Saturday, August 7, 2010

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White.
Publisher: HarperTeen.
Pages: 352.
Release Date: August 31, 2010.
Sixteen-year-old Evie's job is bagging and tagging paranormals. Possessing the strange ability to see through their glamours, she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency. But when someone--or something--starts taking out the vamps, werewolves, and other odd beasties she's worked hard to help become productive members of society, she's got to figure it out before they all disappear and the world becomes utterly normal.

Normal is so overrated.

Paranormalcy is one of the most unique young adult novels I’ve read. The cover has a strong feel of such seriousness, but oddly enough, the actual story does not. I’ve never read a book that had such a strong balance of dark and light, but I liked it. A lot.

Throughout the novel, Evie is struggling to discover who and what she really is. I know what you’re thinking- this is basically the plot of a large number of other paranormal YA books out there today. But where it differs is Evie’s hilarious, bubbly attitude. It sprinkles the book with humor and lightheartedness, making me laugh and smile amidst the serious story underneath.

I’m a huge fan of her relationship with Lend, the mysterious shape-shifting boy with a watery body. Their friendship started off like a normal teenaged relationship, something I think Kiersten White nailed. We were only in Evie’s head, but instead of being mature and reasonable about her crush on Lend, she often spazzed. Which is what teenagers do. (At least, I was a complete teenage spazz, but maybe that's just me) I think a lot of authors forget about that sometimes.

Overall, I really enjoyed Paranormalcy. I definitely recommend it to all paranormal fans. A suspenseful mystery, cute boys made of water, gorgeous and potentially dangerous faeries, every paranormal creature on the spectrum, and humor … are you convinced yet?

8 comments:

  1. I'm really looking forward to this, and the fact that you said it's unique has made me even more excited!

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  2. I was really surprised to hear that Paranormalcy's a light-hearted read. All this time I thought it would be a really intense, serious read. Looks really can be deceiving. Thanks for the review! :)

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  3. i feel like its kind of self-depracating in a way. i dont know, i havent read it.

    whats a watery body? like, hes the blue dude from WATCHMEN? haha.

    great review :))

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  4. I really can't wait to read Paranormalcy!! :)

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  5. Evie sounds like an awesome protagonist! Wonderful review :)

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  6. im so reading this im going to the library or or book store and geting it loved your review

    -evelynn

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