Paranormalcy: A Chick Lit Wednesday Review

Paranormalcy by Kiersten WhiteEvie is pretty normal as far as teenagers go: She wears a lot of pink. Easton Heights is her favorite television show. She likes to gossip and hang out with her best friend Alisha.

Every normal girl has a shiny pink taser strapped to her belt, right?

Sure, Evie’s being harassed by a really persistent (and beautiful) faerie.

Then there’s the fact that she’s been working full-time since she was eight.

For the International Paranormal Containment Agency (IPCA).

Okay, so maybe Evie isn’t really that normal what with the whole seeing-through-the-glamours-of-paranormal-creatures thing.

But when a mysterious Paranormal infiltrates IPCA and the faeries start to get shifty it’s a sure sign that things are going to get pretty bleeping weird–even by Evie’s standards in Paranormalcy (2010) by Kiersten White.

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Paranormalcy is White’s debut novel.

It’s also a lot of fun. Evie’s narration blends candor and a contemporary voice in a way that is authentic and enjoyable. Even though the book is an obvious fantasy, Evie really does sound like a normal girl and her everyday hopes and concerns add a lot to a storyline that is anything but ordinary.

This is a fun read for anyone looking for a new tough girl with a touch of glitter running through her veins. Paranormalcy is going to be a thrill for a lot of readers looking for a new story that can blend humor, action, adventure, and romance all while being witty, endearing and just a little bit campy.

Possible Pairings: A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray, Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger, I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, Ghost Huntress by Marley Gibson, Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey, Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge, Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs, Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, The Agency by Y. S. Lee, Alias (TV Series) Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV Series)

Exclusive Bonus Content: As soon as I saw the cover and heard the story, I was really, really excited about this book. Even with that enthusiasm, Paranormalcy fell short of the mark for me. Despite the quality writing, charming heroine, and original world White has created I kept thinking the book was missing something. I’m not mentioning it in the body of the review because I honestly see the appeal of this book and liked a lot of it. Aside from not meeting my expectations, Paranormalcy’s main fault was not being the book I wanted it to be (partly because of what I saw as a Love Triangle Bait and Switch which was explained earlier this month)–and that isn’t always a fair thing to hold against a book. I guess you could say I wanted more from the book than it had to give. Much like Plain Kate, this is one book that I wanted to love it but wound up only liking it instead.

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