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Fun and Bright: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Hi there everyone!

For years my students and other book bloggers told me that I need to read Kiersten White’s Paranormalcy. And for years I planned on it but kept getting distracted. Well, that is no longer the case. I have finally read Paranormalcy and now I’m trying to get my hands on the second book Supernaturally!

Paranormalcy by Kiersten WhiteEvie’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 now know why everyone wanted me to read this book! It was so much fun! White has written an easy-going and bright paranormal mystery, which is so refreshing! So often supernatural fiction can have a dark and heavy feel, but Paranormalcy is the complete opposite!

Evie, the main character, is likable and relatively normal…for a girl who “bags and tags” vampires and other supernatural creatures! She is insecure, boy crazy, lonely and longing for more, and is obsessed with her favorite teen TV drama….she is a lot like I was in my early high school years! I really felt like I could connect with Evie because I’ve been “that girl” (minus the vampires…). So, yeah I enjoyed Evie as a main character even though she sometimes (okay most of the time!) made really dumb thoughtless decisions, but I guess when I think back on it I did a bit of that as a teenager too!

I was really a fan of all the different supernatural and mythological creatures. Vampires and werewolves yes, but also mermaids, fairies, elemental spirits, shapeshifters and even hags. Seeing bits and pieces of these creatures and their lore was incredibly refreshing. It makes sense that if there are some supernaturals in the world that there would be others as well! These supporting characters are all interesting! Lend, the mysterious guy who breaks in to The Center had me intrigued from the beginning. And Lish, the mermaid, was so cute I’d like to meet more of her kind in the sequels.

The little hints of Evie’s history left me wanting more. Why can she see beneath the supernaturals’ glamours? Who is she exactly? White gives us small pieces of Evie’s mysterious beginnings, but I’m sure that we’ll learn more as the series continues. Which is why I really, really can’t wait to get my hands on Supernaturally!

And…there is a very sweet romance. So cute!

If you’re one of those readers who is looking for a fun and bright read because you’re tired of the under dark paranormal reads then you should definitely check out Paranormalcy! I highly recommend it as a good summer poolside read to middle school aged readers and older.

Author: Kiersten White

Publisher: Harper Teen (August 31, 2010)

Format: Paperback

Length: 335 pages

Series: First in the Paranormalcy trilogy

YA/MG: MG/YA

Buy the Book: Paranormalcy

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Book Trailer of the Week: The Iron Fey series

Book Trailer of the WeekIt’s Friday!

And you know what that means! Book Trailer of the Week time! Every week I bring you a book trailer that I believe deserves a little attention.

Iron Fey series by Julie KagawaToday I’ll be showing off the book trailer for the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa.   I honestly can’t escape good the buzz for these books! They’re raved about on tons of book blogs, so I know I’m going to have to make these a priority!

Half human. Half faery. Fully endangered. Meghan Chase is about to come into her legacy.  The Faery realms have always weathered the clash of Summer and Winter fey, the Seelie and Unseelie Courts. Now a new breed of faery has emerged to challenge both—to their peril. Forged by Man’s insatiable pursuit of technological superiority, the terrifying Iron fey are massing…and the fate of all faeries hangs in the balance. The greatest weapon in this epic magical war? A half-human teenage girl.

Doesn’t it sound like a fun supernatural fantasy series?  Like I’ve said, I keep hearing great things about these books and the trailer makes me want to read them that much more!

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Book Trailer of the Week: Grave Mercy

 

Book Trailer of the WeekWelcome back to BookTasty!

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFeversI love book trailers and think they’re a fabulous way to reach potential readers. So, every week I bring you a book trailer that I think deserves a little time in the spotlight! :)

This week’s book trailer is for Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. This book just screams awesome and I’ve had my eyes on this book for a few months now. It was released this past April (2012) and I’ve heard that if you liked Graceling by Kristin Cashore, this is one is for you!  I loved Graceling so I want to get my hands on this one as soon as possible.  Plus, that cover is so beautiful! For realsies!

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.  Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

I am a huge fan of this book trailer so hopefully you will be too!

 

Honestly, it sounds like Ismae could kick some major butt! I love it!

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Fairy Tale Awesomeness: Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

Hi there! Who likes fairy tales?  I do and I recently read Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier.

High in the Transylvanian woods, at the castle Piscul Draculi, live five daughters and their doting father. It’s an idyllic life for Jena, the second eldest, who spends her time exploring the mysterious forest with her constant companion, a most unusual frog. But best by far is the castle’s hidden portal, known only to the sisters. Every Full Moon, they alone can pass through it into the enchanted world of the Other Kingdom. There they dance through the night with the fey creatures of this magical realm.

But their peace is shattered when Father falls ill and must go to the southern parts to recover, for that is when cousin Cezar arrives. Though he’s there to help the girls survive the brutal winter, Jena suspects he has darker motives in store. Meanwhile, Jena’s sister has fallen in love with a dangerous creature of the Other Kingdom–an impossible union it’s up to Jena to stop.

When Cezar’s grip of power begins to tighten, at stake is everything Jena loves: her home, her family, and the Other Kingdom she has come to cherish. To save her world, Jena will be tested in ways she can’t imagine–tests of trust, strength, and true love.Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

Like I mentioned before, I love fairy tales.  I’m always a sucker for them. All the time.  This one had been sitting on my “To Read” shelf for a few years and I’m so glad I finally got to it because although it took a little for me to get into, once I was hooked, I was hooked!  Completely enthralled!

In Wildwood Dancing, Juliet Marillier masterfully weaves together multiple fairy tales giving this story its own unique appeal.  I can’t tell you which fairy tales Marillier uses without giving away major plot lines and twists, but I will say that the main one is The Twelve Dancing Princesses which has been one of my all time favorite fairy tales since I was a child.  In fact, the main reason I love this fairy tale so much is due to an animated show that used to be on Nickelodeon in the 90s when I was a kid.  Does anyone remember this series?  It was called Grimm’s Fairy Tale Classics and this particular episode was The Word Out Dancing Shoes.

I used to love when that episode came on!  Well, Wildwood Dancing reminded me  a lot of this episode!

One of the main things I really enjoyed about this story is the setting.  Marillier places her characters in Transylvania, a region in Romania, circa 1500 – right smack dab in the middle of the medieval era!  I love how Marillier pulled in the rich Transylvanian folklore to make her story stronger.  Wildwood Dancing combines historical fiction, folkloric fantasy, romance and drama all into one big bowl and mixes it all together to create fairy tale awesomeness.  Seriously.

Although this is a take on The Twelve Dancing Princesses, this story only has five. Jena, the main character, is a smart and opinionated  young woman who is used to being the practical one. She is, although not the oldest sister, the mother-like figure to them all; she keeps an eye on her sisters when they travel to the magical Wildwood on full moon nights.  Her main flaw, which Jena comes to realize, is her constant attempt to control everything, especially change.  Jena is both the traditional princess who follows rules and a more modern girl with some spunk.

I will say that the beginning of the story was slightly slow and difficult to get into, but once the story picks up you’re in for good.  I listened to the audiobook, as part of the 2012 YA Audiobook Challenge.  It is narrated by Kim Mai Guest and was enthralled.  I’m quickly realizing that Kim Mai Guest is my favorite audiobook narrator out there.  I’ve happened to listen to three or four books narrated by her and am constantly amazed at her range and ability to speak with difficult accents so well.  She’s kind of my audiobook idol. :)

Wildwood Dancing comes highly recommended to those who love fairy tales and fantasy, but I definitely suggest the audiobook because Mai Guest is a master at accents and this is her narration best!

Author: Juliet Marillier

Publisher: Listening Library; Unabridged (January 13, 2009)

Format: Audiobook

Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins

Narrator(s): Kim Mai Guest

Series: First in a series of two

YA/MG: MG/YA

Buy the Book: Wildwood Dancing