Paranormalcy - Review

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Publication date: 31 August, 2010
ISBN 10/13: 0061985848 / 9780061985843

Category: Young Adult, Fantasy/Science Fiction
Format: Audiobook (also available in Hardcover)
Keywords: Vampires, Werewolves, Faeries, Paranormal, Romance, Humorous

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How I found out about this book: I'd been following the author on Twitter for quite some time because of The Story Siren's 2010 Debut Author Challenge. The book finally came out, and when I listened to the Audible snippet I couldn't help but download it. No regrets!

My review: I haven't laughed this hard since Beth Fantaskey's Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side. I totally thought Evie's snarky, squee-laden and sugary Valley Girl voice would get on my nerves eventually, but reader Emily Eiden does a great job of making her adorable instead of annoying. I just about fell over laughing whenever she uttered a delighted, disbelieving "SHUT UP!" when pleasantly surprised by something. Normally so much awesome, lame, cool, etc. slang interjected into the dialogue would drive me insane, but I can't blame Evie for this--after all, everything that she knows about being a normal teenager she learned from a televised teen drama called Easton Heights. (Not a real show. :D )

I loved so much about this book: apart from the reader's voice and surprisingly adorable main character, White writes a pretty good mythology (with one but--I thought faeries weren't supposed to have souls? hmm), a nifty plot, engaging side characters (like watery boy-toy Lend and B.F.F.* Lish), and a fun romance. I couldn't put [my iPod] down. It isn't all fun and games, either--the mystery deepens halfway through and Evie's world starts falling apart... and whenever she thinks about it, she finds herself to blame. She goes through just the right amount of character development for a flighty, feisty teenaged girl.

* I keep thinking of Lish as a Best Fish Forever--she is a mermaid, after all.

I was also really surprised at how accepting I was of Evie's lack of humility: as in, she is really hot, and she'll tell you so! but I think since so many of teen characters are written as either great-looking good guys with poor self esteem or good-looking bad guys with poor morals, that Evie was such a refreshingly frank character when it came to her appearance. She's the kind of person that, being told she's beautiful, will just say "Thank you," probably followed by "I know, right?!" I also appreciate the honesty she conveys whenever she makes a stupid decision or thinks something shallow... Sure, some readers might not be able to tolerate her sometimes excruciating cluelessness, but I just adored her!

While ultimately readers will question Evie's search for normal--after all, we read so much paranormal fiction to escape from our own mundane lives--I think anyone who just wants an enjoyable, giggly teen tale will lap this right up.

Who should read this book: I'd recommend this for as young as middle school--there's lots of fun adventure, PG-rated romance, and all the swearing is censored in a very funny way. You'll see. Oh, Evie flips someone the bird, twice, but I think it's a) justified and b) amusing.

Paranormalcy is the author's debut novel, and the first of a trilogy.

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