Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Publication Date August 31st, 2010
Published by HarperTeen
352 Pages, Hardcover
Source: ARC received from friend
Summary from Goodreads:
"Sixteen-year-old Evie's job is bagging and tagging paranormals. Possessing the strange ability to see through their glamours, she works for the Intern...more Sixteen-year-old Evie's job is bagging and tagging paranormals. Possessing the strange ability to see through their glamours, she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency. But when someone--or something--starts taking out the vamps, werewolves, and other odd beasties she's worked hard to help become productive members of society, she's got to figure it out before they all disappear and the world becomes utterly normal."
My Review: ***** = 5 Stars
I have been hearing many wonderful things throughout the blogosphere and twitter about this book. I am happy to say that those people had it right. Kiersten White did a wonderful job at combining all of the things we love most about the paranormal world. In this book you will find vampires, werewolves, faeries, hags and many other paranormal creatures, some that were new to me. One would think that with that many different elements within one book, things might be a little complex and complicated, but no. White clearly knows just what we are looking for.
Evie is one of the best female protags I have seen in a long time. Probably the best actually. She was unique, to say the least. With that aside though, she was a strong character, who also had a vulnerability about her. Not weak, but unsure in some instances, which I think actually made her character stronger and more rounded. Lend was awesome as well. Quite mysterious and swoonworthy. The romance within this book is just perfect. Slow starting off and then finally being revealed near the end.
It was an action-packed ride full of paranormal creatures and romance that had me constantly wanting more. I didn't want it to end.
Overall, one of the best books of the year. I loved everything about it from the quick wit of Evie, to the sad parts(you'll have to read to find out). It was all very well written. I look forward to the next book in this series, Supernaturally, which unfortunately doesn't come out until September 2011, but it's definitely already on my wishlist.
Recommended for any fan of paranormal YA. :)