Thursday, September 2, 2010
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
[description from goodreads]
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.
Don't let the cover fool you: Paranormalcy is not another dark, melodramatic paranormal novel. Unfortunately, the cover doesn't even hint at the humor, fun, and originality inside.
I was charmed by this book by page two-- including a taser in the opening chapter of any book will automatically make me fall in love. And the taser on page two wasn't even the best part! Even when Evie wasn't zapping paranormals, I was completely entertained. Her relationship with Potential Boy, Lend, was adorable and so innocent that it was refreshing to read-- I'm getting a bit tired of "epic" romances. The paranormal aspect of the book is also refreshing, as it is totally original-- I mean, have you ever read about a paranormal containment agency? Didn't think so. Two other fabulous things about this book: Evie and the funtimes plot. Evie is so cute, so fierce, and so funny-- three things that I hardly ever find in female YA protagonists. The plot is fast-paced and full of plenty of twists, which made it a blast to read.
The only thing I didn't really like about Paranormalcy is that I still have so many questions! Most of the things I want more of are spoiler-y, but I must mention that many aspects were not as developed as I would have liked. Maybe it's because the plot jumped around a bit and some people were absent for long periods of time, but there were a few things and people I wanted much more from.
I bleeping adore this book. It was such a refreshing read for me-- I love fun, and this book delivered plenty of it. If you like your reads a bit more epic and intense, you might not like this one as much, but if you're like me and need something purely fun and original every once and a while, I bet you'll at least like it.
Book details: HarperTeen/Hardcover/$16.99
Source: ARC for review, hardcover bought.