Supernaturally by Kiersten White
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
So much for normal.
Book 2 in the Paranormalcy series
First off- I loved Paranormalcy, the first book in the series, and this second one did have some of the humour, and spunkyness (if that's a word!) that made the first book great, but just not enough of it I didn't feel.
What happened to funny, feisty, spunky Evie? Who is this whiny new Evie? The carefree girl who spun herself on a wheely chair all the way through the corridors of the Paranormal Containment Agency to visit a prisoner her age (just because it was fun) is gone. I didn't think this book had any of the comedy or the spark of the first book. Capable Evie and her pink rhinestone encrusted taser "Tasey" have morphed into a girl who can't do anything for herself. She is sharing an apartment with Arianna, and she finally gets to attend school and have a 'normal' life (and a locker) but it's not quite as she expected. And she will complain about it.
Evie herself seems to have no real dreams or goals- she works hard to improve her grade and applies to Georgetown University, not because she has a passion for the subject or because she has a dream goal/job, but because that's where her boyfriend is. Clingy much? Also sweet boyfriend Lend has become really possessive of Evie and suspicious of any boy who talks to her. And he doesn't want her working part-time at her old job with the Agency because it might "be dangerous". Never mind the fact that Evie has been bagging and tagging vamps, werewolves and other beasties that go bump in the night since she was a child.
Those were my only complaints with the book- rant over!
The plot itself is gripping and entertaining, there are some tender moments, and a heartbreaking back-story from Arianna. The faeries are still as sneaky as ever and you never really know what side Reth is on. And we are introduced to Jack- a human who can walk through the faerie paths (a useful talent when you need to get somewhere fast) but who annoys the crap out of Evie. Jack actually seems to get most of the funny one-liners in this book.
This book is good but it didn't blow me away.
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