Paranormalcy by Kiersten White12:00 PM
Author: Kiersten White
Release Date: August 31, 2010 (hardcover)
Overall: 5 Stars
Summary: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.
Paranormalcy was bleeping awesome! It's one of the most refreshing paranormal novels I've read in quite awhile and Kiersten White has managed to bring something entirely new to a genre that tends to have a lot of repetition. So a huge kudos goes out to her!
Let's first start with the cover because it's just so bleeping gorgeous! (You'll totally understand the 'bleeping' once you've read the book...) The pink dress, the dark background- everything just comes together to look so eye-catching! It was the cover that first attracted me to learn more about the actual novel... which turned out to be just as fantastic as the cover. Paranormalcy did not let me down and met, if not exceeded, my expectations. White keeps readers on their toes, throwing in some twists and turns that will leave you flipping eagerly to the next page of this fast-pace novel.
Despite working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency and having the ability to see through the glamours of paranormals, sixteen-year old Evie has always considered herself rather normal. Her ex-boyfriend Reth just happens to be a faerie and when she's not hanging out with her mermaid best friend Lish, she's out "neutering" paranormals with the help of her pink with rhinestones taser, aptly named Tasey. But when a mysterious shape-shifter, Lend, breaks into the IPCA one night, Evie's world gets even more complicated... which is saying something. His arrival coincides with a string of mysterious paranormal deaths, and Evie will soon begin to question not only the people who have come to be her family, but also herself.
Evie is the type of girl who can not only kick some serious butt, but she also still has time for fun and is a bit of a girly girl. She's spent so many years working for the IPCA that more than anything, she wishes she can experience a normal teenage life like attend high school and even go on a date. Her experience of the outside world really only comes from her favourite TV show, Easton Heights, but her naivety was so endearing. When she laughs, you laugh. When she cries, you'll want to cry too. We learn more about Evie's past as the novel progresses, but enough questions are still raised about her heritage- and its connection to the faeries- that it will be interesting to learn more details in the next novel.
And I can't forget to mention Lend! He's such a sweetheart and the way he cares about Evie will leave you going 'Awwww...." The chemistry between the pair was just right and couldn't have been any better. They could talk to each other freely about their troubles but at the same time, they weren't above teasing one another which made the story so much better.
Kiersten White has certainly set the bar high for the next novel, Supernaturally, when it's released in Fall 2011 and I'm already looking forward to reading it! If you still haven't read Paranormalcy, don't wait- read this book as soon as you can!