Kiersten White Paranormalcy
335 pp. HarperTeen. 2010 ISBN: 978-0-06-198584-3 $16.99
(From the publisher) “Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, 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 Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.
So much for normal.”
Paranormalcy, how much do I love you? Let me count the ways… First, I need to add on to Lisa McMann’s quote on the cover of the novel. McMann says “The most refreshing paranormal debut of the year.” I’d like to add on that this is the most refreshing paranormal fantasy period. There are have been so many paranormal stories out there, and yes many are excellent, but this one stands out. For example, Evie isn’t living in a regular neighborhood and meeting some vampire at school. Instead, she’s actually working for an agency that “bags and tags” paranormals, and she carries a pink taser that she so fondly calls “Tasey.” It’s nice to read a story like this with a fresh setting and perspective.
Second, being the character junkie that I am, I want to meet and hang out with Evie. She’s definitely tough, being able to take down werewolves and all, but she’s a pink-loving girly girl too. Evie’s been living at the agency for most of her life, so she’s missed out on the true school experience. She’s been living vicariously through her favorite teen drama. Evie’s lonely living at the agency and working all the time, and knowing how awesome she is makes me feel for her and want to hang out with her even more. I know that sounds goofy because she’s just a character in a book, but Kiersten White did a phenomenal job creating a character that’s so incredibly likeable.
Another plus to this story is the development of the plot. There are paranormals mysteriously dying, leaving Evie to try and figure out what’s going on. While this has the potential to make the story serious and intense, White maintains a lighter mood throughout these events. Evie keeps up with her witty comments and flirty side while still trying to solve the mystery. Again, it’s refreshing to read a plot that while mysterious, still has a light side. To add on to that element, each chapter ended with a cliff-hanger of sorts. I couldn’t just stop at a chapter like I normally do; I ended up spending most of my Sunday on the couch reading because I couldn’t put it down. I had to know what was going to happen to Evie and how the paranormals were dying.
This is a fast-pace novel that left me wanting more. I eagerly await for more novels by Kiersten White, with more about Evie! If you haven’ read this yet, you’re missing out on something great!