this book! Jeri Smith Ready moves the plot along in the best pace possible and doesn’t confuse you at all. ALSO the mystery involving the Shift and Aura and Zachary kept me wondering what the heck was going to happen next!Aura is a very independent, confident girl who can see ghosts. After her boyfriend Logan dies on his birthday, she begins to see his ghost. It creates lots of problems for Aura since Logan is a ghost and obviously, she still loves him. Things get even more complicated for her when Zachary comes into the picture. Scottish with a killer awesome accent, Zach is a nice guy who genuinely cares about Aura. When she begins to fall for Zach, she wonders if she’s being unfaithful to Logan, who as a ghost can see what Aura does. The relationships are very complicated but they are very realistic as well.Jeri Smith Ready includes lots of music that is really important to our characters and lots and lots of mystery, danger, suspense, and of course, romance! Shade is a great read for lovers of paranormal that is totally addicting. If you haven’t read this one yet, go and read it now!
The Body Finder

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At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book or not. A girl who's got powers to find murdered girls? Sounds gruesome, don't you think? But it turned out to be much, much better than I thought it was. I did have high expectations for this book since I've read a lot of great reviews about it. I am happy to say that it lived up to my expectations.The love story made me want to read on and the suspense kept me alert and engrossed in this book. I began this book at around one o'clock, and in-between having a late lunch, I finished this book at around two.Violet was an expectational character. She was brave, strong and independent, but she wasn't afraid to cry or admit she needed help. She was also so willing to help find girls who have been murdered. I know for a fact that if I had the power she has, I would not have handled it with such calmness and strength. Violet was a lovable, brilliant character that you'll fall in love with. You'll root for her and cry with her.This book is a jumble of so many things. It's got danger, a very, very different paranormal twist that I've never seen before, and a love story that captures your attention from the very beginning. It may seem to you that this book would be hard to follow but it wasn't. Why you ask? Because of how well it was written. Kimberly has done a superb job of conveying a confused teenage girl's feelings and thoughts about first love and realizing exactly all she can do with her "powers."Then there was Jay. Anyone who didn't read the book fully and understand it, would say that Jay was a cliche, the perfect boyfriend, the one type of guy who doesn't exist. But I beg to differ. Jay was not perfect, he was nice, yes, but not perfect. There were plenty of times in this book that I thought he was being a jerk or a dumb ass, but that just made me love him even more. I think the one thing that got to me the most was his caring, loving personality.Then there were the minor characters, Violet's friends and her family. There were the worried parents, the "perfect" girl, best friends. In the middle of all the mystery, you got all the gossiping, talk of dresses and dates and make-up and he said she said, and guys being guys. It gave you that set off, a chance to laugh at the dialogue or scenes, a chance to move away from the seriousness of this novel. This was also one book where the parents weren't really the enemies or the bad people or part of the problem. They were loving, caring, supportive and always there for their daughter.With it's wonderful and intense story line, a unforgettable love story, unique and out-of-this-world characters, this book is a brilliant start to a great career for Kimberly Derting. I know that we will see more amazing work from her. One of which is Desires of the Dead, the sequel to The Body Finder. You would never expect there to be a sequel to this book after where its ended but I'm ready for a surprise. And theres bound to be more Violet and Jay, so why not be happy?
Remembrance (Transcend Time, #1)

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I really loved the cover for this book and I liked that it was inspired by one of my favorite Taylor Swift songs. Remembrance is a strong, well-written book by debut author Michelle Madow about true love and consequences and if people really do change or not. The plot revolves around Lizzie and how her life changes after a new guy, Drew, moves into town. She feels like she knows him and random thoughts and images keep coming into her mind out of nowhere and Lizzie wants to know why. As soon as he comes into her life, she beings to draw people and a certain girl and speaks French perfectly. After Lizzie realizes what’s going on, she embarks on an adventure to find out who she was in the past and what is going on now. Lizzie was a great character who felt really realistic to me. I appreciated that about Michelle’s writing. I could see Lizzie and Chelsea as one of my friends. She was strong willed and knew what she wanted but she didn’t want to hurt anyone. After her break up with Jeremy, I was so happy that she wasn’t getting back with him right away. Jeremy reminded me of a guy I would meet at my school, the arrogant, annoying self obsessed athlete. Lizzie’s best friend annoyed me at times and there were certain things she did that annoyed me a lot. Drew was a character who I didn’t know how I felt about him. While he obviously liked Lizzie, he didn’t treat her like he should have treated her. I got the whole love thing but I really wish Lizzie wouldn’t forgive him for it easily. Overall, Michelle Madow demonstrated really good writing skills. There wasn’t a time in the single book where I felt confused about what was happening. Her writing was precise, to the point and her choice of words made this story move along really well. I can’t wait to read more from the author!
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