Author: Kiersten White
Series: Paranormalcy, #2
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: HarperTeen (Imprint of HarperCollins)
Date Published: July 26th, 2011
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.
In Supernaturally, Evie has finally gotten her wish — a (at least semi) normal life. She’s going to high school, she has the perfect boyfriend, and she’s looking forward to her future. She even has her very own locker! But, the old saying “be careful what you wish for”, or even “the grass is always greener on the other side”, seems to be weighing heavily on Evie’s mind. Because now that she has this mostly normal life, she is craving the adventure of her days at IPCA, and is frankly a little bored. I can’t really blame her there. Normal life can get boring at times. So just in the nick of time, her old friend/mentor/mother-figure/boss Raquel invites her back to the team on a contract basis. She doesn’t have to go back to living at the Center, but she can still have the adventure of her old days. But will choosing to go back to her dangerous life tear her away from her new friends, and especially from Lend?
As much as I enjoyed Paranormalcy, I was excited to see what adventure Evie would find herself in next. But, I’m sad to say I was a bit disappointed in the Evie I found on the pages of this book. The Evie from Paranormalcy was honest, sweet, loyal, funny, and caring. While the Evie in Supernaturally was still sweet and funny. She also was housing lie after lie, didn’t seem to remember who her real friends were, and seemed to be only caring for herself at times.
So the most notable thing I didn’t like about this book was Evie’s dishonesty. It’s kind of ironic actually, because if you go back to my review for Paranormalcy, you’ll notice that in the second paragraph of my review I’m raving about how much I loved that there were times when I expected Evie to do the predictable thing and keep secrets and lie to her friends, but then she didn’t. I loved that about her. Too many young adult heroines these days take the route of perpetual liar and make things so much worse for themselves. Well, unfortunately Evie decided to jump on the big fat liars bandwagon. *shakes head*
Aside from that, I found the book to be terribly predicable. I figured out the ending from pretty early on and I was kind of bummed that I was actually right about it. I hate it when I figure out the ending too early. There was also just not enough Lend in this book. I love him and he needs more page time! Hopefully that’ll change in the next book.
Some good things so this all doesn’t sound too sour. Evie is still the cute and funny heroine. I still enjoy her personality immensely, she just made some terrible choices in this book. I found Jack to be amusing and the interaction between Evie and him was pretty entertaining. I love how sweet and mature for his age Lend is. I don’t think he could do anything at this point that would make me not like him. Well, I’m sure there are some things, but hopefully those won’t come about! I also love that despite the bad choices Evie does make, when it comes to the really big stuff, she is pretty strong willed and level headed.
Overall, this was kind of disappointing. It was still good, but not on the same level of Paranormalcy in my opinion. I’m hoping that the next book will have good ol’ honest Evie back, more Lend, and way more action and adventure!
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