Evie is a sassy and realistic girl who lives in a very out-of-the-ordinary situation.Evie has always thought of herself as a normal human girl.(So what if her ex-boyfriend is a fairy, her best friend is a mermaid and her job is to taze and tag vampires, werewolves and other paranormal creatures.) In this first novel of a trilogy, an unknown paranormal is leaving a string of dead creatures and facility break-ins in his wake, and everyone is on high alert.Evie’s life takes off in an unexpected direction when someone breaks into the International Paranormal Containment Agency, which she calls home,and she learns of a mysterious prophecy that may have a key to her future. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Recommended by Brandy S. Huffman, Librarian
Ever since she was a little girl, Evie has lived at and worked for the IPCA, the International Paranormal Containment Agency. She has a pretty special power that makes her incredibly valuable to the agency: she can see through any paranormal's glamour, that facade that most people see instead of the actual vampire or hag or whatever. Armed with her taser, Evie can tag and bag just about any wayward paranormal out there. So what if her best friend is a mermaid and the only thing close to a mother that she has is her boss? So what if she doesn't get to go to high school with real kids or get a driver's license or other normal teenage stuff? Evie is comfortable, independent, and good at her job.
But things begin to change rapidly for Evie after a cute teenage shape-shifter named Lend breaks into the IPCA, looking for intel. And someone is out there killing paranormals, too. What does all of this have to do with Evie? She's wondering the same thing. Just as Evie's falling for Lend and trying desperately to stay away from former boyfriend Reth, a seductive, gorgeous faerie, things at the IPCA start to crumble around her. Are the people and creatures of the IPCA, the only family Evie has ever known, really the good guys? How does Lend fit into what's happening around her? And why is Reth stalking her more closely than ever before?
Following Evie through this adventure is like communicating with a friend through Facebook. Her voice, that of a modern teenager struggling to understand herself and her world, is spot-on. Evie's "normal day" may not mirror those of a typical teen, but her self-conscious angst and her "I am totally falling for this guy" innocence make her someone you'd totally want to hang around with. In addition to a terrific narrator, Paranormalcy also offers a terrific cast of unusual yet relatable characters. I see that the sides are already lining up for Team Lend and Team Reth online.
But it's the humor that makes this book so special and so different from most of the YA lit that's out there today. When you read most of these paranormal romances, you get the feeling that no one ever smiles or laughs or enjoys life. I laughed out loud more than once while reading Paranormalcy, and I love that Evie doesn't turn sour even in the midst of the worst personal crises she faces. Kiersten White is my new author-hero, a bright light in the dark world of teen lit today.
Recommended by Stacy Nockowitz, Librarian, Ohio
When Evie was found by the International Paranormal Containment Agency she was an 8-year-old foster child who could see through the "glamours" of paranormals. Her ability was so startling that agencies throughout the world made changes that allowed them all to work together for the first time. Evie, who considers herself a normal human being with a special skill (so special, in fact, that no one else on Earth shares it), lives in her own room at the Agency under the watchful guidance of Raquel. When an entirely new watery, shape-shifting being named Lend infiltrates the IPCA, Evie discovers that paranormals are being killed and her entire world begins to fall apart around her. As her heart begins to melt in the presence of Lend and her fear grows in the presence of her faerie guide, Reth, Evie begins to wonder just how deeply she is involved in this strange new turn of events. Even more worrisome: is she a doomed paranormal, too?
Recommended by Susan Grigsby, Teacher-Librarian, Georgia
PARANORMALCY by Kiersten White, Trailer by Naomi Bates