Challenge Update!

I can’t believe we’re heading into June and are practically half way though the year!

I thought it’d be a good thing for me to get up to date on how I’m going with the challenges I signed up for.

Australian Women Writers Challenge 2013


I decided to sign up for the level of Miles – read 6 – review at least 4.

Reviews so far:

How to Keep a Boy From Kissing You by Tara Eglington

The Heiresses by Allison Rushby

Blood Storm by Rhiannon Hart

Status: 3/6
On track. Am currently reading two books written by Aussie women – Shadows by Paula Weston and Feeling Sorry of Ceila by Jaclyn Moriarty

The Eclectic Reader Challenge

For the Eclectic Reader 2012 Challenge (hosted by ShelleyRae @ book’d out), the aim is to read one book from each of the twelve categories.

Reviews so far:

  1. Translated fiction
  2. Historical mystery
  3. Romantic suspense
  4. Made into a Movie – Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  5. New Adult – True by Erin McCarthy
  6. Urban Fantasy – Paranormalcy by Kiersten White 
  7. Dystopian – Nameless by Lili St. Crow
  8. Memoir
  9. LGBT
  10. Action Adventure
  11. Humour
  12. Published in 2013 – Hooked by Liz Fichera (published February 2013)

Status: 5/12
Not too bad. On track – although I think I’ve tackled the easiest categories first. If anyone has any suggestions of what I should read for the remaining categories – I’d be grateful if you would leave me a comment!

Debut Author Challenge 2013

I signed up to read at least 12 novels published by debut authors in 2013.

Reviews so far:

  1.  Hooked by Liz Fichera
  2. The Collector by Victoria Scott
  3. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  4. The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

Status: 4/12
Not the best start… slightly behind but there are a few books I’m going to read soon by debut authors.

Young Adult Audiobook Challenge

2013 YA Audiobook Challenge

I’m well and truly behind on this one.

Reviews so far:

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Status: 1/12
Embarrassingly behind. But I recently joined a new library with a fantastic selection of YA audiobooks so hopefully I’ll catch up a little in the next few months. 

TBR Pile Reading Challenge

The aim of those challenge is to read books published prior to 2013. I signed up for the Friendly Hug level – 12 books.

Reviews so far:

1. Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout [review]. (published December 2012)

2. Model Spy by Shannon Greenland [review]. (published December 2007)

3. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White [review]. (published October 2010)

4. A Fault in Our Stars by John Green [review]. (published January 2012)

5. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead [review]. (published August 2011)

6. The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead [review]. (published June 2012)

7. A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest [review]. (published December 2012)

8. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl [review]. (published December 2009)

9. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor [review]. (published November 2012)

10. From Ashes by Molly McAdams [review]. (published December 2012)

11. Die for Me by Amy Plum [review]. (published May 2012)

12. Pretty Amy by Lisa Burstein [review]. (published May 2012)

13. Until I Die by Amy Plum [review]. (published May 2012)

14. Blood Storm by Rhiannon Hart [review]. (published August 2012)

15. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins [review]. (published October 2011)

16. The Selection by Kiera Cass [review]. (published June 2012)

17. The Silver Sphere by Michael Dadich [review]. (published November 2012)

Status: 17/12
I kicked that out of the park! I think perhaps I should aim a little higher and go for Love at First Sight (31 – 40 books)


So that’s how I’m going so far this year. With the exception of the YA Audiobook challenge I’m on track for all of them! If anyone has any recommendations for me in any of the challenges – please let me know! I love getting suggestions and recommendations from people.

Book Review: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Title: Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy #1)
Author: Kiersten White
Genre: paranormal romance, vampires, urban fantasy, werewolves, magic
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: October 2010
Pages: 320 pages
Rating: 3 stars

Synopsis (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.

My Review:

Evie is a very interesting character – she’s confident about her job but at the same time she’s just naive teenager trying to make her way in the world. Having lived inside the International Paranormal Containment Agency (IPCA) since she was a little girl, werewolves, vampires and fae are a part of her every day life. Her best friend is a mermaid and Evie is the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours.

Then one day everything changes. There’s a break in at the Agency and Evie comes face to face with a paranormal she’s never seen the likes of before. A shapeshifter who can take the form of any person or paranormal being. Good thing Evie can see though his shifts.

When paranromals are being murdered, a stranger mysterious shape changing boy infiltrating Evie’s thoughts and Evie’s abilities mutating – her life will never be the same. And to think – Evie thought the world was boring and would give anything to have a locker and go to Prom…

This book has a lot of promise. It’s a fun world where the fae are manipulative and somewhat sinister. Vampires are neither sophisticated nor do they sparkle. And werewolves are no more than the hired help who get furry once a month.

Evie is both jaded by the world she lives in and yet completely naive and excited by the mundane. I thought it was adorable that her favourite show was a Gossip Girl type teen drama. Who would have thought a girl could be so excited by school lockers and driver’s licenses! But whilst I adored the sweet side of Evie, I found her professional demeanour somewhat off-putting. With her trusty pink taser “Tasey” by her side, Evie felt way too immature and slightly irritating.

The shape shifting boy – Lend – was the stuff teenage dreams are made off. He was the prefect match for Evie. The other minor characters were interesting and I liked the small plot deviations they brought about. Vivian was vibrant and I can’t wait to see her in the future.

For a first book in a series – Paranormalcy does a great job at setting the scene. I loved the variety of creatures and how they interacted with each other – especially the Fae! I already have a copy of the second book, Supernaturally, and can’t wait to start reading.


Purchase the novel from:

Amazon / Book Depository 

Read as part of the:

Eclectic Reader Challenge (urban fantasy)

2013 TBR Reading Challenge