Thursday, February 3, 2011

PARANORMALCY by Kiersten White

Book 1 in trilogy
Publisher: Harper Teen
Date Published: August 31st, 2010
ISBN 978-0-06-198584-3
Young Adult Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Library

Evie is sixteen and all she knew was what she’d learned at the International Paranormal Containment Agency, or IPAC, have taught her. Working for the IPAC since age eight due to the power or whatever it is she has to see beneath the glamour of paranormals. Evie only knows what is on the outside world by the TV shows she loves to watch and living vicariously through them. But then something or someone is killing paranormals right and left and Evie, finds out that what she knows about the world she lives in is just the tip of an iceberg. Life as Evie knows it is about to get exceedingly bumpy and quite dangerous, as she races to find a way to stop this thing from coming after her and in the process figure out who she is. Strap on your seatbelt, life is about to get chaotic.

Kiersten White’s debut young adult novel is full of surprises, fun and mystery all rolled u p with a pretty sparkly pink bow. PARANORMALCY is a fast paced ride with a few interesting twists and turns to keep things interesting, some amazingly life like characters that you grow to love and a really nasty fairy guy who I wanted to hit with a really big stick. Nope this isn’t your average young adult book, by far. It was charming and the writing was quite good. The author did a great job in creating something fresh from the tired paranormal genre and delivers something so unique, it left me wanting more when the last page was read. I was racing to the computer to see when book two was coming out and wondering if I could handle the wait for more Evie adventures.

Meet Evie, a normal sixteen girl who loves pink and can beat up a vampire. She has lived and worked for the International Paranormal Containment Agency since she was eight, when they found her wandering alone. On top of this, she is the only person in the world who can beneath the glamour of paranormals. Evie is a character I liked off the bat. She had a taser she’d had colored pink, loved TV and shopping and thought her life was as normal as can be, though if she could dream she wanted to go to a normal school with normal teenagers, like those on her favorite TV show. Ms. White does a great job in getting teenager angst down perfectly, especially when Evie finds herself up against something she has no idea how to kill.

Vague prophecies, a former fae boyfriend is giving her grief and stalking her and no one seems to believe her on this. I really, really hated Reth, the ex-fae boyfriend. He was creepy and frankly I wanted to beat him with a stick each time he popped up, which was a lot. Though I definitely give this author top marks, for creating a story with subtle word building and the fact she didn’t overwhelm the reader in the first few chapters with it all. She wove it through the story at a nice even pace and it had me enthralled from the time I sat down in the afternoon to when I finished the book, three hours later. Great cast of characters kept the story flowing nicely and a love triangle had me rooting for Evie to find her one and only.

PARANORMALCY is a story that will have you laughing at times, and other times, racing to see what would happen next. I can not wait for the next book in the trilogy to be here and am hoping this author doesn’t keep us in suspense too long. If you are looking for a story that has paranormal creatures, mysteries, government agencies, prophecies and scary but beautiful fairies all together in one book, than you will enjoy PARANORMALCY. It’s an enchanting story that will keep you glued to the edge of your seat. Normal just got overrated.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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