Author: Kiersten White
Series: Paranormalcy #1
Publication: August 31st 2010 by HarperTeen
Genre: Paranormal ~ Young Adult
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Cover Rating: 4/5
Overall Rating: 5/5
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.
It’s official! I’m addicted to Kiersten White’s books. I’ve read Mind Games, Perfect Lies, The Chaos of Stars and they were all pretty good. Yet I still hadn’t read what I think are her most popular books, the Paranormalcy series. So now that I have finally read Paranormalcy I can only say, wow! I’ve always had a thing for these type of books where there’s lots of different paranormal creatures. I mean, the main character has a mermaid for a best friend, a faerie for an ex-boyfriend and then there’s vampires, shifters, hags, banshees and so on. How could I not totally love this book?
Evie was such a fun main character. I liked following her story, her voice was great to read about and even though she has to do a lot of things normal sixteen-year-old girls don’t have to like hunt down creatures of the night and tag them, she’s still very much a teenage girl who loves pink, teen tv shows and who just wants to not be alone. I loved how she wanted to know how a normal life would be and her obsession with normal stuff like lockers. Kiersten White definitely has a knack with creating interesting characters.
The story also was pretty damn awesome. You just know there’s something about Evie and slowly but surely everything gets revealed. I just love that. Paranormalcy was a good story with a very good plot. It was also definitely a more light-ish, cute and quick book to read. One of the reasons I loved it so.
I really liked all the side characters in Evie’s life. Let’s start with Evie’s best friend, Lish, who is a freaking mermaid, thank you very much. I adored Lish. And the way Kiersten White wrote her…So funny, so great and such a good friend to Evie. Too bad things went a little dramatic there with her…
I also really liked her faerie ex-boyfriend, Reth. Some might not think he’s a great guy but I sort of have an obsession with faeries and I don’t know… I liked Reth. Then there was Lend, the shapeshifter. He was adorable. The romance between him and Evie was so nicely done. There was no rush or anything which was a huge relieve cause I am not a fan of insta-love. Anyway, I approved.
Overall, Paranormalcy by Kiersten White was such a huge pageturner.The story, the amazing characters, the writing, the action, everything! I loved it all. I can’t wait to get my hands on the second book and read where the story is going to take Evie next.
Kiersten White is the New York Times bestselling author of the Paranormalcy trilogy, The Chaos of Stars, and the psychological thriller Mind Games. Kiersten lives with her family in San Diego, California. Visit her at www.kierstenwhite.com.