Friday, 5 August 2011

Paranormalcy - Kiersten White

Book #19 of 50 on the Goodreads Book Challenge

GENRE: Young Adult
PAGES: 352
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins
FORMAT: Paperback
BUY IT: Waterstones

4 Stars

Sixteen-year-old Evie has always taken comfort in the fact that she is normal, even though her best friend is a mermaid and her ex-boyfriend is a lunatic -- and a faery. In a world where paranormals are monitored and controlled, Evie works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency because of her unique ability to see through glamours. But someone -- or something -- starts killing vampires, werewolves and other paranormals, and Evie must figure out what's happening before they all disappear. Then a shapeshifter named Lend breaks into the agency, and Evie is irresistibly drawn to him, even though he makes her aware that the IPCA is not as noble as she once thought. With everything Evie believes suddenly called into question, the IPCA is attacked and she must choose who she can really trust. And when Evie discovers she's part of a faerie prophecy of death and destruction! so much for normal.

Paranormalcy is the story of a girl who really just wants to be normal, but the fact that she can see through people's glamour makes her a prime tool of the government. Evie is hilarious, honestly. She may be the funniest character that I have read so far. I think that is one of the things that makes this book so good, whenever she is going through tough times she always uses humour to lighten the mood.

When Lend breaks in to the agency Evie's life is turned upside down - he represents what she would be if she ever considered herself a Paranormal: he's the same age and has the same confident and self-assured mindset, and, because he's a shapeshifter, sometimes literally becomes a mirror image of Evie, showing her how she would look leading his life. But Evie starts to realise that people who save you from the truth can be doing you a disservice, and she has reached the age where she wants all the facts so she can reach a decision as to who she is by herself. 

What starts of as a very controlled life for Evie soon bleeds into Lend's chaotic life, and she soon realises that being 'normal' isn't always the best way of life. It's about what makes you happy. Paranormalcy is truely as story about growing up and taking the steps to become the person you want to be whilst learning to live with the person you really are. It's exciting, unpredictable and a really worthwhile read.

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