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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tween (Tw) (Aug. 23 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061985848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061985843
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 15.4 x 2.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #244,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on Feb. 26 2011
Format: Hardcover
With most reviews on this book being really good, I was really thinking I would love this book. I am such a fan of YA paranormal books, well any paranormal books really. Paranormalcy was alright, it wasn't bad and it wasn't great. It was a quick easy read, but I'm not sure I will really care to read the next book. I might if I get bored just to find out where the story went. I think the writing was only ok - it just wasn't a book that got my attention and pulled me into the story. I liked the characters, it was funny, witty and sarcastic and I think that's what kept me going. I really like how Evie and Lend communicated; it was sweet with a mix of sarcasm, which made it fun. Evie was pretty funny with the remarks she would shoot at any given person or shall I say paranormal (as most characters are in this book). Overall alright, but not the best. I am just not in love ;(

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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.
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Paranormalcy is the first in the YA series by the same name which was written by Kiersten White and first published by HarperTeen in August 2010.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jenny "Dreaming of Books" on Feb. 20 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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.
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By Vanessa M. Dow on Jan. 24 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have been following Kiersten White's blog for a while now. It's one of my favorites. Her sense of humor always gives me a good chuckle. So, naturally, her debut novel has been on my must-read list for a while.

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.
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