Posts tagged ‘supernaturally’

July 7th, 2011

It’s Another Bleepin’ Giveaway!

by Madeleine Rex

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Nope – it’s a slyph! Welcome back to the world of Kiersten White’s Paranormalcy series! The second book, Supernaturally, is to be released on July 26th, but I thought I’d give a lucky one of you a chance to read it early!

This giveaway is open to citizens of the US and Canada only. Sorry, international readers! I promise a giveaway for you soon!

The giveaway is open from July 7th (today) through July 14th. I will choose a winner with the aid of random.org and email them immediately. If they fail to reply to the email with their mailing address within 24 hours, I will email a new winner.

To enter, fill out this form. If you don’t, you can expect a visit from one of my gremlin minions sometime soon. So… enter.

P.S. Don’t worry – you can expect more celebration of Supernaturally‘s release in the next two months!

July 5th, 2011

Supernaturally by Kiersten White; Review

by Madeleine Rex

Title: Supernaturally

Author: Kiersten White (I don’t usually like to authors’ blogs, but I love hers, so go ahead and click.)

Published: July 26th, 2011

Number of Pages: 352

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis:

Evie finally has the normal life she’s always longed for. But she’s shocked to discover that being ordinary can be . . . kind of boring. Just when Evie starts to long for her days at the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s given a chance to work for them again. Desperate for a break from all the normalcy, she agrees.

But as one disastrous mission leads to another, Evie starts to wonder if she made the right choice. And when Evie’s faerie ex-boyfriend Reth appears with devastating revelations about her past, she discovers that there’s a battle brewing between the faerie courts that could throw the whole supernatural world into chaos. The prize in question? Evie herself.

So much for normal. [From Goodreads]

Review Sent to HarperTeen*:

Paranormalcy combined all the best elements of fantasy, going beyond werewolves and vampires to the gremlins and mermaids that are sorely lacking in much of YA literature, but it was ultimately Evie’s irresistibly bubbly personality that I was caught up in. Although Supernaturally plunges Evie’s life into waters that are even darker and more difficult to navigate, her quirky observations and more than a few paranormal creatures make the second book in this distinctive series just as captivating as the first.

Review:

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Kiersten White’s. She, like Evie, has an irresistible and bubbly personality. I’ve been reading her blog and tweets for about a year and am excitedly looking forward to** meeting her at the first signing for Supernaturally in August. I don’t know how much of a say she had in who received ARCs of Supernaturally, but I’m very, very grateful!

To the review!

Supernaturally begins with Evie living in a false sense of security. It only takes a few pages for the reader to realize that almost every one of Evie’s dreams of normalcy have now become her reality. It also only took a few pages before I was on the alert for something weird. Goodness knows Kiersten could only keep some creature hidden for a so long.

It was clear to me that Evie was in dire need of some action. Someone who’s been trained to use a taser to take down vampires simply does not belong in a girls’ locker room (though, arguably, no one really belongs in a girls’ locker room).

Of course, Kiersten’s style is light-hearted and totally wonderful, but I have to admit this book did have some symptoms of the dreaded sequel-itis. It was a little slow in the beginning and much of the book was spent steadily escalating toward a semi-climactic moment. I had the feeling that, though there definitely is a climax, this book’s job was to build up to some majorly dramatic moment in the third book. However, that’s understandable. I simply think that this book will be even greater when I can read the third book immediately after.

As I said in the official review, Supernaturally is darker than the first book in the series. Darkness can be fun. It is fun, but with it comes a sort of oppressive cloud. Evie has a few moments of hopelessness, and those moments lead to a lot more complaining than I would have liked. There were a few times at which she pretty much said, “I moped around for a little,” which is fine. I’ve been there, done that. However, the whining did become irritating as the book went on, and I would have preferred that Evie had just done what she had to do willingly instead of grudgingly.

The highlight (the big, thick, bright pink highlight) of the book was Jack. He was like Peter Pan on steroids. I loved him. Often, sequels will bring in that character who’s unfailingly silly and, most likely, stupid, but Jack was topnotch. He had a silly streak as wide as the Columbia river, but I always knew in the back of my mind that there was more to him and his situation, and, knowing Kiersten, I knew whatever that “more” was would be very exciting.

Ultimately, there were a few things missing, but most are unidentifiable. There was just a feel that Paranormalcy (Review) had that Supernaturally didn’t. Maybe it was that Paranormalcy is a bit more fun and lighthearted (despite, you know, all the death), while this book takes a more serious turn. I still love the world Kiersten has created and admire the ingenuity with which she approached creating her versions of paranormal creatures. Every one of them is twisted and deliciously unlike the Disney versions.

Supernaturally was most successful at increasing the tension and my excitement for the next book. It is undoubtedly going to be big, probably pink, and ideally very, very insane.

I encourage all those who loved Paranormalcy to get their hands on Supernaturally as quickly as possible. Search for giveaways and pre-order your copies. You’re going to want to be there for that majorly dramatic moment in book three as much as I do. I’m sure of it.

*Thank you for the ARC! I would have been selling limbs on the black market for a copy if you hadn’t sent one!

**Translation: Freaking out. There might have been some giddy running about the house and telling every member of my family when I found out. Maybe.

April 7th, 2011

There’s Something About Surveys…

by Madeleine Rex

(This post is super late. However, it’s currently 11:01, Supernaturally is waiting for me on my lap, and I’m sleepy – so here you go!)

Some people hate them.

I love ’em.

I have this odd fondness for surveys and “fill-ins.” You know that information you have to fill out when you buy something online? My dad detests filling it out and hands it over to me instead. So, naturally, I jumped on the chance to fill out a “The Best of 2010 in Books” survey! (And thanks to Audrey for bringing it to my attention!)

Best Book of 2010:

Oh, gosh. Anything I rated a 5? I’m going with Paranormalcy by Kiersten White for books published this year. As books that weren’t published this year go: Looking for Alaska by John Green and Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta.

Worst Book of 2010:

Dark Song by Gail Giles.*

*Many people have enjoyed this book. Don’t be scared away.

Most Disappointing Book of 2010:

The Thin Executioner by Darren Shan*.

*Same goes for this book!

Most Surprising (In A Good Way!) Book of 2010:

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith. It completely blew me away, despite the ridiculousness of the premise!

Most Recommended-to-Others Book of 2010:

There are a few:

  1. Looking For Alaska by John Green because it’s outstanding.
  2. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White because it’s darling.
  3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak because it’s one of the most incredible books I’ve ever read.

Best Series You Discovered in 2010:

Ooh! There are too many!

  1. The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa because they’re fantastical and gripping.
  2. The Paranormalcy Series by Kiersten White because I’m in love.
  3. The Seven Kingdoms by Kristin Cashore because they’re astounding and surprising.

Favorite New Authors Discovered in 2010:

Debuts

  1. Kiersten White because she’s hilarious.
  2. Lauren Oliver because of Delirium, really.

Other

  1. Melina Marchetta because of her exquisite characters.
  2. John Green because of the same thing. He and Ms. Marchetta are in the same boat.

Most Hilarious Read of 2010:

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White. No doubt!

Most Thrilling, Unputdownable Book of 2010:

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. Talk about a heart-wrenching, mind-boggling page-turner! (I like hyphens…)

Most Anticipated Book of 2010:

Ask my friends, ask my loved ones… It was Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins.

Favorite Cover of a Book You Read in 2010:

It’s apparent that I’m very indecisive. I’m choosing three – again.

  1. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
  2. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
  3. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

Most Memorable Character in 2010:

All male characters whose names begin with a P?

Oh, wait. You want a real answer? Then I’d probably have to go with Evie from Paranormalcy. There’s no one like Evie.

Most Beautifully-Written Book of 2010:

Either Looking For Alaska by John Green, Delirium by Lauren Oliver, or Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, none of which have been or will be published this year, but I did read them this year…

Book That Had the Greatest Impact on You in 2010:

More than one…

  1. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
  2. Looking For Alaska by John Green

Book You Can’t Believe You Waited Until 2010 to Read:

Wow!

  1. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
  2. Looking For Alaska by John Green (and the rest of his books!)
  3. Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore

Goodness! The most interesting thing about filling this out is seeing what books pop up more than once. Those are the gems! They are timeless.

P.S. I’m too lazy to link every book to amazon, but please do look them up! I also have reviews of all of them hidden somewhere on my blog.