Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Read By: Emily Eiden
Length: 8 hours and 35 minutes
Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-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 really had a hard time not envisioning the show Trueblood while I was reading this. I think my mind mentally placed everything that happened in this book in the world that was built by Trueblood, just because of the similarities (tons of paranormals, a main character who is paranormal but doesn’t know it, etc.). This also reminded me of the Delirium series, where IPCA was the structured government and Lend’s family was the people living in the wild and the character does this total 180 with what they believe. ANYWAYS… I guess it’s a bad sign that all I thought about was other things while I was reading this and not about the story/characters in Paranormalcy itself.
So that being said, I feel like there was a real missed opportunity in this book. This world of paranormals and this government organization trying to (1) keep it all a secret and (2) keep everything in order could have been totally awesome, but instead it fell really, really flat. Throughout the whole book, we got very minimal details about IPCA, the world, and the creatures. GIVE ME MORE, damn it!
Evie as main character was also pretty awful. I would get irrationally angry at her sometimes, just for how childish she was acting. As an avid YA reader, I’m very used to reading about teenagers, and I’ve seen them portrayed well, and I’ve seen them portrayed horribly. It seems like Evie was creating from the most cliché assumptions about teenagers. Teenagers are clueless – okay perfect, let’s make Evie really clueless. Teenagers talk in this weird slang – GREAT, let’s make Evie talk in weird slang and say things that make the readers roll their eyes. Teenagers make really awful decisions – wonderful, we’ll have Evie make really, really dumb decisions so everyone questions if she even has a brain. To be fair, I think some of my irritation may have been from the narrator of the audiobook, how she would draw out certain words, the inflection in her voice, ERRR I just wanted to slap her sometimes! Okay, sorry, but I hated Evie, like a ton.
On top of the world being boring, the main character being awful, the story itself wasn’t even all that entertaining for me. Sure, there was a little action, but it wasn’t enough to keep me totally hooked. It was also predicable, which made it even worse. At least if you’re going to be totally predictable, be drama filled and action filled and keep me entertained, darn it! I’m not one to stop reading a series, it’s not in my blood. Once I’m in, I’m in, even if it’s not my favorite, because I’m so damn curious and I need to know how things end. Shockingly, though, I have zero desire to finish this series. I just don’t know if I can stand it. I’m struggling to even write about this book because it meant that little to me.
Did you enjoy Paranormalcy? Do you think it’s worth me trying to finish out the series to see where this all goes?