Saturday, August 25, 2012

Supernaturally by Kiersten White

Genre: paranormal
Series and Book #: Paranormalcy Trilogy #2
Pages: 336

Evie finally has the normal life she’s always longed for. But she’s shocked to discover that being ordinary can be…kind of boring. Just when Evie starts to long for her days at the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s given a chance to work for them again. Desperate for a break from all the normalcy, she agrees.
But as one disastrous mission leads to another, Evie starts to wonder if she made the right choice. And when Evie’s faerie ex-boyfriend Reth appears with devastating revelations about her past, she discovers that there’s a battle brewing between the faerie courts that could throw the whole supernatural world into chaos. The prize in question? Evie herself.
So much for normal.

As much as it pains me to admit it, Kiersten's second novel wasn't as good as her first. While Evie tries to figure out what she is, she grows into a more serious character. This coupled with the new experience of high school and Evie's confusion that it's not all it's cracked up to be creates a confused, mature heroine. I found myself missing her playful attitude when she was at IPCA and the crazy adventures she went on there.

The whole mystery surrounding Jack was good but it wasn't engaging. Supernaturally was rather slow. It was mostly Evie sorting through her own emotions: how she felt about lying to Lend, or not spending enough time with her roommate, or her disappointment with high school. I still liked Lend and Evie's romance. They were still madly in love with each other but they still fought (making the making up all the more better!). Lend was still such a sweetie.

Overall, the characters were the same, but the plot was lacking. As for Evie discovering what she was, I don't think Kiersten ever really made that clear, and I hope Endlessly will provide more. The humor of this novel wasn't as apparent: sure, Jack had some moments, and Evie still playfully bantered, but there was always a sort of somber edge to the book. This pretty much lives up to an awkward second novel that is just the median between beginning and end, offering needed facts but not including anything earth-shattering that will change the series forever.

The Cover: As lovely as the first. I love the nod to the red sky in Faerie

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