Saturday, September 25, 2010
Evie tases her way to normal in PARANORMALCY by Kiersten White
So I'd heard Paranormalcy by Kiersten White was funny. I'd heard Evie, the teen heroine, used a pink sparkly taser to "bag and tag" vampires. I'd heard the book poked fun at the whole paranormal romance genre.
Guess what? The peoples on the interwebs were right!
One quick stop at Kiersten White's amazing blog will confirm that this chick is funny. Paranormalcy has the same light-hearted tone as White's blog, which is awesome.
Paranormalcy reminded me of the movie Clueless, in a way. The main character and plot seem very superficial at first. But it's written so intelligently that you can't help but laugh and root for the heroine as she learns to be less selfish and discovers something deeper about herself and about life.
I loved how White threw in a few jabs at YA vampire romances. The opening scene is hilarious as Evie tases a vamp and rants about how ridiculous it is that vampires think they're sexy. She even uses the word "shimmery" to describe a vampire in an ironic way and I couldn't help but think of that as a direct poke at a certain franchise. I also loved when, towards the end of the book, a vampire tells Evie, "Why on earth would a vampire go to high school?" Hilarious!
The romance is so sweet and refreshing. There was no I-love-you-but-kind-of-want-to-kill-you, No I-love-you-but-our-love-will-probably-destroy-the-universe, and No I-love-you-but-I'm-so-damaged-from-my-hundred-year-old-past-so-I'm-really-mean-to-you.
It was more like, I-really-like-you-I-hope-your-dad-doesn't-catch-us-making-out-on-the-couch and then some I-think-I-love-you-but-I hope-you-accept-me-for-who-I-am-with-all-my-weirdness.
White shows us that we can have a paranormal novel with NORMAL teens. We can read about teens who get grounded, love shopping sprees, eat pizza, and go to prom. They also happen to have paranormal abilities and, you know, murderous faeries hunting them.
If you love paranormal romaces, or hate them, read Paranormalcy. You won't be disappointed.
I can't wait for Supernaturally!