Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, despite the fact that she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours.
But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.
So much for normal.
I’d been eagerly awaiting this one ever since I came across the lovely cover and read the blurb. After reading one paragraph, I was hooked by the snarky but bright and fresh voice on the first pages and the strength of the main character. Evie is both kick-butt-first-take-names-later and emotionally complex (in fact, all character development in the story was right on). The title chapters (Oh, Bite Me; Oh, Bleep) added to the pop-off-the-page voice.
Evie’s a rescued orphan, slated to spend her life working for an international organization dedicated to finding and tracking paranormal creatures thanks to her unique gift to see through the glamours, or disguises, used by paranormal creatures to blend in. But ever since a new paranormal, a boy with a form like water and a face Evie can’t get out of her head, enters the IPCA, Evie’s been questioning the mission of the IPCA – and her role within it. Enter a larger than life faerie who thinks he owns Evie’s body and heart and a dynamic and deadly antagonist and suddenly Evie’s not only running from a mission she doesn’t agree with – she’s running for her life.
Kiersten White’s prose pushes the reader through the story with tension, action and romance. Evie’s voice is fantastic, reminiscent of Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls books, but with an extra dose of darkness and romance. I found myself loving Evie, drawn in by her new discoveries and hopeful new love.
The romances, one with a strong-willed but fascinating faerie and the other with a sweet, mysterious boy, were believable and charming. I was swept up in both of them, the sinister undertones of the former and the slowly developing first bloom of love of the latter. Evie’s romance is well-done: gradual, endearing.
I read straight through this novel in one sitting, cheering for Evie, mourning with her, and ultimately not wanting to put it down until every mystery was solved, every motive questioned and, of course, until that first kiss. PARANORMALCY is one of my favorite additions to the YA Para-romance/Urban Fantasy genres this Fall.