Paranormalcy is the first book in a new series by Kiersten White. It is a quick, clean YA read. I read it in one evening because I just could NOT put it down. This book is so new and different from everything that I have read recently and it was really refreshing. The main character, Evie, is a pretty great female lead and I appreciated her.
Basically, the story follows Evie, who has the unusual ability to see Supernaturals for what they really are. For example, when she looks at a vampire, she can see past their "Hot, Angsty Teen" glamour and see the withered animated corpse underneath for what it really is. She was abandoned by her mom at a young age, taken into foster care then found and taken in by the International Paranormal Containment Agency, so she has no idea why is she the way that she is. Her job is to go out to find supernaturals, tag them with a tagging device and either bring them in for containment or send them to report at the nearest containment facility.
Evie is good at what she does and she actually kind of likes her life- such as it is. She would love to go to a real school, have a boyfriend, and do normal teenage things but what she has isn't awful. Her best friend is an immortal mermaid with a potty mouth. Her boss is kind of her foster mom. The biggest downer about working with IPCA is having to deal with Reth, a fairy who has been after her heart for a long time- and not in a good way. Then one day, Evie's life is turned upside down when an alarm sounds and she catches someone in her boss's office, wearing her face.
Lend is a teenage boy who happens to be able to put on the glamour of anyone's appearance- as long as they aren't too greatly different in size and shape from his real form. Evie is drawn to Lend while he is being held by IPCA and while he never "wears" his true face for people to see, Evie can see through the glamour and falls in love with the beautiful boy who looks as if he is made of water- Lend's REAL face. Lend and Evie bond of their abilities, their statuses with IPCA, and Lend tests Evie constantly to see if she is attracted to the face he's wearing or if she really SEES him.
Lend and Evie will escape from IPCA but not without facing something that neither has seen before. Will Evie fulfill the faerie prophesy about her? Does Reth ever take her heart? Does Evie ever get to see a real high school locker? Or go to the prom with her boyfriend? Paranormalcy answers all these questions but more remain that we may see answered in the sequel, Supernaturally, which is slated for a September 2011 release. You can learn more about the Paranormalcy books and Kiersten on her WEBSITE or GOODREADS. You can also friend her on FACEBOOK or follow her on TWITTER!
Paranormalcy earns 5 Fairies for a new and interesting paranormal read.