Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Review: Supernaturally

Supernaturally (Paranormalcy #2)
Author: Kiersten White
Published: July 26, 2011
336 pages
4 Gold Stars

(summary from Goodreads)

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.

Just when Evie finally gets her normal life together, she gets thrown back into her old, paranormal life just in time for things to take a turn for the worse. White doesn't make us wait either. Taking place six months after Paranormalcy, we find Evie going to high school and trying to fit in but feeling a tad bored with it. Evie being Evie, gets herself into a situation no one can really explain. Before she knows it, she's back in the IPCA Centre tagging vampires and jetting through the faerie paths once more. Trying to keep a normal relationship with her boyfriend, Lend, and keeping her new job under wraps, Evie soon discovers that being normal isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Evie is her usual fun self. She is one of my favourite characters to read. Her sense of humour is great and the way that White writes her suits her perfectly. She reacts to the crazy situations in her own way and it's nice to see that aspect kept throughout the books. Lend, on the other hand, isn't as vibrant as he was in the first book. He's turned into the pesky boyfriend that doesn't approve of anything Evie does. Mind you, she does lie to him throughout the whole novel so it is understandable, but I preferred him when he was the captured paranormal that lived to figure Evie out. Reth, her faerie ex-boyfriend, also looses some o his charm. He only shows up a few times, but he doesn't seem threatening anymore and that's sort of what I loved about him. We do get to meet a new boy, Jack, who is chalk full of mysteriousness and adorability. He reminded me of Tod from Soul Screamers, annoying and loveable all at once. He added a nice touch to the story. 

I enjoyed the plot in this book. Evie is still trying to figure out what being an Empty One means and now that she has felt the depth of having souls inside of her, she just wants to feel it again, even if she knows it's wrong. The way she acts and the thoughts that go through her mind are so realistic that you fall right into it with her. You understand why she wants to do what she does. How do you give up such great power after feeling what it can do? I'm also so glad that even though faeries are a very large part of this series, Evie will never be their queen, she is not really a faerie, and nor does she even like them. It's refreshing to see a new take on the faerie lore since they all seem to go the same route these days. Because it's true, faeries want nothing more than to ruin human's lives.

I can't wait to read the final chapter (which is sitting on my bookshelf already) so I can see what will become of Evie. Will she fill her soul at the cost of others? Will she finally rid herself of the nuisance of faeries? Will she get her happily ever after? Thankfully I don't have to wait a year to find out!

“Sometimes I wanted to take a memory - one perfect memory - curl up in it, and go to sleep.” 

“Yeah I know you're a creature of the night. Bringer of death, sucker of blood, needer of tans, so on and so forth. And oddly enough, I'm still unimpressed.” 

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