Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Review: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

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Paranormalcy
Kiersten White
Released August 31st, 2010
by HarperTeen

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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.

So much for normal.

This is the book that you read when you need a break from dark, serious, hefty novels and just want something fun! Paranormalcy not simply about vampires, or werewolves, or faeries, it’s includes ALL of them- and more. I really had a great time with it and enjoyed the medley.

Evie can see paranormals: No matter what glamour they wear, she can see through it. She’s been living with the IPCA, an agency who controls the paranormals, all her life and feels pretty lonely being the only (human) teenager there. Evie is an incredibly fun character. She has wit, spunk and a definite sense of humor. I loved how she gets excited for the smallest things – like lockers – and we get to see her take in the real world. I also didn’t get an annoyed teenager vibe from her. Evie is very mature for her age which I imagine comes from being raised by IPCA as well as seeing unimaginably icky things daily. However, it doesn’t change the fact that she longs for a boyfriend like on her favourite show, and wishes she could just go to real high school prom.

Evie soon meets a very intriguing love interest, Lend. He’s like nothing she’s ever seen before – literally. I loved Lend. He’s the type of noble guy that you can always count on. His relationship with Evie is not instant either, it progresses at a great pace where you can see and feel their attraction grow. I was also delighted with the lack of a love triangle. I enjoy love triangles as much as the next, but sometimes it’s nice to get a change of pace.

As for the plot, it’s just plain fun! Vampires, fairies, mermaids, werewolves, wookies, you name it. Don’t expect anything too deep or elaborate, but do count on a lot of attitude, pink weapons and interesting twists! And all of this in a quick, satisfying read.

4 Hot Espressos
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36 Responses to “Review: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White”

  1. Karen

    Adding this to my GoodReads list. I was avoiding because I don’t want to get hooked on yet another series, but it sounds like too much fun to pass up. International Paranormal Containment Agency? Yes, please.

  2. Renu

    I agree, love triangles are okay sometimes, but it’s nice to take a break from them!

    I also love Evie sense of humour! I deff agree that it’s a good book to read if you want to get away from dark, and serious novels! A fun read for sure. 😀

  3. Ailsa

    Ooh, I’d like to read this one! It sounds good – it’s always nice to find a lighter paranormal story, it sounds like it’s well written too.
    Thanks for sharing!

    ~Ailsa

  4. Zoey Talbon

    Hmm. I tried reading this back when it first came out but ended up only getting about 20 pages in before I had to return it to the library. Maybe I’ll try again. 🙂

  5. Mimi Valentine

    YAY, GISELLE!! Oh my gosh, I’m so glad you liked this one as much as I did! I agree with almost everything you said: especially that this was a quick & fun read with super-awesome characters! I loooooooved Lend — he was just SO sweet! 🙂

    Awesome review, Giselle! Have you read Supernaturally yet? If not, I totally think you should! Evie gets to have her very own locker! 😉

  6. Kelly

    I almost bought this book today but decided not to. Now I kind of wish I had! Thanks for the review–I’m putting this book on my Christmas list for sure!

  7. Giselle

    It’s rare that I see someone not liking this one so you all MUST try it!

    @Mimi Valentine: No I haven’t read Supernaturally yet I haven’t bought it yet. I have heard mixed opinions on that one, though. But if you liked it I’m sure it can’t be bad! 😀

  8. Sarah (saz101)

    OK, I am SO EXCITED TO READ THIS NOW! I just bought it last week. I’m going to save it for exactly the time you mentioned–when I need a light read. I can feel that need swiftly approaching, though 😀

    Great review–you’ve got me so psyched to read this, now!

  9. Melissa (Books and Things)

    I have heard so many good things about this book and I’ve wanted it for so long, but I still haven’t gotten the book. *hangs head in shame* I’m so bad! I want the next books too. I hope you get those and like them as much as you did this on. I hadn’t heard of the pink weapons but am so interested in the attitude. I will push this one closer to the top of my wishlist!

  10. A Canadian Girl

    Oh, I’m surprised you hadn’t read Paranormalcy yet. Isn’t this one fabulous?! I loved Evie – she’s so funny! – and Lend too. Supernaturally took a little dip in my liking but I can’t wait for Endlessly. Great review, Giselle!

  11. Andra

    I seriously need to read this book. Everyone says it’s awesome, and everyone says I’m an idiot for not reading it when It’s sitting right on top of my TBR pile…idk…maybe I’m saving it for when I’m in a rut and need an awesome book to get out of it??

  12. Aylee

    This sounds like the perfect read for me right now! Just like you described, I could use something fun with a cute protagonist. I can’t believe I haven’t read this book yet…