Monday, August 30, 2010

Book Review: Paranormalcy

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.

--From Goodreads

Cover Inspection:
Absolutely stunning! Evie is beautiful.

First Thoughts:
Evie is (pardon my french) bad-ass.


My Review:
Perhaps it is the feminism that is deeply rooted somewhere in my subconscious, but it always makes me smile when a female protagonist can handle herself! Is she in need of a rugged male figure to save her? Certainly not. Armed with her wits and her charm, she kicks some behind solo and still has time to look lovely doing it.

Thus, when I opened Paranormalcy and met Evie for the first time, I was instantly smitten. Oh Evie, how I love you. Her personality radiated off each page. Honestly her very presence in the book made the story a joy to read! There were moments where I found myself laughing out loud at Evie's outbursts and actions. From her obsession with the color pink and sparkles right down to her "bring it on" attitude, Evie takes her rightful place among my five favorite female protagonists of all time! 

Now that I've adequately professed my love for Evie, let me move on to the story itself. In just two words, completely fabulous! Even if I wanted to, and I don't, there is not one thing negative that I could find to say about Paranormalcy. Evie's story is perfectly paced and engrossing. Kiersten White writes in a way that makes you feel invested in the characters and in their battles. Original, funny and filled with little jokes that you'll want to utter out loud despite the fact that no one else will bleeping get them. (Yes, I said bleeping.) This book is just a delight to read!

Of course my review wouldn't be complete if I didn't address the romance aspect now would it? No spoilers here, but yes there is a romance present. However it fits so seamlessly and stealthily into the story line that you don't feel like it takes over. Never have I minded romance in a book, quite the opposite. I find though that when it takes over, sometimes it is hard to believe in as a reader. Kiersten weaves her romance so expertly in that you'll find yourself falling in love too, but still on the edge of your seat about the action going on! Did I mention that this book is amazingly written? It is.

As I'm sure you can tell from my gushing and likely rambling words above, I loved this book. Mermaids, faeries, shape-shifters, romance, action, it's all there and more! After reading quite a few books that I appreciated but didn't love, it was such a pleasure to find this gem. I highly recommend this book my dear readers. If you were on the fence about buying it, get off that fence (as I can't imagine it's too comfortable perching there) and go buy a copy of this book! It comes out tomorrow, so you have no excuse.

Now go.

Book Details
Title: Paranormalcy
Author: Kiersten White
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: Hardcover; 352
Source: Traveling ARC Tours

Final Rating: 5 Keys to My Heart!

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