Supernaturally (Paranormalcy #2) by Kiersten White
Supernaturally, the second installement in Kiersten White’s Paranormalcy series, fails to live up to the spunkyness and originality of the first book. Evie still rocks as a YA heroine, but her insecurities throughout the book (while normal for a teen) drag the plot down.
Evie finally has the normal life she’s been waiting for. Only one thing: normal is boring! School is lame (except for the lockers!), Lend is off at glamorous college, and working at a diner is so totally not cool. Luckily, things don’t stay normal for long. Paranormal creatures begin watching Evie closely, flooding the small paranormal haven of a town she now lives in with her undead roommate, Arianna. And when she agrees to join Raquel and the IPCA as a part-time, contracted employee, things only start to get worse. She’s half-kidnapped by a sylph, almost drowned by a kelpie, and nearly shredded by a vamp. Not to mention the fact that she’s forced to spend time with the overly rambunctious Human, Jack, when she’d so much rather be spending time with Lend.
Evie goes through a lot of personal lows in Supernaturally. At IPCA, she knew her place. She had a role. She felt important. And, while she’s now free to be her own person and plan her own future, she doesn’t know what to do with that freedom. The only thing she’s sure of is Lend…except she’s not even sure of that anymore. She loves Lend, and he loves her, but what will he do when he realizes that he’s immortal? He has forever, when Evie only has a normal lifespan. Or less. Evie also struggles with what she is. She’s not Human. But she’s not quite Supernatural either. She’s an Empty One. What does that mean? Why does she exist? Who are her parents? Does she even have parents? It’s just one more reason she’s struggling with herself, and her relationship with Lend: “Why could Lend be so good at both worlds but I couldn’t manage in either? Why was I so bad at life?”
While all of these internal struggles are necessary to the story and the big reveal towards the end of the book, they do make it hard to fly through. This book is less about laughter and having fun with the new characters, and more about really getting to know them and their defects.
The writing and descriptions are still original and very Evie. Like when she returns to the IPCA for the first time, and narrates the scene: “I felt like I had walked into a dream. When I left this behind, I let part of myself believe it ceased to exist. The fluorescent lights buzzing overhead drilled in the fact that the only different thing was me. We both turned and looked down the length of the hall. A woman I didn’t know, dressed in a pin-striped suit, ran past us, screaming bloody murder and swatting at the air around her head. I sighed. ‘Yup, home sweet home about covers it.'” Or when she describes a cute cafe: “The coffee shop was small, with warm yellow walls and poofy chairs in dimly lit corners, the scattered patrons hunched over laptops typing out caffeine-fueled works of dubious genius.” Or even when she muses upon how normal life for normal is so, well, not her: “I didn’t fit in here. Their dramas revolved around who was going out with who and who said what to who and who got in where and so on and so forth. My dramas mostly involved whats—as in, What on earth is that horrible creature about to rip out my throat? Or at least they used to.”
And the author, Kiersten White, also puts a bit of her own humor into the story with a tiny dig at Twilight: “Faeries and vampires were glittery now? Honestly.”
Overall, Supernaturally by Kiersten White is still good enough to keep me interested in the series. But it didn’t blow me away.