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Paranormalcy Paperback – July 26, 2011
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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a fun book. I love a girl with a pink taser who needs to save the world but wants to go to high school. Clean read.Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
Good morning everyone! I just recently finished “Paranormalcy” by Kiersten White. This is the first book in the paranormalcy trilogy. It was an alright book but nothing to special. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Adria
I absolutely loved it. I'm on my dads account because mine won't work, but it was incredible! I hope everyone will get to read this. I have read this book at least 3 times! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brian Macy
I enjoyed this story but we are left with more questions than answers. Not quite sure what happened and why Vivian was killing paranormals to survive. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
I liked evie. All the characters were good if you follow fearie lite this is right up your alley. A quick read, but I look forward to the next one.Published 4 months ago by Jill Smith
I absolutely love this author so, so much. She writes some of the wittiest, strongest female characters -- Evie's inner dialogue was hilariously real. Read morePublished 4 months ago by A Page With A View
“You're under arrest under statue three point seven of the International Paranormal Containment Agreement, Vampire Protocol. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Shera (Book Whispers)