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Kiersten White: Supernaturally

In 2010, Utah native Kiersten White introduced in Paranormalcy exactly what it seemed young-adult literature did not need more of: a story about supernatural creatures, teenagers and young love. But there was an unusually frisky voice to White’s writing, a style that bypassed melodramatic angst in favor of crisp action and a real sense of adolescent confusion.

White’s protagonist—16-year-old Evie—returns in the follow-up to Paranormalcy, trying to live a normal life. That’s not easy to do when all you can remember is living in a super-secret agency, using your unique powers to identify creatures like werewolves, vampires and elementals that walk among us. High school and trying to maintain a long-distance romantic relationship are complicated enough, but Evie is also still processing the revelation that she was created by faeries without a soul of her own. Then the agency contacts Evie and tries to pull her back into more missions—and this time it seems that someone is manipulating her into life-threatening situations.

Continuing with the lively Men in Black-meets-Twilight energy she brought to Paranormalcy, White constructs a world with familiar elements but a unique point of view. She even takes a good-natured swipe at a certain popular series’ “sparkling vampires” while effectively defining the distinctive rules of her own universe. And at the center is a heroine who’s troubled without being mopey and is never a passive participant in the wild events around her. Join the author this week and introduce yourself to immortals as seen through Evie’s eyes. (Scott Renshaw)

Kiersten White: Supernaturally @ The King’s English Bookshop, 1511 S. 1500 East, 801-484-9100, Aug. 6, 2 p.m., free.

Date: Aug 6, 2011
Time: 2 pm
Phone: 801-484-9100
Address: 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City, 84105
Where: King's English