READING SOMETHING I SHOULD’VE READ YEARS AGO – Paranormalcy trilogy by Kiersten White

Review

Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy, #1)Supernaturally (Paranormalcy, #2)Endlessly (Paranormalcy, #3)TITLE: Paranormalcy – Supernaturally – Endlessly
AUTHOR: Kiersten White

RELEASED: 2010 – 2011 – 2012
PUBLISHER: HaperTeen
FORMAT: Paperback

GENRE: YA Fantasy / Paranormal
GOODREADS RATING: 3.91 – 3.91 – 3.99

TRIGGERS: Attempted physical abuse

SYNOPSIS
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 supernatural glamours.

She’s also about to find out that she may be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.

Standaard

I took a while to read this trilogy, but I’m honestly.. happy to say I’ve both started and finished all three books in a little over a month’s time! I’ve had these for quite some time now and, because I’m very interested in Kiersten White’s The Conqueror’s Saga, decided to finally give them a shot!
Am I the only one who prefers reading an author’s older work before the more recent ones? I just.. feel like the older ones would disappoint me writing-wise if I didn’t read them first, haha.

The good

Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy, #1)Kiersten White’s writing style was definitely a huge relief. It’s very straight-forward and to the point, which made reading Paranormalcy a real treat.

Apart from that, our main character also helped a lot. Evie is a bad-ass teenager who knows what she wants and.. definitely behaves like the typical teenager would. It didn’t really bother me though. Who wouldn’t be a little bit rebellious if you had a life drenched in paranormal? I’d crave some normal myself to be honest! And that’s not even including Evie discovering she isn’t.. even all that normal herself.

The bad

Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy, #1)BUT. Huge but.. Because.. this part is huge and encompasses all three installments – prepare yourselves!

While reading Paranormalcy, I didn’t really struggle with anything other than the world-building. It felt all over the place. I understood a lot of what was going on, but I also felt like White wanted to squeeze way too much information into one book. I could only hope this would improve during the next installments. Hopefully things were going to get cleared up a bit!

Supernaturally (Paranormalcy, #2)Unfortunately, that wasn’t really the case. The world-building didn’t get worse, but it definitely did not improve either. Things pretty much stayed the same throughout Supernaturally which is.. not a good, nor a bad thing, I guess?

But the next thing I’m mentioning, definitely is a bad thing: Evie got on my nerves in the second installment. All of a sudden, it was so hard for me to deal with her egocentric self. She was so wrapped up in herself and her never-ending “oh my love life” and “oh my normal life” that.. she just didn’t even want to see what was happening while I saw it all coming a mile off. Definitely frustrated me. Often. It simply got too predictable for my liking.

Endlessly (Paranormalcy, #3)Endlessly wasn’t any different. The predictability remained. As did my frustrations regarding Evie. Honestly, she got on my nerves even more than before! With a huge part of the magical community on the line, she’s still more focused on her boyfriend and their relationship. This to the point of putting him before saving any other creatures and.. I just.. Couldn’t cope with that. She’s only sixteen / seventeen though, so.. I guess it’s all my fault for not reading this book sooner? Being 26, I’m definitely a bit too old to appreciate this trilogy, that’s for sure.

I also wished the ending would’ve been different. It was all a bit too perfect for my liking, too neatly wrapped up. Sure, usually this is the way to go but I felt it would’ve been better should not everything be rainbows and butterflies at the end.

3
Overall it was an okay enough read. I’m simply too old to really appreciate these books. I don’t think I’ll ever read them again. Actually, I’m sure about that. But since I did like Kiersten White’s writing, I’m definitely going to give her recent work a try!

Do you try reading an author’s older work first, before more recent ones?
Or do you read it in whatever order you fancy?
Are there any authors of whom you dislike the older work, but love the new?
Or maybe the other way around?

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16 thoughts on “READING SOMETHING I SHOULD’VE READ YEARS AGO – Paranormalcy trilogy by Kiersten White

  1. Paranormalcy was my first ever Kiersten White book and after I read it, I didn’t think I would ever truly enjoy something by White. Like you said, the worldbuilding was all over the place, and Evie was so funny and quirky and humourous but … other than that, had like, no substance? And book one had actually no plot other than her running around after Lend, and *Lend* was barely invested in the relationship. Let’s be real, when he saw her for prom, he was like, “Oh, you look good.”

    He didn’t care okay. He was super apathetic omg.

    Mandy and I lowkey ranted in a buddy read, but anyway. ALSO ALSO we had major issues with Reth in book one because his whole “let me fill you up” language is pretty creepy?

    Anyway. Now I’ve read more of White’s work and it’s good, she’s good, I enjoy! But this one? It was a pass for me.

    Great review! I’m glad you got around to them, at least to form your own thoughts.

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    1. Hahaha, right! I honestly didn’t get why she kept going back to Reth in a way. He was a failed attempt at.. mysterious, dark and brooding or something? I don’t know. It was weird. :’)

      Good to know you do enjoy her later work though! I’ve heard a few people say her world-building still isn’t really on point but it did get better so maybe there’s hope for me as well, haha.

      Thanks, Sha! ❤

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    1. Thank you!
      Ugh, right?! I’m actually proud of myself for pulling through all three these books, haha. :’) Guess it helped that I wanted to include all three in one review so I had some kind of motivation.. I don’t know if I would’ve finished them otherwise to be honest..

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  2. Ooooh, great review! Okay, a few things:

    1) I have book 1 on my shelf and now feel way less guilty about not having read it yet… :’)

    2) I didn’t know I LOVED series reviews until this post, but holy crap, this is great! This kind of makes me consider doing this style for a few series I’ve got that I need to read… plus it would force me to actually read the whole series quickly instead of what I usually do where I read the first book and leave the rest sitting on my shelf untouched for months afterwards.

    3) This:
    “I understood a lot of what was going on, but I also felt like White wanted to squeeze way too much information into one book.”
    That’s honestly Kiersten’s writing in the Conquerors Saga, too, and is the biggest reason why a lot of people hate the first book in that series. I enjoy her writing style but I don’t love her world-building? Though at least with And I Darken, pretty much all of the world-building happens in book 1 so book 2 is mostly action. Book 3, well… I won’t get started on what a disappointment book 3 was to me, but I’m definitely not in the norm on that one, so hopefully you’ll enjoy it more. 😀

    4) I also love going from oldest to newest with authors I haven’t read before. I feel like I don’t get the chance to do that often because I’m so often either reading a debut or checking out an established author through an ARC of their newest book, but when I get the chance to, I enjoy it best because you can… watch them improve, I guess? Well, hopefully. :’) lmao.

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    1. 1. You should NOT feel guilty about not having read it yet. :’) I hadn’t even finished the third book and already tried selling the first two at a garage sale we joined in on.. [Didn’t succeed at selling them, YET.]

      2. Right?! I swear it helps reading a series quicker! Especially if it’s “just” a duology / trilogy. I got annoyed every time I saw the draft for this post because I couldn’t finish it up before reading all the books, haha. :’) Also helps posting about sequels since I usually don’t post reviews on sequels on my blog?

      3. Oh gah. And I was hoping it would be an issue she’d overcome after writing this trilogy but apparently not.. :’) At least.. the main characters hopefully won’t be as annoying as in these books? I hope? And if they are, then it’ll be lesson learned and no more Kiersten White for me, haha.

      4. Haha, exactly! I do try it as often as I can but sometimes it’s hard. Especially if the blurbs of their newer books sound so much more interesting than their older work? Which has happened a few times to me. :’)

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    2. 1. lmao for some reason I cackled over the fact that you have already tried to SELL them. Like, that is FAST.

      2. I could definitely see how it would be super motivating to have the draft sitting there glaring at you!

      3. Weeeeeell… there are two MCs in that series: Lada and Radu. They’re siblings. Lada is EVERYTHING. I adore her and I honestly could totally see you liking her, too? She’s really violent and feisty and pissy and feminist. :’) In the first book, she even has this whole progression arc where she comes to recognize that just because a woman is a beautiful sex worker doesn’t make her any less cutthroat or powerful than a warrior or politician, it’s great. Radu on the other hand, I don’t know if you’ll like him because it’s impossible for me to predict who will or won’t like him? I hate his guts but MOST people adore him. He’s gay and he’s really soft and precious to begin with but he just becomes… I don’t know, he has no common sense and makes all the wrong choices? But like I said, MOST people like him anyways, so I dunno. :’)

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    3. 1. Right?! I was like.. “It’s not like I’ll read them again?” I even tried reading the third one right before the sale started but failed, so maybe it was for the best I wasn’t able to sell the first two books. At least now I’ll be able to get rid of them all in one go? :’)

      2. One of those rare drafts that motivate instead of annoy, haha!

      3. Okay, Lada sounds AWESOME and I guess I have to read them if I want to find out about Radu? Sounds like it could go either way right now because there can be something fun about ignorant characters if it’s executed well and not in an annoying, “you’re DUMB” kind of way? It’ll depend.. :’)

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  3. Great review, love! Firstly, I do the same thing with reading an author’s older work first! I made the mistake of reading SoC BEFORE the Shadow and Bone series, and wound up feeling so underwhelmed by the latter books. But then again, I adore Six of Crows with all my heart, so I’m still immensely glad I read it lol.

    I’m sorry to see that the character really annoyed you throughout this trilogy! I haven’t read it, but wow, that protagonist sounds so egotistical! I might have to take a pass on this one!

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    1. Thank you!
      Haha, I guess this is a good time to mention how I read the SoC-duology already but still haven’t read the Shadow and Bone trilogy? It’s been quite a while since I read the duology though, so hopefully I won’t be as bothered by it!

      Ugh, she was the WORST. Wouldn’t blame you for never picking this up, hah.

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