Author: Kiersten White
Genre: Paranormal Fiction, Teen Fiction
Publication Date: August 31, 2010
ISBN-13 Book: 9780061985843
Source: Purchased personal copy for review.
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Evie wants nothing more than to be a normal teenage girl, but she works for IPCA (International Paranormal Containment Agency), an international organization that tries to control the activities of various types of paranormals, vampires, werewolves, mermaids, fairies, hags, etc... She is their secret weapon, because unlike normal humans, Evie has the unique ability to see through paranormals’ glamours. When a never before seen shapeshifting paranormal breaks into the IPCA to get information and paranormals all over the world begin dying mysteriously Evie knows something sinister is going on, but the IPCA is determined to keep her in the dark. She will have to use both her heart and her head to save the lives of those she cares about.
There have been a lot of paranormal fiction books flooding the market of late, but Kiersen White’s debut novel took me by surprise. It is not what I expected, in fact it was better. I loved her originality and Evie’s unique voice. I loved the action and the surprisingly quick pace of the book.
Evie’s character reminded me a little of Buffy the Vampire Slayer at times, cocky and brash at times but wishing she was a normal girl who could live a normal life in the normal world. I also loved Lend, both for being an artist, and for being a normal young man with paranormal skills.
Evie’s desires contrasted to the sterile environment of the IPCA center. Her world was a lot messier than the neat and organized world the IPCA wished to represent. Ultimately she was a lovable and extremely likable narrator. I loved that she used the word “bleep” instead of swearing, and the explanation for that was endearing.
The mystery and action propels you through the novel and keeps you reading until the very last page. I look forward to reading more from White in the future. The sequel, Supernaturally, is due out in September 2011. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
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