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September 6, 2011

Review: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

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Series: Paranormalcy 1
Format: Hardback
Release Date: August 31, 2010
Source: Library
Genre: YA
Purchase Link: Amazon

Evie's always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, 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 Evie's about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.

I got this book because of all the raves that I've read from fellow bloggers and since I'm a consummate reader, I decided to give it a go and find out for myself what all the fuss is about.

It is true that this new series is refreshing amidst it's contemporaries. The heroine Evie, is an agent of the International Paranormal Containment Agency (IPAC), protecting humans and ensuring that all paranormal creatures are listed in the Agency. What Evie doesn't know is that she's a paranormal being herself.
Paranormal creatures were categorized according to several factors: level of power, how common they were, how dangerous they were and how much was known about them. Vamps were a two. Lish (a mermaid) was a four. Faeries were a six. Evie was a seven of unknown origin, mortal form, protected, in use and under observation.
So for a change we don't have a helpless human caught in the middle of a preternatural creature tug-of-war, Evie is actually another being entirely created by the Seelie's to counter the Unseelie race's similar creation, Vivian. From what is revealed in the book, they are soul suckers and though they have their own souls, the souls of other beings help prolong their lives.

Essentially this is Fae themed fiction. There are mentions of other creatures here and there but Evie and her charming princes, Reth and Lend, are of the fae folk as well. Reth is a seelie while Lend is a half breed, part human, part water nymph. Reth reminds me a little of V'lane (Fever Series) with his secrets and cunning ability to get what he wants without making himself vulnerable.

Lend is also another breath of fresh air or water that is with his mom being a water nymph. Lend is a shifter having the ability to copy another person, he is the quintessential ideal guy with good looks and matching personality. No surprise why Evie is so into him after her disastrous affair with Reth.

Overall this is a 3 out of five star and a good break from all those Emo-themed series with it's heavy dramatics and against all odds love story. The story is light and we have Faeries for a change which is probably why a lot of people have taken an interest on the series.

On the other hand I think I will hold off a little with the sequel, Supernaturally. Based on previous reviews it's not as good as its predecessor, however we all know that book reviews are just the reader's humble opinion, I might be the exception and end up liking it.


2 comments:

  1. I requested this book from the library two days ago. I am with you, I have heard such great things about it. It is good that you at least liked it. I love a good Fae book and this sounds unique. Great review hon, thank you :)

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  2. read this one after Torment or Passion, it'll take the bitter taste of extreme drama off your "taste buds"

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