Paranormalcy Review

Thursday, September 9, 2010


Weird as it is working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, Evie's always thought of herself as normal. Sure, her best friend is a mermaid, 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 still. Normal.

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.
Taken from GoodReads.

Paranormalcy follows the story of teenage Evie, a pink-loving, ass-kicking, blonde girl that lives and works for the IPCA. One of a kind, Evie can see through any paranormal's glamours, which makes her an asset to the IPCA in the field. She bags and tags the paranormals, brings them in, neuters neutralizes them, and continues to wish for a normal life - whatever that might be. When an unknown paranormal breaks into the IPCA after paranormals start dying off, Evie's IPCA life is thrown into a state of flux, but she's finding this new paranormal, the shape shifter everyone fears, makes her feel more normal than ever before.

If there is one book that had more than its fair share of hype surrounding its release this year, it's Paranormalcy. That usually makes me very wary because it's rare for me to find a book that lives up to the amount of hype surrounding it...but wow! Paranormalcy is a refreshing, fun, and action-filled adventure story with twists of the paranormal that defy the molds so many other books fit in today. Kiersten White has created a book with a lovable heroine that people can relate to because she's human, and her human personality gives us the heart of Paranormalcy

Now, I'm not even a fan of faeries, so why did I enjoy this book so much? Paranormalcy, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways...Lend (marry me?), pink, Tasey, conceited vampires, online shopping, intense sarcasm, werewolves, attitude, Reth (bad is oh-so good), "bleeeeeeeeeep!" Ok, but seriously? Paranormalcy is written from Evie's POV, and it's clear, girly, and really fun to read. The characters are well-rounded, the paranormals play on their stereotypes in clever ways, and it's a totally original take on the supernatural elements. Basically, it is some of the most quality writing I've seen in a while.

I give Paranormalcy a very clear 5 out 5. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves YA, especially those who love paranormal...actually, I'd recommend this to just about everyone looking for a fun, fast-paced read.

18 comments:

  1. argh! everyone is RAVING about this book! I'm not really a paranormal fan but it's screaming out to me.

    not even out in Australia yet...

    i love your review. very compelling and fun.

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  2. Great that it lived up to the hype, so many books don't. ANd the book does sound good

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  3. Ah! I'm so glad you liked it! It was so fun, and different from what I expected; like when you just start to get tired of your old favorite candy and then *boom* you discover a new one that is basically the same thing, but better. Ha.

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  4. I completely agree on your opinions about Lend and Reth ;) Haha. But seriously, this is an awesome book.

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  5. YAY so glad u enjoyed it! Lend is mine! lol :D

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  6. *sigh* Looks like this one is moved up on my wishlist! Yep... you made me want it more. :)

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  7. I'm so happy you enjoyed Parnormalcy! I finished it and my review is pretty much layered with just as much gushing as yours is. I loved the book so much and I couldn't agree more with your review.

    And I'm not all that big a fan of faeries either, but Reth is kind of amazing.

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  8. Yah!
    I gave it 5/5 too :)
    It's a hard book not to love :)

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  9. This books looks so good, and I'm so excited to get my hands on it ! Great review:)

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  10. Absolutely positively loved this book. I am still needing to write my review. But I agree with everything you said. Great review

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  11. Ooh fabulous review. I share your sentiments on books and hype, but this one so far seems to be getting great reviews all around, so will definitely invest in this one!

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  12. I'm really excited for this one mainly because Evie's voice seems so awesome. She sounds like a great protagonist. Thanks for your awesome review! :)

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  13. Thanks for your awesome review! Paranormalcy sounds like a great read, and the cover is so gorgeous!

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  14. "action-filled adventure with twists of the paranormal that defy the molds so many other books fit in today."

    ^This describes the Paranormalcy so perfectly. It was such a fun book, and felt totally fresh despite all the paranormal books coming out lately. Loved your review!

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  15. Haha, great review! I liked Paranormalcy, too.

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  16. Awesome! I am so happy you enjoyed this one! It's on my list too and I can't wait to read it now!! (I couldn't wait beforehand, but now I'm really wanting to just pick it up and read it!) :)

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  17. Yay! I am soooo looking forward to reading this one! :) Fab review! :)

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