Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (August 31, 2010)
Cover: Beautifully haunting with excellent use of color
Author Website: Kiersten White
Being a fan of Paranormal stories I knew that I had to read PARANORMALCY: a novel that promised to be original and fun. Upon reading it I was intrigued enough to finish the story but found that It did not completely grab me, although I know many will enjoy it.
Kirsten White has penned a novel that is cute while flirting on the edge of mischief and danger. Paranormalcy is a good read for tween and younger teen readers with it's pacing and unique storyline.
Paranormalcy is a story about Evie, a unique teenager that has the ability to see through any paranormals glamour. Evie and her sidekick "tasey" (her pink bedazzled taser gun) work and reside at the International Paranormal Containment Agency and together they bag and tag paranormals. Despite Evie's dangerous job she tries to live like a normal teen and that includes watching her favorite tv show Easton Heights, but it is small compensation for a girl that is sheltered. Despite her unusual secluded circumstances she has an ex-boyfriend that comes in the form of a faery named Reth and although they are no longer an item she cannot help the emotions he elicits within her. Then one day the IPCA brings in a new paranormal, someone unlike any of them have ever seen but Evie is intrigued by him and soon they become friends, despite all of the warnings against it. Through their conversations, Lend informs her of this horrible prophecy that predicts the destruction of all paranormal creatures and it's cryptic message points to Evie. Yet, before they can investigate this prophecy, paranormal massacres begin and soon Evie and Lend are on the run from a force greater than anything they have ever seen. While in exile Evie finally learns what it is like to live life as a normal teen and she begins to fall for Lend but she knows that she cannot keep up the facade when the source of the recent massacres wants to find her, but it's all in a days work for a girl like her.
I enjoy a good paranormal story especially one that has romance and loads of originality. So, while PARANORMALCY has touches of these elements it does not totally deliver as I would have liked. I found the narrative to run towards a more juvenile vein then I prefer, while showcasing a storyline that is different. I enjoyed the character diversity that this story presented and found Lend to be one of my favorite characters for his ability was a bit cool and unique, more so than Evie's.
I wanted to enjoy it more than I did and hope that I am not being too harsh because I would like to read more from Kiersten for I feel that she has great potential. If you looking for a paranormal read with a youthful edge then this story is a good choice.