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I really enjoyed Paranormalcy. Compared to other YA paranormals I thought it had a fresh concept and it was both well written and entertaining. I particularly liked how the main character - despite being a tough as nails bad ass - only used weapons that were pink and sparkly. She was such a girl!
The story begins with Evie. A teenage girl who, due to her ability to see through the glamour's of paranormal creatures, is the youngest human member of the IPCA - an agency in charge of controlling and policing paranormals. However her life within the IPCA is a lonely one but everything changes the night she meets Lend. A strange and mysterious boy who is labelled a 'never been seen before' kind of paranormal.
However despite her instant attraction to Lend, Evie can't help but wonder if he is somehow connected to the sudden up-rise of paranormal murders across the world. But as Evie is to learn, she has bigger problems to worry about. Stalked by a feeling stealing faerie, haunted by a power she can't control and soon to be faced with a truth that will flip her entire world upside down...Evie is about to discover the true meaning of paranormal.
This book really was an entertaining read. As a main character Evie really rocks. She's witty, feisty and her desire and attraction for all things normal is both sweet and very amusing. For example she is a teenager who dreams of actually going to school. However what with being raised within the confines of the IPCA she is also very streetwise and mature which makes a great contrast to her teenage fantasies of romance, proms and shopping.
Lend was also a really great character. Deep and mysterious - I also liked his ability to look like any person (or celebrity) that Evie desired. Also despite his hidden agenda, he was a sweet and caring character and made a good love interest for Evie.
The plot itself was also intriguing and all the smaller sub-plots kept the story moving at a nice pace. Character development was clear to see and I enjoyed how Evie's perception of paranormals changed as the story progressed.
So overall Paranormalcy made for a wonderful read and one I would recommend people check out. Especially those of you who like reading about strong heroines who like to accessorize their tasers with rhinestones! 4 Stars!
Weird as it is working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, Evie's always thought of herself as normal. Sure, her best friend is 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 centre of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.
So much for normal.
"Wait - did you - You just yawned!" The Vampire's arms, raised over his head in the classic Dracula pose, dropped to his sides. He pulled his exaggerated white fangs back behind his lips. "What, imminent death isn't exciting enough for you?"
Before I had even read the first few pages of Paranormalcy by Kiersten White I had really high expectations after seeing words like hilarious, original, awesome from other reviewers that I trust. So I was hugely taken aback when I first started reading Paranormalcy and I wasn't sure that I liked it. I was worried that Evie would be a tad annoying with her exuberance for all things pink and sparkly, including her very pink Taser that she lovingly refers to as 'Tasey'! However, that was only a momentary worry, after a few more pages I really liked Evie and after a few chapters I loved her. She is wonderfully sweet and even innocent in a world where her daily routine involves capturing the odd vampire and hanging out with werewolves and other supernatural beings. Usually paranormal books can be quite dark and paranormalcy was refreshingly light but still really gripping.
Paranormalcy was one of the best written books I've read in a while, the prose really flowed effortlessly, while the pace was perfect and it made for great reading. When I started this book I really couldn't put it down, Kiersten White has managed to come up with an original story and more unique characters in what has become a rather clichéd (but still good) genre of YA.
There really are a lot of plus points for this book including a love triangle with a difference. I absolutely loved Lend, although he may not have the best name (however well chosen it might be) he was certainly a memorable character and one of my favourites so far in the paranormal romance genre. Of course the love triangle wouldn't be complete without Reth the rather high maintenance heart stoppingly good looking faerie who is out to steal Evie's heart, but maybe not just in the literal sense.
If you haven't read this one yet then I definitely recommend it, Kiersten White has really managed to blend the right amount of light hearted characterisation, a love triangle with a difference and one of the best plots I've read in the paranormal genre in a while. Highly recommended.
I can't wait to read the next one in the series!! Kiersten White has moved to the top of my must read writers' list.
Paranormalcy deserves a full five out of five stars.
Genre - YA, paranormal
Published by HaperCollins Childrens (Jan 2011)
Paperback - 335 pages (£6.99)
The next in the series Supernaturally - Will be released in Paperback in the UK - Jan 2012
Synopsis: From Amazon
When your world is paranormal, be glad that you're human...
Sixteen-year-old Evie has always taken comfort in the fact that she is normal, even though her best friend is a mermaid and her ex-boyfriend is a lunatic - and a faery.
In a world where paranormals are monitored and controlled, Evie works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency because of her unique ability to see through glamours. But someone - or something - starts killing vampires, werewolves and other paranormals, and Evie must figure out what's happening before they all disappear.
Then a shapeshifter named Lend breaks into the agency, and Evie is irresistibly drawn to him, even though he makes her aware that the IPCA is not as noble as she once thought. With everything Evie believes suddenly called into question, the IPCA is attacked and she must choose who she can really trust.
And when Evie discovers she's part of a faerie prophecy of death and destruction... so much for normal.
Written in first person narrative from Evie's perspective. At 16, Evie has spent most of her life living in the International Paranormal Containment Agency due to her special ability to see through supernatural 'glamours', her childhood is a mystery. Where did she come from and how does she have this special ability? This mystery is entwined seamlessly with the action.
Evie had a wonderfully sarcastic voice and snarky attitude that I adored and could relate to. Sarcasm is my thing remember [ ; ) ] The way in which she stamped her personality on everything gave her such a solid presence within the imagination. I particularly liked that she had a pink taser embellished with diamante that she even named 'tasey'. This femininity was well balanced with her ability to kick some serious paranormal butt.
The contrast with Evie's 'normal' teenage activities like watching TV dramas about high school and colourful fashion sense made me realise just how young and isolated she really was. Her enthusiasm for lockers made me giggle. The introduction of Lend enhanced Evie's personality perfectly (or as I like to call him Water Boy and I would like one please). The characterisations and imagery were spectacular, each character had such an individual voice that is truly unique and refreshing. The references to The Little Mermaid had me snickering to myself.
What really stood out for me in the narrative was how image and action can create a false impression. It was difficult to tell who was good and who was bad, or if there were truly two separate factions. Not everything is black and white only varying shades of grey. Got you thinking now haven't I [ : D ] The depiction of faeries in particular provided a fresh appreciation into the wonderful world of the Fae.
I still can't believe this was a debut novel. I can sum it up in one word and this time I will refrain from using awesome - STUNNING. Please let me have the sequel *begs, grovels, bribes*
Evie longs for one thing only, to go to high school like the girls in her favourite TV soap and have her very own locker. It's not that life's been bad to her, after being found abandoned as a child by The International Paranormal Containment agency and taken into their care. She just wants a little bit of normal in her life away from the capture of paranormal creatures, creepy fairies and close confinement in the IPCA's underground bunkers. At least she has best friend Lish to turn to, even if she is a mermaid. But when an unknown paranormal manages the impossible and breaks in to the secure headquarters, Evie is intrigued. Ss she gets to know Lend she can't help but feel drawn to him and begins question her very own existence as well as the morals of the organistation she has called her family for so long.
My blogging partner Lyndsey told me that I MUST read Paranormalcy. She loved it, like really loved it...in fact to make sure I did read it she sent me her very own copy. Still it sat on my shelves for a few weeks, until one day while standing in front of said shelves trying to decide what to read next I picked it up and scanned the first few pages. And that was it...pow. I was completely addicted to this book and read it in two awestruck sittings.
Paranormalcy has, without question, the best first paragraph ever written and I was instantly hooked by the sharp, witty and laugh out loud writing style. I loved the main character, Evie-she's definitely my kinda girl. Brought up after being found abandoned by the International Paranormal Containment Agency (a kind of government agency responsible for identifying, tagging and making safe paranormal creatures then putting them to work) she's kick ass strong and feisty but with a real girly streak. With her trademark pink taser she totally rocks! Yet she also has a vulnerable side, the one that is desperate to be normal and go to high school (and have her very own locker...bless!) and wonders why she doesn't seem to belong. She also really compassionate under the attitude and I really warmed to her. I also really liked her relationship with best friend Lish, a mermaid. Every girl should have a mermaid best pal like Lish. She's loyal, trustworthy and in a formal and regulated life, the one person Evie can go to. Raquel, Evie's boss and guardian, on the other hand is pretty annoying, although I presume she's meant to be. She sighs a lot in despair at Evie. I know people in real life who sigh a lot-they annoy me. It meant I could picture her and practically hear her sighs.
There's a whole host of Paranormals making an appearance in this book. Some are old favourites- werewolves, vampires and fairies, while some were completely new to me. Love interest Lend was fascinating, especially as we haven't got a clue for most of the book about what he actually is, although he does have an extremely creepy (but useful) talent. What I liked about Lend was how he helped Evie see the truth about the system she was working in and the building trust and respect that builds between the two. Then there's Reth, bad boy fairy (or is he?...I still don't know!), deliciously sinister and creepy I certainly look forward to more of him in follow up books.
Paranormalcy is certainly an action packed read with a fierce pace and not one boring section to slow you down. But along with the action White throws in some pretty interesting and thought provoking themes, particularly regarding the IPCA. Through her paranormals and the way they were dealt with by the authorities she reminded me of issues such as animal welfare, human rights and slavery making the situation seem completely believable. I did have one minor issue with the book in that occasionally the chapters seemed to jump way ahead in the story and I had to go back a couple of times to see if I missed something meaning once or twice the end of one didn't flow perfectly into the other. But this is a very minor quibble and only distracted me for a few short seconds and the rest of the time I thoroughly enjoyed the ride.
Kiersten White's debut is a definite success and fans of paranormal YA will love the fresh and exciting new ideas she brings and enjoy being spoiled with so many creatures woven into one book. It was exciting from the very first page and left me wanting more. I can't wait until September to get my hands on the sequel, Supernaturally.
Evie likes to think of herself as a normal teenager. But what teenager has a best friend who is a mermaid and an ex-boyfriend who's a faerie, works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency and is the only person who can see through paranormals' glamours?!
When a paranormal called Lend breaks into the IPCA and takes on the image of other people, the IPCA lock him up. However, Evie finds him interesting and keeps visiting him, despite being warned not to by her superior, Raquel.
Shortly after Lend's arrival paranormals start to die at an alarming rate. Evie suspects the deaths and her abilities are some how linked and that she's at the centre of a dark prophecy. Is Evie right? Should she trust Lend? You'll have to read Paranormalcy to find out!
I ordered this book having read a number of raving reviews for it. I certainly enjoyed reading it, but I didn't find it gripped me as much as other books in this category have in the past 12 months. I think the reason for me not enjoying this book as much as others have is possibly an age thing, though I can't be sure. I think Evie comes across as having a younger personality than the main characters in the other young adult paranormal books I've read over the past few months. Another reason may be that the first half of the book is mainly set in the IPCA rather than in the "real" world and I couldn't really get a feel for it.
I think Paranormalcy is definitely more suited to the younger readers and is best left to the teens. I know, I know... The book actually is aimed at the teenage market, but I also know that these kinds of books are more recently being read by those of us who left our teenage years behind some time ago.
Having said all that, I did enjoy reading Paranormalcy and it made me laugh in a few places (which is always a good thing). I liked the idea of Lend's character. he's certainly unique and I thought he made a refreshing change in this genre. Also, I read the book in 3 evenings, so that's always a good sign.
Paranormalcy is certainly different to many of the paranormal/urban fantasy books out at the moment, but it just wasn't for me. That said, I'm sure you'll make up your own mind. It's not a bad book, it's just not one of my favourites.
Paranormalcy is the first book in a trilogy by Kiersten White. The hardback was released on 31st August 2010 by Harper Teen with the paperback due for release in January 2011. Paranormalcy is 352 pages long.
Evie always thought she was normal. As normal as she could be working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency (IPCA), having a faerie as an ex boyfriend and being the only person in the entire world who can see through a paranormal's glamours. Oh and her best friend is a mermaid. Completely normal, right?
When strange things begin to happen at the Agency and a strange paranormal gets taken into their custody, Evie immediately wants to know more but there seems to be things that everyone isn't telling her. The new paranormal knows a lot and when Evie befriends him, she realises that she may not actually be as normal as she first thought.
What I thought
Paranormalcy has got to be one of the most original YA books that I have read for some time. Instead of sticking to conventional ideas when it comes to fantasy and the paranormal, Kiersten White used these idea but mixed them with things I would have never thought about. As much as I like reading about vampires and werewolves, this genre does need to be kept fresh and exciting and I think the author has achieved that with this book.
Evie was such a refreshing heroine because she was unlike anyone else I had ever read about. After watching the first episode of Nikita last night, it kind of reminded me of that. Evie has been living with and working for IPCA since she was 8 years old and has never really known any other life apart from the one she is currently living. IPCA is a pretty weird place to begin with as it is an agency that rehabilitates the paranormal. Then there is the fact that her best friend is a mermaid who can only talk through a computer. If that doesn't sound strange enough then there is the fact that Evie goes to hunt the paranormal with her cute pink taser gun called Tasey! I really loved the fact that no matter what was going on around her, Evie tried to be as normal as possible and always make it home in time to catch her favourite show on TV, making her have extremely real teenager qualities. This was something that I was thankful for because sometimes authors seem to forget about normal, everyday teenager activities.
The only real reason that Evie works for IPCA is because she has a special gift. She is able to see through what paranormals really are and ignore their glamours, making them easier to catch. I felt really sorry for Evie having all this to deal with at only 16 and couldn't imagine what I would have done with only TV shows for real entertainment. Evie is quite the kick ass heroine because of her job but I also really liked the way that she was so girly. Her room is full of pink things and she has high heeled zebra print boots, always wanting to look her best even if she is out hunting. I would have been going insane in her position but Evie tries to find the best in each situation and make the best out of what she has.
The story really starts to kick off when a new paranormal infiltrates IPCA who can take on the form of someone else. Even Evie has problems looking past his glamour and doesn't understand what he is and what he can do. Even though she is the one who captures him, she cannot help but feel drawn to finding out more about him. The new paranormal, Lend, refuses to talk to anyone about what he is or why he was at IPCA in the first place but when Evie befriends him, everything starts to unravel and we get to see more of who Lend really is. I really enjoyed this part of the book because I love to know more about the main characters and this was a great chance to learn about both Lend and Evie. In many other YA books, the romance happens far too quickly for my liking, making it unbelievable, but this time around. I was so thankful for something to blossom from friendship and develop as time went on. More books should be like this.
The story itself was extremely interesting because the ideas were so new and original to me. It started off well from the first page and I never felt disappointed with it at any time. Paranormalcy starts off very funny and the humour is kept throughout, even though there is a lot of important and serious things going on. Kiersten White managed to make this book really fun, when it could have been more on the intense and dark side of things. I liked that the story was kept light-hearted throughout which gave an opportunity to get to know the characters well. I think this really helped to set the scene for the next book in the series which could probably end up being more action packed.
The plot had a lot of mystery and I really enjoyed this. I never fully knew what was happening or what was about to happen until things were revealed. I love to be kept guessing and for there to be multiple possibilities so in this aspect, Paranormalcy really did it for me. This will be part of a trilogy so not everything was answered but I didn't mind that at all. I liked not knowing where the story was heading and not being able to really think too much about what the next book will have in store for us.
I had been looking forward to this book for quite a while and was so happy when I won it in a giveaway on a blog. I planned to only read a couple of chapters one night but next thing I knew, it was 1am and I was quite near the end so I just kept going. Usually even when I love a book, there are still things that bug me about it, whether it be a character or something to do with the plot. This was one of the first books in a really long time that I had no little niggles with at all. Everything about it was amazing and I would happily read it again tomorrow. Paranormalcy is such an amazing book that I just couldn't put down and I would highly recommend it.