Mini-Review Madness: The Paranormal YA Edition

 

Paranormal YA is my weakness. Today’s mini-review books are full of angels, witches, and less-easily-explained creatures.

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Fallen
Lauren Kate
4/5

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Luce arrives at the Sword & Cross reform school after being blamed for a mysterious fire. There she feels an instant attraction to Daniel, who appears not to feel the same way toward her. The shadows that have surrounded her her whole life grow stronger and a deeper mystery begins to unfold.

While I’ve read about a myriad of other paranormal creatures, Fallen is my first angel book. I was intrigued from the beginning and found myself NEEDING to know what was going to happen. Plus I love a good star-crossed soul mates story. It is a little slow at times, so the audiobook (read by the fabulous Justine Eyre) might be the way to go.

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Beautiful Creatures
Kami Garcia &
Margaret Stohl

2/5

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When Lena moves to Gatlin, Ethan is instantly drawn to her. When he learns her secret and meets her strange family, he is pulled into the dark family secret along with her.

Beautiful Creatures was not the book for me. I was looking forward to a male POV for a change and I thought it would be impossible to not like a good Southern Gothic story but the whole thing just didn’t work. I was bored and confused and will not be continuing this series. But others love it so perhaps it was just me.

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Supernaturally
Kiersten White
4/5

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Evie finally got the normal life she wanted. Or thought she wanted. Now she’s contemplating going back to work for the IPCA and finds herself caught up with in a strange new friendship.

While Supernaturally suffers from some of the normal middle-book-in-a-trilogy problems, it continues to be an entertaining and unique contribution to the paranormal YA world. I am anxiously awaiting the last book in this series.

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6 thoughts on “Mini-Review Madness: The Paranormal YA Edition

  1. Jen - Devourer of Books December 22, 2011 / 11:26 am

    I wasn’t overly impressed with BEAUTIFUL CREATURES either, as much as everyone else seemed obsessed with it.

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  2. Lu December 22, 2011 / 11:30 am

    I didn’t even finish Beautiful Creatures, so not just you. 🙂

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  3. zibilee December 22, 2011 / 2:56 pm

    I have read a lot of tepid reviews of Beautiful Creatures, and though I have the second book in the series, I don’t think that this is one that I will pick up. Sorry to hear it didn’t work for you, but it looks like the other two were pretty good reads!

    Merry Christmas to you and the little one!

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  4. Melanie December 22, 2011 / 3:17 pm

    Fallen was so angsty! In a good way, though.

    I quite enjoyed Beautiful Creatures, although I’ve yet to pick up the second book. Maybe I liked it less than I thought.

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  5. Alita December 22, 2011 / 3:21 pm

    I’ve heard many less than stellar things about Beautiful Creatures – which is how it made its way off my to-read list.

    I really liked how Fallen ended, but for the most part I thought it was WAY longer than it needed to be. I have yet to read the second book, and I’m not in any rush to do so. But If it somehow ends up in my hands, yes I will read it.

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  6. Michelle December 24, 2011 / 9:02 am

    Awww, I’m bummed you didn’t enjoy Beautiful Creatures. I’m one you can count among those that loved it! Hopefully you’ll find a different Southern Gothic that works for you at some point. 🙂

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