Released: January 6th, 2011
Grade rating: A
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.
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.