Thursday, October 18, 2012
Supernaturally by Kiersten White
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.
I really enjoyed White's humorous writing. I always catch myself smiling and even laughing out loud as I read her books. The characters (mostly) are very likable and I can't help but care for the well being of Evie, Lend, and others. All of the characters so far have grown gradually, and it's a learning process for everyone, including the reader. Plus--oh, boy!--do I love the plot twists!
Evie annoyed me occasionally throughout Paranormalcy with her blind optimism and naivete. Even though these are great characteristics in people, I wouldn't want to have them, so it was a little unnerving to read about. Maybe this is because I'm just Miss. Grumpy Pants? Maybe I'm cynical? Whatever the reason, I sometimes have a hard time relating to Evie. However, Evie didn't bother me as much as she did in the first book. Also, she wasn't perfect. She made mistakes countless of times throughout the books, but she learned from them and found a way to get over it. She had such great and passionate determination to make things better for everyone that she sometimes forgot about caring for herself, and I loved that!
Enter Jack. Holy musical Batman, I loved him! Right from the very beginning, I loved his playful banter with Evie and his . . . unconventional . . . idiosyncrasies. I'm not going to spoil much about him because I don't want to ruin it for you if you've not read the book yet. I'm still Team Lend--always will be--but Jack was the highlight of the book, brightening up each page he was on. He was such an interesting and dynamic character that always kept me guessing. Oh, and he made me laugh sooo many times! He was great!
I feel that in Paranormalcy there wasn't much mystery to it. Yeah, sure. IPCA isn't what we all thought it was, but in Supernaturally, these itty-bitty, teensy-weensy slivers of answers are given, so that means there are questions to be asked, which then means there are unknown things lurking about, which means I have no I idea how this is going to end up. Supernaturally definitely kept me interested all the way through.
Things get interesting in this book, and by the end, there are more questions to be asked than answers given. And I liked that! All this information wasn't just dumped on me, but in these tiny little hints that kept me guessing and guessing. Reth wasn't as troublesome as he was in the first book, but he certainly makes his presence known throughout the book, and I feel that the Paranormalcy Trilogy wouldn't be complete without him.
I really enjoy White's take on paranormals, and if you're interested in this kind of genre, I suggest you read it. Readers are given a funny, action-filled book full with plenty of adventure and detective work. The only thing I wish, though, is that I should have picked this series up earlier. (Must I mention her pink taser for further confirmation of a great series?)
Happy reading, everyone!