Paranormalcy Hardcover – Jul 23 2010
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“Strong characters, a clever premise, and a hilarious voice all team up to make Paranormalcy the most refreshing paranormal debut of the year.” (Lisa McMann, New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy)
“A fast, flirty roller coaster of a ride. This story was everything I hoped forsassy, light-hearted and downright scary. Oh, bleep! I’m in love!” (Becca Fitzpatrick, New York Times bestselling author of Hush, Hush and Crescendo)
“Paranormalcy seduced me. The two sexy paranormals who vie for Evie’s affections each had their own victory; one won Evie’s heart and the other won mine.” (Aprilynne Pike, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wings)
“Kiersten White creates the perfect blend of light and dark. Even as the stakes rose higher, Paranormalcy’s narrator, Evie, kept a smile on my face with her cunning wit. I can’t wait for more!” (Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth)
“First-time author White shows the technique and polish of a pro in this absorbing romance, which comes closer than most to hitting the Buffy mark.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“A fast-paced, entertaining debut. Alternately funny and tragic but never maudlin, White’s debut will have broad appeal among fantasy fans.” (Booklist)
“The most imaginative vampire/werewolf/supernatural series going.” (Newsday)
“Good, romantic entertainment.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Perky, insolent, fearless, and insecure...teenage girls will recognize themselves [in Evie]. Likely to be a popular read.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
“Buffy meets The X-Files in this darkly sexy story.” (Romantic Times)
“This was one of my favorite books of the year! I thought it was absolutely fantastic! I laughed out loud so many times while reading it, and it was wonderfully written and so refreshingly clean!” (ReadingTeen Parental Review (blog review))
About the Author
Kiersten White is theNew York Timesbestselling author of the Paranormalcy trilogy, as well as the psychological thrillerMind Games. Long fascinated by world mythology and ancient religions, she loves Egyptian stories for their epic family struggles and humorous frankness about the things that make people tick. Kiersten lives with her family in San Diego, California.
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Top Customer Reviews
A funny paragraph...
Lish tried to swear-which is always funny, because the computer won't translate it. It went something like this:
"Bleep stupid bleep bleep faeries and their bleep bleep bleep obsessions. He had better stop bleep bleep the little bleeeeeeeeeeeep." All in a completely robotic monotone. Awesome. Lish could really get going sometimes. I loved her for it; she was like the big sister I never had.
I knew I would love this book from the first chapter. Anyone who names their taser is totally awesome in my book. Plus Evie's incredibly witty and I love her sarcasm and humor. She still thinks of herself as normal even though she has the unique power of seeing through paranormal glamour's and works for the IPCA to help them track down different paranormals.
In most YA paranormal books you have the hot bad boy who's mysterious and brooding as the love interest. But Lend was nothing like that--I mean yes he was still hot. He's more the boy next door or one of your good guy friends that you have a crush on. Not dark or brooding in any way and the fact that he's a shapeshifter sets up a different dynamic between him and Evie. Whenever Evie and Lends are together you really get to see that these two are still only teenagers. They acted more like teens and the conversations they had were things that teens in their situations would most likely talk about.
It was cool to see so many different paranormals all in one book. Most books you have werewolves or vampires or faeries but Paranormalcy had many different paranormals all in the story.
Kiersten White did an amazing job with her debut book. The story was fast paced and was both light and fun but also had the darker storyline. The ending tied up some of the loose ends (hurrah! no cliffhanger ending) but it also has me anticipating book two.
For as long as Evie can remember she has been working at the International Paranormal Containment Agency (IPCA) because only she can see through paranormal glamours. She has always thought of herself as a normal teenager with a passion for online shopping and high school dramas on TV, but she is about to realize that there is something sinister going on with her at the epicenter. Something or someone is killing paranormals and she is going to help find out what is going on so that they can stop this from happening. So much for being normal.
Unfortunately this book has been sitting on my bookshelf for a while. The entire series has already been released and I am only just reading the first book now. I must say that I was drawn to this book because of the cover it is dark yet beautiful. I like the contrast between Evie looking beautiful and pale in front of the dark and stormy looking sky. I have heard lots of positive reviews of the series, and since it fits well with the (not so) scary theme of the month I was excited to finally start this series. I listened to the audiobook and I think the actress did a fantastic job especially with Lish and the many voices of Lend, so if you get a chance you should check it out.
I went into the book not really knowing what it was about, but it sucks you in from the very beginning and it’s a quick read that makes you want to keep reading right through to the end. The main character is Evie who has the unique ability to see through glamours revealing the true form of monsters like vampires, werewolves and faeries.Read more ›
The witty writing style is definitely the star of the show as far as I'm concerned. Just about every page has some little quip, comment, or description that made me smile. I think my favorite one is the way Evie's best friend (a mermaid who has her comments translated by an uncooperative computer) swears: "Oh, bleep."
I also love Evie's take on the paranormal world she lives in. Vampires are desiccated corpses with a sexy glamour covering it up. Werewolves are not fun and friendly, but best suited for jobs in the security field. Faeries are pure evil with a slick of pretty on top. And don't even get me started on the hags. Evie wants nothing more than to distance herself from everything supernatural and be just a normal girl. So when she starts to realize that she might not be as entirely human as she thought she was, she's far more frightened than she's ever been of a mere vampire. Actually, I may never be able to think about vampires the same way after reading this book =o)
My only real complaint here is that the story is a little generic in some ways. If not for White's snappy writing, this book wouldn't really stand out at all. As it is, though, you've got a great read for fans of YA paranormals.
Most recent customer reviews
This quirky and charming tale had me laughing out loud and falling in love. Evie is my favourite kind of main character; witty, sarcastic and a little bit dark. Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2011 by The Crescive Library
As I read more and more YA books, I begin to realize how important the voice is. Although I am not a teenager, I believe Kiersten White has captured the appropriate voice very well... Read morePublished on Dec 22 2010 by Amazon Customer
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Right off the bat, if you find the slightest bit of superficiality in YA books as a turn off, or just not your cup of tea, then stay away from... Read more
There's only one word that can describe Evie: cute. Everything about her is cute. I enjoyed reading what she was thinking and her actions are just like what a teenage girl would... Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2010 by Karoline
Evie was found abandoned as a toddler. After many foster homes and centers, the International Paranormal Containment Agency brought her to their home. Read morePublished on Sept. 11 2010 by TeensReadToo
Evie pretty much grew up at IPCA. They found her when she was eight, roaming in a graveyard and yelling at the top of her lungs when she got face to face with a vampire. Read morePublished on Sept. 6 2010 by Tynga's Reviews