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Paranormal Public [Kindle Edition]

Maddy Edwards
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 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: 2867 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0069FJE4S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,113 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Escape from the norm January 11, 2012
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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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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
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Harry Potter you have competition, an elemental girl...
The dorms remind me of the different 'houses' at Hogwarts. I like the characters, especially the tiny witty, not scared of anything, Sip, a werewolf. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Flamingcrystal
5.0 out of 5 stars Maddy Edwards; my new favorite author.
Hen i first got this book i thought it was going to be jut like anny supernatural/paranormal whatnot story, i like those but it was not like the other kinds i read it was unique... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Zane Landes
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it even for a free e-book
You know how sometimes you think, let me sit on the couch, do something productive like read or send my nana an email, and hours later, look up from the Wikipedia article about the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tanushree
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid first effort
Not a bad start to a series. The characters and world are interesting enough to make me get the next book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Roberta P. Broussard
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 5 months ago by roan
4.0 out of 5 stars Paranormal Public
Paranormal Public is an interesting book. I liked the characters.This book is a good and fast read. I would recommend this book.
Published 5 months ago by Mary Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars Paranormal Public
I really loved this book! I think Maddy Edwards tells a great story and I loved the diversity of the people and their powers. Will be reading more from this author in the future!
Published 6 months ago by S. Mead
5.0 out of 5 stars Why can't I go to a college for paranormals??
I randomly downloaded this as a free book and was pleasantly surprised. I absolutely loved this book and read the *entire* series over a few weeks. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Emmy
1.0 out of 5 stars I'm absolutely amazed ...
I'm absolutely amazed that this book (the whole series, actually!) has not been pulled from publication for copywrite infringement reasons. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good series. The plot is great
Good series. The plot is great. Working on book 3 of the series now ;-)
Published 7 months ago by Jon Moose
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More About the Author

Maddy Edwards is the author of the Paranormal Public and One Black Rose series.

Paranormal Public Series

1. Paranormal Public
2. Elemental Rising
3. Elemental Shining
4. Elemental Dawn
5. Elemental Fire
6. Elemental Air
7. Elemental Earth
8. Elemental Darkness
9. Elemental Light

Darkness Rules
Elemental Darkness from Lisabelle's POV

One Black Rose series:
One Black Rose
Susan's Summer (A standalone from Susan's POV)
Solstice Sea from Autumn's POV coming May 2015!

Spiral Series:
Spiral of Silver

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