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Discover the first book in a sparkling paranormal romance trilogy from Kiersten White, #1 New York Times bestselling author of And I Darken.

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 supernatural glamours.

She's also about to find out that she may be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.

For fans of Teen Wolf, Buffy, and Supernatural, this New York Times bestseller is a witty, fresh, and downright fun read that will capture your heart.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 154 x 215 x 29mm | 440g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0061985848
  • 9780061985843
  • 89,835

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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.
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Review quote

Strong characters, a clever premise, and a hilarious voice all team up to make Paranormalcy the most refreshing paranormal debut of the year. --Lisa McMann, New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy"
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Rating details

89,827 ratings
3.89 out of 5 stars
5 36% (32,168)
4 31% (28,245)
3 23% (20,372)
2 7% (6,341)
1 3% (2,701)

Our customer reviews

(Source: I own a copy of this book.) 16-year-old Evie is special. She's the only person in the whole world who can see through paranormals glamours, and because of that she's very valuable to a lot of people. Since she was 8 and her talent was discovered, she's been working for the IPCA (International Paranormal Containment Agreement), tagging and bagging vamps, werewolves etc. to keep humans safe. She also lived at their headquarters all that time too, and has never been allowed to go to a proper school. One day a boy breaks into the facility, a boy who is unlike any paranormal she has ever seen before. Lend can change his glamour to look like anybody, but Evie isn't fooled and helps to capture him. As she gets to know him she begins to develop feelings for him, and realises that he knows something about some recent paranormal deaths, and that they should be working together rather than keeping him imprisoned. Evie has no shortage of problems to deal with though with Reth - a fairy, who seems to want her heart for some reason, as well as dealing with the supernatural killer, her homework, and Lend. So when the paranormal killer gets into the facility, and comes after the people who are like Evie's family, she makes a run for it. Can she work out what exactly the killer is? Can she do something to stop them? And can she stay away from Reth before he does her serious harm? I've waited ages to read this book so I was so excited that I finally got to read it! Usually when I have such high expectations of a book I end up disappointed, but I'm happy to say that that totally didn't happen with this book! I knew I would love this right from the very first page! Evie was such a great character. She was so sweet and strong, she didn't like doing homework and always rushed to watch her favourite tv show. She really cared about the people that she spent her life with, even when there was a possibility that they had betrayed her, and she also cared about what was right, without being a martyr or being perfect herself. She was just such a lovely character, and totally the sort of person you would want to be friends with, and I really liked her. The storyline was great. It wasn't your average paranormal book, this wasn't all about vampires or werewolves, this was something pretty different, and I liked it. There was action and excitement, and plenty of mystery too, and I loved how I never knew what was coming next! The romance storyline was only part of the story, it wasn't the central theme, but it was good still, without taking over the whole book. Lend was an interesting character, and it was obvious that Evie really liked him, but I have to say that I very strangely actually liked the bad guy Reth though. At times I was just thinking - 'you know, you could do worse than Reth...' hmm, maybe I just have a thing for bad boys....? Anyway, Lend was a good choice for Evie, even if I might have picked Reth... I was pleased with the ending of this book, although it did leave a few questions unanswered, so I'm glad that I have the next two books available to read now! Overall; a great paranormal YA, which isn't your average vampire story. 8.5 out of more
by Sarah Elizabeth
Also reviewed on my blog, The Vintage Bookworm. ( I know I've said this a lot this year, but why the hell did I wait so long to read this one?! I know it only came out last year, but I've been meaning to read this one since before it came out, but never got around to it! When I snagged it at the library I was ecstatic, but had to wait until I read a few other books from the library. But gosh, this book was amazing! I liked Evie from the start, she was hilarious and I was only a few pages in at the time. I knew I would be hooked from the start, and I wasn't disappointed. It lured me in and didn't push me out of the book until the end. I really need to get a hold of the sequel soon before I go absolutely nuts. I'm addicted! Oh, and if you are wondering, I am Team Lend. I love Lend! He was a great character and so sweet and friendly! He also has a super cool ability to turn into anyone he sees. But when he is himself, he is clear like water. Who wouldn't want to have that sort of ability? Also, Evie has a special ability too! She can see through all supernatural beings 'glamours' to see their real form underneath. Say it was a vampire she was looking at. They could have an awesome young shell on the outside, but underneath their glamour they would look about how old they really are. With near bald heads and wrinkled old faces. It's awesome! I love Kiersten's take on all the supernatural beings in this series. And there are a lot! Vampires, werewolves, mermaids, fairies, hags! And sooo many more! It's just such a fresh take! Very unique tone to the story and the writing is great! Overall, there isn't much I can say about this book other than it was great. Kiersten White, you have definitely made it to my author watch list. Thank you so much for writing such an awesome book. The cover is gorgeous! Love Evie's dress! The model on the front fits Evie more
by Amanda
This book has a clever idea of how paranormal trapping/tagging works. I also loved that it consisted of more than just vampires and werewolves. The aspect of faeries being able to be some-what controlled for their 'magic' is a fresh take on their lore, and what is unknown of their world. The story itself is wonderfully envisioned. I would have given it 4 stars but majority of the time the story dragged on on a monotonous way. If your expecting a lot of love interest, this will be in the lack of. Although humor makes up for that. I still would recommend this book, and I will be reading it's sequel (Supernaturally).show more
by SpadesHigh
"Lish tried to swear--which is always funny, because the computer won't translate it. It went something like this: "Bleep stupid bleep bleep faeries and their bleep bleep bleep obsessions. He had better stop bleep bleep bleep the bleep bleep rules or I will bleep bleep bleep the little bleeeeeeeeeeep." OMG! This book was Amazing. It is so much different then most paranormal book, and such a unique delight. Evie works at a paranormal agency, when she was 8 the agency found her, and discovered, she can see threw paranormals glamor, see them for what they truly are. Evie always thought she was just a normal girl with a special ability, but after weird occurrences happen she not even sure who or what she is.Not is it bad enough her trying to figure out what she is, but who to trust. Does she trust her ex boyfriend Reth? who has tricked her multipule times, but swears he is just trying to protect her and save her life...or Lend...the new agency's study that will only talk to Evie (who also is the only thing Evie can seem to think about). This book has it all; werewolves, mermaids, vampires, hags, shapeshifters, and some other new amazing paranormal creatures, this book is not just an amazing cover but everything in the inside is just as amazing, actually even more
by haley
Omg! When my friend told me about this book, I was a little etchy about read this. But I read this and absolutely loved it! It is an amazing book about Evie who thinks of herself as 'normal' but really her nest friend is a mermaid, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she's falling for a shape-shifter and she is the only one who can see through paranormal's glamours but still. Normal. It takes you on an adventure with Evie as she gets into trouble, goes out for bag and tag and watches Easton Heights (her favourite tv show) with her best more
by Claudia
Evie was found abandoned as a toddler. After many foster homes and centers, the International Paranormal Containment Agency brought her to their home. And while her best friend was a mermaid, and her ex-boyfriend was a faerie, she always thought of herself as normal. But she could see through the paranormals' glamours to what they really were. And this was her job when she was sent out around the world to tag paranormals. But now, suddenly, paranormals are dying and no one knows why. She meets a shapeshifter who she falls for and who helps her see what she really is and what her abilities are. And she soon realizes that her abilities might have a link to the deaths of the paranormals. Evie tries to find out how to stop these deaths and in the process discovers secrets that she never imagined. PARANORMALCY was awesome! The first chapter title had me hooked (I read an ARC, so the chapter could always change, but I hope not). It was titled "Oh, Bite Me." Perfect! I love characters who are sarcastic. And I love kick-butt girl characters who are also girly (If I ever need a weapon for something, I definitely want my own pink taser with rhinestones). And Evie is both. I just love, love, loved her! In fact, I kind of want to be her! She is just a strong character who also seems so real. I think she is one of my most favorite characters ever. And Lend is awesome, too. What a paranormal power to have - to be able to change the way you look (Although if you can't really show your real self, I guess it could get old). And he was such a nice guy and so loving and supporting of Evie. I loved their relationship. It seemed to progress just right and nothing was too fast. I even really liked the secondary characters. Lish, Evie's mermaid best friend, was so sweet (And the whole bleeping out curse words was bleeping great!). I even liked Vivian, who everyone was scared of. I felt sorry for her and wanted her to not feel alone and to have a family. The plot had me guessing, too. I was never sure who the good guys were and who the bad guys were. Even up until the very end, I was going back and forth. And the cover is stunning - so beautiful (Can I look like her?). I absolutely CANNOT wait for the sequel, SUPERNATURALLY, to be released next September! This is my favorite book of the year so far! *Gold Star Award Winner!show more
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