Thursday, August 19, 2010

Review : Paranormalcy

Title: Paranormalcy
Author: Kiersten White
Published: August 31st 2010 by HarperTeen

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Evie's job is bagging and tagging paranormals. Possessing the strange ability to see through their glamours, she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency. But when someone--or something--starts taking out the vamps, werewolves, and other odd beasties she's worked hard to help become productive members of society, she's got to figure it out before they all disappear and the world becomes utterly normal.

Normal is so overrated.

Thoughts: It's true! Normal is so overrated, and this book is anything but normal. Paranormalcy has everything any fiction fan will love: Psychotic faeries, confused werewolves and vampires, a mermaid for a best friend, a shape shifting crushable boy, and a very confused, very lost heroine.

Ever since the IPCA (International Paranormal Containment Agency) Evie at the age of 8, she has been assigned to bag and tag paranormal creatures. She has a unique gift no one has ever seen before. She can see past everyone's glamour and look at who they really are. Instead of a beautiful, mysterious vampire, she sees the dead corpse underneathe. The same applies to werewolves, hags, the works. Since Evie never really had a family and doesn't remember her own parents, she accepted the IPCA as her home.

This all changes when a shape shifting boy breaks into the IPCA and is captured by your's truly (aka Evie). Her curiousity gets the best of her. She's never seen a boy like this before. Underneathe his glamour, he has the essence of water. To get to the bottom of everything (what he is, why he broke into the IPCA, etc), she begins to talk to him. The more she talks to him, the more she questions the IPCA and her place there. And, it probably doesn't help that she's charming, hot and the closest thing to normal (if you can imagine that) Evie has ever known.

After a normal-turned not so normal bag and tag, Evie begins to realize that paranormal creatures everywhere are mysteriously showing up dead. Their next target, the IPCA. And, if this isn't a big enough problem in itself, this "thing" is only attacking paranormal creatures, not humans. But the more Evie begins to research her place and her life, the more she begins to realize that maybe she isn't human after all. And what she is maybe more terrifying than a serial killing vampire.

I have to say, this book is, of all things, very creative. It's a page turner that keeps you guessing. One mystery turns into two and before you know it, you can't even put the book down! It's just that BLEEPING good.

Though, Evie (at times) can come off as a damsel in distress, pink loving deva, she's still this badass heroine who zaps enemies with her taser (aka Tasey) and take them down just as fast as the best of them. She's just like most teenage girls, not knowing how she fits in, but at the same time, with her paranormal background, she's anything but normal. All she wants is a normal life even if this normal life ends up being like a drama filled episode of her favorite show, Easton Heights. Sadly, this just might not be in the cards for her, but she's definitely going to try! I loved watching Evie develope as a character and become more independent. She keeps you on your toes!

And now, lets talk about swoon worthy boys. I love watching Lend and Evie's relationship build. Insta-love becomes tiring, so when I read about how two strangers become friends then building it into something more, I can't help but love it. And it probably helps Lend is too adorable for words. He may seem like the strong silent type, but he's also funny, brave and just a down to earth, good natured guy. I loved the relationship he has with his father and mother. Sometimes, I get sick of reading about dysfunctional families, so it's a breath of fresh air when at least one character comes from a good family (even if they have supernatural issues).

Paranormalcy, in my opinion, is a triple A: awesome, amazing and adorable. If books were food, this one would be like a chocolate cake: rich and delicious. Trust me, you want to get your hands on this book as soon as it hits shelves August 31st. Don't miss out on the jam packed, feel good time that is Paranormalcy.

Rating: 5/5 stars


  1. great review and I had some of those same thought about Lend and family and loved that they started as friends.

  2. Lena! I have an award for you!

  3. @Julie- Thanks! And I always love when you see relationships develope. Glad I'm not the only one :)

    @Sarah- THANKS! I love awards :D


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