Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Best of December

Every Wednesday, YA Highway asks their readership a simple question to answer on your blog. Once you answer, you link your blog in the comments for other readers to hop on board. This is Road Trip Wednesday.

Today's question: What's the best book you read this month?

The good news is I actually read more than one book this month! I managed to read five six books, with a couple of them sitting patiently waiting. The best title by far was Paranormalcy by Kiersten White.

In case you haven't heard about this book, here's the blurb from Goodreads:
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 got to say, I'm a bit of a Kiersten White fangirl. Her blog is clever and funny. How excited was I to find all of that inside Paranormalcy?

Like, this excited:

Evie is a bubbly, fun narrator and protagonist. She approaches all situations with a certain humor that has been missing from the zillion of paranornmals I've read*. The voice is crisp, and I felt like I knew her for a long time.

Also, after spending years reading paranormals where vamps and werewolves are as common as brunettes, it was so refreshing to read something where they weren't the stars. They were there, but on the periphery. I'm pleased that we got introduced to other critters besides the usual, as well. It's nice to see a different take on the fey as well as meet new kinds of creatures**.

Don't forget to stop by YA Highway for more Best of December picks. In the meantime, what's the best book you've read this month?

* I admit that most of these haven't been in the YA market, which might explain part of the problem.
** And by new, I mean ones I haven't read outside of fairy tales or mythology. Hooray!

_______ hit of the day: The Collapse by The New Regime


  1. Okay, you're like the millionth person that told me how awesome Paranormalcy was. I steered away because I thought it was just like every other supernatural tale, but now I feel this may be worth the read. :)

  2. It's different. There were a few times where I was like, "oh it's going to go here," but it so didn't. Definitely worth the read, especially if you're planning on writing any urban fantasy.

  3. I like things that don't take themselves too seriously so this sounds like a good read :) And my NaNo novel was an urban fantasy (I think- I get confused) so I might need to read this!

  4. Alicia, has anyone ever told you that you're beautiful AND you have excellent taste?

  5. This one's on my To-Read list. I've heard great things about it. And you're right--Kiersten's blog is awesome!

  6. @Quita, my NaNo is urban fantasy too, so I'm currently on an UF binge.

    @Kiersten, thanks for stopping by. I think you're my favorite commenter this week.

  7. I so need to read this. Ditto Pam: You ARE the millionth person who's raved about this book!

  8. Paranormalcy is high on my TR list. I need to get my act together and get a copy. I've never heard anyone say anything bad about it, and everyone is talking about this book. Clearly, I need to get in the loop.

  9. This is a great review, thanks -- I love the idea that it's a different take on the vamps-and-werewolves-as-stars angle, which isn't quite so much by thing. As Pam said, hearing *why* you liked it has put this on by TBR pile, thanks!


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