Saturday, January 08, 2011

Review: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Title: Paranormalcy
Author: Kiersten White
Release Date: August 31st 2010
Publisher: HarperTeen
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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.
Review:Oh bleep! Paranormalcy was such a cute, flirty, and funny read. When I first saw the cover, it drew me in. Look at it and tell me it’s not gorgeous! And that dress! I want that dress! Not only that, but the synopsis was so different too. I did wonder about how good this book was going to be. It was an original idea, yes, but how would Kiersten White apply it? Well, I’m happy to say that after reading this book in one day, I have not doubts: Keirsten White’s debut novel Paranormalcy is a treat and a must read!

The idea of the IPCA (International Paranormal Containment Agency) was original itself. I’d never heard of such a thing until now. I was glad when White told us about the IPCA but she didn’t bore us with a zillion useless details and information. She made learning about the IPCA fun and interesting.The entire plot for this book was well throughout and well written. White obviously took the time to come up with all of these characters, and traits, and surprises, and everything else. I felt that the plot flowed really well: it was calm when I expected it to be; it was fast paced when it should have been fast paced.

Evie was a great protagonist. I loved reading from her point of view. She’s such a sweet, cute girl with a fierce side. Sure she’s silly and funny and niave and worries about how she looks and loves her soaps, but honestly, that is what made her so awesome. Only Evie could have on such cute (read about it in the book!) book and be able to hunt down monsters with Tasey! She was a lot like teenagers and I was about to connect with her. Evie was also not afraid of grownups and she knew what she wanted. Though she’s the only one who can see through the glamors of all the creatures, she’s just so…herself. She knows who she is and is quiet happy about it. I loved that about her. Evie made me laugh when she made her comebacks and her remarks.

Lately, I’m getting tired of the love triangles. I love them, yes, but sometimes, it’s too much. Low and behold, there was no love triangle in this book! There was no love-at-first-sight in this book. There was just this great, sweet guy named Lend (who just happens to have broken in to the IPCA) and the friendship that came between him and Evie. As said in the synopsis, something is killing off the paranormals and as Evie and Lend come together to find out what it is, they become friends. Soon, though, their friendship turns into something more. Their relationship was so realistic! They didn’t fall for each other at first sight! They were interested as to Lend’s ability and what Evie could do. The natural flow of conversation between them was believable. Their relationship progressed at a great pace!

Paranormalcy was a cute, witty, funny, great, awesome book that you have to read. Not only was it all those things mentioned above, there was mystery and surprises and twists and turns and some parts were scary. There were honestly no parts of this book that I didn’t like. Unlike many other books in a series, Paranormalcy didn’t leave with a huge cliffhanger. Sure there were plenty of unanswered questions but the ending was fitting. Paranormalcy left me satisfied and I can’t wait for book two,
Supernaturally coming Fall of 2011!

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