I won Paranormalcy by Kiersten White in a recent Giveaway Hop and am delighted to pay it forward by hosting a giveaway for it. But first things first – oh yeah, the review. This is Book #1 in the Paranormalcy Trilogy and I couldn’t be happier that it’s a series. This YA paranormal fantasy series features one of the funniest, most loveable, kick-butt heroines I’ve come across in a long time. It’s easy to see how this novel made the New York Times bestseller list.
Evie is just a normal 16-year-old girl, aside from the whole found wandering as a young child with no memory and brought up inside the International Paranormal Containment Agency (IPCA) thingy. She’s got a unique gift; she can see through glamours to what paranormals really look like. So as long as she can remember, her job has been to find, bag, tag, and help contain paranormals who might otherwise be a threat to humans. What girl wouldn’t want a sparkly pink Taser?
“The vampire twitched on the ground, unconscious. He looked kind of pathetic now. I almost felt bad for him. Imagine your grandpa. Now imagine your grandpa minus fifty pounds plus two hundred years. That’s who I’d just electrified.”
Evie’s one of only a few humans who live and/or work in her IPCA bureau. There’s Raquel, who’s been like a mother to her, and a few adult doctors/scientists but no humans even close to her age. Evie’s best friend is Alisha, a mermaid who lives in an aquarium at IPCA. Alisha is amazing at math, with mad organizational skills. Then there are the werewolf guards who help keep creatures contained that might be a threat. Most of those guys are really nice.
And then there are the fairies, who are not Evie’s friends but who open pathways to help her get to and from bag-and-tag locations. They fairy she tries to avoid the most is Reth, who has become obsessed with her since she dumped him as a boyfriend. He keeps declaring undying love for her in the most obnoxious ways. Eeew! Reth may be gorgeous but it didn’t take Evie long to discover he’s a complete creep. His advances have become threatening and she’s become scared of what he might do.
“’Evelyn.’ My name in his mouth was like a caress. ‘Why are you fighting me? You want to be with me. And I want no one else forever.’
I had goosebumps. Reth had probably taken countless mortal girls into the Fairie Realms. He knew we didn’t last forever. Either he was manipulating me again, which was likely, or was up to something seriously frightening.”
All in all Evie’s pretty happy with her life, even if she does dream of going to a normal high school, having normal human friends to go with her to the mall, and going to the prom. Still, she’s doing something valuable for the world that no one else can do and that makes her really special, right? There are just days when she’d like to be a little less special and a lot more like other human girls who live in houses, have parents and, well, you get the picture. Of course the only thing she knows about real high school life is based on a TV series.
“’Man, high school must be awesome.’ I found myself wishing I could be part of normal drama for once. Paranormal drama didn’t have nearly as much kissing.”
Then the IPCA gets a one-two punch. First: Someone or something is murdering paranormals all over the world and the problem is getting worse. Nothing the agency has tried is leading them closer to finding who or what is doing this and it’s becoming a crisis situation. Other IPCA bureaus have been attacked and everyone fears this one could be next. Second: Lend, a shape shifting elemental, breaks into IPCA and Evie finds him going through the files in Raquel’s office. After she bags him and turns him over to the guards, Evie becomes fascinated by him. He’s her age and he’s really hot looking underneath the appearances he wears like clothing, but she soon learns he’s also a super nice guy who knows things about IPCA that she could never have guessed.
“’It woke up right after I put it in the cell and has been doing that ever since,’ Jacques whispered, standing next to me.
‘Please,’ Not-Jacques said, his voice identical. ‘That monster overpowered me, and threw me in here! Let me out so I can help you!’
‘Oh sure,’ I said, pleasantly, ‘because I’m stupid.’”
If I tell you any more, I’ll have to give spoilers and that would just be wrong. I fell in love with the characters and the storyline. Literally the minute I finished Paranormalcy, I downloaded and started reading Book #2, Supernaturally, and now I’m impatiently awaiting Book #3’s release. If you like kick-butt, snarky heroines and non-stop action, then I’m betting you’ll like this YA novel no matter what age you are. And one lucky reader is going to win my copy of Paranormalcy!
Paranormalcy was released in July 26, 2011, so it should be available from your favorite bookseller below. Just click the button to go there to get it.
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