Paranormalcy, by Kiersten White
Oh. I wanted to like this one more than I did. But I still liked this debut from Kiersten White.
Evie, child-now-teenaged wonder, can see through the glamours that paranormals put on to appear normal. She is the star of an international treaty and the International Paranormal Containment Agency, which is charged with monitoring and protecting humankind from various paranormals (vampires, werewolves, hags, faeries, mermaids, water nymphs, etc.). Evie lives at “the Center” and is sent out to find and “neuter” some of the paranormals. She never questions this existence as it is undoubtedly better than the foster-home existence she had before. Then a new kind of paranormal breaks into the center and changes Evie’s life.
So. The writing was good. But the plot. The plot boiled down, for me, into another rather formulaic YA paranormal book. The prom plot point reminded me of Twilight, and the woe-is-me-I-could-never-deserve-love whining reminded me of Bella. Evie living in the Center, underground and essentially under lock and key, reminded me of Mockingjay. The running about and neutralizing paranormals reminded me of City of Bones. The longing for a normal teenagehood complete with normal dating reminded me of Matched (okay not paranormal but still). Sigh. I think I’m just completely burned out on this genre. And I was hoping that Paranormalcy would be a bit more of a parody than it is. Insert another sigh for the fact that this is a trilogy. Again, a current YA cliche. I mean go authors for multi-book deals. But seriously? I’m sick of it. And finally, I just have to add that I’m not fond of the cover. Not the author’s fault, usually, but still.
Wow. That turned into a bit of a rant. But, really, a lot of this anger is, I think, at this particular genre and not necessarily at this particular book. Evie was a fine narrator. The writing, as I mentioned, is good. My favorite part was the development of the relationship between Lend and Evie. So the romance part worked, whining notwithstanding. Oh, and three cheers for the lack of a love triangle.
This is a perfectly good YA paranormal romance, but I think I’ll be taking a break from the genre for a while.
Paranormalcy, by Kiersten White [rating:3]
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