Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White [Book Inspection]

Plot Sketch: Evie (short for Evelyn) is a teenaged, kick-butt, pink-Taser-toting, agent for IPCA.  What's IPCA?  International Paranormal Containment Agency.  She "bags and tags" paranormals with ankle trackers that neuter, I mean neutralize, them and make them safe for humankind.  She's an orphan who was raised by the foster system then basically adopted by IPCA because of her special powers, she can see through glamours.  She can see the dead, the beauty, the reality underneath making her an almost-deadly weapon.  She desperately wants to go to a real high school and experience everything she sees on her favorite TV series, Easton Heights.  When paranormals start dying en masse and a stranger enters the IPCA compound, and Evie can't tell what he is, Evie's world gets flipped upside down and doesn't know where she belongs.

Verdict: Paranormalcy is a fun read, especially for October with all of its paranormal activitiy between the pages.  It's got werewolves and vampires and faeries, elementals and some hybrids you've never even heard of.  It's completely original.  But the weird thing is that even though it's a unique story, it seems really juvenile, like it might have made a better MG book.  It's solid writing, but nothing I'd go on about for days.  I love the characters, love the premise, and recommend you read it.  I'll definitely be reading the next two in the series, shortly after I finish the October IHM 5.  It's an entertaining mix of pink and humor and darkness, and you're sure to enjoy it if you give it a chance.

Check out the book trailer:

Parents:  This one's squeaky clean.  Like just-brushed teeth squeaky.