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Paranormalcy [Hardcover]

Kiersten White
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Aug. 23 2010 Paranormalcy (Book 1)

Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, 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 Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.


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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 for—sassy, 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 the New York Times bestselling author of the Paranormalcy trilogy, as well as the psychological thriller Mind 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok ;( 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 ;(

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dreaming of Books Review Feb. 20 2011
Format:Hardcover
(May contain spoilers)

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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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun times! 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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By Avery Greaves TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
***May Contain Spoilers***

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 this book. I mean, sparkly pink taser named Tasey? Lots of "You are so hot!" banter, a character who is very much obsessed with how she looks "I felt so uncomfortable without my make-up on!", "Do these pink high-heeled boots match my zebra print wrap dress?", "Shopping always makes me feel better", maybe not in those exact words, but you get the point... These aren't the sort of things that personally interest me, but if they do, heck, will you love this book, if they don't- well, I still think that you will like the book (just maybe not to the extent that sparkly pink taser toters will ;) )

That being said, I couldn't not finish the book (due to the superficiality aspect of it), because if I didn't finish it, I would never learn more about Lend. Oh Lend, probably the bestest good boy I have ever read about and actually loved (seriously, I am usually all over the bad boys- Jace? Marc? Yes please!). He wasn't the wishy washy good boy we sometimes see that it a complete push-over or too nice for his own good. He was a strong character, helping Evie out whenever he could, extremely talented, and a pretty funny guy. Plus, his ability was pretty awesome, the ability to turn into whoever you want? Yep, that is pretty neat-o...

And what about Evie, the main female character of the book?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quick paranormal YA read with great characters
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. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Allison Allain
5.0 out of 5 stars better than normal
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 more
Published on Jan. 3 2011 by The Crescive Library
5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing paranormal
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 more
Published on Dec 22 2010 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A light read, filled with pink cuteness
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 more
Published on Nov. 9 2010 by Karoline
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too
Evie was found abandoned as a toddler. After many foster homes and centers, the International Paranormal Containment Agency brought her to their home. Read more
Published on Sept. 11 2010 by TeensReadToo
4.0 out of 5 stars Original & Refreshing!
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 more
Published on Sept. 6 2010 by Tynga's Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars So, I loved this book.
It was the perfect counter balance to all the paranormal romance stories out there right now. Not that there wasn't some romance involving paranormals. Read more
Published on Sept. 2 2010 by Caitlin
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