Book 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. (From Goodreads.com)

I read Paranormalcy earlier this year and absolutely loved it's sharp sassy wit, feisty lead character and fast paced, action packed plot. Second book in the series, Supernaturally went straight on my wishlist and I was really looking forward to reading it. BUT I seem to be having issues with second books at the minute, as this proved to be another that left me feeling more than a little disappointed and wondering if I actually set my expectations too high in the first place. 

Everything I really enjoyed about Paranormalcy seemed to irritate me a little this time round, in particular the language which I'd found so fun and witty. In Supernaturally it feels a little too much and comes across over the top and sarcastic, loosing it's original charm for me. Where once Evie's one liners had me creased over with laughter, now i just found her cheeky...and not in a great way. I'd been looking forward to seeing how her relationship with Lend would develope and was saddened to see how Evie treated the people closest to her.

I also realised I couldn't remember that much about Paranormalcy either and it took me a while to get to grips with the plot and characters again. I just didn't feel that attached to any of them this time, and while there's still plenty of action and fascinating paranormal creatures roaming around to keep the book interesting I didn't have that WOW feeling I'd had before. It felt a little rushed at times and I was left feeling confused as to what was going on and just overall distanced from the story, not involved at all. And by the end, one whole big aspect of the plot seems to have been forgotten and left unexplained. I felt like I'd missed something completely!

I did continue to enjoy the enigmatic Reth who is both charming and sinister all at once. I love White's imagination when it comes to paranormal creatures, especially the Fey, and the worlds they exist in around our own. I also hasten to assure fans that while I found some aspects irritating or confusing, the writing is as compelling and engrossing as it was previously, especially in the final quarter when it became hard to put down. 

For me, Supernaturally suffered what I'm now calling SSS (Second in Series Syndrome). It failed to live up to the hype I'd created in my own mind, which I must take some blame for.  Very much like another I read and reviewed recently, it seemed to me this was a filler book, with essential information for the overall series but no actual 'story' of it's own. This frustrates me after investing several hours in a book. Don't get me wrong...I like a cliff hanger as much as the next person, but think each individual book in a series should have some kind of conclusion too, otherwise the book just doesn't feel complete. I will be continuing with the series as I still believe it's one of the most original and exciting out there and would still recommend it to fans of Paranormalcy.









Published by HarperTeen Sept 2011 (US) Harper  Collins Children's Books January 2012 (UK)

3 comments:

  1. What a shame that this one was so disappointing for you. I've only just read Paranormalcy so I'm hoping I won't have as much as confusion. I hope not anyway.

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  2. I loved Paranormalcy so much. I even sent my brother in Utah to get me a signed copy of Supernaturally from Kiersten herself! Started reading book 2, unfortunately haven't wanted to finish it yet.

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  3. Oh noes I still have to read it - the kindle is looking very tempting when you can get this book for 4.99 and the paperback isnt out til January but then I couldnt take it to school for the pupils - the dilemma :D

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