Monday, 24 January 2011

Review: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Paperback
Released: January 6th, 2011
Grade rating: A

Amazon summary:

Sixteen-year-old Evie has always taken comfort in the fact that she is normal, even though her best friend is a mermaid and her ex-boyfriend is a lunatic – and a faery. In a world where paranormals are monitored and controlled, Evie works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency because of her unique ability to see through glamours. But someone – or something – starts killing vampires, werewolves and other paranormals, and Evie must figure out what’s happening before they all disappear.


I LOVED this book. I really did. In fact, I loved it so much that I've been thinking about it for four days. I've read a couple of other books since I finished it, and each time I found my thoughts wandering back to Evie, Reth and Lend. I can't help it: this book has stolen my paranormal-loving heart!

Before reading it, I had no idea it was so heavy on the faeries. I knew there was a faery guy in it, but I thought he'd just be a fleeting character used to stir up some romantic trouble between Evie and mysterious new arrival Lend. I have been seriously faerie obsessed over the last couple of months, and I'm sure that's one of the reasons why Paranormalcy is my new favourite read. Reth, the faery man in question, and the Faery Realm feature quite prominently, and I could not get enough. Seriously, I thought my birthday had come early, bringing with it a fun book featuring all my favourite paranormals in one place!

Evie works for the IPCA - International Paranormal Containment Agency. She bags and tags paranormals (werewolves, shapeshifters, vampires, etc.), before they're then retrieved and protected from people who would otherwise kill them. By protected, I mean that some of them end up working for the IPCA, much to their horror. It's a clever set-up and one that, while not entirely original, had me turning the pages at lightning-quick speed.

Evie herself is what I would describe as a bouncy character: she's fun, quippy and like a small ball of paranormal-hunting sunshine. She also has an air of Buffy Summers about her which, y'know, makes her automatically awesome. It was her dialogue that reminded me of the one and only legendary slayer, and I'd bet money on Kiersten White being a fan of the show (Are you, Kiersten? Please let me know!). While being a well-written, believable protagonist, Evie did have an unbelievably annoying trait: using the word 'bleep' in place of swearing. It irritated me so much, and every time I saw it I just wanted to swear myself. I eventually got used to it, but it wasn't my favourite part of the book. Of course, I blame Lish, Evie's best friend, for starting that particular habit. Those darn mermaids!

The two main men in Evie's life, Reth the faery and Lend the new boy at IPCA, are both brilliantly addictive characters. I'd happily run away with either of them, though I think Reth just wins in the attractive stakes. It's the faery thing; what can I say, I did warn you! Lend is mysterious and sweet, while Reth is basically a jackass. But a strangely endearing jackass, obviously. He's no good for Evie, but oh how I wanted them to engage in some after-hours forbidden smooching. I willed it to happen, but it never did. *cries*

Paranormalcy went in a direction I never expected it to, and I loved every minute of it. Strong characters, a world of paranormals and an exciting yet surprising plot had me utterly hooked, and I can't wait to read the sequel, Supernaturally. As far as I'm concerned, publication day can't come soon enough.


The Slowest Bookworm said...

I bought this one just after Christmas. I had no idea it had faeries in it. Maybe I live under a rock lol.

I'm glad you enjoyed it. Looking forward to starting it myself soon.

Best wishes x

Lori said...

I LOVED this book also! It was such a breath of fresh air! It was funny without being fluffy and it was really original! I can't wait for the next one! Awesome review!

Katie said...

I also LOVED this book. Seldom to I actually laugh out loud while reading, but this book was soo funny and cute. A must read! Great review!

Erin said...

This book was so fun and adorable. I can't wait to read the next one!

Ailsa said...

Paranormalcy has been on my radar for a while, and lots of people talk about it, but it's been a while since I've seen any reviews, so it was good to read yours! I'll hopefully get a copy soon, now it's out in the UK. The 'bleep' part would annoy me too, but I think that's one part of what sounds like a really good story.

Carla said...

I just KNEW you would love this book. I wasn;t as blown away like you were but we all know my feelings on faerie books, I still love the colour though and the stroyline was so freakin good.

Madigan McGillicuddy said...

I just finished reading this book, and I loved it!

SisterSpooky said...

i am very excited to read this one and I have you to thank for it really! TEAM JENNY!

Rachel said...

I am very much looking forward to reading this one - it sounds all kinds of fantastic! Great review :)

Steph Su said...

Agreed! I love how unexpectedly delightful this book was!

YA Vampire Books said...

Great review! I'm really looking forward to reading this book! Evie reminds you of Buffy?Sounds great to me!

Becky said...

I thought this was fab too. Completely fell for Lend. He was adorable. It really surprised me this book. I was expecting the usual paranormal activity (excuse the pun) but what I got was a much deeper exploration of civil rights all be it through paranormal means. So yay! said...

I was *willing* hard for some of that smooching, and like you I cried when it didnt happen. Here's to hoping there is some in the sequel *raises glass*