Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy #1) by Kiersten White
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books (UK)
Released: January 6th 2011
My Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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. (from Goodreads)
Paranormalcy starts off with Evie, an employee like no other of the International Paranormal Containment Agency (IPCA), finding and tagging a vampire called Steve. Evie’s used to missions like this; vampires, werewolves and even disgusting hags – she’s seen it all. But then Evie meets Lend, a newly captured paranormal unlike anything she’s ever come across. And Lend knows things about Evie that she doesn’t even know herself. Together, Lend and Evie begin to unravel the secrets behind paranormals and Evie’s own identity.
Paranormalcy was unlike any other paranormal/supernatural book I’ve ever read. This is for several reasons: 1) The first page was hilarious. The very first page. I read it once and just knew I would love this book and all the characters in it. That brings me to 2) Evie was awesome. She’s probably one of my favourite female characters since Mae from The Demon’s Lexicon series. She was laugh out loud funny, quirky – with her love of pink stretching far enough to have a pink, rhinestone covered taser called “Tasey” (somewhat contrasting with her strong and independent character), and last of all, she was smart. She worked out that Lend could be an asset from early on, and just went with it. No listening to IPCA commands, no protocol. She just did what she believed was right and I kind of admired her for that.
Now let’s move on to reason 3) I loved the relationship between Lend and Evie. Finally, what I’ve been waiting for! No rushed strangers-to-lovers antics going on here. Their relationship progressed at a steady pace; they started off curious about each other, then became friends and then took little steps forward before moving into new territory. I’ve been really fed up of reading about a couple who have literally known each other about a week and the L word has already been exchanged. Most teenagers don’t work like that. So reading Paranormalcy was just so refreshing. I loved it! I loved reading about how their relationship developed, and picking up the hints Kirsten White left us about Lend’s feelings towards Evie. It was great to see some normality amongst or the abnormality (you could have going to prom and fighting an unstable faerie all in the same scene), and the relationship between Lend and Evie was one of my favourite parts of the book.
Reason 4) Reth. Wow. I don’t even know where to start. He confused the hell out of me. I could never figure out what his motives were! Did he like Evie? Was he just using her for something? And what exactly was he hiding? All I can say is this faerie certainly made the book interesting. His character was a bit unbalanced to be honest, but he definitely had some sort of plan. And even though part of what he was doing was revealed in the end, I’m still thinking...whaaa? I’m hoping we’ll see a lot more of him in the next book. He’s got some serious explaining to do.
Overall, all the characters in Paranormalcy were brilliant and were important in some way. I found myself feeling sorry for Vivian despite the fact she was clearly insane, and I loved Lish (she was a mermaid! In an aquarium!). I also liked meeting Lend’s family (his mum was too cool. She had the whole speaking in riddles thing going on, because of course, the coolest paranormals never give you a straight answer). I also enjoyed the way the plot unfolded, with Evie desperate to discover who and what she was. You could really feel her struggle, and I felt like I could actually see what was going on in her mind.
In conclusion, Paranormalcy has been one of best books I’ve reviewed, and the sequel, Supernaturally, is already on my wishlist.