Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Series: Paranormalcy #1
Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, 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 Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.
So much for normal.
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Paranormalcy is a fun paranormal romp focusing on Evie, a teenager who’s been working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency for half her life, thanks to a unique gift: the ability to see through paranormals’ glamours. It’s a neat power to have, with both the positives and negatives highlighted in the novel. Kiersten White has done a marvelous job of creating a light tone and spunky protagonist, and throwing her into quite the adventure. The book is very much geared toward a YA reader. This is much more obvious than other books marked as teen reads, like the Vampire Academy series or the House of Night books, mostly because Evie is fluffy and pink. Don’t get me wrong — I like Evie — but she’s rather shallow, kind of like Rachel Vincent’s Faythe in the first Shifters book. I hope that Evie will grow as much as Faythe.
At the start of Paranormalcy, Evie is pretty happy-go-lucky. She enjoys her job and generally likes her life, though she has moments of dissatisfaction. But who wouldn’t, living underground, constantly monitored? It’s not the nicest life, though she does have a mermaid for a best friend. As the novel progresses, Evie comes to see the restraints that have been placed on her and the paranormals whom the IPCA captures, particularly Lend. She also starts to realize that she’s not all that different from the folks she’s been bagging and tagging, which forces her to grow up in a big way. Watching Evie learn to take responsibility and think for herself is a one of the major arcs in Paranormalcy and it’s well plotted and executed.
The romantic storyline is also well done. Prior to the novel, Evie was involved with a faerie named Reth, who’s begun terrorizing her now, at least in Evie’s opinion. Reth’s motivations are stated but obscured. He’s quite mysterious, part and parcel of being immortal in this world, I guess. Her attraction to Lend is much simpler and sweeter, with all of the qualities usually associated with young love.
The best part of the book is probably the world building. Kiersten White has created a lovely world filled with supernaturals seen in other stories but she’s given them a freshness that I really enjoyed. I have Supernaturally out from the library as well and I can’t wait to read it. I’m sure there are great things in store for Evie and co.
P. S. How gorgeous is this cover? It’s what drew me to the series in the first place. 🙂