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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
  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 135 x 202 x 23mm | 272g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • United States
  • English
  • 0061985856
  • 9780061985850
  • 82,826

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Evie's always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she's falling for a shape-shifter, and she's the only one who can see through glamours.

But now Evie's dreams are filled with haunting voices and cryptic messages--and she's realizing that she may 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

"First-time author White shows the technique and polish of a pro in this absorbing romance, which comes closer than most to hitting the Buffy mark."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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Rating details

101,071 ratings
3.87 out of 5 stars
5 35% (35,698)
4 31% (31,545)
3 22% (22,256)
2 8% (7,662)
1 4% (3,910)

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
The plot was average, and definitely cliche. The problems the protagonists met along the way were kind of conveniently solved that it took quite a bit of the fun away. Add to that, some of the scenes and dialogues were pretty ridiculous and overly-mushy, it gave me goose pimples. Story aside, let's talk about the characters. The female protagonist worshipped the color pink. Not that I am against pink, it's that squealing at and donning glittery pink satin dresses is just isn't my thing, y'get what I'm saying? And she isn't as cool as what the synopsis got me to think, so she didn't live up to my expectations. At all. So no, I didn't like this aspect of the story. And since she IS the female PROTAGONIST, I had to flip through three hundred odd pages of her gay-ness and incompetence, I couldn't find it in me to like her. One plus point though - White can be a killer comedian. Lol, I really liked her humor, that I can give credit. You have to read it to believe it, people, haha. To wrap things up, this book didn't quite do it for me. After getting to the THE END, I felt...nothing. So emotionally barren. Which is not right, cause after reading a book (or should I say, MOST good books) I'll usually have this whole barrage or myriad of feelings bombarding me that I'll stone and sit there thinking about what I've just read. This one didn't. When I start a series, I'd usually follow through but this time after reading both this book and the synopsis of the next book, SUPERNATURALLY, I think I'll pass. But I do still want to congratulate White for getting the movie deal. It sure is a major step-up in her career. Cheers!show more
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