10 January 2012
Author: Kiersten White
Series: Yes, #2
UK Release date: 5th January 2012
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Kindly given by the publisher for an honest review
After breaking free from the IPCA, Evie and Lend now share a normal teenage life together; studying, working part-time, and having each other as boyfriend and girlfriend. But for Evie, the transition hasn’t been easy, and she craves some paranormal action in her somewhat boring life. So when Raquel offers her the opportunity to help tag and bag bad paranormal Evie jumps at the chance, even if it means working with the energetic Jack. However Evie finds herself sinking into trouble as more and more fae find her, and as she hides more and more things from Lend.
Review: For some reason it took me a while to get into this second book of the series; probably because it had been so long since I read the first one that I couldn’t actually remember what had happened. Once I did get back into it though, I remembered what was so enjoyable about Paranormalcy. Evie is witty, funny, endearing, and in this book walking a thin line between good girl and bad girl. Her desire for a normal life has come true - she goes to high school and works at a diner - but having always lived outside of normal society, she just can’t get used to it. As she tries to figure out who she is and what her life is about, she ends up lying, running off, getting herself in sticky situations, and being tempted by the souls of others.
I have to admit, I would have liked to have seen more of Lend. Typical good guy, he is endlessly patient and forgiving. I would love to see both him and Evie getting up to some adventures together, and see their relationship tested a bit more without him always being so forgiving.
In Supernaturally, we get to see more types of paranormals. I really like the idea that there is so much hidden out there in Evie’s world that even Evie doesn’t know about. Meeting these paranormals with Evie is really interesting and special in some strange way, although often they aren’t as nice as could be. This array of paranormal characters that White has created and the fact that they aren’t always what they seem highlights that life isn’t clear cut black or white. For me it also presented an interesting dilemma when I came across a new character, as I started becoming suspicious of everyone’s actions and motives. I’m still not sure what to make of some characters who appear to be up to no good, but hopefully all will be revealed in Endlessly.
Although I could kind of guess what was going on overall, the plot was still exciting and intriguing. White is good at end-of-chapter cliffhangers, which are thrilling and make me want to keep reading! This book did focus a lot on how Evie dealt with her new life, and at some points I did want to shake her for not appreciating what she had but I guess her behaviour was natural for a teenager that hasn’t really lived a normal life. I am really keen to see where the story goes next, as there is a lot of scope for things to develop with the fae as well as with Vivian who is currently and permanently asleep.
Supernaturally incorporates humour and wit, plenty of captivating and mystifying paranormal characters, journeys into the fairy world, and some much loved bleeping.