this book has been on my reading list for years and I finally got to tick it off, thanks to the numerous book challenges I’m doing this year.
Author: Kiersten White
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Fiction
Published In: August 31st 2010
Paranormalcy is the first book of the Paranormalcy book series. Supernaturally and Endlessly are book 2 and 3.
Eveline’s job has been defined since she’s 8 years old: she has to detect paranormal creatures and tag them for the organisation IPCA (International Paranormal Containment Agency). Evie has a power that sees through the glamour of the creatures, which makes her very valueable, yet still human. When a new creature, Lend, breaks into the institute and shows Evie that she maybe is a paranormal too and a rare one to say, the girl’s world as she’s known it starts to slide away.
It’s Young Adult after all, so I shouldn’t be surprised of the rather obvious plot and its developement. Yet I enjoyed the story and its characters since the approach of paranormal creatures has been a little different with them getting tagged and not necessarily being killed.
The main character Evelyn starts out as a sympathetic person with a lot of humor, yet becomes annoying when she finds a boy to obsess with. I’d call it a typical Young Adult novel move. The main characters start out to be obsessed with her best friends and boyfriends although they won’t appear a lot or have a lot of backstory. That is why it is so hard for me to take this love for (boy)friends to unserious, because I can’t really read out why the main character likes them so much. Also, Lend, that supernatural rare creature, seems so smooth that it’s unreal – time to call the Gary Stu institute, because one of their occupants escaped.
It would not be a Young Adult romance without another guy being the opponent to Lend. I present to you fairy Reth, the guy who constantly tries to supernaturally rape her. FUN! Not. Obviously written, Evie and Reth have a past no one really seems to understand under the circumstances Reth is being descriped, constantly appearing in Evie’s room through fairy magic transports and dragging her into his realm. Not to forget that at some point he constantly tries to touch her, saying he needs to fulfill her for her to be complete. Eeeeer okay dude, off to fairy prison. Reth makes the whole story so uncomfortable, it’s annoying. He always says he got a reason for all the touching and fullfulling but hey, better not tell the reader yet because you want to keep up this wicked love triangle no one wants to see.
Last but not least is to mention that there is going to be a character who seems to set the theme around the three books, hinting the origin of Evie and her supernatural being. What is Evie’s destiny going to be? Less cringy I hope.
This story also is read to be as a basis for another two novels as I’ve researched it. You can feel it since secrets are being hinted, but mostly not revealed. “Evil” characters start out to stay mysterious and make you question their loyalty and grounds they are walking in. I guess the real deal will be revealed in later books.
Kiersten White’s writing style is a typical Young Adult one – easy and not hard to understand, with loads of humor and references.
I give Paranormalcy by Kiersten White 3 out of 5 stars since it has been fun and quick to read, although the story isn’t really the most original one. It’s probably the most perfect to read after a heavier book, to ease your mind a bit.
|Covers are from Goodreads|