Review: Supernaturally

Review: SupernaturallySupernaturally by Kiersten White
Series: Paranormalcy #1
Published by HarperTeen on July 26, 2011
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

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 definitely fulfilled expectations as a sequel to Paranormalcy. Like its predecessor, it is silly, funny and enjoyable. White does something that too few other paranormal romance teen authors are afraid or unwilling to do: laughs at the whole thing. She doesn’t take all of the drama too seriously most of the time. Evie laughs at some conventions, but is laughable herself, as well, which I believe is intended.

The drama is still totally present, though, in the form of Evie deciding to endanger her healthy relationship in classic style by not telling the truth/keeping secrets from her true love. Oops. Let me give you all some love advice: be honest. People don’t like being lied to, especially if they expect you to trust them. The fun of the novel outweighed this needless drama for me, thankfully.

A new character is added, in the form of Jack, a cherubic boy, a year or so younger than Evie. Jack can open gates and navigate the faerie paths, because he was kidnapped and raised by the fey. As you might have guessed, he’s a little bit crazy. I am not a fan of Jack; he’s just too strange to be likable. Even though I tend to want to ship an underdog character with the heroine (if only to subvert expectations), I just could not warm to this guy.

We get some more explanations of how the paranormals came about in this one, too, which is both cool and a bit confusing. For example, there was one creature created by a male fairy impregnating a human woman. Wouldn’t there be more of these creatures around? This doesn’t sound like a difficult thing to have happen. Do the fairies have trouble reproducing? (I wonder this same thing every time I read LOTR…haha)

I still recommend this series to people who like a humorous, light read. It’s perfect for vacation, the beach or a break from heavy study materials. Also, I love that it looks like they may have used the same model on both covers. I hate when it’s obviously the heroine on multiple covers in a series but she looks wildly different every time.


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