Review: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White


(The giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Cathie who won a signed copy of Paranormalcy. Also, this book is our November group read. Keep an eye out for details of the book chat.)

Paranormalcy by Kiersten WhiteParanormalcy
Kiersten White

Published: Aug. 2010 (Harper Teen)
Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon

Rating (out of 5): 4 stars

With witty writing, Paranormalcy is a fun YA read. Evie has worked for the International Paranormal Containment Agency (IPCA) for as long as she can remember. Unlike everyone else, she can see though all glamours. Hot hot vampires for her — she just sees the dead body underneath. Her life consists of bagging and tagging various paranormal creatures — vampires, werewolves, hags. Once they’re tagged, they get assigned jobs at IPCA.

She’s never questioned her role. (Though, she’s always felt the agency was too lenient with faeries. Her ex is one, and he just won’t leave her alone. Stupid faeries.) It can be kind of lonely being the only teenager, who has to experience typical teen life vicariously through a TV show.

So when an unknown paranormal is detained, she can’t help by try to learn more. Lend can shift his shape into anyone’s appearance. Once he and Evie manage to get on the same level — and he quits making his glamour look like her — the two bond. She finally has a shot at having a friend, even a boyfriend.

Except paranormals are being killed. IPCA can’t figure it out, and they are convinvced Lend has answers. Though the story Evie discovers her real role at the agency, runs for her life, saves others, learns the reason she can see though all glamours and falls in love.

Evie is wonderfully relatable. It’s hard not to love the way she adopts using “bleep” instead of curse words, her love of her pink taser and all things girly. We want her to be happy. We want her to find love. We really like it when she kisses Lend.

Paranormalcy deals with some heavy circumstances with a light tone. Kiersten White knows how to diffuse tension with a good laugh. She also managed to create a hottie who is practically an invisible boy in his natural form.

The story takes a bit to really ignite, but with such endearing characters you’ll be hooked quickly. We’re looking forward to seeing where Evie and Lend’s story will go. Paranormalcy is the first in a series. We’ll be sure to let everyone know when the next book is on the horizon.


We recently had the pleasure of meeting Kiersten White. (She’s super adorable and nice.) She was kind enough to sign a copy of Paranormalcy for one lucky Vampire Book Club reader.

In the novel, Evie’s best friend is a mermaid. It’s cooler and more functional than you’d expect. To enter for a signed copy of Paranormalcy, leave a comment answering the question: If you could have any paranormal creature as a best friend, what would it be?

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53 Responses to “Review: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White”

  1. Oh gosh… How can I choose just one? A vegetarian vampire would be cool, as would a werewolf… A fairy that wouldn’t make me dance until my feet wore off could be pretty cool too though!

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  2. PinkStuff28 says:

    A vampire would be cool!

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  3. jpetroroy says:

    I’d love a mermaid!

    +1 follower via Google Friend connect

  4. Britney says:

    I’d like to be friends with a vampire! Dark, mysterious, sexy, and charming. What’s not to love?

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  5. Tina says:

    I think I’d have to go with a witch/wizard. Growing up, I think everyone wanted to be friends with the Harry Potter Trio. Although, I might’ve been jealous if he/she got their Hogwarts letter and I didn’t.
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