Published by HarperTeen on August 31st 2010
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Discover the first book in a sparkling paranormal romance trilogy from Kiersten White, #1 New York Times bestselling author of And I Darken.
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 supernatural glamours.
She’s also about to find out that she may be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.
So much for normal.
I started Paranormalcy with high hopes and I’m glad to say that I wasn’t let down – not one bit! Paranormalcy was a cute, engaging, and unique YA book, with a fresh concept. When I get addicted to a good book, I’m up very late to finish it. Which is exactly what happened with Paranormalcy – I couldn’t put it down!
I’m a HUGE Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV fan, and therefore I think one of the reasons I loved Paranormalcy so much, was because I could drawn lines between the two. Midway through the Buffy TV series, we learned about a secret government sector called the Initiative, whose job was to monitor and exterminate lethal supernatural beings. Their commando-agents were responsible for bagging and tagging the various supernatural creatures they encountered, such as vampires, demons, and werewolves. In Paranormalcy, our heroine Evie works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency (ICPA) by ferreting out various supernaturals, and tagging them with trackers. In Paranormalcy, all supes are considered dangerous, and therefore are carefully monitored, and in some cases, put to work for the ICPA. I really enjoyed this aspect of the book, because besides Buffy, I’ve never read a story that features a government agency like this.
Evie is an orphan with an extremely unique paranormal ability, and has been with the ICPA for many years. Paired with the ability to see through any supernatural glamour. and a pink taser covered in rhinestones named Tasey, she’s one girl you don’t want to mess with.
Besides Evie, Paranormalcy has a handful of other strong characters. For instance, Lend *be still my heart* is a great male lead. Although he’s very guarded in the beginning, his character really opens up throughout the book. I loved seeing the teamwork between Evie and Lend. When I think of the two of them together, I think of ying and yang. At one point during the book, Lend’s mother says ”What a lovely balance. Lend shows whatever he wants the world to see and you see through whatever the world wants to show you”. I think that Kiersten White had a spurt of creativity genius when she decided what abilities Evie and Lend would have. Not only are they super-cute together, they also complement each other wonderfully.
Overall, Paranormalcy was a very enjoyable read. I was extremely entertained throughout the entire book. The pace is perfect and the story is full of action and great dialogue. All the characters leap right off the page, whether it be goofy and strong-willed Evie, cute and determined Lend, stern and motherly Raquel, or devilish and cunning Reth. With 5 stars, I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves urban fantasies with romance, action, and of course, paranormalcy.