Wednesday, June 8, 2011
by Kiersten White
Paranormalcy, book two
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. (description taken from Amazon.com)
First off, ummm...can I just gush about how much I love this cover?! I tweeted mid-read about how hard a time I had finishing the book, not because I wasn't loving it, but because I kept closing the book to pet the cover! Yes...really. I pet it because it is just sooooo pretty. I can't wait until it is sitting all lovely right next to my copy of Paranormalcy on my bookcase. *sigh* Does anyone know where I could get a poster of the cover...no? Wishful thinking. I'd love to put that up next to the poster of Myra McEntire's Hourglass that I got from BEA this year.
Okay...enough about the GORGEOUS cover...
I loved this book. I loved the first and I was soooo happy to not be disappointed at all in the second. I started out the book giggling and pretty much ended the same way. When a book begins with "Oh, bleep. I was going to die." and you start laughing two lines later, you know you have a winner!
*Slight Spoilers Ahead!*
I love the romance between Evie and Lend. They have a sweet romance that, yes, has its rocky moments, but never truly wavers. Lend is a great boyfriend...he may disagree with Evie's choices, but he never tells her she can or cannot do something...just that she must be honest with him about her decisions. Lend truly wants Evie for, well...Evie.
Though I love Lend, my heart really went out to the new boy in this book. No, no! I swear he's not competing with Lend for Evie's affection. He's just, well...Jack. And that is quite a character to behold. Another teen whose life was tainted by contact with faeries, Jack is kind of all over the place. Literally. He can open doors to the faerie paths and delights in making mischief. His emotional baggage, though, makes for a potentially dangerous loose cannon.
Essentially, all of the things I loved about Paranormalcy are found again in its sequel. What's even better is that this is the middle book in a trilogy and it has a full and complete plot, awesome characters, and a wonderful, funny tone. I love Kiersten White's writing...sweetness wrapped up in a little tart. I have no doubts that I will love book three when it finally arrives!
Full disclosure: ARC received from publisher for review