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Review: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Title: Paranormalcy
Author: Kiersten White
Series: Paranormalcy, #1
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: HarperTeen (Imprint of HarperCollins)
Date Published: August 31st, 2010
Edition: Hardcover

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.

My Review:

I wasn’t sure what to expect going into Paranormalcy. Going into it, I’ll be completely honest that I just had this feeling that it would be one of those books that everyone loves but me. I don’t know why really, but for some reason I felt like that. But thankfully I was very wrong and enjoyed Paranormalcy very much.

The biggest thing I loved about this book was Evie. She is just this absolutely sweet, somewhat innocent, bubbly person that you just can’t help but love. Her character is one of my favorite females I’ve read about in a long time. There were multiple times where I expected her (per typical YA heroine) to lie and keep secrets, but then she wouldn’t. She would be completely honest with the people that mattered and that made me respect her immensely.

I also loved Lend as well. He is just perfect for Evie and together they were just a fantastic couple. He was very genuine and loving towards Evie and I really enjoyed watching their relationship grow gradually from just friends into a couple. Their relationship was very well-written and wasn’t abrupt and unbelievable like some romances.

The world itself also was also very well-built and quite layered with many different types of creatures roaming around. It had great visuals and was descriptive enough where I could see everything very easily come to life.

The one thing I will say is that it ended just a little too easy for me. I’ll fully admit that when I finished the last 60 pages or so I was sitting in a very crowded Secretary of State next to lots of sweaty people, about to pay a ton of money for renewing cars and my driver’s license and such. On top of that, after Secretary of State I had an appointment for the dentist as well. So, the setting I was reading in was not very relaxing and could have everything to do with why I feel that way about the ending.

Overall though this was a fantastic book in a wonderfully refreshing new world with characters I found myself easily loving. I’m actually kind of glad I was late on the bandwagon to read this, so I don’t have to wait very long to read Supernaturally!

4.5 Hearts
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13 Responses to Review: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

  1. Peggy says:

    I have heard good things about this one, but haven't had a chance to check it out yet. Good review!
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  2. Suzanne says:

    Great review, I keep seeing this around and as it is YA avoiding it! But it does sound quite interestiing.


  3. Missie says:

    I have that same feeling about Anna and the FK. I'm afraid I'll end up not liking it despite all the glowing reviews I've read for it.

    Glad you ended up liking it. I've heard Evie is a great character. I'll have to find out for myself, hopefully soon.
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  4. mariya says:

    When I read it I also thought I wouldn't end up liking and it surprised me! I love that locker scene with Lend and Evie wher eLend is teasing her about how the coolness of having a locker and driver's license..hehehe.

    I can't wait to read Supernaturally. I adore Lend =DDDDDD
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  5. therainhouse says:

    I found Paranormalcy ….okay… I didn't have that burning hunger to know what happened next like I did with Firelight and Angelfire..

    • I know what you mean. I think that's kind of because there wasn't a cliffhanger though, ya know? Mostly everything wrapped up. I mean sure there'll be other villains and such they have to deal with, but there weren't too many unsolved things going on. I think I'm most excited about reading Supernaturally because I really loved the characters in this book.
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      • therainhouse says:

        Yea… you described it perfectly. That's it, there was no major cliffhanger that made me itch for the next book.

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