Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
I thought I’d had my fill of paranormal books for teens. The last few I had tried were duds, given up only part way through. Then I started hearing a buzz about Paranormalcy and I took one look at that divine cover and just had to read it. Am I ever glad I did!
Evie has worked for the IPCA (International Paranormal Containment Agency) since she was eight. She has a unique talent that no one has ever seen before, she can see through the glamours that paranormals put up to hide themselves from view. When she looks at a gorgeous vampire, she sees the dead person beneath. When she looks at a werewolf in human form, she sees the wolf eyes. So she works as a paranormal hunter, tracking down rogue paranormals and containing them. But now something is killing the paranormals and Evie has begun to have strange dreams that seem connected. Plus her ex-boyfriend, a faerie named Reth, is trying to kidnap her and no one is taking him seriously. Evie’s dull life of monster hunting is about to change, and it just may be all her fault!
White writes with a wonderful bite of sarcasm, a gift for description, and an ability to show emotion without telling it. She has managed to take an over-extended genre and make it feel new and fresh. A large part of that is the unique perspective of Evie herself, a character who is awed by the normal from being surrounded by the paranormal. She is an innocent in our world, taking her own amazing world for granted. She’s a great character to view the paranormal through. Evie is a very strong female character. She’s a monster hunter, a rule breaker, and someone who can use her brains to get out of a lot of scrapes. She’s one tough girl.
There is plenty of romance in the story too. The romance scenes in the book are sensual and tender without going too far. White has created an amazing boyfriend for Evie combined with a very interesting ex-boyfriend. Add this sizzling romance to the adventure and action and you have a book that is impossible to put down.
The cover of this book will sell it right off of your shelves, but if Twilight fans are looking for the next great fantasy read, get this in their hands. Thanks to the strong female lead, I’d also hand it to Hunger Games readers. Appropriate for ages 13-15.
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