As someone who has not picked up a paranormal book since Twilight, I was wary of reading Kiersten White's Paranormalcy at first. I received a copy of this book from Georgia White of YA Lit Chat, however, and since it was highly recommended by other members of YA Lit Chat, I decided to give it a go even amidst my skepticism.
I'm so glad I decided to read Paranormalcy- I LOVED it! The characters were well-developed and each had such an individual personality that I kept finding myself unable to put the book down. I was afraid of becoming confused by all of the different paranormal species, but White did a great job of explaining what each character is capable of, in a way that lets the reader know what is necessary without distracting too much from the overarching plot. Because I have never read paranormal before, I found this to be helpful in terms of understanding everything that was happening around Evie.
Warning: Minor spoilers may follow.
White was able to make the characters so believable that I found myself experiencing the same emotions that Evie must have been feeling. Reth annoyed me so much! =]
While I am not usually a fan of huge endings like there was in Paranormalcy, I found myself okay with the outcome here. While a lot of what happened at the end (which I'm not going to reveal) was brand new material that was not predictable at all, it did make sense. So while I was not entirely happy with so much thrown at me as the reader so suddenly, I was not disappointed beyond that. And, I was very happy with who Evie ended up with!
This is a must-read for any YA fan- even those who are not typically fans of paranormal.
The second book in the Paranormalcy series, Supernaturally, is scheduled to be released on August 30, 2011.