Review: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Kiersten White’s Website
Publisher: HarperTeen
Age Group: Teen
Source: Borrowed from public library
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads:

Weird as it is working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, Evie’s always thought of herself as normal. Sure, her best friend is a 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 center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.

My Thoughts:

Holy bleep, this book was full of awesomeness!  I’ve never read a paranormal book quite like this one.  There are so many things to love about this book!

The best thing about this book, I think, was Evie.  What a wonderful, fully developed character.  I loved, loved, loved that she was completely kick-ass, but also feminine (she loves pink!), and vulnerable, too.  White shows that you don’t have to be one or the other, tough, or girly,  You can be both, just like real people.  So many of Evie’s thoughts and feelings were feelings that people have.  I totally identified with Evie when she was feeling alone and lonely at IPCA.  I think everyone has felt lonely before.

It was great to see how Evie’s beliefs about IPCA changed throughout the novel.  At the beginning, she believes that IPCA is a wonderful agency and doing all sorts of good for the world.  But as the story progresses, she starts to see that maybe IPCA isn’t as perfect as she thought.

The plot was so awesome, too.  All sorts of paranormal creatures show up in this book: faeries, werewolves, vampires, sprites, nymphs, trolls!  It’s great, and so much fun to read about.  There was lots of action, but also down time where the reader can learn more about Evie.  I couldn’t stop turning the pages, because I wanted to figure out what was going to happen to Evie, where she came from, even what she was.

I did think the ending happened sort of abruptly, but the book was still so fantastic.  Very satisfying, but still not all the questions are answered.  I suspect the answers might be waiting in the sequel, Supernaturally, or perhaps other books in this series.

But definitely read this one!  It is great, and Evie is such an amazing character.  I would totally be friends with her!

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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