Review: 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.
Supernaturally is an exciting, entertaining story that kept me hooked from the beginning. There is lots of romance and kissing, scary bits and mystery, seriousness and humor. What I love most about Supernaturally is Evie. She is smart. She is sweet. She is strong. She has a good heart (well, ok, maybe she has just a smidgen of soul-eating evil, but doesn’t everyone?). She is far from perfect, but you really care about her. She has a quick wit that leaves you laughing at the same time you’re cringing at her bad choices. Yah, and about those bad choices – if Lish were still around, she’d smack Evie upside the head with her mermaid-tail.
This book touches on a lot of emotional points for Evie – her longing to matter, to be loved, and to fit in. This need for approval leads her to be less than honest with both herself and Lend. This is where the head smacking comes in. Lend disapproves of her taking side jobs with the IPCA, but she really wants to do it. It’s the only life she’s known up until now – plus she misses Rachel, the only mother figure she’s ever had. She rationalizes that Lend doesn’t need to know, because she doesn’t want to risk rocking the boat. Her silence leads to even more problems than coming clean would have. I wanted to yell “ Tell the bleeping truth already!”
Lend is very close to the too-good-to-be-true, practically-perfect-in-every-way boyfriend; but when he shows his vulnerablility and feelings for Evie , that brings him back to the believable range. I think he needs a little bad boy medicine myself, but he is yummy in a Prince Charming kind of way.
The newest addition is an odd boy named Jack, who is not a fairy but can open doors to the fairy realm and take Evie on her missions. He’s cheerfully weird, and Evie sympathizes with him because he was raised by fairies and grew up lonely and without his parents. I found him somewhat sad (and psycho). Even though he was not an actual point on a love triangle, I have a feeling we will see more of him in future installments.
Reth also returns, as mysterious as ever, to Evie’s chagrin. I know he’s wrong for Evie, but he’s so deliciously bad that I have a small crush on him. I don’t know what his plan is, but at the end of the book he drops a doozy of a bombshell on Evie.
There are lots of new characters and a particular adventure with trolls that had me biting my nails. I am looking forward to the next book in this series, and I am curious to see what the title will be.
I give this book 4 STACKS!
See you in the STACKS,
Nancy – Full disclosure: I loved Paranormalcy. I think Kiersten White is made of awesome. I religiously follow her blog and Facebook posts (and her Bejeweled Blitz scores). I may have gone slightly postal to grab a copy of Supernaturally at BEA. Yep, I’m a super fan.