Sunday, January 22, 2012


All of us have had those times when we thought, "Who am I, really?"  But for most of us, we were having a philosophical moment.  We weren't questioning our humanity.  However, that's exactly what Evie from Kiersten White's Paranormalcy (watch the trailer here) finds herself trying to decide.  Could you imagine living until your teens thinking you were a human, but then one day you find information that implies otherwise?  Well, I don't know about you, but I for one would be a little freaked out by that.  Who's with me?

Evie has been living a very "normal" life at the IPCA (International Paranormal Containment Agency) headquarters since she was eight years old.  Normal for Evie is using faeries to travel to the far reaches of the globe to use her pink taser,Tasey, to stun paranormal beings, put containment bracelets on them, and advise them to turn themselves into the IPCA.  I mean, that sounds about normal to me.  Spending time slinking around wearing neck revealing blouses to lure in vampires so they can be "tagged and bagged" is the way all my friends spend their free time. 

Despite how out of this world Evie's life sounds, its the only one she knows.  She has been told she was abandoned as a child and after her gift was identified, the IPCA recognized she could be their secret weapon and answer to all their problems.  You see, Evie has the gift of being able to see through the glamours of paranormals.  This means she sees a vampire for what he truly is, a corpse instead of the Emmett Cullen hottie facade most people see.  This makes her quite useful to the agency.

Life goes on for Evie, being best friends with a mermaid, hating a faerie ex-boyfriend named Reth, being tutored by a know, average stuff.  Until one day, the alarms at IPCA blare a panicked alert.  Attempting to help, Evie runs to find Raquel (her sort of mother figure).  But when she enters Raquel's office she finds someone who seems to be "wearing" Raquel's appearance instead of the real lady.  (So crazy!)  Evie is able to tase this thing in order to take him into custody.

No one seems to know where he came from, what he is, or what he can do (except morph his appearance into anything he wants).  This sends all the fine folks at IPCA into a tailspin.  As if this weren't enough, someone begins to kill paranormals, which is strictly against IPCA's policy.  As these bizarre happenings continue and eventually connect, Evie begins to doubt who she is and what she has always believed.  But, along the way she is able to fill in some of the gaps in her life by experiencing life as a somewhat normal teen for a while.

         Paranormalcy is a fun read.  I love when Evie wants to use curse words but says BLEEP instead; that cracks me up.  There are two more books in the series Supernaturally (watch the trailer here), available now, and Endlessly, available July 24, 2012.  And, obviously now, I am excited to read them.  So, if you haven't read Paranormalcy, why the BLEEP not?  (tee hee)

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