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Paranormal Public [Kindle Edition]

Maddy Edwards
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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Book Description

There is no such thing as a mage. There is certainly no such thing as a vampire, pixie, werewolf, or fallen angel. And they certainly do not all attend a college together called Paranormal Public University.

One minute Charlotte Rollins is a normal girl about to go to a normal college. She is at once excited and nervous, getting ready to start this new phase in her life. The next minute she is a freshman not at a normal college, but at Paranormal Public University, a school where paranormals of all kinds must co-exist. Charlotte must learn magic, that is, if she could actually do magic, which unlike every other mage at Public she can’t seem to manage.

Her transition to this new and wonderful world is difficult. On top of trying to learn magic, make new friends, and confront forbidden love, the archenemy of the paranormals, the demons, are getting stronger. They are looking for something. It turns out that Charlotte might just hold the key to finding it.

Can Charlotte get a handle on her powers in time to save the school she loves? Can she fulfill a destiny the paranormals scarcely dared to hope for? Or will she be too late?

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  • File Size: 475 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0069FJE4S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,198 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Escape from the norm January 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Maddy Edwards is an author that allows her readers to escape from the norm and emerge themselves into her world. The characters in Paranormal Public really get under your skin and have you cheering for them. The story centers around Charlotte- a magical mage with no magical abilities. Charlotte is given one semester of college to prove that she does have magic in her. She befriends a werewolf named Sip and Lisabelle, a darkness mage. Problem is she does not truly believe that she is magical. Her tutor Keller, a fallen angel, is about the only other person to believe in Charlotte.

As you read you become wrapped up in Charlotte's world. The characters both main and supporting have you wondering what is going to happen next in their stories. I can not wait for the next book in this series.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Tale of an Unusual College January 26, 2012
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(cross posted from the blog Wading Through Electronic Ink)

The Plot

Charlotte had been getting ready to go to college, but she did not plan to go to one quite so strange. The day before she departs, she is attacked by a frightening black dog. When she wakes up, she finds herself not at her chosen university but at the mysterious Paranormal Public University.

Instead of taking Intro Psych or Chem 101, Charlotte has to use magical power that she doesn't seem to possess and study the history of a war between races that she's never heard of. She has to learn quickly because the supernatural war is coming ever closer to Paranormal Public, and the school might just need Charlotte if it wants to survive.

The Good

Paranormal Public was a fun and upbeat tale that utilized just about every kind of supernatural creature - vampires, werewolves, mages, pixies, angels, demons, and giant killer dogs. (No werebadgers, but you can't have everything.) It was interesting to watch how the different races coexisted, interacting but not really mixing with each other.

As in Maddy Edward's One Black Rose series, a lot of the most interesting people were the side characters. Among them were Charlotte's wise-beyond-his-years little brother Ricky, the super-cheerful werewolf Sip, the sarcastic dark mage Lisabelle, and the histrionic pixie Camilla. The varying characters with their mix of positive and negative traits make Charlotte's adventures come alive.

The Bad

The biggest problem with Paranormal Public is that it could not be more of a Harry Potter knockoff if it tried. A student is taken away from a neglectful family and into a world of magic that she never knew existed.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Puppets can be interesting. This one is not. March 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is just awkward. The writing is stilted and the heroine is a puppet the author moves around on strings of impulse. None of the characters have any obvious motivations, come to think of it. The step-father hates her just because. The younger brother is sadly wise in a disconnected way just because. The friendly roommate helps her just because. The president of the school puts her on probation just because. The vampire representative hopes she fails just because.

And her decision to stay despite having no recognizable ability and accept probation is just weak. Why would she stay? She had a life and plans and this place has her starting with a handicap and a tenuous position at best. Why put up with that? It doesn't help that the character doesn't seem to know, either. She's kind of a directionless wimp. She's intimidated and uncertain and humiliated and however directionless she is, there's just no reason to stay in the face of all that. Why start, in the hole no less, at this dismal place when you have no goal here and no enticement to stay?

And the paranormal setup is just tedious. You have your stock paranormal races who have, for some inscrutible reason, decided to create a university setting where they all come to the same physical location but remain completely segregated while there. Why would you do that? If the author wants cliques that badly, she should just set the stupid book in High School, for heaven's sake. Ugh.

In the end, the book is unoriginal and poorly realized. The author displays no conception of motivation or characterization and the plot is like a train on rails to an inevitable destination with no deviation expected or allowed--all events happening just because that's how you get to whatever conclusion the author thinks is going to be "cool".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scintillating Supernatural Fare February 12, 2012
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Paranormal Public (Paranormal Public Series)

Protagonist and heroine Charlotte is such a delightful character. I want to say "lovable," but maybe "comprehensible" would be a better word. She certainly has it rough; lost her mom, her stepdad wants to almost literally push her out of their home, she's going to college and will miss her ten-year-old brother terribly; and she's got this little bad habit of breaking china-often-always unintentionally. Even worse, she's afraid to be out after dark because she thinks she's being menaced by inexplicable mist and a huge, red-eyed, black dog. Then a former classmate, a young man a year older than Charlotte, shows up to walk her home; the dog attacks her; and she wakes up in the Infirmary at a different school, known as Paranormal Public University, where all things Paranormal are-well, real: werewolves, vampires, mages, pixies, fallen angels, elementals, and so on. What an enticing story line! And so smoothly-written that you won't even recognize you're turning those pages, you'll be so caught up in the story!

Charlotte is happy about being at this new University, and being sought out as a student there. But not being able to demonstrate any kind of magical or paranormal power at the first dinner meeting is humiliating, and she expects to be rejected after all. Although she is allowed to stay on for one semester under probationary status, one of the vampire professors and some of the students have already turned against her and strive to make her stay miserable, or preferably, to encourage her to leave Paranormal Public forever (there is no second chance for those who fail). Once she realizes that the massive black dog stalking her at home is a Hellhound, Charlotte is really panicky-nowhere to turn, she doesn't seem to fit here, she refuses to return to her stepdad's household-what else can she do?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend for young adult readers
A good novel for young adults
Published 14 minutes ago by Rosemarie Vandee
5.0 out of 5 stars Paranormal Public - Unexpected Gem
This was an awesome page turner. To me, it had a Harry Potter goes to college type of feel. I picked it up as a free download, and now I can't wait to buy the rest of the series... Read more
Published 3 hours ago by Twilight_Runner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 10 hours ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Liked very much.
Great book! Now reading second one and still enjoying it.
Published 11 hours ago by Sandra Moss
4.0 out of 5 stars GGreat read... kept me wamting to read ...
GGreat read...kept me wamting to read mor. Hard to put it down....downloaded the 2nd book (elemental rising) as soon as i finished ...
Published 15 hours ago by Jennifer Dodson
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick good read
This was a book that held my attention beginning to end. I read it in one sitting, no breaks. Very appropriate for even young teens.
Published 1 day ago by fracturedsphinx
4.0 out of 5 stars A Mix Between Harry Potter and Cinderella
I really enjoyed "Paranormal Public" by Maddy Edwards. It is very Harry Potter-esque - a college age orphan girl named Charlotte is thrown into a world of magic,... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Jennifer Wachtel
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever
I loved it it is one of the best books i have ever read!!!!!!! So i suggest you download it
Published 2 days ago by ejbigdog
2.0 out of 5 stars 2.5 Stars. The ending is a saving grace.
This gets 2 stars because the ending was a saving grace. There seemed to be a lack of pre-editing before the book was published. Read more
Published 2 days ago by April Sadowski
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice Try
I would rate this a 2.5, the .5 for making me interested enough to actually finish it.

Ultimately this book was just not for me. Read more
Published 3 days ago by ryolee
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I live in a far off land filled with friendly cats who are not under the mistaken impression that the world revolves around them and dogs that do not slobber (I'm under no illusions that said cats and dogs get along. That would only be true in a world far more fantastical than the ones I write about). In this world cheese is good for you and the pesky thing known as bedtime (the enemy of good books and enamored readers everywhere) does not exist.

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