Monday, 6 February 2012

Super Supernaturally!

A lot has changed in the six months since Evie escaped from the International Paranormal Containment Agency with her shape-shifter boyfriend, Lend. She finally has the blissfully normal life she’s always dreamed of, including:
1) A real live high school
2) A perfectly ordinary after-school job
3) Her very own locker (and by the way, rusted metal is every bit as awesome as she imagined)

But Evie’s not-so-normal past keeps creeping up on her...and things get pretty complicated when you factor in:
1) A centuries-old, seriously decaying vampire stalker
2) A crazy faerie ex-boyfriend who is the perpetual bearer of really bad news
3) A major battle brewing between the faerie courts where the prize in question happens to be...Evie herself.

So much for normal.

I have been eagerly awaiting Supernaturally by Kiersten White pretty much from the moment I finished the last page of Paranormalcy. Paranormalcy was an amazing read mostly because it surprised me by just how original, fun and light hearted it was in a genre that has become hugely saturated. 

The only main problem I had with Supernaturally (and it really wasn’t so much the books fault) was that I found it hard to initially get into because I’d forgotten the finer details of Paranormalcy. There was quite a long, although not abnormally long wait between books but this one didn’t really do a recap beginning or a reminder, it just started straight off with the story. Again not usually a bad thing and if I had read the two books closer together I would never have noticed this. I just forgot what Evie could do, and what she was, as well as who her sister was, so really most of the important plot developments from book one! I did pick it all back up and I did enjoy the story I just struggled at the beginning to figure out what was going on and who had what abilities and so on.

There are so many things that I loved about this book I’m struggling to think of where to start. I loved the writing, it was light hearted and funny while still being kickass and interesting. I loved the story it was fun and well paced, as well as continuing with a great cast of characters from the first book. 

Evie really is one of my all time favourite characters, she’s unique, feisty and definitely a girl that likes a bit of pink – if you don’t believe me just check out her sparkly pink Taser – Tasey. Now don’t get me wrong when I first started reading Paranormalcy I was pretty convinced it wasn’t for me, calling your pink Taser – Tasey, even owning a sparkly pink Taser? Could I really grow to love this character? Well the answer is YES. She’s one of my favourites and with so many similar heroines in YA paranormal fiction Evie’s like a memorable breath of fresh air.

However, I did have some issues with Evie this time around she turned out to be quite selfish and didn’t tell Lend something that she really should have. It was only really a minor niggle in what was an enjoyable read, but still I would have liked to see a bit more of the Evie I loved in Paranormalcy.

Although I do love Evie, she isn't just the only character that I love. Like most of the books that make it to my favourite pile Kiersten White has managed to create a whole host of completely fabulous and memorable characters. I really liked the addition of Jack and his rather unique abilities to travel the fairy paths without being one of the fey. 

Although the writing was great and the story was good, I did find that the plot was a tad predictable and I kind of guessed who was the ‘bad guy’ quite early on, but I still enjoyed reading it. It wasn’t so much about the final twist but a thoroughly entertaining ride to get there.

Overall, I loved it and I love this series it’s something that little bit different in a very saturated YA paranormal market. Definitely try this series if you haven’t already, I doubt that you will be disappointed. 

I can't wait for the next one!

Genre - YA, Paranormal
Published by HarperCollins Children's books (Jan 2012)
Paperback - 336 pages (£6.99)
Source - I received a copy of Supernaturally by Kiersten White from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.


  1. I have this one on my tbr, I can't wait to read it! I really liked Evie in book 1 and I agree that the story is different to a lot of other YA. Great review, glad you enjoyed this one! :)

  2. I loved this one for the same reasons, it's lots of fun while still having it's more serious issues going on. It's nice mix.
    Also like you I had a hard time in the beginning because I had a hard time remembering everything from the first book. But I think if they were read closer together we'd enjoy them even more because it would just flow together. So glad you enjoyed it!

  3. I'm glad you mention that the one snag was you'd forgotten many of the details - I want to read this series, but I think I will wait until close to Endlessly's release so that I can read them in a row.

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

  4. I enjoyed this book... thought it was a good follow up to the first book. Can't wait for Endlessly!


  5. I knew there was a reason why I hadn't read the first one. Now I can read them together.

  6. Oooh, I really need to read Paranormalcy! This series sounds so good!

  7. I think I will need to read these after all. Sigh, where do I get the time. BTW, I'm a fellow Campaigner (again).

  8. Great review! I've been meaning to read this book. I loved Paranormalcy.

  9. I really liked Paranormalcy and I'd forgotten the next book was finally out! It's definitely going on my list of books for next month =) Hi from a fellow Campaigner!


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