Thursday, October 6, 2011

REVIEW: "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. So much for normal.

PUBLICATION DATE: August 31, 2010
READ: September 2011
SOURCE: Bought-Used
GENRE: Young Adult Paranormal/Fantasy-Fae, Vampire, Shapeshifter, etc.
SETTING: Canada, United States, England, Germany
SERIES: Paranormalcy #1

Paranormalcy is a fast-paced, action-packed paranormal thriller that kept me interested from beginning to end.  The series takes place in a world where paranormal creatures exist, primarily away from human knowledge.  These creatures include everything from vampires to werewolves to mermaids to banshees.  The protagonist of the series, Evie, is a unique human who has the ability to see through the glamour that many of these paranormals use.  Her existence helped form an international government agency that keeps tabs on paranormals and prevents them from harming humans. 

Everything seems to be moving smoothly for Evie even though she has lived at the compound for the agency since she was a young child and is desperate for a chance to interact with the outside world.  But, when paranormals start dying from mysterious causes, Evie begins to get suspicious of the role that the she and the agency have played in the world of paranormals and normals.  These suspicions are escalated when she meets Lend, a shapeshifter, who has an agenda of his own.

The plot of Paranormalcy gets going from the onset.  Exposition is provided in an easygoing, but still detailed way.  The action sequences are thought out and vividly described by the author.  Mysteries are evident from the beginning and kept me rapidly turning pages to discover the truth about them.  I should also mention that, while the beginning seems fairly bright and humorous, the plot does turn dark and twisted pretty quickly.  Evie's world is turned upside down and the readers are provided evidence of that. 

I believe the biggest strength of Kiersten White's writing is her characters.  All of them seem to jump out of the page from the main characters to the secondary to the villains, or supposed villains.  Evie is a strong-willed teenage girl who reminds me a little of Mac from Karen Marie Moning's Fever series though not nearly as naive.  She loves pink, television, and hanging out with her friends, but has no problem kicking vampire butt on a regular basis.  I am interested to see how the revelations in this book will effect Evie for the rest of the series.  Lend, Evie's crush, is a fascinating person.  He is a shapeshifter which the government agency cannot identify who has his own secrets.  He understands Evie more than anybody else in the compound so she is simultaneously drawn and repelled by him.  Some of the secondary characters that grabbed my attention were Lish, Evie's mermaid best friend who coined the swear phrase Bleep! and Evie's faerie ex-boyfriend (?), Reth. 

In conclusion, Paranormalcy is a twisted tale of what separates the normal from the paranormal as well as how much of one's destiny can be pre-determined.  There are many unanswered questions left after the conclusion of this book so I am desperate to read the sequel Supernaturally and see more of Kiersten White's fascinating world.



“Yes, I have a driver's license."
I leaned back against the wall, sighing. "Man, that must be so cool."
"It ranks right up there with lockers. In fact, sometimes I put my license inside my locker, and it's so cool I worry that the whole thing might explode with the sheer coolness of it all.”

“Tasers are a one-size-fits-all paranormal butt-kicking option. Mine’s pink with

“What a lovely balance. Lend shows whatever he wants the world to see and you see through whatever the world wants to show you.”


1. Paranormalcy
2. Supernaturally
3. Endlessly (Coming 2012)


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