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Review: “Paranormalcy,” Kiersten White

September 23, 2010
Review: “Paranormalcy,” Kiersten WhiteParanormalcyby Kiersten White
Series: Paranormalcy #1
Published by HarperTeen on August, 2010
Genres: Faeries, Urban Fantasy, Vampires, Werewolves / Shifters
Pages: 352

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 a refreshing breath in a steady stream of YA paranormal novels. A little slow to begin with, the pace finally picks up for a great ending!

I must say this is one of the prettiest book covers I’ve ever come across. Not until you’re holding the book in your hands do you realize it’s true beauty – pictures aren’t enough in this case. It’s really a work of art! I’ll proudly display this one on my book shelves.

Our main character, Evie (last name unknown) is a feisty little thing, if not a little naive. Constantly armed with her pink taser, affectionately called “Tasey”, she’s ready to bag and tag herself some paranormals. Ridiculously obsessed with teen-soap, Easton Heights, she’s got a pretty unrealistic view of the ‘real world’. You either love her or you hate her.

I love her.

She rubbed me the wrong way at first, but when you break down her life you really start to understand why she is the way she is. Secluded from her peers, she has no idea how she’s supposed to act or what she’s supposed to feel. With the arrival of teen paranormal, Lend, she’s given the chance to finally interact with a real boy! She reads like a twelve-year-old trapped in a sixteen-year-old’s body, but through the events of Paranormalcy, she grows up so much.

Evie figures out that real life isn’t always as glamourous as Easton Heights, but she loves it a lot more. I was really intrigued to find out more about Lend and his heritage. I couldn’t for the life of me pick out what he was! I mean, a watery creature able to shapeshift? I haven’t heard that one before! We find out that he’s half human, half water-spirit.

Kiersten White is really original in her magical lore. We don’t just get the steady stream of vamps and werewolves (which take the back seat in this story to Fae and other creatures) but when they do appear, we see they’re very different from the usual slew. Vamps aren’t attractive to Evie; beneath their glamour, they’re shrivelled corpses who have little to no strength at all! A breath of fresh air, if you ask me!

I’m on the fence with Reth. I don’t like him as a love interest, but I’m eager to find out more about him and his role in creating Evie. I think Evie’s relationship with Lend is absolutely charming! They’re perfect for each other.

Also, I have to add, I really thought Lish’s soul would somehow take on it’s own host body (perhaps Vivian’s) and continue to be Evie’s best friend, but alas it was not to be. I thought that would’ve been a pretty nifty trick! The next installment to Evie’s story is in the works. It’s called Supernaturally. I’m definitely going to keep an eye out for it.

I started out thinking I was definitely going to give this book a 3 star rating, but as I delved further into the pages (about the time Evie was ‘living’ with Lend and his family), the story really picked up and my opinon morphed into more of a four!

It’s really a great case of giving the whole book a chance. I was fooled similarly a few years ago with Libba Bray’s A Great & Terrible Beauty: at first it was slow and my interest wasn’t that invested, but by the end of the book I was hungry for more! And now, Libba’s series is ranked highly in my all-time favourites. Who woulda thunk it! So if you’re halfway through Paranormalcy and still undecided, I urge you to keep on going ;)

Recommended to: Anyone looking for a fresh take on the YA paranormal craze.

About Kiersten White

Kiersten White is the NYT bestselling author of the Paranormalcy trilogy and the Mind Games series, as well as several standalone novels. She has one tall husband and three small children and lives near the ocean, where her life is perfectly normal.

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  • Reply Nice Girls Read Books • Reviews & More! September 26, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    […] Paranormalcy by Kiersten White The cover is especially gorgeous when you hold it in your hands. I was absolutely shocked to see this in my local store and snapped it up immediately. I really enjoyed it, and you can read my review here. […]

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