Review: Paranormalcy

Author: Kiersten White
  • Series: Paranormalcy #1
  • Published: July 26, 2011
  • Publisher: Harper Teen
  • Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Pages: 368 pages (paperback)
  • Source: Bought

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 prophecies. 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 destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.

~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

PARANORMALCY is a wonderfully light and entertaining read. Evie is stuck in the world of paranormal while working of the IPCA. Well, she's pretty much grown up there since they found her when she was eight. All she wanted was to go to a real school and have legitimate friends that aren't mermaids that she has to communicate with over a video screen--not that she has a problem with that because Lish is absolutely awesome--but she can never have that. She is the only human who can see paranormals for what they really are, not what their glamors make them out to be, thus making her one of the most unknown and powerful paranormals of all.

 The IPCA's mission is to find and tag paranormals, not allowing them to hurt humans any further. When a paranormal that they have never come across before breaks into the IPCA in search of answers, Evie's world will forever be turned upside down. This paranormal is named Lend, and Lend truly isn't one of the bad guys.

I loved Evie. She just wanted to find the normal in the paranormal. She freaked out when she saw a locker, she wanted to have her first kiss, she wanted to have a typical teenage life like the one on her favorite television series. And, to add to that, she was insanely hilarious and entertaining with one of the most out-there fashion senses. Zebra wrap around dress with pink knee high boots, anyone? No, that's okay, Evie has that covered.

The other characters in this book were very entertaining as well. The supporting characters were surprisingly strong and, believe it or not, there are two men in this one without being a love triangle. Reth is the creepy ex-boyfriend that she never kissed that happens to be a faerie and Lend is the prisoner that she can't help but be drawn to because he is an anomaly just like her. While I fell in love with Lend and his attitude, I had trouble with Reth's characterization. For someone that's supposed to be a "good guy," he is incredibly unlikable and he seems too evil to be on the good side, thus I wasn't too fond of his character. Lend is easily likable and full of secrets because nobody can see him for what he truly is. Well, nobody besides Evie.

This read is truly entertaining. While Evie slowly discovers her true identity, meaning in life, and the secrets of the IPCA, you'll easily become engrossed in her story. However, I feel as if some of the plot twists weren't executed to their fullest extent. Some specific parts of the text were lacking on detail, which is upsetting for a story so rich with detail and visual images. This novel is getting 4 stars. I am looking forward to further immersing myself in the world that White created, though it is not a series that I expect to fully knock me off my heels. 


I really like this cover. Is it a favorite of mine? No. Does it actually pull off having a person on it well? Yes! She doesn't look airbrushed and she truly looks like the way that I imagined Evie. I'm content with this cover! I know, it surprises me that I actually like a cover for once, too!


4 stars



  1. I LOVED Evie and Lend! She was so funny and I felt bad that she couldn't have a little normal in her paranormal! LOL Lend was so sweet and how cool to have a boyfriend that can look like anyone.

  2. I have had Paranormalcy on my Kindle for a really long time now, and I have yet to read it. I have only read a few reviews for the series, but they have been mostly pretty darn positive. I might have to make this my next Kindle read.