Thursday, March 29, 2012

Review: Supernaturally (Paranormalcy, #2) by Kiersten White

 Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: HarperCollins (HarperTeen)
Spoilers?: Only minor ones.

Goodreads Synopsis:
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.

This was pretty good. I remember liking the first one more, but I did enjoy this one. Am annoyed with myself that it took this long to finally read it, though.
Evie is now living with Arianna, a vampire, and Lend is away at college (which, I completely forgot that he was of college age. I always thought they were the same age, so I was surprised. Not disappointed, though). She's trying to live normally, but IPCA wants her to work for them again, along with a hyperactive boy named Jack, who is human but can use the faerie paths. She's trying to work with IPCA, while also not lie to Lend and spend time with Arianna. She's not having a very easy time of it, you could say.
I like Evie. I really do, and I remember liking her a lot in the first book. She's fun, and adventurous, and a little conceited, but is also trying to find out who she is and what she should be doing, and is messing a little along the way. I did not like all of her lying. It really bothered me, and I was a bit disappointed that she lied as much as she did. She should have just been honest. I did like, though, when something happened with a boy that is not Lend, that some other characters would have fallen for and made it into a triangle, and made her doubt her feelings for Lend and start falling for another boy even though she should not be, that she did none of those things. She pushed the boy away, because she knows that she only wants Lend, and is confident in her feelings. That, I think, made me like her again.
I still like Lend. He has fun with Evie, is honest, and sweet, while he also has a bit of that overprotective, jealous boyfriend thing going on. Sometimes this is done well, to where you like it. Usually, even. But here it made him seem almost possessive and trying to take over some things, pushing his thoughts onto Evie, as well as that he jumped to conclusions way too easily. I still like him, just not as much as I would like to.
And Jack. I am so disappointed, you guys. I really liked Jack; like, a lot. I did get a wary feeling of him at some points, but I banished the thought. He had so much potential, still does. But instead of taking the sad, puppy kind of direction, hiding it behind his bright smile and happy-go-lucky mood, with what happened to him, he went another way. I don't want to spoil too much, so I won't say why, just that I'm upset over what happened.
I'm also wary of IPCA. I feel that they could do good things, but instead are still not doing them, and aren't being honest about what they are doing. Something's still up with them, and I want to know what it is.
This book focused quite a bit on Evie's lying and dealings with the IPCA, and a bit on the faerie world. The faerie world was really interesting, and I liked finding out about Evie's past and her parents. Although I'm a little skeptical on how, exactly, that was supposed to have worked; it didn't seem very plausible to me.
Also, not nearly enough kissing. But, you know, that's not what this book is about.
It moved along very easily, though, and it didn't take me long to read through (as in, I read over half of it in a day) once I finally set my mind to it. I like White's way of writing though, it's fun and light, with cute little comments in Evie's head throughout it. Also, it's a bit refreshing, if a little disappointing, reading about her version of the creatures, what with seeing beyond their glamours.
Nonetheless, I'm looking forward to the next, and final, one of the series.

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