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Paranormalcy Paperback – July 26, 2011
Against the backdrop of an ancient battle between the forces of Light and the forces of Darkness, Aidan struggles to control the newly awakened and enigmatic powers that seem to be his only hope for rescuing Ava, his little sister, trapped somewhere beyond the Veil. Paperback | Kindle book | See more for Teen and Young Adult readers
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REVIEW: Evie's pretty normal, yep, a normal sixteen year old. She likes pink, her weekly dose of television teen drama and shopping. It doesn't really matter that she works and lives within the confines of the International Paranormal Containment Agency, or that she is the only one on the planet that can see through a paranormals' glamour, she's still normal, an average human teenager, who just likes to name her weapons and paint them pink. Nothing strange about that.
On a routine bag and tag of a vampire Evie comes back to head quarters to find that her boss and stand-in mother wannabe, Raquel is not exactly Raquel anymore. She's someone wearing Raquel's face. A quick zap with her taser and situation handled...or is it? As more is revealed about the skin-changing stranger, Evie begins to realize that there is more to him than meets the eye, and she just might be at the center of all the controversy that is ranging throughout the paranormal world.
Great world building. Excellent character development. Touching romance. Heart-warming friend bonding. Heart-string pulling death and destruction. Skin-tingling evil behavior by the antagonist. Hair-pulling inner conflict... the list goes on.Read more ›
There's a big secret. One that Evie, the heroine, doesn't even know.
There's Lend, the mysterious boy with a strange shapeshifting power. He isn't even sure what he is and Evie, with her years of experience with paranormal creatures is just as stumped by him.
There's Reth, short for Lorethen, the scary beautiful Fairy with an unfortunate obsession for Evie.
There's Lish, a mermaid and Evie's best friend and there's the IPCA itself, International Paranormal Containment Agency, whose secrets run deeper than Evie ever imagined.
But for me the fly in the ointment is the way the story is told. Told being the key word. The reader is told that Reth is creepy, told that Evie is unhappy with her life, told that she has a crush on someone and told about her close friendships with a couple of IPCA employees. So, when something big and awful happens to someone Evie cares about, it's hard for me to really care. Not that I relish books that leave me weepy and disturbed, but there wasn't enough character development for me to be invested (and then heartbroken) about the person who died.
I couldn't help comparing it to the pivotal death scene in the Hunger Games. I listened to that book at the gym and when a certain character (I can't say her name without ruining that book for others) died, I wept. I had to walk away from the weight equipment area and mop up in the sweaty bathroom.
The same with the death that occurs in the fifth Harry Potter, the second Vampire Academy, I could go on, but I think I've made my point. There isn't enough to get worked up about if the audience can't connect.Read more ›
Evie is just so cool - I want to be her friend, or better yet, BE her. It's so refreshing to have a heroine with personality, strength and SELF-RESPECT - something that's really lacking in a lot of young adult romances these days *cough* Twilight *cough*. And Tasey - Evie's pink, bejeweled taser - is the best named weapon in any book I've read, bar none.
I also really appreciated the originality of Paranormalcy's preternatural creatures and world-building. The author relies on a lot of traditional folklore - i.e. her fairies are either in the "Seelie" or "Unseelie" camp, vampires are bloodsuckers who use glamours to lure their prey, etc., but Evie's ability to see through these creatures' glamours to their true form allows us to see them in a different light.
And Lent - what a unique paranormal. That's one way to never get bored with a boyfriend - Lent can take on the form of any human he sees, kind of like Mystique from X-Men. But his original form is like nothing I've ever read about.
More importantly, though, his character is completely lovable. The flirting between Evie and Lent and budding romance is just so genuine and sweet - you can't help but fall in love with the both of them.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention how laugh-out-loud funny this book is. Between Tasey, Evie's mermaid BFF (who speaks through a computer, since she's underwater), and Evie's infectious narration, this is a book you need to read in the privacy of your home, unless you want to be caught giggling like a loon. Five stars.
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Sassy and lonely Evie is the star of this story where she is a government agent that helps regulate and register paranormals. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Cannon mw
Keeps you wanting more!! If you're interested in reading my complete review you can find it here:... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Loved, loved, loved the book! Couldn't put it down. What a great story and Evie and all the other characters are amazing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gail Hodges
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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 6 months ago by Kindle Customer