Paranormalcy #1. Author: Kiersten White.
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. (Goodreads summary.)
Let’s do things backward for a change – we’ll start with the ugly, move on to the bad, and then to the good.
The Ugly: The fairy. Reth, with his glamor and apparent power to seduce at a single touch, was *extremely* creepy, and not in a good way.
The Bad: The plot’s clichéd, the almost-instant-love more so, and the main character far too fluttery. Okay, that was a harsh summation, but I’d say it’s fairly correct. I’m really tired of beautiful main characters falling in ‘love’ mostly over appearances. In their defense, though, they did actually talk together about themselves and their interests. A little. Now, the main character, I think some people will really connect with. It’s a personal quirk of mine that I don’t agree with anyone who wears too much pink.
The Good: The fairy. Kiersten White took the highroad with the fae, to my delight; they are truly fae and dangerous, rather than sweet and cute. The Paranormal police – I liked the take on paranormalcy and how it would be controlled. And, yes, Evie, our main character. Despite wearing pink stilettos and obsessing over a tv drama, she’s actually fairly capable. More important, she’s rounded out. She wishes she could go to high school and dreams about dating, imagines ordinary details like lockers and rolls her eyes when yet another vampire starts flirting. She was funny at points, and believable, and I could relate to her because of these ordinary reactions to being sequestered.
Overall, an okay paranormal romance, your basic fluff type with a good setting.
Sexual content: Faery tries to entice a girl with a compelling glamour. Some light flirting. Some kissing. Character finds out that the paranormal control regularly enacts “forced sterilization” to avoid hybrid paranormals.
Language: 17 scatological terms, 2 bloody
Violence: A police-type tasers multiple paranormals at different times to subdue them. Vampires attack a girl, she lashes out with a knife and cuts flesh. A prisoner is non-lethally electrocuted by a triggered alarm. A vampire deliberately activates an alarm that injects him with holy water, causing his near-instant death. Character finds a dead body, no markings on it. Character hits a fairy in the face with iron.