Description: Paranormalcy is the debut novel of writer Kiersten White and was published at the end of August 2010. It falls into the category of young-adult urban fantasy and is about a girl named Evie who works for a secret police force (International Paranormal Containment Agency or IPCA). Evie has been working for IPCA for years because of her own special ability to see through the glamors of other paranormal creatures. Her job is to contain any trouble and make sure all paranormal creatures are tagged and known to IPCA.
The story itself follows Evie in discovering herself and what IPCA is really up to. She is supported by various comic characters (she’s one herself!) including a mermaid with a foul mouth, a shape-shifter that catches her eye, and a fairy that wants more then she wants to give.
This is the first in what will be a trilogy of books. The second is due to come out in August of this year and the third is to be announced.
Reaction: I loved this book. I actually stumbled across the blog of the author well before her book was actually released and enjoyed her writing style there. And since I enjoy supporting those authors that are new to the field, I just had to pick up this book. It was fun and made me fall in love with all the characters.
Kiersten White definitely takes you on the journey very well and the writing flows in a way that keeps you gripped to the book and not wanting to put it down. It was exciting to see where it was go and it made me laugh, cry and want to kill those who dared to hurt her. It was awesome and I love when authors put that much emotion into their writing and make me react that way.
I got a kick of Kiersten White’s lack of cursing in her novel, instead filling the spaces with Beeps, not only just writing them in without explanation, but actually builds it into the story line.
I also enjoyed the romantic tension between Lend and Evie. It’s lots of fun watching teens build with tension and finally give in to it in the end.
Rating: I give this book 5 stars out of 5. It hit everything that makes me enjoy reading.
Cara Mia Amore