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A pesar de lo extraño que resulta trabajar para la Agencia Internacional de Contencion de lo Paranormal, Evie se precia de ser normal aunque pueda ver el aura de los paranormales tenga una amiga sirena y un ex novio hada que, además, es un lunático.
Pero en un mundo en que los paranormales se controlan, Evie siempre ha sentido una cierta tranquilidad al saber que ella es humana… hasta que descubre que no lo es.

329 pages, Paperback

First published August 31, 2010

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Kiersten White

59 books12.8k followers
Kiersten White is the #1 New York Times bestselling, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of many books, including the And I Darken series, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, Star Wars: Padawan, the Sinister Summer series, and HIDE. She lives with her family near the ocean in San Diego, where they obsessively care for their deeply ambivalent tortoise. Visit Kiersten online at KierstenWhite.com and follow @KierstenWhite on Twitter.

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Profile Image for Miranda Reads.
1,589 reviews157k followers
December 10, 2020

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I love, love, love, this book.

I've read it on and off for the last ten years and every time I pick it up, I literally (yes, literally) laugh out loud.
Tasers are a one-size-fits-all paranormal butt-kicking option. Mine’s pink with rhinestones.
I adore the premise, the subtle (and not-so-subtle) humor scattered throughout and the heroine is easily one of my YA faves.

Evie sees through glamors. No one can hide from her. From when she was discovered (at three) to now, she's been under the thumb of ICPA (Internatuonal Paranormal Containment Agency) as their bagger-and-tagger.

Her job is pretty simple - see a paranormal, neuter it (via tracking device) and bring it back to headquarters. BUT She isn't your average government employee/YA heroine.

When she's not rounding up the wild paranormals, she's watching Easten Heights (her absolute fave drama), online shopping (though most of the purchases get canceled by the government) and hanging out with her best friend (a mermaid).

When a suspicious paranormal shows up in the midst of a crisis Evie will have to figure out A) What's killing off the paranormals, B) How to stop her creepy ex-boyfriend (a faerie) from stalking her and C) If the suspicious-slash-hot new guy has a girlfriend. Not necessarily in that order.
He reached out and put his hand on top of mine. My heart skipped a beat - he liked me, too!

"You're worried about what's killing the paranormals aren't you?"

Crap. He didn't like me.
The sincerity, the sass. Gah. I want Evie to be my best friend. If you're looking for a refreshing take on YA fiction - pick it up!
“What are you?" I whispered.

"What are you?"

Offended, I frowned. "Human."

"Funny, me too."

"No, you're not."

"Funny, neither are you."
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Read by Emily Eiden and she absolutely rocked this audio. She had the right tempo/timing for the humor - really made Evie come alive.

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Profile Image for Kat Kennedy.
475 reviews16.3k followers
October 20, 2010
There’s a scene in Vampire’s Suck (yes, my husband and saw it with a group of friends and exited the cinema a few hours later with a few less braincells). Vampire’s Suck’s version of Mike Newton from Twilight approached the Bella character upon meeting her, threw an arm around her shoulder and said, “Wow, you look pretty frigid and boring! Wanna go to prom?”

Despite the stupidity of this movie they managed to encapsulate, in one brilliant sentence, the biggest problem I’ve had with the YA paranormal novels of late. Particularly Fallen, Hugh Hush, Evermore, Halo, and the countless others like it that I haven’t managed to torture myself with. The female main characters are BORING. What’s more, they’re written in the roles of heroines and tragically couldn’t act less heroic.

Unless those bitches were hiding their sheballs somewhere I couldn’t see. (Yes, most women totally have sheballs.)


Except for Chris Crocker…



Evie is such a refreshing departure. She’s funny and, here’s something new, FUN. From her crazy antics and funny obsessions to even the most simple of phrases that come from her mouth.

Now, I’ll briefly explain about the Mary Sue test. Most authors and people in general are familiar with this term. It basically means the Main Character, if she is a Mary Sue, is basically an author self-insert.

Otherwise known as Luce, Nora, Ever, Bethany, Clary, Tessa and the biggest Mary Sue ever – Anita Blake.

Though imagining yourself doing various and weird sexual acts with Jean “I stole my leather pants from a hooker and now she wants them back” Claude is just a little weird.

Tranny Pants!

Unfortunately Evie ticks quite a few boxes on the Mary Sue test:

Evie is remarkably beautiful.

Evie carries an unusual weapon, wears a strange piece of jewelry, or otherwise displays a unique possession on her person.

Evie is notably witty, always ready with a sharp comeback or clever remark. Alternatively, she is fascinatingly stern and close-mouthed.

She is a natty dresser, always in fashion, or not in fashion but so well as to make the fashionable pale in comparison.

There's an unusual story centering around Evie's birth or infancy.

She was adopted, raised by people other than her parents, or for some reason has no biological parents.

There are prophecies about Evie.

Evie has psychic abilities, exceptional strength, magical powers, can heal with a touch, or has any other skill, talent, or power that we would consider superhuman.

More Than one special power.

Practically no one else in the story has similar powers.

But you know, she never feels like a Mary Sue. I guess her cute yearning for cars, high school, lockers, television and all the other little quirks to her personality give her a rounded character.

I thoroughly enjoyed the relationship between Evie and Lend. Not only did they have some witty and fun banter. There’s also that rare feeling that I have when I read novels, that these two could actually make it. I’m serious in that I could actually see these two getting married and the whole happily ever after too. They really make a lovely couple.
Unlike some people…

Anita and Jean Claude twu loff!

Anita and Jean Claude know how to have a good time together… no really!

The plot and pacing move nicely throughout the story and whilst it was easy to guess who the bad guy was and what the eventual outcome would be, it didn’t annoy me like it has in other novels. Can I help it if I’m, like, practically a genius or something?
No, no I can’t!

So over all this novel was a breath of fresh air. I completely enjoyed it and I absolutely can’t wait to read the sequel! I highly recommend it to most people, except for anyone named Bob and I think that out of most of the other YA paranormal lit out there, this one is definitely the best.
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165 reviews1,806 followers
May 22, 2012
I do not have the patience to read a book where the heroine talks like this:

"Oh bleep! I'm so pumped! He kissed me! It was the best kiss of my life! It's such a cool kiss!"

Oh bleep?

Oh bleep?

I'm out.
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9,564 reviews48 followers
February 12, 2022
Paranormalcy, Kiersten White

Paranormalcy is a series of young adult urban fantasy novels by American author Kiersten White, beginning with the inaugural entry of the same name. The story focuses on a girl named Evie, a member of a special international police force assigned to paranormal cases. As the tale progresses, Evie's professional duties begin to conflict with her growing desire for a normal life.

تاریخ نخستین خوانش: نوزدهم ماه جولای سال2014میلای

عنوان: اوی در سرزمین خون آشامها؛ نویسنده: کیرستن (کرستن) وایت؛ مترجم: مونا حسینی؛ نشر تهران، نشر قطره، سال1390، در312ص، اندازه20س.م در14س.م.، شابک9786001192364؛ چاپ دیگر تهران، گیسا، سال1393؛ در312ص؛ شابک9786006885551؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان بیالات متحده آمریکا برای نوجوانان، سده 21م

این داستان، روایت زندگی دختر شانزده ساله ‌ای، به نام «اِوی» است؛ او در مرکزی کار می‌کند، که در آنجا، موجودات غیر طبیعی را، شناسایی و خنثی (بی‌خطر) می‌کنند؛ «اِوی» توانایی شگفت انگیزی دارد؛ و میتواند موجودات غیر طبیعی را، از انسان‌های عادی تشخیص دهد؛ کار اصلی او؛ پیدا کردن خون ‌آشام‌ها، و دستگیری آن‌ها است؛ و در این راه، لحظاتی سرشار از ترس، و هیجان را، تجربه می‌کند؛ «اِوی» در میانه‌ ی داستان، متوجه می‌شود؛ که آن مرکز، او را هم، در رده ‌ی موجودات غیر طبیعی؛ در کنار «خون ‌‌آشام‌ها»، «دیوها»، «پریان»، و بقیه ‌ی موجودات آنچنانی قرار داده است و ...؛

تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 19/10/1399هجری خورشیدی؛ 22/11/1400هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی
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1,993 reviews298k followers
March 30, 2012

(Young adult genre + supernatural creatures) x love triangle - originality = De ja bloody vu

Why even bother reading this book? I can point you towards hundreds of other young adult books that are more or less exactly the same as what you get from Paranormalcy. I keep going back to this kind of genre, hoping that just once I will find the exception to the current book cloning rule that seems to be taking over the 21st century. We have a heroine who is neither good or bad enough to be exciting, she's not exactly weak but doesn't have much strength to note, and the attempts to give her some kind of quirky sense of humour failed. She has a taser gun (my first thought: "cool!"), which she has named "Tasey" (not so cool). I thought the only people who named their guns were cops caught in a mid-life crisis. Apparently not.

Why do I get the feeling that I've met every single one of these characters before? Oh, that's right... because I have. So, yeah, they have different names but that's about it. Also, what exactly is the big story here? Some sort of unheard of supernatural creature is killing other supernatural creatures by leaving a big fiery handprint on them. Well, that's genius. It wasn't even a good unoriginal story. And naturally there's a love triangle going on too. It seems that most young adult authors don't know how not to put a love triangle in their books. This time it's Lend v. Reth. Lend is quite a cute character and my favourite of the pair; mostly because, wait for this, Reth repeatedly attempted some kind of supernatural rape thing - not good at all. No really, I don't know what it was all about but he kept trying to "fill her" with his "warm essence". Wtf?

The book started to really drag about half way through and I kept pushing myself to finish it because I'm sick of abandoning books, an abandoned book feels like a fail on my part. So I braved it til the end, even though I did do a bit of skimming on the last few chapters. My conclusion? Well, I can sort of, maybe, possibly see why some people might like this. It's not completely awful, but I do wish I'd stuck with my initial instincts when I saw the quote by Becca Fitzpatrick on the front cover and thought "uh-oh".

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248 reviews207 followers
September 13, 2010
I probably would've given a slightly higher star rating if there hadn't been so much damn hype around this book.

Alright. I'm feeling pro/con-y today. I'm taking a break from pharmacology homework to write this, so I need to get back to that. And it's a football Saturday, I've got a Bud Light in hand, so my thoughts are less than structured.

- The cover is pretty, even though I can't decide how it correlates to the story.
- There is a seriously wide variety of paranormal creatures in this book, each type having their own special powers/abilities. Vamps, werewolves, fey, water nymphs, mermaids, hags, gnomes, trolls. Yay for a smorgasbord of weirdness!
- The idea behind the book is cool. The International Paranormal Containment Agency hires Evie to track down unruly paranormals who threaten the unveiling of their existence, allowing her to tase them to the fullest extent of her desire.
- Evie is an especially special (heh) abnormal human who can see through paranormal creatures' glamours. She kicks serious butt and can take down a gaggle of vamps without a second thought.
- I didn't lose interest in the book throughout the first 4/5 of the novel.
- Evie's fascination with lockers was cute and funny.
- There were some really clever lines in this book. The interaction between Lend and Evie caused some near-LOLs.

- Evie was annoying. I found her cute at first. Ya know, she's a girl who doesn't get out much (read: ever) and she clings to whatever sense of normalcy available with every fiber of her being. She watches hip teen shows and wears zebra print dresses and pink stiletto boots. She has a right to be a little weird. But somewhere along the line, she just began to grind my gears and wasn't cute anymore. I can't get much more descriptive than that, really, because I don't know when exactly she began to annoy me.
- Lackluster love interests. Reth was semi-appealing at first, until he uttered the line "let me fill you." I think I temporarily lost control of my gag reflex and gastric content at that moment. I later found out it didn't mean what I thought it meant, but WHO CARES?! That line should never be used in any context whatsoever, unless he's a bartender offering to fill her drink or a millionaire offering to fill her bank account. Lend just bored me. He shouldn't have bored me because he's your typical nice guy who isn't quite normal and, like the heroine, is looking for somewhere to belong. But he just didn't do it for me.
- Pink taser with rhinestones? Acceptable. Pink taser with rhinestones named "Tasey?" *facepalm* *headdesk* *keysmash* OAIm PA7A *Wrj H~! LK#(*&%(T~~!!!!
- The villain wasn't scary.
- The weird, hokey ending with the floating and the souls and the WTF.

This book may appeal to many people and apparently has. I'll probably read the sequel, but I'm not rushing out to get it. If you like cutesy books with happy little rainbow endings, by all means, help yourself. It could've been better, though.

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461 reviews11.1k followers
May 5, 2011

Actual rating 2.5 stars.

Let me start by saying that I didn't hate this book, but I also didn't love it either. It was cute, spunky, and funny. However, there was just something about it that annoyed me.

So I've recently found out what a Mary Sue is. All this time I've been calling it "A la Bella-esque." Evie is most defiantly a Mary Sue. And I've come to the realization that I had a love/hate relationship with Evie the entire book. I thought she was really funny and down right silly at times. BUT at the same time she annoyed me with being so cheerful with her love of all things pink. I kept flipping back an forth. Sometimes I felt her endearing. Yet other times I wanted to bitch slap her.

But I digress. I did find a few things I liked about the book. I found Evie's relationship with Lend to be very realistic. It wasn't over done. They weren't ripping their clothes off after only dating for a week. They weren't confessing their undying love for one another. Actually, I would say the romance kinda took a backseat in this book. It was there, but it didn't feel like it controlled the plot. Also, I did find the book really funny. Awesome dialog. Bonus points for no cliffhanger.

Anyway, I can't really think of anything else to add to this review right now. It just didn't leave a lasting impression like I had hoped. I will continue with the series. More so, out of curiosity for where the story will go.

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Author 47 books6,629 followers
May 6, 2010
Paranormalcy has it all: romance, adventure, suspense. This book made me laugh out loud and cry. Evie is an amazing character with a fabulous, authentic voice. I want to watch girly tv with her (and of course battle evil right after!)
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295 reviews13.9k followers
September 19, 2010
I'll admit it, I was lured into reading this one due to the oh so lovely cover as I'm a huge sucker for pink. Luckily, Evie, the narrator of Paranormacly, shares my enthusiasm for the rosy hue. However, that's about all we share aside from our love of shopping.

I'm contemplating joining a YA paranormal support group. More often than not, these reads fail to deliver. I need to cut the ties that bind and admit this genre is no longer what it once was. Or perhaps I've matured as a reader. But seeing as I bought this book for the pretty pink cover, I rather doubt it. Nevertheless, the books within this YA paranormal genre are no longer up to par. I wanted to relish in this one, hoping against hope that it would be as funny as the blurbs boasted. I had myself convinced that Paranormalcy would be similar to Buffy the Vampire Slayer with a bit of Georgia Nicholson thrown in for good measure. Alas, thou hast been deceived once again by duplicitous marketing genius.

I should have known that if several authors I have no respect for thought this was “The sexiest, scaries and funniest new addition to the paranormal genre” that I need to turn tail and run. This book is about as sexy and "scary" as "The Little Mermaid, and let's face it, "The Little Mermaid" was much more humorous. In fact, "The Little Mermaid" was a bit more menacing when I think about it. The sea witch had me going for a minute there, and at one point I was terrified that she would marry Prince Eric and Ariel would be trapped forever as a mute without her fishy friends to keep her company, but I digress.

As I mentioned, this book lacked humor, I didn't laugh once, not even an internal chuckle. Evie simply isn't intelligent enough to be witty, nor is she ridiculous enough to laugh at. I'm a bit confused as to what exactly I was meant to find humorous. Worse, there wasn't a single moment of swoon. Did I mention that I used to have a raging crush on Prince Eric? I used to dream I could be turned into a mermaid with a singing voice, just so I could become mute in order to be made back into the human I am. Oh the glories of being 5 years old! See what I did right there? I compared the maturity level of this 17 year old narrator to my 5 year old self, *sigh*. Speaking of sighs, brace yourself, because this book is chalk full of them. People are sighing all thie time up in this tome. Now I know what you're thinking, you can't believe that a book lacking in maturity or humor couldn't at least boast of having a hottie. Well, let me tell you, don't believe the dust jacket. The dust jacket claims that there are two guys vying for Evie's affection, insinuating a sordid love triangle that those of us with wavering reading morals live for. Sadly Evie hates one of these mentioned studs, with good reason I might add, and the other is just so ordinary and innocent that I hardly had to catch the drool. There simply wasn't any angst, anywhere.

Read for brain candy if you must, but I for one, recommend you waste your hard earned dollars on something a bit more entertaining, like "The Little Mermaid".
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186 reviews1,003 followers
June 24, 2011
First off, I really liked Evie. She reminded me of Mac (from the Fever series) a little, and that can't be a bad thing. I'm usually very fastidious when it comes to finding heroines that I like, but Evie was actually really nice.
She may have had a couple of blonde moments towards the end (no offense to blondes, of course - my mother is actually blonde) but I still think she was fierce, fun, refreshing, and insecure in a way that I found quite endearing. I alternated between wanting to grab her and hug her and wanting to go shopping with her. She just has that aura about her. And when the time came for her to make the right decision, she made it. Plain and simple. There was no messing everything up so that the stage is set for the next book to have a bunch of obstacles to move and things to fix that could have easily been avoided if the heroine had only made the right decision. To be blunt, she wasn't stupid (like some heroines I won't mention here *cough*Ever*cough*).

Lend was completely different from what I was expecting. Kind, sweet, yet protective when the situation called for it. He was the perfect yang to Evie's yin.
And the paranormal aspect with him seemed more unique than most out there right now; I liked that.

I've never been a big fan of faeries when they're the kind that manipulate and take you away from where you're clearly supposed to be. So I think it's safe to say that I didn't really like Reth. But, in this case, I'm not quite sure you're supposed to. It seems to me that the author wants us to know he's not really a second choice for Evie—unless he changes drastically in the next installment—so much as an obstacle for Evie to overcome. So, as far as love triangles go, I'd say this novel doesn't really have one (YES! That's a good thing, IMO). And here's to hoping that doesn't change in the next installment.

Now, I think the only thing I haven't mentioned is the writing. I think that some may read this novel and feel that it's maybe too cutesy or fluffy; however, for me, it was just a nice change of pace from all of the angsty YA romances that seem to be so popular.

So, Paranormalcy is a good debut and I look forward to seeing where this story goes in the sequel, Supernaturally.
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349 reviews34 followers
April 12, 2014
I wrote a longer review of Paranormalcy back in 2010. At the time, I had just started my book-review blog, and this was one of the first ARCs I ever received. So I think there was a lot to originally endear me to the story, and it was definitely light, cute, and a quick read.

But then I tried to read the sequel, and I subsequently discovered that "light" and "cute" books just didn't hold my interest anymore. The characters (Evie? her mermaid friend?) were a bit too "ABC Family" for my taste (i.e. trying for interesting/perhaps even provocative, but only succeeding in being over-the-top and slap-worthy).

So in retrospect, I have to remove Paranormalcy from my 'Favorites' shelf. It's a good book, I'd definitely recommend it to younger readers or 'chick lit meets lite fantasy' fans, but...I guess I've outgrown books like this.
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1,193 reviews2,903 followers
November 5, 2010
This novel had me hooked from the first page. I mean with an intro like this how can you not want to read the rest:

“Wait- did you-- You just yawned!” The vampire’s arms , raised over his head in the classic Dracula pose, dropped to his sides. He pulled his exaggerated white fangs back behind his lips. “What, imminent death isn’t exciting enough for you?”

“Oh, stope pouting. But, really, the widow’s peak? The pale skin? The black cape? Where did you even get that thing, a costume store?”

If that doesn’t have you stifling a laugh and anxious for more.... well you must have an incredibly boring sense of humor.. or you might be dead!

I think for a book described as a paranormal, I was expecting something a little more serious... and perhaps dark. But I should have known from those first lines that this book was going to be different! I think that’s why I liked it so much, it is definitely different.

Evie was such a great character. She’s innocent and completely ignorant... but it works. It’s the life that she’s lived, she’s always been sheltered and left in the dark. I think that made her character memorable. At least for me, I know it did. Evie stood out.

The prophecy thing.... which I don’t really want to say much about, really took me for a loop. I was totally engrossed in what was going on with the agency and trying to figure out who the bad guy was, the prophecy sort of snuck up on me! The added mystery surrounding that, really added to the suspense of the novel!

A paranormal that is funny, engrossing and memorable.... it can only mean one thing.... AWESOME!

I can not wait to dig into book two and see what Kiersten has up her sleeve!
March 16, 2017
I just don't know what it is with me and 3 star reviews now... It's all i seem to be doing lately.

What can i say about this one? Well, for starters it wasn't that remarkable, and it started getting predictable. And that was a no-no for me. Nothing about the book was memorable.

It felt like i was reading and reading to get nowhere at all at the end. And that was the cherry on top to a totally average (maybe even below) read. The ending was a total wtf.

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4,605 reviews2,309 followers
November 23, 2020
(Paranormalcy #1)
by Kiersten White
Young adult books are not my favorite books but occasionally I find some true gems and this is one of them. I find that most YA books I try are like chewing bubble gum when I am really craving a seven course meal, they just aren't filling, lack flavor and nutrition! But this book had great characters, very unique and well developed characters that YA and adults alike would like. Good plot, good banter and language that fit the teen language, original fantasy which is difficult in any age group, and I was never bored. Yes, I could tell it was still a YA but yeah, that's what it was made for! Clean, which suites me just fine, and I would be willing to follow this series! All adds up to a good read! A splash of romance for those that enjoy that stuff, and boom!
A pretty darn good YA fantasy novel!
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418 reviews49 followers
September 9, 2010
Yeahhhhh, so this one started out pretty funny. I kind of liked Evie. Though I did think she was much less mature than what you think someone would be, based on her level of confinement.

The bad guy was ok. I didn't really see her as intimidating. I mean, she really wasn't. Her wrath was kind of peaceful. It's hard to explain but I felt like they were just rumors of a bad guy, that there was no actual bad guy in this book.

I did not like the IPCA. I thought what they did to paranormals was wrong, wrong, wrong. It was slavery, slavery I tell you!

I was all set to complain about the lack of answers in this book. No explanation of what paranormalcy is, nothing about how that stun gun worked. You mean to tell me not one single PN was immune to a measly stun gun?? How the heck can you be paranormal then? I'd call you different, but not paranormal!

I think this was the first book that I've read where the paranormals were extremely lame and so unimpressive. They were weaker than humans. They let humans control them. How could you not know basic self defense? I mean, they let themselves get caught by a 16 year old girl with a stun gun who admittedly does not work out!!! Do they have bricks for feet or something?? Really, they sit and patiently take accept it and politely ask questions. Me? I'd ask a question to distract her, karate chop her in the neck, and run like there's a 49 cent sale on best sellers at the nearest bookstore.

I think most people would still like this one. It was funny in most places and extremely clean. There was no excessive violence and no bad language. It was lighthearted but just not enough to get more stars from me. The ending was kind of lame and anti-climatic.

I liked Lend, Lissa and David. There was someone else I liked but I couldn't read the name I wrote in my notes (and I already returned the book)! I still don't know about Reth.

And the cover lies! It is a beautiful cover, but it was all lies. The cover makes you think it's dark, but it's not. It's light and campy (not a bad thing, but the cover lies!)
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778 reviews519 followers
March 13, 2011
I was skeptical after I read a ton of reviews and saw that Becca Fitzpatrick recommended it (very bad sign in my opinion), but I decided not to cancel my pre-order and have a go. Now I have to say: I really liked the book. And I liked the heroine and her love-interest (I mention only one, because that manipulative control-freak behavior of RetCh, the conscience-free faerie, cannot be counted as love-triangle worthy. He just used her loneliness and her craving of any kind of physical contact to reach his goal. There is really NOTHING to recommend or excuse him apart from good looks. So don't try to convince me of the opposite. Aprilynne Pike wrote in her blurb "...One won Evie's heart and the other won mine." I enjoyed Mrs. Pikes debut well enough to rate it three stars, but after this disclosure of her bad taste in evil guys I will be very wary of books to come).

After reading her story I can even understand Evie's girlish preference for pink, sparkling clothes and tasers and her motivation to give her Taser and her knife pet names: Since she turned eight she has been living underground, held like a dumb princess in an ivory tower, fed with only the information necessary to tag and bag random paranormals for the International Paranormal Containment Agency that is her "home" and shamelessly uses her unique gift of seeing beyond every kind of magic glamour. All her confidants are grown-ups. She is home-schooled by a permanently depressed female werewolf and High-School is something that happens on TV. If you were Evie, would you not jump at every possibility to shop with your otherwise business-like guardian for some ultra-girlish clothes, which resemble the stuff the actors on your favorite Teen TV Drama "Easton Heights" flaunt? Would you not try to be a little normal, to be a teenager? Evie does not own rhine-stone-studded hand-bags because she never leaves the Center outside of a mission. So she compensates by decorating her weapon and giving it a silly name.

Apart from the difference in age and that unhealthy degree of helpers syndrom Rachel Morgan has, Evie's personality reminded me a lot of this favorite urban fantasy heroine of mine. I don't excactly know why. But she was not at all how I had imagined her to be.

What I also liked were the various commonly known paranormal lores (faerie, vampire, werewolf, mermaid, elementals ...), their adaption and their integration into the book's world-building. Nicely done. I think I will pickup the sequel "Supernaturally", when it comes out in paperback.
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990 reviews6,355 followers
November 21, 2011
This is the book that you read when you need a break from dark, serious, hefty novels and just want something fun! Paranormalcy not simply about vampires, or werewolves, or faeries, it's includes ALL of them- and more. I really had a great time with it and enjoyed the medley.

Evie can see paranormals: No matter what glamour they wear, she can see through it. She's been living with the IPCA, an agency who controls the paranormals, all her life and feels pretty lonely being the only (human) teenager there. Evie is an incredibly fun character. She has wit, spunk and a definite sense of humor. I loved how she gets excited for the smallest things - like lockers - and we get to see her take in the real world. I also didn't get an annoyed teenager vibe from her. Evie is very mature for her age which I imagine comes from being raised by IPCA as well as seeing unimaginably icky things daily. However, it doesn't change the fact that she longs for a boyfriend like on her favourite show, and wishes she could just go to real high school prom.

Evie soon meets a very intriguing love interest, Lend. He's like nothing she's ever seen before - literally. I loved Lend. He's the type of noble guy that you can always count on. His relationship with Evie is not instant either, it progresses at a great pace where you can see and feel their attraction grow. I was also delighted with the lack of a love triangle. I enjoy love triangles as much as the next, but sometimes it's nice to get a change of pace.

As for the plot, it's just plain fun! Vampires, fairies, mermaids, werewolves, wookies, you name it. Don't expect anything too deep or elaborate, but do count on a lot of attitude, pink weapons and interesting twists! And all of this in a quick, satisfying read.
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214 reviews527 followers
April 21, 2011
Paranormalcy definitely was a cute little book. It was entertaining, funny and a little romantic at times – but, honestly, while I enjoyed it, it didn’t really make a lasting impression on me.

Evie was very pink, but also very refreshing when compared to other heroines I’ve met so far. I loved her little quirks and her excitement when it came to ‘normal’ life. Her obsession with her pink rhinestone taser ‘Tasey’ (something that had me very suspicious at the beginning) actually didn’t bother me that much. It was kind of cute. Lend was a great love interest, not particularly swoon worthy, but interesting and sweet nevertheless. Liked all the different kinds of paranormal creatures and their specialities. But overall, I just didn’t care that much for the characters and I also thought that the story lost a bit of its steam around the two third mark. I found the ‘final battle’ very anticlimactic. It was almost over before it really began. The ending left things opens for the sequel, but avoided a mean cliffhanger – thankfully.

All in all, I liked it, but it just wasn’t that big a thing for me.
If I can swap the next instalment, I think I’ll give it a read. But I can’t say that I’m dying to get my hands on it, and with all the great books coming out all the time, I might forget about it until September …
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709 reviews1,718 followers
October 21, 2010
I read this book because I was positive I wasn't going to like it. Which is odd, I'll admit, but I have a thing for ridiculous books. I'm not saying this book wasn't a tad ridic, because it was predictable as hell and what's the word I'm looking for... fluffy? When I think about this book I see a cute fuzzy pink bunny.

Evie was pretty likable, but a bit too quirky in a cool way for somebody who basically lived in a modern version of a cave pretty much all her life. But her fashion sense sucks. Zebra print dress and pink boots? Seriously? Ouch, my eyes! I don't really get the whole OMG!PINK obsession, I skipped that phase when I was growing up. I'm 27 right now, and in my entire life, I've owned (and still do) exactly one item of pink clothing. And I've worn it like, twice.

I'm pretty sure all of you are familiar with "Tasey". Well... To be honest, this is what comes to mind whenever the name popped up. I don't know why, probably because it's completely ridiculous to give your taser such a silly name. If you are going to name it, then make it sound cool, like The Shocker or Lightning, or whatever. Anything is better than Tasey. I can't even say it out loud without a way too high sounding voice.

And then there's Reth. I love his full name, Lorethan, and that's where I'm drawing my big fat pink crayon line. He's creepy, I hated his crap about wanting to fill Evie (seriously, try saying that out loud with a straight face to someone) and I hope his 'new' name will be something in the lines of Paco, or some other typical pimp name. Oh and trust me, he is a pimp, he started carrying a cane around after he reinvented himself.

Last but not least: Lend. I adore him. He's sweet, cute and whenever I think of him I want to hug somebody. (work will be interesting tomorrow).

I didn't like the ending for some reason. It's probably just me, but half of the time I was scratching my head and thinking 'whut?'. I think I figured it out eventually XD

I am reading the sequel. Yes, I am. *nods fiercely*
October 3, 2010
Paranormalcy is a fun, flirty, addictive read with a great paranormal twist. I literally found myself wanting to read it again when I finished it. I love Evie! She's one of those characters I wish was real so I could be friends with her.

Evie is a sassy, smart, decisive, strong, sarcastic, butt kicking, "make the world better", pink stiletto boot wearing character that I fell in love with. Evie herself is a paranormal character who can see through the glamour of other paranormals. That makes her an effective part of the IPCA (International Paranormal Containment Agency). She has a great best friend who's a mermaid, an ex boyfriend who's a fairy, and will stop at nothing to win her back, a hot shape shifter who can give her everything she's wanted and oh yeah, she's a one of kind paranormal.

Everything changes for Evie when she meets Lend, a shapeshifter who may be the one person who can relate to her and understand her. He might be able to give her something she's not had, normalcy. If Lend hadn't broken into IPCA, it might be easier to get to know him. Evie's not part of the IPCA task force for nothing, she's smart and works her way around the "rules". Oh, Bleep! The love triangle is so well done! Lend and Evie. Evie and Reth. Which one will will she choose.... Lend the hot shape shifter or Reth, the hot, bad tempered fairy who wants Evie back.

I love Paranormalcy's rich world building and memorable characters. Kiersten White does a suburb job with her unique spin on the paranormal world. She wrote a story that captured me and leaves me wanting more. I laughed out loud, I sighed and I even got teary eyed (which is hard to do). Paranormalcy has the perfect blend of romance, mixed in with action and sprinkled with a dark twist. It's one of the best Summer reads and I've added it to my list of favorite books for 2010.

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382 reviews1,011 followers
July 9, 2020
This was so much fun!!! Considering how old this is and what a throwback it is to the 2010's-era of YA...I didn't think I would. I have no idea why I didn't read this back in middle school when I was reading Hex Hall and every other YA paranormal book under the sun! Better late than never, I guess! :P

I think that the best part of the book is the protagonist, Evie, herself. She's just so fun and spunky and enthusiastic about everything we'd consider to be mundane and normal! She had the potential of becoming a typical Mary Sue, but instead, was just an innately good person and full of light. I loved her!

I also loved the world Kiersten White created. Usually paranormal books stick to no more than a few supernatural creatures, but this book was FILLED with them! From faeries to werewolves to vampires to mermaids to hags ... SO MANY!!! ...I'm also really curious as to what Evie truly is :o

There's not much I didn't like (even though the use of "bleep" as a curse word was irritating, but eventually, I stopped noticing it), so I can't wait to continue the series! :D
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592 reviews87 followers
April 15, 2011
Oh man, that was good. I feel like my son when he gets a new fun toy, just giddy and happy. This was soo different, in the best way. I honestly have not read anything like this. I was worried it was going to go traditional vampire route or ghosts, but I was very wrong. This just rocked!

I’m afraid to write a summary, I don’t want to give one single thing about this one away for any of you who haven’t read it!!!! And, on that thought, if you haven’t read this, what are you waiting for??!?!?! DO IT, DO IT, DO IT.

Little side notes: It was a little hard to get past the name Vivian… that is my mom’s name and while she is quite the spit-fire, I don’t think my mom is who I was supposed to be picturing for this character 
I 100% adored the light romance between Lend and Evie, it was not overdone, nor did it happen overnight. Hallelujah!
The parent was INVOLVED in his kids life. Yay, for books without absent parents!
This thing gave me Fairies, Werewolf’s, Vampires, Shape shifters, Paranormal’s, mermaids, mere-humans, Hags, water sprites…. I mean you name it, this book had it. Just about something for everyone. And, it wasn’t overwhelming, they were all in the book, but not focused on. We pretty much follow Evie as she interacts with them.
I want to know what Lend looks like!
Book #2??? Yes, please!

I don't want to even look at anything pink for awile.... well, unless it's cupcakes and only then will I make an exception!!!

Replace kid with book, you get my point
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126 reviews3,188 followers
October 18, 2010
This is kinda like a cross between Buffy and The Mortal Instruments series.

Despite the girl on the cover, I couldn't help but picture Sarah Michelle Gellar in the role (younger though, considering Evie is just 16). Her attitude and quirks remind me very much of the early years of Buffy, though obviously nowhere near up to the genius level of Joss Whedon. No offense.

Evie is a seemingly one-of-a-kind bagger and tagger of paranormals imbued with a special ability that helps her track them down. She works for the IPCA, International Paranormal Containment Agency, who keeps tabs on all paranormal activity.

She has a weapon that she calls by a pet name, Tasey, reminiscent of Buffy's Mr Pointy. Not to mention, the love interest with an angelic face and a dark side; although, this one happens to be a faerie. Then there's the other love interest who is not quite human and the paranormal best friend.

There's also a blonde evil girl who is obsessed with "shiny" things. I always picture the key-obsessed Glory from Buffy season five.

Oh and there's also the middle aged man obsessed with medieval culture who trains her in combat skills, although he really only shows up at the beginning.

Sound familiar? Despite it's similarities to a certain previously named pop culture icon, the characters are very easy to fall for. And if you like said vampire slaying goddess, you will love Evie (who job doesn't involve slaying per se, just containment).

She also has eyebrow envy like Clary from the Mortal Instruments. It's not exactly central to the story, but it gave me a bit of Deja Vu.

This was a first novel and usually it is obvious. The story overall was a light read and mildly exciting. Not near as much so as Buffy or Mortal Instruments, but reminiscent of both (some might say copycat). Even if you aren't familiar with those, you might still enjoy this book. Especially if you're into paranormal.
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1,929 reviews386 followers
April 26, 2017
Young adult novels can be hit-or-miss for me. This one is kind of in the middle, because I quite enjoyed the story while being disappointed by the writing.

There are so many good elements—Evie herself has great potential, as a teenage agent for the International Paranormal Containment Agency. But she’s a teen, so she has teen concerns like forging an identity for herself, getting motivated to do school work, wondering if she’ll ever meet a boy, and trying to figure out what “normal” life is.

Evie’s best friend is a mermaid who runs the command centre at IPCA and they communicate through a translator of some kind. When Lisha, the mermaid, gets riled, her curses are translated by the machine as “bleep.” Resulting in Evie using “bleep” a lot in her everyday conversation. A neat way around the swearing dilemma in YA fiction.

The ability to see through glamours is Evie’s special talent and she actually “sees” and apprehends the young man who becomes her boyfriend during the course of the novel. Once again, fitting with the YA format, this relationship is very chaste and they get no further than hand-holding and kissing.

My major complaint is the lack of emotional depth to Evie. When people important to her IPCA life are killed, she seems to barely register these deaths, but instead concentrates on prom dresses and whether her boyfriend actually likes her. Although faeries are set up as the bad guys, they lack any real grit as villains.

For my money, if you like Paranormalcy, you should definitely try Lisa Shearin’s SPI Files, starting with The Grendel Affair. I found it funnier, more suspenseful, and definitely better written.
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58 reviews
May 3, 2010
Cross posted from my blog: http://penultimatepage.com/review-par...

Judging a book by the cover: Dark. Strong. Feminine. Eye-catching. Definitely what comes to mind when I think of Evie and her story.

My Thoughts:

I have been longing to read Paranormalcy since I first heard about, so naturally, I stalked my mailman when I found out I would be getting my very own copy.
Evie, the main character, is quite possibly the strongest heroine I have ever read. However, she is more than just strong. Evie is clever, sarcastic, hilarious, flirtatious, lovable, and altogether awesome!
Paranormalcy isn’s strictly about vampires or werewolves or faeries. Evie refuses to be put in a box labeled “YA Paranormal Romance”. I mean, how can you get a girl that has a pink, rhinestone taser into a box? I wouldn’t even try it. Let Evie, and Kiersten, be unique. They’re good at it. They’re the best.
Not only is Evie completely original, but so are the other characters, including the ultra-sexy love interest! Aside from some purposely cliche vampires, a few totally docile werewolves, and an evil faerie, Kiersten gives us some new paranormals to wrap our heads around. After seeing book after book of strictly one or the other, Paranormalcy is a breath of fresh air that seriously makes you think. All of Paranormalcy’s characters have lives of their own.
Of course, there is more to a story than fabulous characters. The settings in Paranormalcy are vivid and realistic. From the IPCA headquarters to international cities where Evie tracks paranormals to the faerie paths that take her there, you can perfectly visualize everywhere Evie takes you.
Normally, I can tell where a story is going, whether I guess the ending or just the next twist. It starts to get boring. I applaud Kiersten for keeping me guessing. Sure, I could guess a twist here, the effect of some action there, but multiple times, I was utterly stumped.
What we get with Paranormalcy is the perfect debut book and I only see this series getting better.
The Blurb:

Dark and sexy, flirtatious and fun. Paranormalcy is a extraordinarily unique debut that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
392 reviews335 followers
October 11, 2010
The doctor was a pleasant werewolf in her midforties. I hadn’t been in here since I sprained my ankle two years ago. And, no, it wasn’t in some exciting way, being chased through a graveyard by a vamp or anything. I sprained it while rocking out to my iPod alone in my room. Apparently hip-hop is not my calling.

Originally, I contemplated giving this book 100 stars as it helped take my mind off of my chicken pox and stopped me scratching. And really that is the most important thing in a book at the moment.

Paranormalcy was a fun and cute read that I found myself smiling the whole way through. It did have a very youthful feel to it but that didn’t stop me from enjoying it. It contains a bit of mystery and romance, lots of humour and too many different types of paranormals to count. I thought the storyline was unique and refreshing and the writing engaging.

Evie was a fun character. She was quirky, could kick butt when needed but was still very girly. She is the kind of character you want to hug but also give her some advice on life. She does need to mature somewhat. And Lend what a sweetheart! I thought his paranormal talent was unique and sometimes kind of freaky. I thought the romance was super cute, moved at a nice pace and didn’t overtake the story.

The only thing that I didn’t like about this book was Reth. He annoyed me with his constant let me fill you line. Every time he appeared I rolled my eyes! I think Evie best friend Lish summed up perfectly how I felt about him "Bleep stupid bleep bleep faeries and their bleep bleep bleep obsessions. He had better stop bleep bleep bleep the bleep bleep rules or I will bleep bleep bleep the little bleeeeeeep.”

Overall, a great start to this series that left me excited to read more! However this book won’t be for everyone it might be a bit annoying and cutesy for some of my Bookers friends since she does have a pink bedazzled taser named tasey! Eek! I feel like I should put hopping fluffy bunnies across the screen or something as a warning....
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52 reviews47 followers
August 5, 2010
I will tell you right up front I did not pick up this book on a whim. I’d heard about it, so when I saw an ARC was available, I simply had to have it. So, yes, I read it with some pre-love. But come on, look at that cover! It’s just so shiny and pretty. And that dress is just so gotsta-have-it. It also seems remarkably fitting for Evie, the main character, who is also shiny and pretty. But she’s far more than that as well—she’s downright hilarious. I laughed my way through PARANORMALCY. Evie’s voice just pops in this. Not a line or an action feels out of place because the voice is true to itself. The sparkling teenage voice was so well established that by the end, I felt like I could predict what she would say in any given situation. And Evie herself was just. so. likeable. She was vivacious and quirky (and had a really cool taser named Tasey). She was everything we wished we could’ve been as teenagers, except perhaps for one small thing…she has a freaky ability to see through paranormals’ glamours (enchantments that make paranormals appear to be human). Well, maybe you’d wish for that, too, but perhaps not all the danger she gets into. This books was one wild ride after another with Evie .

Now, while Evie got into a lot of dark, action-packed scrapes, it still felt fairly light to me because of the humorous voice. Yet it didn’t detract from the sense of urgency or the suspense, but it did make the book feel…fun. I guess that’s the word I’m looking for. But don’t mistake fun for shallow. There was a greater depth to Evie that allowed me to feel wholly invested in the story, wanting to know how things turned out. And what an adventure! It was such an original, clever premise, which seems pretty amazing to me considering it was packed full of paranormal creatures that have been written into stories for ages. And did I mention the romance? So sweet and touching. And a little bizarre, all things considered, but that’s part of what makes it so cool (I’d like to explain, but you’d hate me for giving away one of the most rockin aspects of this book). You’ll just have to read it to find out.
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418 reviews386 followers
May 10, 2011
What a cute book and a pleasant surprise! Paranormalcy is a refreshingly well written coming of age story about a sheltered teenage girl who just happens to live in a world filled with vamps, weres and other supernatural beasts. What’s that? You say that sounds just like every other YA book written these days? Well, yeah… but what is so different about this one is main character Evie thinks for herself, solves her own problems and develops a sweet and healthy relationship with a guy who treats her well. Uh-huh, it’s not like other YA novels after all, is it? ;)

Actually, Paranormalcy is very much like other UF/PNR novels these days. I can see a quite a bit of influence from other writers in Kiersten White’s book. Even so, I enjoyed this. A lot. It’s a fast and easy read with lots of action and interesting supernatural creatures.

The only area where the novel suffers is Evie herself. She faces a lot of life changing situations in this story and manages to come out the same optimistic and slightly over-enthusiastic and naive girl in the end that she is in the beginning. We all know that great novels include a little change and a little character growth and while we see Evie change her views of the world, we don’t see that she is much affected by it. Hopefully Evie will mature and grow a little in the books to come.

Of course Paranormalcy is part one of a series. I enjoyed this enough that I am definitely looking forward to Supernaturally (second in the series). However, I’m gonna be a stingy bey-otch with those ratings. Even though I really, really want to give this four stars, it seems only right to hold out for the second book and see where that goes. So for now, three stars it is.
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227 reviews242 followers
February 5, 2013
I'm really not sure how to review this properly, to be honest. I think this is the first YA novel I've ever read that is really and truly geared toward actual young adults and not the growing adult audience in the genre. It was really the only time in the last year I've spent immersed in YA that I've not been able to identify with a main character, simply because I felt so much older and more mature than her.

Anyway, beyond Evie feeling a bit immature--exactly as immature as a sixteen year old should be--I thought Paranormalcy was very well done. Kiersten White built a believable world within a world (IPCA) and the creatures and lore she used were interesting and diverse. I liked Lend, their burgeoning attracting was cute (though didn't give me the tingles) and that it was built upon--it wasn't an immediate ~connection~ born of fairy dust and hand to hand electrocution.

However, Reth was really, really creepy. I understand there is a bit of Team Reth/Team Lend going on and I have to say I don't get it. We didn't know his motivation throughout most of the book, only that what he was doing was against Evie's will and this homie never plays that. We still don't really know his motivations, so he resides firmly in Creepville as far as I'm concerned. Maybe someone else can enlighten me on his appeal.

All in all, it was well-written and well-paced and a book I will have no qualms about recommending to younger family members without feeling a little dirty about it.
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