Friday, November 19, 2010

Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy #1) by Kiersten White

Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy #1)
by Kiersten White

Evie has worked for the International Paranormal Containment Agency since they found her in the foster system at the age of 5. Why the interest in this girl? IPCA discovered that she can identify paranormals (seeing through hags, werewolves, vampires glamours). Evie is a normal teenage girl who loves the craziest outfits (love the pink boots), lives at the IPCA and if she is not out tagging and bagging paranormals, she is home-schooled in the facility.

There is something out there, lurking and causing the ever-growing number of paranormals turning up dead with no indication of how they died. Although this is all kept hush-hush from Evie at first, after she finds and contains an intruder Evie becomes more questioning of IPCA, their tactics and use of faeries. The intruder, a teenage boy named Lend, is also somewhat of a surprise – it is a paranormal that Evie (and IPCA) has never seen before. Under his glamour, Evie sees that his essence and real body is liquid, fluid (think Alex Mack from Nickelodeon). As the IPCA superiors become more entrenched with the masses of paranormals turning up dead, Evie spends time talking with Lend, ultimately leading her to question if she truly is a normal human girl with a special gift (like the IPCA has led her to believe) or is she herself a paranormal as well.

Throughout the story, Evie is also dealing with a faerie named Reth, whom she has been friends with since the time she came to IPCA, but is now stalking her and attempting to fill her with something – something that burns her and makes her glow gold in the area of her heart.

I thought this book was pretty cute, nicely paced, and was the kind of story you can’t put the book down until you finish it. Although there is somewhat of a cliff-hanger at the end, in the sense that not all of the questions the book brings up are answered yet, Kiersten does a fine job with the story. I enjoyed the blossoming friendship and romance between Evie and Lend, as well as Evie’s many many quirks.

Rating: 4/5 Stars.

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