- Series: Paranormalcy (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: HarperTeen (July 26, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061985864
- ISBN-13: 978-0061985867
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 206 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.The Supernaturally Playlist
In this Amazon exclusive playlist, author Kiersten White shares the tunes that best sum up her new novel, Supernaturally.
"Missing" by Flyleaf
I imagine this song playing for Evie when she’s feeling most down, worrying that whatever is missing inside of her will never be fixed.
"Oh, It Is Love" by Hellogoodbye
This sweet, happy love song has always been Evie and Lend’s song for me. When it comes to relationships, they both have this type of hopeful innocence.
"All I Wanted" by Paramore
Another song for Evie when she is feeling like everything is lost.
"Misguided Ghosts" by Paramore
A song about trying to find a place in a world you don’t feel like you’re really living in.
"Jar of Hearts" by Christina Perri
I’ve heard from many people (and agree) that this is a great song for Evie and Reth’s past.
"The Drumming Song" by Florence + the Machine
The intensity and focused passion of this song makes me think of my darling Jack, along with the references to heaven and hell, a favorite theme of his.
"Supermassive Black Hole" by Muse
This is one of my favorite “Reth” songs, though he’d never bother listening to human music…
"I Will Possess Your Heart" by Death Cab for Cutie
Another song for Reth and Evie’s relationship, evoking his feelings of inevitability when it comes to being with Evie.
"I Will Follow You into the Dark" by Death Cab for Cutie
This song lends itself well to musings on the realities of a mortal/immortal relationship. If you’re prone to musing about such things, which I am.
"Engines" by Snow Patrol
“I know I love you like the sunlit water on your skin.” Another love song for Evie and Lend.
"Give Me Strength" by Snow Patrol
A song for all of the people in Evie’s life she realizes are her family.
"Give Me Strength" by Ingrid Michaelson
A very sad, sweet, aching song about trying to find your home.
"Firelight" by Snow Patrol
A song for dear, comatose Vivian.
“A tasty bonbon for those who like their romance mixed with supernatural adventures.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Twists and turns abound in this novel, and readers are sure to be drawn in with each new revelation.” (School Library Journal)
“A delicious, dangerous treat!” (Kirsten Miller, New York Times bestselling author of The Eternal Ones and Kiki Strike)
Praise for the Paranormalcy trilogy: “The most imaginative vampire/werewolf/supernatural series going.” (Newsday)
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While Lend is in college, Evie has moved in with a cantankerous vampire, works in a paranormal-friendly diner run by a tree sprite and a gnome, but high school is her biggest challenge. Try as she might, she just can't bring herself to care about the mundane nonsense everyone in high school seems to obsess about. When she is contacted by IPCA to take occasional jobs and help them out on the understanding that she can pick and choose what jobs she wants, Evie jumps at the idea. Even though Lend doesn't want her to. Her first few jobs go awry, especially as Evie is trying to reconcile herself with IPCA's motives. They swear to have stopped their more controversial practices, like neutering werewolves, and convince Evie they are only trying to protect innocent people from harmful paranormals. But when one of her jobs leads her to a group of trolls assumed to be keeping humans as slaves, instead she finds kind trolls who bought their land themselves and live peacefully- except for the horrid vampire who has been feeding on their children.
Since Evie refused to use any fey on her jobs (thanks to being kidnapped by Reth, her faerie former boyfriend), she is given Jack as a paranormal taxi. Jack is a human who can travel the faerie paths without getting lost for all of eternity- not something humans are supposed to be able to do. Despite Lend's irritation with IPCA and Jack, Evie finally starts to feel useful with her new job. She even starts to spend more time with Jack and ventures into the faerie world with him. Unfortunately, there is something brewing among faeries and she keeps finding herself in strange and dangerous situations. Is someone trying to hurt Evie? Can she figure out who before they succeed?
I was surprisingly underwhelmed by this sequel, which was incredibly disappointing since i loved the first book so much. The book jacket described some faerie war where both the good (Seelie) and bad (Unseelie) courts of fey were fighting over her, but there was almost nothing in this book about that war. I kept thinking it was building up to it and it would be along shortly, but once I was done with 3/4 of the book, I realized it wasn't coming! There was a slight mention of the fey wanting her, but no war like the jacket and book descriptions all mentioned. Instead, the story was kind of slow and much more teenage angst than paranormal story. I have no problem with teenage angst, but with a title like Supernaturally, I was left wondering where the heck the supernatural stuff really was! It was there, but more as an after thought than the focus of the story. It also pained me to see Evie portrayed more as a whiny teen girl when she was so saucy and snarky in the last book, which I loved.
The writing and content for this book is appropriate for any kid in middle school through high school. The plot wouldn't be understandable without first reading Paranormalcy, but I would rather give a student who liked the first book a different title than this sequel. Some might like it, but there is more out there that is much more exciting. I have to say I am sadly disappointed by this book. I expected so much more after such an amazing first book!
The biggest disappointment I have with this book is that it wrapped up the ending, for the most part. I wish it would have ended a few chapters before it did. I actually wanted a cliffhanger ending. This trilogy seems more like a series with an undetermined about of books than a trilogy. I don't know if that was Kiersten White's intentions or not.
The new character of Jack was annoying, but I'm pretty sure that was White's intentions. It was unfortunate that Jack helped revert Evie to her more teen angsty ways.
My favorite part of this series is White's take on so many different paranormal beings. I really enjoyed the backstory of how vampires came to be. The world that I so enjoyed in Paranormalcy is even deeper in this sequel. The Faerie Realm was really interesting. The imagery was amazing. I like that each book introduces more paranormals and more information about paranormals already introduced.
I liked that Lend is pursuing a college degree in zoology with the intentions of studying cryptozoology. I was a little confused as to why or how he was taking vertebrate biology as a freshmen. I don't know about other universities, but in my college Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy was a higher level course.
I give this novel a 4/5. This series is a fun easy read in a really interesting world of paranormal beings.
I did see the potential love triangle in the beginning, but as the story progressed I felt as if that faded. Maybe I just don't like one of the characters, I don't know. I will leave it up to you to decide how you feel about each of the guys because I do not want to sway your decision one way or the other. For me though, the one guy clearly fell to into the background and the main love interest came to the forefront and I was completely okay with that.
One thing I do not always get a chance to say about books in a series is how much I loved the ending. Why? Well, in Paranormalcy you were not left with some huge cliffhanger. Oh, there are definitely things that are left unanswered, but you are not left feeling like you were cheated out of an ending. I know that happens to me sometimes, I get to the end of a book and I am so bummed because I didn't get any answers. Not with this book, I still want to read the next book, I can't wait, but I am happy with the way things ended in Paranormalcy.
As for the narrator, I think she captured Evie's voice perfectly. I enjoyed listening to this story and appreciated the voice of the narrator matching the voice I had for Evie in my head. Many times narrators can ruin a book, but that was not the case with Paranolmacy. Evie is very sarcastic and has almost a valley girl type quality to her voice. Normally, that would bug me, but Kiersten manages to pull off a very lovable character with Evie and the narrator, Emily, echoed that with her narration.
Overall this book was fun, mysterious and left me wanting more. I am so happy I got a chance to read it and if you have not then you should go out and get a copy too! It is a great young adult paranormal book that is a refreshing break from the heavy books that can sometimes litter the shelves. It is a fun, light, fast paced read.