Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Review: Supernaturally by Kiersten White

4.5 Stars: A Great Read
Series: Paranormalcy #2
Hardback: 336 Pages
Publication: July 5, 2011 by Harper Teen

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.


HAPPY RELEASE DAY FOR SUPERNATURALLY!!
(Look, Evie, I used bright, bold pink just for you!)


No, I didn't get my hands on an ARC, but I did receive my pre-order a day early. I read it quickly so that I could have my review up bright and early on release day (and because I've been pining for this book for months now and partook of a little self-indulgence) My brother was astounded by how quickly I read this book, and he already knows just how big of a book nerd I am.


Kiersten White is a genius. A cute bright (not-so-little) don't-mess-with-me dazzling flash of genius. From the first pages of Paranormalcy, I have been a huge fan of hers, and I knew that I would love Supernaturally as much as Paranormalcy, even though it didn't quite exist at the time. You know how seconds and thirds often disappointment? Well, I have a feeling that the Paranormalcy trilogy won't disappoint. Supernaturally was just as awesome as Paranormalcy in its own awesome way. Sure, we don't have the attraction of the boring old Center minus Lend stuck in a cell, but we have school and its boring ordinariness plus (gasp) college Lend and college apps... and wait for it... more makeout scenes! What's not to like?

Paranormalcy wraps its events nicely while leaving us with a bit of intrigue, such as what Reth is now up to (oh how I'm dying to know his new real name. What name could be better than Lorethan? Lorethan is a lovely name, isn't it?) and whether or not Evie will be able to escape the Faeries' grasp while maintaining some semblance of normalcy. However, as always with abilities unusual even among the para-normal, Evie finds it hard to escape the grasp of the paranormal world. And frankly? She's looking for some escape from ordinary life. This is where Supernaturally starts.

Kiersten White brings back a cast of wonderful, quirky characters, including Reth, Lend, Raquel,  and Ariana, and Evie (I think the last one was a given); and she brings in new faces, most prominently among them: Jack. The wild, mysterious boy that will bring so much trouble--and action--to Evie's life. Don't worry, Lend will defend his position as Evie's boyfriend gallantly, but you're in for a world of mischief. You will learn things about characters that have the potential to break hearts. You will find yourself wondering who you can trust and who's out to get Evie. You will question how Evie will ever make it out of the mess that her life is in. And you will demand to know what part Reth plays in all of this and what choices Evie will make.

I'm not surprised that Kiersten's so attached to Supernaturally (referring to her post on second books)--that she loves it even more than Paranormalcy. Bleep, I have a hard time deciding which one I love more! In the end I have to say that I love the both of them. Initially, I wasn't sure what I'd think about another guy playing a prominent role in this book, but I like Jack as crazy as he is. I like who Evie has grown to be. Bleep, but how Reth still enchants me with his charm as much as he tries to compel Evie into following him and leaving Lend behind. And bleep, will Kiersten never fail to amuse me with her depictions of "widely known" no-so-mythical (according to the IPCA) creatures?

I love them, and I love the brilliant cast of characters in the Paranormalcy trilogy. If I wasn't so sure they would do something evil to me in retaliation, I'd try to take one of them home with me. I'd have tried to take one home with me long ago. Sigh... I'll have to satisfy myself with rereading books one and two until Endlessly finds its way home to me.

Back to Supernaturally.

You will cry. You will rage. Above all, you will laugh. Kiersten White never fails to entertain (I said it!) you with her wickedly awesome sense of humor. (Wickedly awesome? Webster really needs to think up a new word to describe Kiersten White. Maybe we should slip her name into the dictionary. Words always fail me when I try to describe her!)

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4 comments:

  1. I had a blast reading Paranormalcy and wrote a positive review for it; I look forward to doing the same for Supernaturally as well.

    Loved your review. I'm even more excited to read this now (waiting on my hardcover to arrive).

    I particularly want to see how Reth develops.

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  2. Great review. I really can't wait to read this. That's awesome your pre-order came early.

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  3. Great review :) So many awesome books out today, props to you for reading Supernaturally and writing a review so fast! (I tried to read Wildefire early and review it... yeah that didn't work lol). Thanks for sharing your thoughts, hopefully I'll get to read Supernaturally soon :D

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  4. I love the covers to these!

    Thanks for the review:)

    Evie sounds awesome!

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