P is for Paranormalcy

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Book 16 in A to Z Challenge

About the book: 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.

My Review:
I got this book back when it first came out. I heard about it online, back then I was constantly on twitter, and even purchased a hard cover copy (I rarely ever buy those) because the release date was around the time of my birthday and I like books as presents. But I didn't get around to actually reading till middle of 2013. First thing that comes to mind right away is, like many, how much I liked the cover. It's just as beautiful in person.

Now for the story. It's an interesting one. I have some issues with the paranormal romance stories with the girl main character and the possibilities of love triangles torn between boys, at least one of which has to have a bad boy complex. So, I am always a bit nervous when I start reading some of the popular paranormal YA books in the past few years. However, I liked this one. The main character didn't make me want to throw my book, which is always a plus. She's interesting, different, has a little spunk to here and has a whole lot of conflict in trying to figure out her own self along with the mysterious attacks that start to happen on the organization she has called home. 

It had very different characters. The dark boy ex-bf, faerie was bordline questionable with my aversion to the trend in paranormal romance, but so far I'm not annoyed with how things are going though we'll have to wait and see what the sequel is like. I did like the other boy, Lend, though not very keen on his name. It was believable to see her interest in him grow in the short time before disaster, and even during those hard times. And the story had a few unexpected twists as well.

Looking for an upbeat, sometimes silly (in how the character picks to "swear") and close to but not deep in the common trends of paranormal romance young adult book? Look no further. This is a book to check out, or at least admire. Now to find a copy of Supernaturally.

Reviewed by:
Dawn Embers



athousandliveslived said...

I read this one a few years back and I found myself not really liking it because of the whole main idea, but I'm glad that you enjoyed it!

Dawn Embers said...

That's okay. I see a few books we don't quite agree on, some you like better and some I do. It happens. Though I haven't read the sequel yet. I've been reading first books and trying out different authors.

Stephsco said...

I loved this since it is sort of a send-up on paranormal YA tropes. It has such a light voice and twists a lot of conventional concepts we see in urban fantasy and YA paranormal romance. I only read the first in the series though.

Dawn Embers said...

Stephsco - Thanks for the comment. I liked the light voice too. I need to get the second book still.

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