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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Review: Supernaturally



Title: Supernaturally
Author: Kiersten White
Series: Paranormalcy #2
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: July 26th 2011
Source: Harper Collins Australia for review

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.


When high school isn't filled with cat fights, secret romances and illegal dealings behind the gym, Evie finds herself bored with the utter normalcy of her life. She yearns for the feeling of importance she felt when working for the IPCA and soon begins going on missions again, behind the backs of those she cares about. Relationships and friendships are tested and Supernaturally is one suspenseful scene after another. But of course, this wouldn't be a book by Kiersten White without some serious moments of comic relief.
“I did not scream like a little girl.” Flashing his dimples, he took a huge lungful of air and burst into an earsplitting—and decidedly little girlish— scream. “Like that. Only with crazier eyes and more flailing.”
“Shut up.”
We are introduced to a new character named Jack, a boy who has grown up with the faeries and has the uncanny ability to create faerie doors. Jack might be my favourite character yet! His humour rivals that of Evie and I'm sure he'd give her a run for her money in a comedy-face-off. In Supernaturally, things are very different to how they were in the previous book. The budding romance between Evie and Lend is halted when Lend goes off to attend college, leaving Evie behind at high school.  Reth is a maybe-not-so-evil faerie, the evil killer from Paranormalcy might be not-so-evil and her parents are maybe not-so-non-existent. Crazy revelations about many are made and it was fantastic to see the way these grew and changed.

My favourite part of Supernaturally was the way everything unfolded and developed. We're never 100% sure of anything and are given a new mystery to ponder very often. Great pacing, as always, lends itself to a never-boring read. The plot increases in complexity, opening doors from the past and for the future, and grips us in its clutches. Your heart will be forever thudding, waiting to see if Lend and Evie's relationship will persevere. Will her secrets and the countless misunderstandings ruin everything? Will things eventually work out? Guess you'll have to see for yourself!
Ever since he found out a few months ago that I could eat spicy foods—ridiculously spicy foods—without batting an eye, he’d made it his personal mission to find something too hot for my tastes.
“Just because you’ve got a wimpy tongue doesn’t mean I do,” I said.
He smiled slyly at me. “Wimpy tongue, huh? I’ll have to show you what it can do later.”
If you enjoyed Paranormalcy, this book will not disappoint and will leave you dying for Endlessly. If you're new to this series, now is a great time to start! Thoroughly enjoyable and engaging, Supernaturally is another magnificent novel by Kiersten White.

What was wrong with these girls? A psychotic boy appears in the middle of the locker room and they’re ready to flirt? Hadn’t they watched any high school comedies? 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. Honestly, he wasn’t that cute.
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