Paranormalcy, Book #2
Review Brought to you by OBS Staff member Annabell Cadiz
Warning: Minor spoilers!
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.
Review: As often is the case with sequels, readers find themselves on shaky ground. The first book in author Kiersten White’s Paranormalcy Series, which happens to be entitled Paranormalcy, set a high bar for her to follow. As a BIG fan of the first book, I had HIGH expectations for the next novel. It just couldn’t be helped, it was SO good! Supernaturally was a fairly fun read with a few exceptions.
Even though Evie is still her witty, always ready for a good butt kicking, and as spunky as ever as she was in the first novel, her character did fall a little on the weak side. She was very whiny and way too dependent on her relationship with Lend. Where in Paranormalcy, Evie always managed to find answers on her own and hold her ground against anyone that went up against her, in Supernaturally Evie spends most of her time whinnying and being scared of telling Lend the truth about his immortality. She is way to clingy and lost a lot of her ‘Evie’ spark. Lend was not nearly as much involved in the story as I would have liked. He did spend a considerable amount of his time in the book nagging to Evie about how dangerous it would be to return to work for IPCA. I found it odd that he was jealous of Jack. His jealousy made no sense since Evie wasn’t the least bit flirty with Jack ever. Lend was still loving and charming but his best qualities were dulled out somewhat in the book. Evie is still very funny and as impulsive as ever. I just wish her character was as smart and spunky as in the first book.
Reth also wasn’t in the story very much. I had expected him to be going after Evie determined to steal her away from Lend but he was barely in the story.
Jack, who played the villain, was such a lame villain. When he was first introduced to the story, he’s rude and sarcastic and hilarious but as the story progresses, Jack just becomes EXTEMELY annoying! I could tell the part he was going to play very early on in the book but he was such a weak villain. His plan against the fairies was pretty cool (for being evil that is) but his so called pranks on the fairies and on the student body at Evie’s school weren’t really amusing or impressive. I just expected the villain of the book to have been Reth up to his sneaky ways of entrapping Evie or a new paranormal coming into play. It was a letdown.
The ending of the book, although endearing, was somewhat ridiculous. There is no real solution to the fact that Lend is immortal and Evie doesn’t know how long she will live for. I mean I appreciated how Lend loves Evie and how closely bonded they are, but the ending was just shrug-cute-enough-but-really-not-an-actual-ending type of ending. I wanted more. I wanted something darker or edgier or even tragic, especially given the story centers around paranormals!
I did like the fact that readers finally get to learn about Evie’s parents and how Evie was created. Readers also get a better glimpse into the world of the fairies and who the Queen of the Unseelie Court is. I also like the German vampire or as Evie dubbed him “Uber-vamp”. He was a nice addition to the story and funny. I also liked the chapter with the trolls.
Supernaturally wasn’t as good as its predecessor but the book was still a pretty good read in a lot of ways. I still love Evie and Lend. The new characters were a great new addition to the story and I hope Uber-vamp plays more of a roll in the final installment in the Paranormalcy Series which comes out next year. Fans of the series will still enjoy the second book fairly well. So go bleeping get it already!