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  • Paranormalcy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kiersten White
    • Narrated By Emily Eiden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    Kirstin says: "Why Did I Wait So Long?"
    "Tons of Bleeping Fun"
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    Plain and simple, this book is hysterically funny and you should read it, like right now. You won’t be disappointed by this bleeping* incredible paranormal adventure.

    Evie, age sixteen, is an employee of the International Paranormal Containment Agency (IPCA). Her job: find paranormals, tag them, read them their rights, and bring them in. Her unique ability to see through glamours enables her to easily identify paranormals, making her the best tracker in the world.

    Despite her success as an IPCA employee, she longs for a normal teenage life. She wants to have teenage friends, date boys (other than creepy faeries), and feel the cool smooth surface of a high school locker. Maybe even learn to drive as well.

    When Evie meets (more like electrocutes) a strange paranormal teenage boy, she is drawn to him and the two become fast friends. As they learn more about each other, he makes her second guess who she is and her life at the IPCA. When things in the paranormal world start to change and creatures around the world are found dead, Evie seems to be the only one who can do anything about it.

    Evie’s quirky and super teenagery personality made me laugh out loud, a lot. She is easily my favorite character. My second favorite character would have to be Tasey, her pink rhinestone bedazzled taser gun. It’s a trusty little thing that never failed to kick butt and zap all the things that go bump in the night back in line. Who knew electrocuting things could be so funny?

    I also loved the author’s take on the paranormal world. White fills this world with every paranormal creature imaginable and you would think that so many types of paranormal creatures in a book would be over the top, but it’s not. White balances them all well and they all fit nicely into the story line. Evie’s unique ability to see through glamours gives the creatures a little quirk that makes them not your average spooky supernatural being. White delivers her world perfectly and you just know she had fun writing it.

    Paranormalcy is a clever and refreshing young adult fantasy read. If you are in the mood for something funny with a lot of the paranormal, this is the perfect book for you. I can’t bleeping* wait to read Supernaturally, the next book in the trilogy.

    * Inside joke from the book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Pandemonium

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1168)
    Performance
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    (1060)

    I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare, pushing aside thoughts of Alex, pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school, push, push, push, like Raven taught me to do. The old life is dead. But the old Lena is dead too. I buried her.I left her beyond a fence, behind a wall of smoke and flame. Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bests eller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

    Emily - Audible says: "Remarkably Mature for YA"
    "Can't Wait for the Next Book!"
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    Pandemonium had a completely different feel than Delirium, the first book in the series. The story, all told from Lena’s perspective, alternates between different times. This was a little jarring to me in the beginning but I eventually got the hang of it. That aside, I loved it. Couldn’t put it down. Ate it up with a spoon. It Leaves you on a total cliffhanger too. The kind that makes you scream, “WHY DO I HAVE TO WAIT ANOTHER YEAR FOR THE NEXT ONE?! AHH!” So. Good.

    Contrary to Delirium, Lena is a little more rough around the edges in Pandemonium. After escaping from the police in Delirium, she is now on the run and fighting for her survival in the ‘wilds,’ as it’s called in the series. On top of that, she is recovering from the abrupt separation from Alex, the boy she loved so much that she ran away from everything she knew. She meets up with a resistance group living in the wilds. The story switches between Lena finding her way to the group and living with them to a future time when she is a member of the resistance.

    Pandemonium is definitely grittier than Delirium. There is way more action and conflict. Alternating from Lena’s past and present kept the pace moving and made the book completely unpredictable. I really had no idea what was going to happen and this made the book difficult to put down. Out of the two books, I still think I liked Delirium more, but Pandemonium is still fantastic. It’s just different than the first.

    I will leave this review short and simple because I know readers of Delirium will pick up Pandemonium at break neck speed. I know I did. If you haven’t read Delirium, you should.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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