Monday, July 25, 2011
Paranormalcy and Supernaturally by Kiersten White
Normal isn’t something in the cards for Evie. When you can see under the glamours of all sorts of icky creatures, life isn’t ever going to be normal. For example, sexy vampires actually look like rotting corpses (sorry Twilight fans!). Yeah, gross. Evie works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, helping them gather and control paranormals that are dangerous to themselves and the human race. Her day-to-day life has been as ordinary as it could be under the circumstances - home school, hang out with her mermaid best friend, bag & tag a paranormal, and then back to some Easton Heights, her favorite teen TV drama. That is until a paranormal boy, unlike anything she has ever seen before, shows up at IPCA. Shortly after, paranormals start dropping dead for no reason in massive numbers, her dreams are being filled with creepy poems, and her faerie ex-boyfriend has gone from stubborn to crazed stalker. Something weird is definitely going on and it looks like Evie might just be at the center of it all.
I loved this book. Ms. White’s voice is incredibly refreshing. It’s sassy, but without crossing over into Juno-esque (aka trying too hard) sassyland. Her characters are all very real. I absolutely love that while Evie describes herself as cute, she’s not the “OMG most gorgeous thing ever”. Same goes with Lend, the mysterious shape shifter. She finds him attractive because of who he is, not the face he wears. So many teen books nowadays have character descriptors such as “perfect teeth” (can't stand teeth descriptors - totally not necessary. Maybe I'm just jealous!) or they meet a guy and instantly it’s “omg he is like the hottest guy on the planet”. It bugs me. Sure, I thought my husband was a hottie when I met him in high school, but I wasn’t like “OMG HOTTEST GUY EVER!! MUST HAVE!!”. It was more of a “Wow, that guy sure is a cutie. I should try to get to know him better. Yum!” Of course, now that I’ve been in love with him for years, I think he’s the hottest thing on two legs, but that’s because I know him and love him for who he is.
Anyways, I’m totally off topic here. Let’s get back to the amazing Kiersten White’s Paranormalcy series. This is a fun series for anyone who wants something a little different from the usual paranormal fiction fare. It’s silly and cute, while still having the elements of a good paranormal story (action & romance). Plus you get a whole boatload of fun creatures in this one - vampires, faeries, werewolves, shape shifters, you name it! There is something here for everyone. I won’t go and spoil the second book for you (which comes out tomorrow, BTW), but it continues on and is just as awesome. I know I am desperately awaiting book 3 and I’m sure you will be too!
“Paranormalcy” and “Supernaturally” are published by HarperTeen. You can get the first book in paperback or hardcover. “Supernaturally” is out in hardcover TOMORROW! Go go go and get your copy. Move it people! Also, be sure to listen to the Authors are ROCKSTARS! podcast with Kiersten later this week.