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Supernaturally by Kiersten White

Kiersten White is the NYT Bestselling author of Paranormalcy. She started writing shortly after having her first baby and hasn’t stopped since. She is now published with HarperTeen. The second book in her trilogy, Supernaturally, is available now, and the third, Endlessly, will be available July 2012.

The following review contains spoilers for the Paranormalcy series. If you haven’t read Supernaturally, I strongly suggest you read no further.

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.

I did not enjoy Supernaturally as much as Paranormalcy. Where before Evie had been delightfully brazen and independent, in this book she just whines constantly. Nothing is good enough for her: her job sucks, school isn’t as glamorous as she thought, Lend isn’t around enough, and she keeps wishing she wasn’t so bleeping bored. When things DO happen, she’s complaining about how paranormal creatures never leave her alone and she just wants a normal life. 

Evie behaved foolishly throughout the whole novel, keeping secrets from Lend to spare his feelings and ensure he doesn’t become angry at her, taking on risky missions and not telling anyone when she sees Reth around. Her selfishness astounded me because I had not thought of her as such, but in this book all Evie can do is think about herself. Evie tends to take a minor set-back and extrapolate it out so that her whole life becomes meaningless because of it. It galls me that Evie only applies to one college – the one Lend attends – and never gives any thought to what she would do if she isn’t accepted, which is silly considering her poor performance at school anyway.

The story is fast paced and enjoyable to read if overlook the changes in Evie. I liked the idea of it, and did not see the twist at the end coming at all. I also liked that more of Evie’s past was revealed, and we get a better understanding of her true nature. More is also revealed of the fey and paranormal creatures by and large. Evie and Lend’s relationship sufferers in this book – Lend has definitely lost his charm and becomes a peripheral character. The relationship seems stained, mainly because of the secrets Evie is keeping from Lend, but also because, somehow, Lend has managed to become a bland copy of his former self.

I feel that the quality of the series has deteriorated greatly, and am unsure whether I will pick up Endlessly when it is available. I probably will just to see what happens, but I certainly don’t anticipate it.

About the book:

  • Date published: 26 July 2011
  • Publisher: Harper Teen
  • Format: Hardback, 342 pages
  • ISBN 13: 9780061985867  ISBN 10: 0061985864
  • Categories: Fantasy, Young Adult
  • Goodreads / The Book Depository
  • My review of Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy #1)

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