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Review: “Supernaturally,” Kiersten White

October 13, 2011
Review: “Supernaturally,” Kiersten WhiteSupernaturally (Paranormalcy #2)
Written by Kiersten White
Published July, 2011 by HarperTeen
336 pages
Genres: Faeries, Urban Fantasy, Vampires
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three-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.

Last year’s debut, Paranormalcy, was wonderfully unique and I found myself wanting more of Evie’s world. At the same time, though, I wanted the story to ‘step up’ and evolve, and I just don’t feel it did with Supernaturally. It’s still an enjoying read, but I had been hoping for something ‘more’.

My slight disappointment with this one is probably due to the fact that it’s been so long since I read Paranormalcy. Like any series with huge waits between books – you find yourself forgetting plot details and certain elements of the story. I had to do a bit of a refresher course before hopping back into the world of Evie and Lend, and thankfully, there are slight recaps by Kiersten White every now and then.

Still, I felt Supernaturally was more of the same. I’d been hoping that this story would evolve. Last year there was just ‘something’ missing from making Paranormalcy a 5-star read, so I was hoping this one would hit the spot for me. Evie is still such a unique and strong voice, but plot-wise, Supernaturally felt a little lacking.

I found myself figuring out who the villain was near the start of the story, and grew frustrated when nobody else was catching on. It was painstakingly obvious, yet the characters were constantly on the wrong path.

A huge part of Paranormalcy that I enjoyed was Evie’s relationship with half-water elemental, Lend, so I was also disappointed when their relationship seemed to take a backseat. Sure, Lend was still Evie’s main motivation throughout the book, but the actual page-time they shared was less than I was expecting. I wanted some smooshy, cute kissing scenes, damnit!

In Supernaturally, Evie is living out her ‘normal’ life away from the Center, and although she’s enrolled in high school, we mostly see her in gym class. Which is a tad boring if you ask me. I wanted Evie to get back out on the field and do what she does best – bagging and tagging paranormals with Tasey. Sadly, Tasey was really only mentioned and never present. The actual scenes where Evie went out and ‘did’ something were over way too quickly and the villains, such as the creepy new vamp, felt a little two-dimensional for my tastes.

Evie also finds out more about her heritage, which is interesting, but the ‘ending’ doesn’t feel like an ending at all. Of course there are plot twists that need to be ironed out in the next book, but this one just felt ‘too’ open for me to feel comfortable closing the last page. It ends more on Evie’s resolutions with herself, emotionally, rather than tying things up plot-wise. I felt like I’d simply finished a chapter, not finished the book.

I’ll still be continuing on with this series, because Kiersten White has a unique flair I’m not willing to give up on yet. I’m hoping the next story is WOW-AMAZEBALLS, though, to make up for the lull of this book. Still, the cover is so pretty and I can’t bring myself to dislike it. A good enough read if you were a fan of Paranormalcy, but don’t go into it expecting too much.

Recommended to: As mentioned, fans of Paranormalcy will enjoy being back in Evie’s world. I know this series isn’t for everyone, but if you enjoyed the first, give this a go!

About Kiersten White

Kiersten White is the NYT bestselling author of the Paranormalcy trilogy and the Mind Games series, as well as several standalone novels. She has one tall husband and three small children and lives near the ocean, where her life is perfectly normal.

2 Comments

  • Reply Morgan October 14, 2011 at 5:45 am

    I completely agree! I felt that Supernaturally was a step down from Paranormalcy, even though it was still enjoyable.

    • Reply Brittany October 14, 2011 at 6:13 am

      I’m so glad you agree! I really wanted to rave about this book, but I just couldn’t!

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