Supernaturally by Kiersten White; Review

by Madeleine Rex

Title: Supernaturally

Author: Kiersten White (I don’t usually like to authors’ blogs, but I love hers, so go ahead and click.)

Published: July 26th, 2011

Number of Pages: 352

Rating: 4/5

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. [From Goodreads]

Review Sent to HarperTeen*:

Paranormalcy combined all the best elements of fantasy, going beyond werewolves and vampires to the gremlins and mermaids that are sorely lacking in much of YA literature, but it was ultimately Evie’s irresistibly bubbly personality that I was caught up in. Although Supernaturally plunges Evie’s life into waters that are even darker and more difficult to navigate, her quirky observations and more than a few paranormal creatures make the second book in this distinctive series just as captivating as the first.

Review:

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Kiersten White’s. She, like Evie, has an irresistible and bubbly personality. I’ve been reading her blog and tweets for about a year and am excitedly looking forward to** meeting her at the first signing for Supernaturally in August. I don’t know how much of a say she had in who received ARCs of Supernaturally, but I’m very, very grateful!

To the review!

Supernaturally begins with Evie living in a false sense of security. It only takes a few pages for the reader to realize that almost every one of Evie’s dreams of normalcy have now become her reality. It also only took a few pages before I was on the alert for something weird. Goodness knows Kiersten could only keep some creature hidden for a so long.

It was clear to me that Evie was in dire need of some action. Someone who’s been trained to use a taser to take down vampires simply does not belong in a girls’ locker room (though, arguably, no one really belongs in a girls’ locker room).

Of course, Kiersten’s style is light-hearted and totally wonderful, but I have to admit this book did have some symptoms of the dreaded sequel-itis. It was a little slow in the beginning and much of the book was spent steadily escalating toward a semi-climactic moment. I had the feeling that, though there definitely is a climax, this book’s job was to build up to some majorly dramatic moment in the third book. However, that’s understandable. I simply think that this book will be even greater when I can read the third book immediately after.

As I said in the official review, Supernaturally is darker than the first book in the series. Darkness can be fun. It is fun, but with it comes a sort of oppressive cloud. Evie has a few moments of hopelessness, and those moments lead to a lot more complaining than I would have liked. There were a few times at which she pretty much said, “I moped around for a little,” which is fine. I’ve been there, done that. However, the whining did become irritating as the book went on, and I would have preferred that Evie had just done what she had to do willingly instead of grudgingly.

The highlight (the big, thick, bright pink highlight) of the book was Jack. He was like Peter Pan on steroids. I loved him. Often, sequels will bring in that character who’s unfailingly silly and, most likely, stupid, but Jack was topnotch. He had a silly streak as wide as the Columbia river, but I always knew in the back of my mind that there was more to him and his situation, and, knowing Kiersten, I knew whatever that “more” was would be very exciting.

Ultimately, there were a few things missing, but most are unidentifiable. There was just a feel that Paranormalcy (Review) had that Supernaturally didn’t. Maybe it was that Paranormalcy is a bit more fun and lighthearted (despite, you know, all the death), while this book takes a more serious turn. I still love the world Kiersten has created and admire the ingenuity with which she approached creating her versions of paranormal creatures. Every one of them is twisted and deliciously unlike the Disney versions.

Supernaturally was most successful at increasing the tension and my excitement for the next book. It is undoubtedly going to be big, probably pink, and ideally very, very insane.

I encourage all those who loved Paranormalcy to get their hands on Supernaturally as quickly as possible. Search for giveaways and pre-order your copies. You’re going to want to be there for that majorly dramatic moment in book three as much as I do. I’m sure of it.

*Thank you for the ARC! I would have been selling limbs on the black market for a copy if you hadn’t sent one!

**Translation: Freaking out. There might have been some giddy running about the house and telling every member of my family when I found out. Maybe.

One Commentto “Supernaturally by Kiersten White; Review”

  1. At the moment I feel like Simon when he saw Clary with Jace. I'm talking about the jealous part, not the mildly vampiric part with the mark of Cain.

    This was a good review. I mean an actually amazing review. The cover is amazing, and the first book was amazing and well … I need more adjectives to describe why I need this book.

    I'm so jealous people are jealous of my jealousy.

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