Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Title: Paranormalcy
Author: Kiersten White
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 978-0-00-739011-3
Pages: 335
Series: Paranormalcy #1
Type: Young Adult Paranormal
Source: Gift

Evie has always thought of herself as a normal girl with a paranormal life, after all her best friend is a mermaid, her ex is a faerie and the only thing unusual about her is the ability to see through paranormal's glamours. When a shapeshifter breaks into the compound where she lives, Evie's world begins to change. She starts to have dreams filled with haunting prophecies and paranormals begin to die under strange circumstances. But as her feelings for the shapeshifter grow, so do her doubts about who she is working for.

This is one of those books I've had recommended to me so many times I've actually lost count. I was excited to read it, but also a little worried that I might not like it. I really enjoyed the story and found it to be cleverly written with great world development. It begins with Evie making an arrest for her employers, the IPCA (International Paranormal Containment Agency) and is action packed from page one.

The world is populated with a huge variety of paranormals - vampires, werewolves, mermaids, faeries, nymphs, trolls, hags - basically anything and everything you can think of, plus a few more. There is no info dumping despite the depth of story and all the species are amazingly well developed.

Evie is a very likeable character with a lot of snark and a slightly weird dress sense. Given that she's been bounced through the foster system until she was 8 and then taken in by the IPCA she's well written and believable. Her mermaid best friend Lish is brilliant, especially the fact that she has a computer to speak for her which refuses to swear leading to lots of 'bleep' placement which in some ways is funnier than any swear word could ever be.

There is a hint of a love triangle in the book between Evie, her faerie ex Reth and the new shapeshifter Lend. I pretty much disliked Reth from the page he appeared - arrogant, stuck up and annoying. On the other hand Lend is sweet and funny, and helps Evie without even realising it.

All in all this was an amazing read and I can't wait for Supernaturally.

Plot: 10/10
Characters: 10/10
Ending: 10/10
Enjoyment: 10/10
Cover: 9/10

Overall: 49/50


  1. Now this sounds like a fun read. Thank you for the review.

  2. I just read this myself and really liked it. I adored Lend and thought all the scenes where he and Evie were flirting were too cute for words. I hated Reth, too and hope they don't go the love triangle route there. I think he works better as a villain.


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