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

8581936Title: Supernaturally (Paranormalcy #2)
Author: Kiersten White
Genre: Ya Paranormal Romance
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: July 26th 2011
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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 is the sequel to Paranormalcy, one of my all-time favorite YA Paranormal Romance books. In this sequel, Evie finally has everything she ever pined for. She gets to go to high school, she has a boyfriend who loves her, a job and yet, she’s not as happy as she always thought she’d be. With Lend only home on the weekends, her roommate more interested in computer games than her and her job taking out the trash, her dream life is nothing like she imagined. Then Raquelle comes back into her life with one question: will Evie accept a position at the International Paranormal Containment Agency? Evie doesn’t know how she can tell Lend about this, so she decides to keep it from him. One desastrous mission with the agency leads to another, and after a while, Evie wonders if she made the right decision, and if she did the right thing by keeping it from her friends. Of course Reth takes that as his clue to re-appear and drop some life-altering bombs on her. A war is brewing in the world of all things paranormal, and Evie is smack in the middle of it.

I wasn’t as fond of Evie in this installment as I was in the first one. It’s clear that she’s out of her element in the normal world, although she tries desperately to blend in. She also makes some stupid, face-palming choices that do more wrong than good, and ends up in the middle of the greatest war the paranormal world has seen since forever. I could forgive some of Evie’s mistakes, since everyone makes mistakes and this is new to her, but she keeps making them and making everything worse. After a while, I felt like pulling out my hair. As usually, I liked Lend, although some of his less redeeming qualities came forward in this novel as well. I’m a huge fan of Reth, and remain a fan. He was awesome.

Sequels are hard to write. They act like ‘in between’ novels, leading up to the big finale. As far as sequels go, Supernaturally was definitely one of the better ones. I simply love Kiersten White’s fantasy world, the characters, the agencies, how everything operates, the written and unwritten rules, and the creativity behind it. I can’t wait to read the next installment.

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