Review: Supernaturally

Review: Supernaturally

The follow up to Paranormalcy was fun, but that’s about it.

Last week I gave a pretty enthusiastic review of Paranormalcy, a book that was both engaging and funny while still keeping its protagonist a fierce female with the power to save herself. Loved it! This week, I read the follow up to the book, Supernaturally, and though the title is reminiscent of one of my all-time favorite television shows, that’s where my joy for this book unfortunately ends.

It wasn’t a terrible book by any means. It was still funny, with some wicked adventure—a couple of missions with some new creatures were pretty cool, and I am still enjoying this clear-boyfriend path that’s simply not covered in other books. Anything new and fresh is always welcome, especially in this genre.

But this time around, everything just didn’t feel as urgent as it did in the previous book. Evie is still plagued by fairies (as well as other creatures, though we aren’t sure as to why), and her unusual abilities are still present, even though she tries to resist using them. We do learn more about who she is, and the fact that she’s a highschooler living with a roommate and working is nice—you don’t often get either of those concepts (particularly a job) detailed much in YA lit, though many teens experience both.

Evie and Lend’s relationship just didn’t feel like it had much chemistry to me in this novel, and the ultimate villain was a bit predictable, which was too bad since the person (not telling who!) was so intriguing and even fun at times. That’s always the way it goes, though, isn’t it?

I think what I didn’t like most about this book was that it felt like everything was in limbo—which is how middle books often feel, to be fair. There weren’t the big, pressing dangers that we normally face—in fact, some scenarios felt more subdued than anything—and the ending itself wasn’t very satisfying. Yes, we had Evie make some good revelations about herself—and finally understand herself a bit more—but overall, it was left so wide open for the third book that it didn’t really feel finished on its own, as it should have.

In the last book, I truly enjoyed that the relationship wasn’t a front burner topic, but in this book it seemed like such a key plot point that its diminished coverage didn’t feel balanced. Even so, the book is still enjoyable; teens will continue to enjoy Evie’s girliness and general sarcastic tone that also sort of gets on your nerves after a while, and the little romance that is there is still fun to read about. Evie’s new friendship with a vampire is also enjoyable. I do look forward to reading the third installment when it arrives this year.