Review: Supernaturally by Kiersten White

Posted by Jessi (Geo) on September 26, 2012 | 3 Comments

Review: Supernaturally by Kiersten WhiteSupernaturally by Kiersten White
Series: Paranormalcy #2
Published by HarperTeen (7.26.2011)
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Source: I own it
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4 Stars

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.

My thoughts

While I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as I enjoyed Paranormalcy, it was still a cute and fun read. There wasn’t really much happening plot-wise, but the humor made up for it. There was one span of about 20 pages where I was constantly smiling or giggling (coincidentally, that was when I was reading in public…). I love a book that can make me laugh, and humor earns major brownie points for me. I had a hard time rating this one (I kinda wanted to go with 3.5), but I think the fact that it was laugh out loud funny at times was what finally made me to decide on a 4-star rating. And White’s fabulous world building.

Evie pissed me off quite a bit in this book. I loved her in Paranormalcy, but she just acts like so much of a dumbass in this one that my view of her dropped dramatically. My major issue with her? The lying. I can’t stand lying, and she continuously lied to the people that she loved. Which resulted in her digging herself a hole of epic proportions. The way she acted in general annoyed me. There were many times throughout the book that I just wanted to throttle her. Where is the spunky, kick-ass, baddie tasing, pink leopard wearing Evie that I came to love in the beginning of the series?

I still enjoyed the minor characters just as much as the first book, though. Lend (although his part was fairly smaller in this one), Arianna, Raquel, even neurotic Carlee. Jack was….well…he was Jack. I still don’t know if I liked him or hated him. Even after the revelation at the end. He was a pain in the ass, that’s for sure.
And sadly, I missed Vivian. At least if she were around there would have been more action.

Don’t get me wrong, things happened. Sylphs and fossegrims and uber-vamps, oh my! I love the magic of the world White created. But the action was lacking somehow. I guess it just felt anticlimactic.

I had actually read Supernaturally once before, but unlike when I re-read Paranormalcy, I didn’t remember anything about book two (probably because it was nowhere near as exciting). So, it was basically the same as reading it for the first time. There were a few surprises along the way, especially regarding Evie’s past (how did I not remember that?!) and Jack’s involvement.

So now it’s time to finally finish the series. I’m hoping Endlessly will have that spark that got lost somewhere between Paranormalcy and Supernaturally.

What was wrong with these girls? A psychotic boy appears in the middle of the locker room and they’re ready to flirt? We should have been whipping him with wet towels at this point, ferocious in our fury to protect the sanctity of the girls’ locker room. Instead, they were concentrating on strategic posture shifts for maximum cleavagization.

“But you’re such a charming conversationalist. Still, if you’d prefer to simply bask in the glory of my company, I’d understand. You’re probably overwhelmed by holding my hand and want to enjoy the moment.”
I rolled my eyes. “It’s all I can do not to swoon, but I’ll try to contain myself.”
assessmentPlot: 3/5
Writing style: 4/5
Originality: 4.5/5
Characters: 3.5/5
World-building: 5/5
Pace: 4/5
Cover: 4/5
Overall rating: 4/5 starfish

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Jessi (Geo)

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