Author: Kiersten White
Narrator: Emily Eiden
Release Date: July 26th, 2011
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Evie finally has the normal life she’s always longed for. But she’s shocked to discover that being ordinary can be . . . kind of boring. Just when Evie starts to long for her days at the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s given a chance to work for them again. Desperate for a break from all the normalcy, she agrees.
But as one disastrous mission leads to another, Evie starts to wonder if she made the right choice. And when Evie’s faerie ex-boyfriend Reth appears with devastating revelations about her past, she discovers that there’s a battle brewing between the faerie courts that could throw the whole supernatural world into chaos. The prize in question? Evie herself.
So much for normal.
Summary from Goodreads.com
My Review: I have been looking forward to this book for a long time. I love Evie, she is funny and she acts like a teenage girl, which is awesome. I know that may sound strange, but I have read some books, where the character is supposed to be a teenager, but they act like anything but and that can get on my nerves. Not Evie, she is great, but I still don’t think we have figured out everything about her yet. In the beginning I thought I had her personality deciphered, but I was wrong. I think this book is just starting to explore who she is and what she is capably of and I liked that.
I did see the potential love triangle in the beginning, but as the story progressed I felt as if that faded. Maybe I just don’t like one of the characters, I don’t know. I will leave it up to you to decide how you feel about each of the guys because I do not want to sway your decision one way or the other. For me though, the one guy clearly fell to into the background and the main love interest came to the forefront and I was completely okay with that.
One thing I do not always get a chance to say about books in a series is how much I loved the ending. Why? Well, in Paranormalcy you were not left with some huge cliffhanger. Oh, there are definitely things that are left unanswered, but you are not left feeling like you were cheated out of an ending. I know that happens to me sometimes, I get to the end of a book and I am so bummed because I didn’t get any answers. Not with this book, I still want to read the next book, I can’t wait, but I am happy with the way things ended in Paranormalcy.
As for the narrator, I think she captured Evie’s voice perfectly. I enjoyed listening to this story and appreciated the voice of the narrator matching the voice I had for Evie in my head. Many times narrators can ruin a book, but that was not the case with Paranolmacy. Evie is very sarcastic and has almost a valley girl type quality to her voice. Normally, that would bug me, but Kiersten manages to pull off a very lovable character with Evie and the narrator, Emily, echoed that with her narration.
Overall this book was fun, mysterious and left me wanting more. I am so happy I got a chance to read it and if you have not then you should go out and get a copy too! It is a great young adult paranormal book that is a refreshing break from the heavy books that can sometimes litter the shelves. It is a fun, light, fast paced read.
FTC: Thank you to the publisher for sending me this ARC for review.