Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Review: Supernaturally

Author: Kiersten White
Release Date: Already out!
Publisher: Harper Collins
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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.
So much for normal
Evie finally has what she's long been craving for - a normal life. But normal is just so... so.... normal. Where are the raging parties, cat fights and passionate kisses? Could her favourite tv show really have gotten it so terribly wrong? Poor Evie. She ran away from IPCA, but spending her days out in the real world with her boyfriend and going to school is not as glamorous as she thought it would be. Nor is facing the horror of gym class. But at least she has a locker. To every grey cloud, there is a silver lining. Speaking of clouds, why did one just try to kidnap her? Yes, Kiersten White has done it again, with such an awesome array of paranormal, mystery and fan-bleeping-tastic characters.

Evie has a lot of internal conflict wreaking havoc within her this time around. IPCA was the only 'home' she ever knew, she had a purpose there. Now she's out in the real world, she has no family, Lend is at college most days and despite the fact that she has school, a job at a paranormal diner and shares an apartment with vampire, Arianna, she doesn't really have that sense of home or belonging. She's struggling to find that and to really ground herself, because with all the recent upheavals in her life, the knowledge that she's an Empty One and her boyfriend's unknowing immortality, Evie has a lot going on in her head. Which might make you presume this is angst ridden and depressing. Not in the slightest! Evie is still just as fun, spunky, and downright awesome as she was in Paranormalcy.

We also see a new character introduced: Jack. Who isn't a faerie, but he can make doors and travel through the faerie paths. Gosh, I adored Jack... most of the time. He was such a crazy addition to the series. Every time he burst back into a scene, 5 year old me was giddy with joy wondering what he would get up to next. He's so childlike and uninhibited. And probably on something. Or maybe just displaying the side effects of having grown up around those psycho faeries. Either way, he'll make you want to go spend an hour delightfully jumping up and down on your bed, just for the fun of it.

This series has sparkle. Not in a vapid, meaningless, 'oh it looks pretty, but it has no subtsance' way. Yes, it does look pretty, but it sets itself apart from many other YA novels. It's fun, quirky and unique while still dealing with meaty issues that leave readers turning the pages faster and faster to see what will happen next. Supernaturally is an awesome addition to the series . I could not put this down, Kiersten has a way of totally entrancing the reader, you come to the end of a chapter, but think, aw it won't take long to finish another, right? And maybe another? And another and another and another until finally you realise she's probably had a vampire compel you into reading the entire thing without a break. She's a sneaky author.

Also: Please do not skip over the acknowledgements in this book. They are pure awesome.

8 comments:

  1. I've been hearing a lot about Jack... I need to read this asap! Great Review!

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  2. I'm dying to meet this Jack guy! He sounds hilarious. Glad you enjoyed this one, I really loved Paranormalcy, so my expectations are pretty high. But I trust your judgement more than my own sometimes, so happy you liked it enough to give it five golden apples (yay they're back!) :p. Can't wait to read this! :)

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  3. Awesome review! I can't wait to get a copy of the sequel!

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  4. I (like the others) need to get my hands on a copy of this one. Hadn't heard anything about Jack, but I'm glad to know this one continues the awesome. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  5. This sounds like such an amazing series. Great review! I love that the acknowledgements are also fun. I tend to read those in every book, as I think it gives an insight into the authors.

    Evie sounds like a great character and I look forward to "meeting" her!

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  6. I've been a bit reluctant about Paranormalcy but by the sound of you review it this is a series to read. Love your golden apples :)

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  7. Oh the sound on the Silence widget is a little bit annoying, it starts over again every time I reload a page or open a new page on your blog. Just thought I should let you know :)

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  8. So glad you loved this one too! Evie is such an awesome character - I love that even when she's dealing with tons of crazy things, she manages to keep a smile on my face.

    JACK. I love what you said about jumping up and down on your bed for the fun of it :P Sounds about right. Hehe, most of the time... is it possible I know what you're referring to? ;)

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