Book Reviews, Young Adult

Review: Supernaturally by Kierstin 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.

–back cover of Supernaturally by Kierstin White

When I read Paranormalcy (the first book in this series) I fell in love with the world that White created. This book just reinforced that. She really has a way of drawing you into the story until you forget that anything else exists. I think that that’s what has made me fall in love with this series, or maybe it’s the new twist on paranormal creatures.

I also love how clean her books are. I feel like most of the books I’ve read recently–several of which I’ve just picked up randomly–have needed a content warning of some sort, but hers are clean enough that I’d let a ten-year-old read them. It’s kind of refreshing.

The characters in this book are ones that I won’t be likely to forget. I love everyone from Evie to Lend to the creative monsters or sort of monsters, like Vivian. Even Reth, who is more or less a villain; I found myself fairly fascinated by him. And I love Evie and Lend’s relationship. I think that they’ve got to be one of my favorite fictional couples.

I enjoyed the plot of this even more than I enjoyed Paranormalcy. Towards the end, there was an excellent plot twist that I really didn’t see coming.

With how much praise I’ve given this book you’ll probably be surprised when I don’t give it five stars. Here’s why: there were a couple of times where the book just wasn’t five-star material. There was a section of twenty to thirty pages that were pretty boring and took me some time to get through. She also seems to have a lot of cliches when it comes to representing teenagers. Also, I could not stand Jack, a character who seemed to come out of nowhere. I thought that he was annoying most of the book. It didn’t ruin the book for me, but I feel like it definitely could’ve been better in some areas.

That being said, I give the book 4 out of 5 stars. If you loved Paranormalcy or just love paranormal fiction in general, I would give it a shot.