Sunday, September 5, 2010

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

"Weird as it is working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, Evie's always thought of herself as normal. Sure, her best friend is a mermaid, 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 still. Normal.

Only now paranormals are dying, and Evie's dreams are filled with haunting voices and mysterious prophecies. She soon realizes that there may be a link between her abilities and the sudden rash of deaths. Not only that, but she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures."
Paranormalcy is fun, quirky, and mysterious. When I started the novel, I thought it would just be a light read. However, Evie, the main character, finds herself in situations that lead her to question everything she believes. The journey on which Evie takes the reader is anything but light.

I immediately loved Evie. Her voice has a certain uniqueness behind it, and her spunk has its own charms. She is an odd juxtaposition of paranormal-butt-kicker-girl and zebra -print-dress-wearing-girl, and it works perfectly in the story. Evie's good qualities become even more apparent when she meets and befriends Lend, a shape shifter that breaks into the IPCA (the place where she lives/works). Her relationship with Lend is completely cute, as is her excitement over things like high school and lockers. In many ways, I felt sorry for Evie. Before coming to the IPCA she was in and out of foster homes and after that...well, I'll just say she never gets to have a normal life. I just have to say that I love the fact that she named her taser (her pink, sparkly taser)!

The plot of this book is nothing like I expected; it's ten times better! Abundant in twists, turns, and imagination, Kiersten White's book is truly paranormal. I love the way that every new plot point is totally unforeseen, yet fits perfectly with the rest of the story. This book has more to it than just an awesome paranormal mystery. It's also a coming of age story. Evie must come to terms with the darker parts of the world and herself. In doing so, she matures.

I absolutely love Paranormalcy. It's exciting, refreshing, and all around wonderful. I recommend this book to fans of Evermore by Alyson Noel and Devil's Kiss by Sarwat Chadda.

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  1. I can't wait to read this book! I've read so many good things about it! Thanks for the review!

  2. Thank you for the informative review---I have this one on my shelf now and now I'm even more excited about reading it!

  3. Obviously, I really really really need to get around to reading the copy I bought. It sounds fabulous! Awesome review :)

  4. This book sound SO good! I just ordered it, and I can't wait to read it! Thank you for the review :)

  5. This is yet another book I am dying to read!!! Thanks for the review.

  6. So glad to see you liked this one, I'm really excited to read it! I'm in love with anything paranormal and this one sounds like it's full of mystery and twists, so this is me going to the bookstore right now. Thanks for the review!