Why I Started Reading This Series
I read and loved Paranormalcy last year. In fact, it took me two whole pages to fall in love with Evie, which might actually be a record. It’s not much of a surprise, then, that I was looking forward to reading Supernaturally. Unfortunately, Supernaturally didn’t win me over the way that the first book did. It may not have lived up to my expectations, but that doesn’t mean I’m ready to give up on this series, however.
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.
Thoughts on Book 2
I think what disappointed me most about Supernaturally was that it was missing that special Evie spark that Paranormalcy had. I fell in love with Evie and Paranormalcy within the first couple pages, and I wanted to have that same feeling in Supernaturally. But Supernaturally brought a lot of angst–too much, in my opinion–and I found myself wanting to throttle Evie more than anything. It almost seemed that something fundamental about Evie changed between books, and it was a change that I did not like. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to love this book, and huggle Evie and Tasey. But I just didn’t.
The introduction of a new character, while necessary for the overall plot line, grated on my nerves and put me on edge for the majority of the book. I will go so far as to say that the ending did save it from driving me completely bonkers, however. But the ending wasn’t enough to pull me through my disappointment over Evie as a character. Though it did take me from not wanting to pick up Endlessly to being curious to see where the story goes. So while Supernaturally didn’t quite work for me, I do want to find out what happens in Endlessly.
In this book, we also learn a bit more about Evie and why she is what she is. I don’t know how I feel about it, exactly. This is probably one of those aspects that will either be made or broken in the next book. At the very least, however, it was interesting. I am not sure how it all works (same with all that movement around the fey world), but I would like to give it a chance to get it all figured out in my head. I would like to understand.
Those who are hardcore YA fans and who don’t mind a little angst may enjoy this better than I did. It’s definitely not time to give up on this series. But Supernaturally just didn’t quite live up to the high expectations that Paranormalcy set.