Author: Kiersten White
Genre: YA Paranormal
Series: Paranormalcy Trilogy (Book 2)
Publication Date: July 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover, 336 Pages
ISBN-10: 0061985864 (HarperTeen)
ISBN-13: 978-0061985867 (HarperTeen)
Reviewed by: Emmy
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.
Quick & Dirty: Supernaturally suffers from Middle Book Syndrome as well as a loss of the humor in the first installment, but we explore more of Evie’s past and the paranormal world.
Opening Sentence: Oh, bleep. I was going to die.
I don’t think I set my expectations too high. I thought Paranormalcy was a blast—fun, funny, with a swoony hero and an action-packed mystery—and expected the same out of the sequel. Like a lot of other series, there’s a Middle Book Slump with this trilogy.
Evie’s not enjoying high school. She doesn’t hate it — except for gym class — but turns out being normal isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Then the IPCA shows up again and Evie takes the chance to be a little less boring. But how can she tell Lend and his dad, both of whom hate the agency? Well, she just won’t and it’ll all turn out okay. (When, I ask, does it EVER turn out okay?)
This is where I wanted to punch Evie in the face. I’m sad to say, she just gets worse. The constant lies build up until it seems like there’s no way Evie can get out of her mess and keep her boyfriend and friends. Her cover-ups were ridiculous and the lying so out of character with who we knew her to be from Paranormalcy. As we explore her background, we get to see Evie grow up in a way she never got the chance to in the first book. The downside is, as a reader it’s obvious she and Lend are going to hit a rough patch soon. Evie’s lying to cover up working for an agency Lend is staunchly against, and Lend keeps trying to tell Evie what to do. Their romance has much less spark and swoon
I’ve always been happy that this series doesn’t have a love triangle. It got close in the first book with Reth, and close again here with our new guy Jack, but White never crosses the line. Jack can walk the faerie paths and knows all about Evie, but while I know a lot of readers like him, he got on my nerves. It felt like White added him only to have someone to tell Evie things she couldn’t find out on her own.
Supernaturally suffers from more than just Middle Book Syndrome. Our favorite love interest Lend isn’t around as much, we have a new guy named Jack I really didn’t like (he’s not a love interest, but he was seriously annoying), and the humor that made me love Paranormalcy is absent. Evie, who was clever and bada$$ in Paranormalcy, felt completely out of character. But, the story has more great mystery, even if the villain is obvious, and the pacing keeps you turning pages. This isn’t a book you have to slog through, it’s just not as good as its predecessor.
If you enjoyed Paranormalcy, you should read definitely keep up with the series because Endlessly is a great ending to the trilogy.
“The Center is officially Not Haunted.” At least, not by any poltergeists. If memories were ghosts, it was positively oozing with them. And now I was, too. “Can I go now? I’m pretty tired.”
“Of course. Jack, if you’d—”
We were interrupted by a door forming on the wall next to us. A tall faerie with pure white hair and skin the color of a ripe peach stepped through. “You!” Her voice rang like cold metal through the hallway.
I jumped back. “I won’t—”
“I didn’t do it!” Jack shouted, interrupting me. I looked at him, puzzled. Did he think the faerie was after him?
She took a step toward us. Jack turned, booking it down the hallway and sliding around the corner, leaving Raquel and me with the faerie. The way her cobalt eyes tracked him, I wondered if maybe she really was after him.
Who was I kidding. With faeries it was always about me.
FTC Advisory: HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Supernaturally. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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