Series: Paranormalcy #1
Published by HarperTeen on August 31, 2010
Genres: Paranormal, YA
Source: Borrowed from a friend
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.
I love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
When this book first came out it just didn’t grab my attention. The cover doesn’t appeal to me and because I already own more books than I can read in the next two years, I tend to base current purchases on pretty covers or recommendations. Or, like in this case, because I go to an author book signing and find myself wanting to read every possible book the author has written.
I went to a book signing where Kiersten White was just one of the four authors. She charmed me, which is always dangerous for my wallet, and I bought Mind Games. And felt the siren’s call of Paranormalcy.
When I finally got a chance to listen to the audio of Paranormalcy, I was surprised by how much I liked it. The plot is clever, the world building good, and there is lots and lots of action. Evie felt very much like a sixteen year old, which I found both refreshing and a little disappointing because sometimes I wanted to roll my eyes at the things she said. That may have been more the fault of the narrator and less to do with the writing though.
Overall I found it cute and quirky, with a dark side. Probably a lot like the author. 😉
Emily Eiden did a good job, but her narration just wasn’t for me. Eiden’s voice is adorable, but I found it grating for long listening stretches. Honestly, one character’s death was a bit of a relief because I really disliked it. Sometimes a described voice works better in print than in audio. I’m not saying I won’t listen to future books narrated by Emily Eiden, but I wouldn’t seek her out like I do Khristine Hvam or Amanda Ronconi (want me to read your book? The chances rise to almost 100% if either of those two ladies narrate it!).