Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

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.

Evie has to be one of the most likeable characters in the weird world of paranormals that I've ever met.  She is funny even if she thinks she isn't, especially with the comments she makes to herself in her head.  She's smart, smarter than the people she works for who trust faeries to work for them.  She used to be in love with one, but now she knows he's trying to use her for something.  Something not good.  But no one will listen.  She's lived most of her life in the cold sterile environment of the IPAC where she goes out and tags and bags paranormals because she has an unusual talent of being able to see through the glamour of paranormals to their true selves.  She's able to identify the bad guys.
Then something she's never seen enters IPAC.  Actually, he breaks in.  And she captures him.  With her pink bedazzled taser she named Tasey.  And that's when life turns upside down for her.  He tells her more about the thing killing paranormals and about life outside IPAC.  She gets excited about lockers and driver's license.  It all seems so unreal to her.  Paranormals seem normal to her.  Then her world is turned upside down and she gets to experience all these things for the first time.  She can't go back to IPAC, she doesn't have a family, so where can she go?  And all the things she's learning about IPAC, the bad things they do, true?  What did she really know about them?  Can she trust her knew friends and will she bring the thing that's killing paranormals to her doorstep?
I read this in one night.  It was so engrossing.  It started off light and easy and progressively got more complex, with trying to figure out who this thing was that was killing paranormals was and what the prophecy was trying to say.  Reth the faery that kept touching her and filling her with fire was increasingly scary showing once again that faeries aren't to be trusted.  Their is no sense of trust at IPAC.  Evie is only given information on a need to know basis.  And she always wants to know more.  The story is told from her point of view and she really does have a great sense of humor which lightens tough situations.  She grows from just accepting her life to wanting more, wanting school and a family and a boyfriend, a locker and a driver's license.  She wants to be a normal teen.  I think there will be a sequel.  The writing was seamless and all the characters where easy to understand.  I loved Evie and Lend. (I know I didn't mention him.  Read the book).  I don't trust IPAC or Raquel.  But we'll see.  I hope Evie gets to have a normal life.
I definitely recommend this book for any middle schooler on up.  Swear words are 'bleep" and there is no sex.  Such a great book by a first time author!  I just loved it!
Heather in Sandwich

1 comment:

  1. Brilliant review! I'm reading this now, and I'm loving it :)


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