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Gr 7 Up–First in a trilogy, this clever, must-have debut focuses on sassy Evie, 16, who calls the International Paranormal Containment Agency home. Armed with her unique ability to see through all paranormal “glamours” and her trusty pink taser, Evie bags, tags, and helps IPCA track and contain a variety of familiar creatures. Despite her unconventional life (no origin story, mermaid best friend, werewolf colleagues, etc.), she considers herself to be pretty normal–until shape-shifting elemental and extremely cute Lend breaks into IPCA looking for answers and ironically becomes one of the agency's latest puzzles. The more pressing concern: Who's been murdering paranormals? Lend's arrival; fae ex-boyfriend's (literally) hot, increasingly threatening advances; unsettling dreams; and a well-planned attack on the agency force Evie to face surprising revelations about IPCA and herself. White's storytelling successfully balances the fun and the sinister. There's an interesting mix of magic and technology. The pace is brisk with plenty of action. White's faeries (not vamps) are the beautiful and manipulative paranormals to watch out for, a refreshing change for some readers. Characterization is consistent, though Evie is the most fleshed out. A perfect blend of normal/supernatural, she simultaneously doubts her genetic makeup while yearning for and worrying about typical teenage concerns. Featuring a clever, kick-butt heroine channeling both Buffy and a PG Sookie, this book will likely fly off library shelves.–Danielle Serra, Cliffside Park Public Library, NJ. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Sixteen-year-old Evie learns that she is not quite the person she thought she was in this creature-feature mash-up. Possessing the unique ability to recognize paranormals beneath their glamour, Evie has lived most of her life under the protection of the International Paranormal Containment Agreement (IPCA), an organization dedicated to the cataloging and neutralizing of paranormal creatures. After a mysterious entity begins killing paranormals around the world, Evie discovers some startling truths about her own identity. This is a fast-paced, entertaining debut, reminiscent of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series in its story of a seemingly normal girl coerced to work for a supernatural agenda that she doesn’t always understand. White creates compelling tension as Evie longs for a normal teenhood while trying to preserve the humanity she has always believed to be her birthright; a love triangle adds further conflict, as Evie must choose between not only two different interests but two starkly different destinies. Alternately funny and tragic but never maudlin, White’s debut will have broad appeal among fantasy fans. Grades 9-12. --Kara DeanSee all Editorial Reviews
In good shape but there was a dead spider inside the first page of the book which I did not like , but besides that it's good.Published 1 month ago by Lorna Gonzalez
Evie was in the hands of IPCA when they found her. She has the gift to see paranormals for what they truly are, so she was of good use. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Belle's Beastly Book Blog
I love this Trilogy! I have read the first book twice and even got my sister to read it too! At first I thought that it was just a single book and not a trilogy but when i found... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Samantha
Ugh who knew it was a series? Really wish books ended these days. ..........lol how many books are there in this series?Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
Such a good read it emotionally hurts. I'm super attached to the characters now.Published 3 months ago by Michelle Carrell
I'm in love with this book ! I have reread it 1000 of times . It's a great book for teens(:Published 4 months ago by tina boehmer
This was a fun quick read with an interesting paranormal concept at its heart. Evelyn is a 'human' who can see through paranormal's glamours, and as such she's a top notch agent... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Akaussie
This book made me tear up a little I loved it and I am looking forward to the 2nd book.Published 5 months ago by Marissa Provo
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Story: This novel was about a young girl named Evie, who works for IPCA. Read more