Saturday, 4 February 2012
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
"Weird as it is working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, Evie’s always thought of herself as normal. Sure, her best friend is a mermaid, 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 still. Normal. Only now paranormals are dying, and Evie's dreams are filled with haunting voices and mysterious prophecies. She soon realizes that there may be a link between her abilities and the sudden rash of deaths. Not only that, but she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures. So much for normal"
This book should have been one I liked. It has a very well constructed urban mythological world where humans make sure to keep dangerous paranormals in order and out of the public eye and through out the book, which didn't take me very long to read, I kept wanting to like it but I just couldn't. I think the main reason is I did not like this book is the characters. There wasn't a single main character to me that seemed to be believable or even anything but a hollow shell of a good idea.The relationship between Evelyn and her Fey ex, who's name I can't even remember, seemed unbelievable. It is a stereotypical manipulative relationship but It has no depth and I felt no connection or even reason for Evie to feel so drawn to him and unable to walk away. The author missed out on a big possibility of exploring abusive relationships here.
I also feel like her relationships with the new guy Link, her best friend who's a mermaid, the human woman who is like her surrogate mother and all the other people in her small world were just very hollow. And while I understand that Evie is supposed to be a very disconnected character in a lot of pain even her pain felt non-existent. She is thoroughly just a hollow character who I could not connect with at all and everything that happened to her and with her regarding other people felt so forced it was uncomfortable. (Also I have forgotten most of the characters names, a sign that they were not worth remembering)
The character of Evie really starts to drag and get boring, even after her true nature is revealed. I mean if there is any point in the book we should feel for her it is now, but nope. Nothing. Nada. Zip. I wasn't bothered at all. I had hoped that it would make the character more interesting at least but that failed to happen.
Worse still is that this book is part of a series, yet I feel not one bit compelled to read the rest of the books. I couldn't care less what happens to any of the characters. So even though this book is not badly written in an obvious way, and even though the story should have been good, it is just not worth reading. I am glad it was only 99p on my kindle and even then that almost feels like a waste of money.