Paranormalcy

Paperback | July 26, 2011

byKiersten White

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Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only one who can see through glamours.

But now Evie’s dreams are filled with haunting voices and cryptic messages—and she’s realizing that she may be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.

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Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only one who can see through glamours.But now Evie’s dreams are filled with haunting voices and cryptic messages—and she’s realizing that she may be at the ce...

Kiersten White is theNew York Timesbestselling author of the Paranormalcy trilogy,The Chaos of Stars, and the psychological thrillersMind GamesandPerfect Lies. She has neither magic nor a pet bird, but wants both. Kiersten lives with her family in San Diego, California.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.83 inPublished:July 26, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061985856

ISBN - 13:9780061985850

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good series Good series, no dull moments, full of action and suspense.
Date published: 2015-01-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Eh. I expected and even a bit irritating in some scenes. I expected some kind of dark novel with a very serious character and a very serious plot. What I got was a sarcastic, stereotypical teen character, a swerving plot and very sarcastic humor. So, it was definitely not what I was expecting. The main character, Evie made me laugh. However, I found her annoying and though she was on the light side, she was selfish and kind of stupid. It was always about what she wanted, how she watched her favorite TV show, all her little problems, how she wants to attend high school [which is completely dumb, because I totally want out.] The writing was completely and totally in the voice of Evie. Kiersten White has a talent for completely transforming into her character and therefore making the book sound very consistent. Her dialogue was also very appealing and even though I wasn't Evie's fan, the other characters were great. The plot, however, was a little slow. I, as the reader, felt in the dark for a lot longer than comfortable. I wish there could've been more foreshadowing and clues. The whole shocking revelation at the end seemed a little random because there weren't enough clues. Overall, it's a sarcastic book that's a little juvenile [due to the main character.] It was cute even though I had a lot of issues with the main character. There are also two other books in the series and I'm definitely checking those out too!
Date published: 2015-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Spectacular Paranormal read This book is a good read! A good choice is included with good characters, and a good plot. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the supernatural.
Date published: 2014-10-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay I've read my fair share of paranormal books and this one was okay. For some reason I couldn't relate to Evie. I wasn't invested into the character. Which made it was hard to get through the novel. However, it was comical which made me curious however I'm sticking with my rating.
Date published: 2014-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick paranormal YA read with great characters Paranormalcy is the first in the YA series by the same name which was written by Kiersten White and first published by HarperTeen in August 2010. For as long as Evie can remember she has been working at the International Paranormal Containment Agency (IPCA) because only she can see through paranormal glamours. She has always thought of herself as a normal teenager with a passion for online shopping and high school dramas on TV, but she is about to realize that there is something sinister going on with her at the epicenter. Something or someone is killing paranormals and she is going to help find out what is going on so that they can stop this from happening. So much for being normal. Unfortunately this book has been sitting on my bookshelf for a while. The entire series has already been released and I am only just reading the first book now. I must say that I was drawn to this book because of the cover it is dark yet beautiful. I like the contrast between Evie looking beautiful and pale in front of the dark and stormy looking sky. I have heard lots of positive reviews of the series, and since it fits well with the (not so) scary theme of the month I was excited to finally start this series. I listened to the audiobook and I think the actress did a fantastic job especially with Lish and the many voices of Lend, so if you get a chance you should check it out. I went into the book not really knowing what it was about, but it sucks you in from the very beginning and it’s a quick read that makes you want to keep reading right through to the end. The main character is Evie who has the unique ability to see through glamours revealing the true form of monsters like vampires, werewolves and faeries. She is taken in by the IPCA to work for them and help them contain paranormals. Evie was a typical teenager worried about fashion, shopping and boys. I like that she was excited about normal things like lockers, high school and obtaining a drivers license. She yearns for the lifestyle that every teenager has and takes for granted. I found myself identifying with her girly yet tough personality. If I was going to own a deadly weapon of course I would want it to be in pink too! There were some really interesting personalities in this book including Lish Evie’s best friend who happens to be a mermaid, Lend her dreamy crush who can take any form, the creepy faery Reth who was scarily obsessed with Evie, and a ‘villain’ who tries to get Evie to use her powers for evil. I loved reading about the interaction with each character because nothing felt unnatural or forced especially the budding relationship with Lend. I liked the story, and found myself cheering for Evie and wanting to find out more about her. I like the inside joke between Evie and Lish that the robotic voice Lish has did not translate swear words and so throughout the book they say “bleep” instead of swears. I think it gets your point across without having to say inappropriate words. I will definitely be reading the next book in the series which is called Supernaturally and was originally released in 2011. I want to see what happens next with Evie and Lend. The film rights were optioned prior to the release of the first book, but no definitive plans for a movie have been released. I think it would work well as a tv show, and I would watch it for sure. Check out http://bibliophilesisters.wordpress.com/ for more reviews
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Okay A different spin on the paranormal. Interesting book. I loved it and plan to read the rest.
Date published: 2013-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed it www.addictedtonovels.blogspot.com One of the best paranormal novels I have read in ssooo long! Besides Fate Fixed, that is! The main character, Evie/Evelyn was SO kick ass, she wasn't one of those whiny, boring characters that have been a lot of my books lately, she actually knew how to kick butt and never complained about anything. I didn't know what to expect, but from the very first sentence, I was so hooked. Especially when I found out she had a freaking pink taser! Wish I had a pink taser ;D This book had such a good pace to it, it never got boring, had no slow parts, and made me wanna keep reading even when I wasn't able to. All I wanted to do was sit down and read it! It was very smooth reading, even got my heart pounding a bit, when Evie cried, I wanted to cry and when she laughed I wanted to laugh. I think it ended very nicely and everything came together really well, answered questions from the start of the book but still left you wanting more.
Date published: 2012-01-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Light and fluffy Paranormalcy looked to be a dark, edgy, and interesting read. It is interesting, but no where close to dark or edgy. Evie, who is a light, fluffy character, is fine for a narrator. She feels like a 16 year old, which is good, but also is what made me rate down the book. It made me roll my eyes whenever she used the word "bleep" instead of swearing and her inner monologuing was tiresome at some points. I like reading first person narrative, but I almost feel like I would have enjoyed this one more if it had been in third person. I liked Lend, even if he was a bit on the dull side. But Reth just annoyed me. I understand the fae are supposed to be a bit aloof and mysterious, but there was too much of it going on to make me even begin to like him. So, I like it. I will eventually read the next book, but it's at the bottom of a list of books I want to read. 3/5 stars because I did enjoy it, but I wasn't wowed at all.
Date published: 2011-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it Great book not what I thought it was but better
Date published: 2011-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This is really my kind of book, it was really good. The imagination that Kiersten White has is phenomenal, to be able to think about all these things is great. This book was very refreshing and very enticing, I could not put the book down once I started reading it, it is very addicting you want to know what happens next. I really recommend this book to people who enjoy story's about all things paranormal.
Date published: 2011-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A refreshing paranormal As I read more and more YA books, I begin to realize how important the voice is. Although I am not a teenager, I believe Kiersten White has captured the appropriate voice very well in Paranormalcy. I first found out about Paranormalcy from many of the writer blogs that I follow. There were so many great reviews that I decided to check the book out for myself. I love the twist Kiersten has taken on paranormals, even creating some of her own. It is refreshing to not read about the same old elves, vampires and werewolves. The main character Evie helps us to see them for what they really are. Each chapter was plotted out well, leaving me in suspense at the end of each one. So, if you enjoy reading young adult and/or paranormal books, be sure to check out Paranormalcy by Kiersten White. I look forward to reading Supernaturally when it is released in 2011.
Date published: 2010-12-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Filled with pink cuteness There’s only one word that can describe Evie: cute. Everything about her is cute. I enjoyed reading what she was thinking and her actions are just like what a teenage girl would exactly do. This was accurately done and very well written. I thought the plot was good and kept my attention. It flowed smoothly and things were explained, yet still leaving the reader with questions that will be answered in the next two books. There’s a good healthy mix of romance, action, and comedy to keep the reader entertained throughout the entire novel. Some of the comments made by Evie made me laugh out loud, and the budding romance between her and Lend is a nice read. I also really liked Evie’s friendship with Lish. They seemed like such a wonderful pair despite large differences between the two (Lish is a mermaid). I thought they were the perfect best friends pair I have ever read so far. Now in regards to the Evie’s romances, I’m not so sure if there’s really supposed to be some love triangle happening. I don’t think so since it looks like Evie and Lend are pretty well off together. Reth keeps on coming in the way but I found him absolutely revolting and definitely not boyfriend material. He’s like a real annoying fly but at the power of ten. So, the plot’s great. The characters are pretty well done. The other reviews and opinions seem pretty accurate about the book. So why do I feel as if I didn’t enjoy this book much as others did? For starters, Evie’s obsessed with the color pink. I personally can’t stand the color and go out of my way to avoid it. She’s so girly it’s making me think she’s a book version of Barbie. Perhaps I’m so used to reading tomboy characters, or characters filled with sharp wit sans the cuteness. So this is a rather huge contrast and change that I had to adjust to. Actually, Evie started getting annoying after the first few chapters. However liking the color pink isn’t the only reason. It’s her constant descriptions of Raquel’s sighs. That got really old. REALLY FAST. I don’t care what kind of sigh Raquel did, just keep the story going! to me, it was silly and the constant repetitiveness of it got to me and sad to say, it made a large negative impact on my opinion of the book. If it wasn’t for these little things I probably would have enjoyed it much better. Perhaps I’m too used to tomboyish, mature like characters to properly enjoy Evie. It really is a wonderful book and I probably will read the next two books following this. I’m only hoping Evie won’t get as annoying (ie: tone down the color obsession..and the descriptive sighs)..because if this persists, it may just sway me to not pursue this series at all. Yet I do recommend this book to those in love with YA paranormal urban fantasy. It really is worth the read.
Date published: 2010-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dreaming of Books Review I knew I would love this book from the first chapter. Anyone who names their taser is totally awesome in my book. Plus Evie’s incredibly witty and I love her sarcasm and humor. She still thinks of herself as normal even though she has the unique power of seeing through paranormal glamour’s and works for the IPCA to help them track down different paranormals. In most YA paranormal books you have the hot bad boy who’s mysterious and brooding as the love interest. But Lend was nothing like that—I mean yes he was still hot. He’s more the boy next door or one of your good guy friends that you have a crush on. Not dark or brooding in any way and the fact that he’s a shapeshifter sets up a different dynamic between him and Evie. Whenever Evie and Lends are together you really get to see that these two are still only teenagers. They acted more like teens and the conversations they had were things that teens in their situations would most likely talk about. It was cool to see so many different paranormals all in one book. Most books you have werewolves or vampires or faeries but Paranormalcy had many different paranormals all in the story. Kiersten White did an amazing job with her debut book. The story was fast paced and was both light and fun but also had the darker storyline. The ending tied up some of the loose ends (hurrah! no cliffhanger ending) but it also has me anticipating book two.
Date published: 2010-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sassy My favorite thing about Paranormalcy was Evie. She's genuine, honest, funny, sassy, loves pink and names her weapons. She is also lost and a little bit flawed which makes her all the more believable and lovable as a character. My second favorite thing about Parnormalcy is Evie's new love interest, Lend the shape-shifter. For most of us paranormal/urban fantasy junkies, the term "shifter" usually refers to a person who can turn into an animal but in Parnormalcy this is not the case (I am not giving anymore about Lend away you'll have to read it to find out for yourself!). Kiersten White's character description has enough depth to make the characters believable and kept me turning the pages one after the other until suddenly the book was over. After checking out Kiersten White's website I may not be far off in saying Evie's sass and humour are at least in part a reflection of Kiersten's own personality. I love the little twists that Kiersten does on "traditional" paranormal myths and I was left wanting a little more description of the world she had created in Paranormalcy. With that said a lot of readers find that to much description actually takes away form the story and they become bored with it. I on the other hand usually enjoy a thorough description of EVERYTHING. To sum it all up, I love the plot, the characters, the flow of Kiersten's writing and Kiersten's twist on the paranormal but I want more of all of it. Lucky for me there are two sequels to follow with the next installment, Supernaturally due out Fall 2011.
Date published: 2010-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bleeping Awesome! Paranormalcy was bleeping awesome! It's one of the most refreshing paranormal novels I've read in quite awhile and Kiersten White has managed to bring something entirely new to a genre that tends to have a lot of repetition. So a huge kudos goes out to her! Let's first start with the cover because it's just so bleeping gorgeous! (You'll totally understand the 'bleeping' once you've read the book...) The pink dress, the dark background- everything just comes together to look so eye-catching! It was the cover that first attracted me to learn more about the actual novel... which turned out to be just as fantastic as the cover. Paranormalcy did not let me down and met, if not exceeded, my expectations. White keeps readers on their toes, throwing in some twists and turns that will leave you flipping eagerly to the next page of this fast-pace novel. Despite working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency and having the ability to see through the glamours of paranormals, sixteen-year old Evie has always considered herself rather normal. Her ex-boyfriend Reth just happens to be a faerie and when she's not hanging out with her mermaid best friend Lish, she's out "neutering" paranormals with the help of her pink with rhinestones taser, aptly named Tasey. But when a mysterious shape-shifter, Lend, breaks into the IPCA one night, Evie's world gets even more complicated... which is saying something. His arrival coincides with a string of mysterious paranormal deaths, and Evie will soon begin to question not only the people who have come to be her family, but also herself. Evie is the type of girl who can not only kick some serious butt, but she also still has time for fun and is a bit of a girly girl. She's spent so many years working for the IPCA that more than anything, she wishes she can experience a normal teenage life like attend high school and even go on a date. Her experience of the outside world really only comes from her favourite TV show, Easton Heights, but her naivety was so endearing. When she laughs, you laugh. When she cries, you'll want to cry too. We learn more about Evie's past as the novel progresses, but enough questions are still raised about her heritage- and its connection to the faeries- that it will be interesting to learn more details in the next novel. And I can't forget to mention Lend! He's such a sweetheart and the way he cares about Evie will leave you going 'Awwww...." The chemistry between the pair was just right and couldn't have been any better. They could talk to each other freely about their troubles but at the same time, they weren't above teasing one another which made the story so much better. Kiersten White has certainly set the bar high for the next novel, Supernaturally, when it's released in Fall 2011 and I'm already looking forward to reading it! If you still haven't read Paranormalcy, don't wait- read this book as soon as you can! You can also check out the review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.com/2010/09/paranormalcy-by-kiersten-white.html
Date published: 2010-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great debut novel I picked this up while on vacation and am so glad that I did. An excellent debut novel, the characters are well developed and fleshed out. The heroine is funny and strong and vulnerable all at the same time. The world that the author has created is interesting and detailed and different from other supernatural books out there. I would recommed it to anyone who enjoys these kinds of books, whether you are a teen or an adult.
Date published: 2010-09-06

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