Monday, September 5, 2011

Review: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy, #1)
by Kiersten White 

Genre: Paranormal
Reading Grade: Young Adult
Publishing Type: traditional
Publication Date: August 31, 2010
Source: local library
Age Rating: 12+

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

This is an entertaining little story. I read it really fast because it sucked me right in. The main character and narrator, Evie, is hilarious, and she comes off as a very believable teenager. I think the YA voice is done perfectly in this novel. She and Lend had some very witty dialogue together that made me chuckle out loud many times. Teenagers … <rolls eyes>

The story struck a nice balance between humor and seriousness, something I think is very difficult to do, so go Kiersten White! She is a fabulous story-teller and her writing is superb. The characters are charming and mysterious, making it truly a delight to read. I also noticed that there is no profanity in this book at all. Just the word “bleep” several times. Literally. And, the middle finger gesture seeped in a couple of times, but how offensive is that if you're just reading about it being done? <shrugs>

(So, moms, don't worry about your kids reading this one. It's pretty safe for preteens.)

Fans of paranormal fantasy fiction featuring the staple characters—vampires, werewolves, faeries, etc.—and those who would love a cute, hilarious story with an original premise will get a kick out of this one.

My score: 4 out of 5 stars.


  1. I'm listening to the audiobook of this one right now - about 45 minutes left - and you're absolutely right about the humor and the way it sucks you in.

    Am enjoying the contrast between Evie's hilarious narrative and the dark, creepy parts of the story. Fun!

  2. @BJ - Yes! It's really funny and balanced well with the serious stuff. Can't wait to read YOUR review of this book!


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