Title: Paranormalcy (Book 1 in Paranormalcy)
Author: Kiersten White
Publisher: HarperTeen – HarperCollins
Release Date: August 31, 2010
Weird as it is working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, Evie’s always thought of herself as normal. Sure, her best friend is a mermaid, 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 still. Normal.
Only now paranormals are dying, and Evie’s dreams are filled with haunting voices and mysterious phophecies. She soon realizes that there may be a link between her abilities and the sudden rash of deaths. Not only that, but she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destrucion to all paranormal creatures.
So much for normal.
Evie is full of wit. Her fun-loving nature, her original, bubbly self, can’t be contained – the only other way she comes over is as protective or sarcastic because people are dampening her spirit. But when she’s around Lend, her character becomes hopeful, cheery, and nothing can stop her. I love the romance in this book because it’s innocent and true. There’s no need for more, it’s good just the way it is. The two of them complete each other, and it’s pretty perfect. I love the plot, too. The way that Evie is trying to figure out what’s really going on, yet her desire to be normal, conflicts but it’s just who Evie is – there’s no real inner struggle – she does the right thing. I really liked her character because she was sensible. She wasn’t stupid by keeping secrets that would backfire on her in the end; she was truthful and that paid off when she did what she thought was the right thing to do – she wasn’t selfish, but for a moment, and really, who could blame her? The temptations she endured at the end and what actually happened make me love her even more, and I am super excited to see what she and Lend get up to in the next book!