Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy #1)
By: Kiersten White
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: August 31st, 2010
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.
Paranormalcy was a fantastically fun read with an alternate take on paranormals interacting with the “real” world. The plot was great, combining Evie’s everyday drama with her interest in helping keep the paranormal world safe in the wake of an increasing number of paranormal deaths. The mystery unfolds slowly and once everything is found out, there is no quick denouement, instead there are more questions and the resolution gets the time and effort it deserves. The romance is also somewhat of a slow burn, or at least it is for YA these days, which was great to see as I appreciated Evie and Lend’s relationship all the more for it.
Evie is a girl who loves pink, lets her opinions be known, and is chock full of personality. She doesn’t let the fact that she has no real family, that she has just broken up with her creepy faery boyfriend, or that her future seems destined to be spent in IPCA, the International Paranormal Containment Agency, get her down. She has her best friend Lish, a mermaid, her favorite high school television drama, upon which she bases her ideas of teenage reality, and her loyal pink taser, Tasey. She is unique among paranormals in the fact that she can see through the glamours paranormals present to the outside world, meaning she is quite useful when hunting down the rogues that terrorize society. I loved how she held her own against Reth, the previously mentioned creepy faery ex-boyfriend, when he tried to be creepy and weird while being devastatingly good looking, a situation in which many YA heroines I have read would have gone weak kneed. Bravo, Evie.
As for the romance, while it could have been odd, being that Evie and Lend’s relationship begins while Lend is being held captive by IPCA, it progressed reasonably slowly with Lend and Evie becoming friends first with a slight thread of romantic tension underneath. Also, Evie and Lend don’t settle into a true romantic relationship until they are both free from IPCA, meaning their relationship develops with them both as equals.
The other supporting characters while not entirely fleshed out, the werewolf couple that is introduced were felt to be examples rather than true characters, had personalities all their own. David, Lend’s father, was caring and welcoming and Arianna, a vampire, is introduced in a way that could have led her to be a “mean girl” but, instead, her surly attitude is shown to be a defence mechanism against a world that has not treated her kindly and that she no longer feels a part of. Evie also makes friends outside of her relationship with Lend, not only Arianna and other paranormals, but with Lend’s friends. Another potential mean girl is introduced, but again, Kiersten develops and elaborates on the character rather than leaving her to be a flat angst prop.
This book was humorous and delightful, I loved Evie and Lend and the new world Kiersten has created and I definitely recommend this book for a light, fun read. This is the beginning of a new series and I can’t wait to see where it goes, and the great thing is that ALL of the books have been published so I can pick up the next book, Supernaturally, right away.
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