Saturday, September 24, 2011

Book Review: Supernaturally

Release Date: July 26, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 336 pages
Genre: Paranormal
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Won from Publisher through Goodreads
Goodreads Summary: 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.
Supernaturally was one of my most anticipated books for this year and I happy to say it’s a great sequel to Paranormalcy!

Evie is back with her signature brand of snark and wit and I could not be more happy. Other characters that we love (and some we love to hate) are back including Lend, Raquel, Arianna, David and Reth. We are also introduced to a new, impish character named Jack who is all sorts of interesting.

While Paranormalcy introduced us to Evie and focused on who was behind all the paranormal killings, Supernaturally is all about Evie and how she tries to fit into both the normal world and the paranormal one. As with many second books in a series, there is a lot of angst on the main character’s part. Evie is worried about her future and her relationship with Lend and as a result, she makes some bad choices. I’m not a huge fan of angst but Kiersten White writes it better than almost everyone else so I was not overly frustrated by it.

Supernaturally also gives us the back stories of some of the characters and I was very especially interested in how Evie, Vivian and Arianna came to be. The plots of the books in this series are very well done and the paranormal aspects: the vampire, werewolf and fey lore, are really interesting and unique. I also love the relationship between Evie and Lend and want to see more of him (and Tasey too!) in the next book. While the book does not end with a cliffhanger, there are also some unresolved plot lines in Supernaturally that I am hoping will get tied up in the next book, Endlessly.

Overall, Supernaturally is a very well written, fun book and this series is just so good. Kiersten White is a truly fantastic writer and I cannot wait for Endlessly to come out next year.

Content: Kissing and some violence.


SweetestLittleBookworm said...

I agree with your thoughts. I thought this book was really fun, as was Paranormalcy, and I did notice the angst, for sure. I think I enjoyed getting to know the backstory for some of the secondary characters the most, though. It was a light, breezy, quick, fun book to read and I'm excited for the next one.

~Asheley (Into the Hall of Books)

Truly Bookish said...

You are so right, the backstories were one of my fave parts of the book too and I can't believe I left that out of the review. This is one of the many reasons I should not write reviews late at night :-) Going to add it now.

KM said...

Can't believe I still haven't read this one! I need to just bite the bullet and buy it. I mean, I loved the first one. Not sure why I keep putting it off...haha


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