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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Title: Paranormalcy
Author: Kiersten White
Age Group: Teens
# of Pages: 352
My Rating: 4.5/5

Evie deals with paranormals everyday as part of her job. She tracks down and locks up creatures that cause trouble around the world. However, when they all start dying mysteriously, it gets the IPCA (International Paranormal Containment Agency) worked up. Somehow, it links to Evie. What is a girl to do when her life is far from normal as it is where she must deal with a killer suave faerie, an adorable shapeshifter, and a maniac on the loose?

I must say, lately the paranormal stories that I have been reading are starting to impress me more and more. I am finally seeing a lot more diversity in character set, storyline, and atmosphere. To start off, Paranormalcy have a lively protagonist who never had a normal life. It is interesting to see a girl so excited over the idea of lockers because she never went to school. But it's great to see that she is not completely cut off from the world where she would have an awkward personality.

My favourite character would have to be Reth, Evie's ex-boyfriend (I honestly can't really consider him that with the sort of relationship they had), who is a faerie. He is the first faerie I actually like after a year or so. I remember reading a couple of novels on faeries where I was dragging myself through them because I was not impressed. Reth has that unique persona in which I would like to describe it as "the devil with a beautiful mask on". He himself adds to the novel for sure.

Paranormalcy has that new kick for its genre. It has characters you will love and a plot that will engross you. I think personally the cover depicts the novel to be grimmer than it actually is. Other than that, I think fans of Other by Karen Kincy and paranormal would love this book.

Review copy provided by HarperCollins Canada.

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linaramz said...

I've been really looking forward to reading this one! Thanks for the great review!

Book Monster said...

I was reading another review of this book by someone else today. I accidentally called Reth Ren,lol. I love Reth as well :) Great review XD