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Paranormalcy Hardcover – August 31, 2010
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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 Dean
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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.
Evellyn, Evie-for short, was an orphan found wandering around in a park at the age of three and whisked off to the International Paranormal Containment Agency (IPCA). It is there that it is discovered she can see through the glamour of every type of paranormal creature. She is then put to the IPCA’s use, tracking, tagging, and bagging all sorts of paranormals.
When the center is broken into by a mysterious Water Boy, it is then that Evie discovers she’s not quite the normal human she thought she was. Why the secrecy of her heritage and the intense behavior of her faerie ex-boyfriend? Only Evie has the power and resources to help try and protect those around her and those she was trained to track down.
This is a fantastically spun faerie-tale for young adults (and those of us that aren’t quite that young anymore). Evie is a 16 year old teenager that is employed by a paranormal agency because sees paranormal beings for what they really are and not what they portray on the outside for mortals to see. She longs for a normal life but knows very well that fantasy can't become a reality; Or can it? She spends most of the book trying to figure out who or what is gunning for paranormals across the globe and finds out more than she expects.
I was really surprised by this novel. I wouldn't have picked it up just from the synopsis had I not received the third in the series free. I ended up really enjoying it. The story takes place in our world, except there is an organization (the IPCA) that internationally takes care of any Paranormal problems. It is like a paranormal Men In Black, except the protagonist is a 16 year old girl with the ability to see through the Paranormals' glamour to their true selves. This book reminded me of an old tv series on the Disney Channel when I was growing up, So Weird. Each week the teenage Fiona would come across some crazy paranormal being while traveling the world on a tour bus with her mother's band.
White put an interesting spin on a lot of the well known paranormals. For example, the fairies don't have wings and are so creepy. I liked the use of bread and iron as deterrents as well.
At times I thought the teen angst overpowered pressing situations. Although, it may be understandable considering how much Evie wants to be just a normal teenage girl in high school with a boyfriend and an awesome locker.
Each character in this novel was well written. They all had their own subtleties. One character has very descriptive sighs. A mermaid's translator turns all curse words to bleeps. Evie is completely obsessed with a popular teen drama. Another character sketches well.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and will continue reading the series. I give this book a 4/5. I recommend it to anyone interested in paranormal beings with a bit of teen girl drama. It reminds me of the Wake series by Lisa McMann.
The story was a fun read. That is the basics of this first book. The first half of the book was great with good character building I was really starting to enjoy Evie and her love for everything "normal" however, there were some flaws. Evie begins to realize that everything is not what it seems with her and the agency she works for but when she questions her supervisor and doesn't get any answers she just pouts and goes to her room. Evie doesn't do any investigating into her agency even with it being possible for her to do so since she has high clearance. The fairies are also extremely vague (which isn't a huge surprise since they always are) but the whole story starts to feel like a snake pit of secrets that you couldn't possibly make heads or tales of. Also really loved the shape shifter but he went from possible rebel fighter to a misbehaving kid whose dad was the rebel but still didn't have any answers. The second half just takes a weird plummet. We went from a good build up and some pretty intense stuff to alright we are just going to go to high school and act like there isn't some crazy supernatural out to kill us.
Basically the concept was unique and started off well but the writing started to get cliche. Never thought I would say this but if any book could use some more Info and filler it would be this one. I don't know if I will continue the series I might pick it up again later but I did finish this book in a day so it did have some appeal.
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