Book Review: Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy #1) 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.

So much for normal.
This book was a fun read!  I like Evie a lot---I like her strength, voice and personality.  I sped through Paranormalcy in one sitting, something I love to do when I have the time.

I was surprised at the direction the book went, but I think it was perfectly done.  There is a love triangle here, and White leaves you guessing the whole time as to  which guy Evie will choose.  She also kept me guessing as to who the bad guys are.   Sometimes I like being in the know, and other times I like being in the dark right along with the heroine.  This was one of those other times---I enjoyed being shocked right along with Evie. 

I often find that I have a hard time liking the first book in a series.  First in a series books often feel slow and seem to drag on to me.  That was not the case here.  Paranormalcy starts off with lots of action and the fast pace continues until the end.  The ending sets up book two perfectly, without a huge cliffhanger.  It was just enough to leave me wanting more.  I'm really looking forward to Supernaturally (Paranormalcy #2), out next year! 

Just One Gripe: 
This book is not all fun and games---there are a couple of sad parts, which added emotional depth not always found in YA literature.

The Best Thing About This Book: 
White's characterization of Evie---she was perfect!

Appropriate for a younger audience: 

Characters: 4/5
Plot: 4/5
Setting/Imagery: 4/5
Originality: 4/5
Ending: 4/5
Total Score:  20/25


  1. Oh, I'm glad to see you enjoyed this one! I was surprised that I liked it so much haha I was afraid all the pink would get to me :)

    Great review!

  2. Evie sounds like fun! This one is one my wishlist and I've been hearing all good things. Can't wait to read it! :)

  3. Evie is perfect. Great review!

  4. I've been wanting to read this one so I'm glad to see you liked it. I'll definitely have to read it now :o)

  5. I can't wait to read this now! You said the magic words - love triangle.

  6. Really looking forward to reading this one! I didn't know this was going to be a series. Oh well, another series added on my tbr pile. Thanks for the review!

  7. Great review! Can't wait for my copy to arrive :D

  8. I loved Evie as a character, so fun and spunky! I can't wait for Supernaturally, the next book!


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