Sunday, September 18, 2011

Review: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Publisher: HarperTeen (August 31, 2010)
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages (Hardback): 335
Series: Paranormalcy (Book 1)
Read Next: Supernaturally
Source: Library
ISBN-13: 9780061985843
Genre: Paranormal

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.



Kiersten White writes in such an easy voice that it is very easy to construct the idea of Evie. Journalistic in its writing, we accompany Evie through the trials of a confused teenage girl; eager for all her teenage life but never understanding the truth. White creatively uses other characters, like Reth and Fehl, to weave together a story that twists, turns, and leaves you begging to know the truth.


Gripping and easy to read this book is a fantastic read. The connection in this book can easily be achieved and maintained through the simplicity of the voice that is used to develop Evie as a character. She is the first thing that really manages to capture your attention; with the story told from her perspective, we have a unique look at the way the world is seen through a special individuals eyes.

And what an interesting world it is to see. This book provides such a collection of interesting paranormal beings in one setting that it pulls in a sense of all the glamor and magic that could be surrounding us everyday. This book also offers unique paranormals that, even in my wildest fantasy readings, have never encountered. From the huldras to the interesting depictions of elementals such as Cressada and even the concept behind Evie herself, Kiersten White has added her individual interpretations of each of these beings to create a beautiful and unprecedented magical world.

Each character has a well defined life in the existence of this paranormal world and the journey Evie ends up on to unravel her own mystery is deep and thoughtful. Connected to faery tales and simple paranormals, this book excites us through its adventures, its confusions, its creatures, and its mysteries. Expertly crafted and a great recommendation for young adult paranormal fans!

Rating out of 5:

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