Reading level: Young Adult
Size: 352 pages
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Stand Alone or Series: 2nd book in the Paranormalcy series
Source: Audio book from Audible.com
Rating: 4/5 stars
This is the second book in the Paranormalcy trilogy by Kiersten White. I enjoyed this book but not as much as the first book, Paranormalcy. Evie spends a bit too much time whining and lying for my comfort; but you do get to meet a lot of new paranormal races. I listed to this on audio book; in general the audio book was well done although the narrator sounds kind of whiny at times she seemed to capture Evie’s character well.
Evie is trying to get used to her new normal life as a normal student in a normal school. The problem is as much as Evie longed for normal, well she is finding it is just so darn normal and boring. The only redeeming thing is getting to see Lend who she is still head over heels in love with. Then fairies start randomly attacking Evie and things start getting out of control at the International Paranormal Containment Agency (IPCA). Soon Raquel is begging for Evie’s help on a contract basis. Evie wants to help but is worried about what Lend is going to think about it since he hates IPCA, oh and she still hasn’t told Lend that he is immortal…so there is that to deal with too, not to mention college applications to be filled out…
We get to meet some new paranormals in this book which is cool. We also get to meet Jack, who is a happy go lucky paranormal who can walk the fairy paths but isn’t a fairy. Jack adds quite a few laughs to the story and some interesting twists to the plot. Additionally it was great to learn more about how Evie got to be how she is and what happened in her past.
I still enjoy Evie’s sarcastic tone and how perky she is about everything. The only thing I didn’t enjoy in this book was all of the whining, melodrama, and lying that went on. Evie lies to Lend a ton in this book, she rationalizes to herself, but it still made me like her a lot less as a character. Seriously if she had just been honest then most of this book would have never happened. Then there is the melodrama thing; there are couple points in the book where it is wwwaaayyy overdone. Most of the time Evie’s over melodramatic nature is kind of funny and cute, but there are a couple of times when I found myself rolling my eyes and just wishing she would get over herself.
There was also a lot less action in this book than in Paranormalcy Much of page space is given to listening to Evie whine about how she has to lie and she hates lying and she hates her life. The saving grace that balances out all this whining is Lend, he has got to be the most supportive and caring boyfriend ever. So kudos to Lend as a character, hopefully he can help Evie grow up a little in the next book.
The book ends well enough, although there is some unfinished business that I have to assume will be taken care of in book three, Endlessly, which comes out in 2012. Definitely read the Afterword because it was hilarious, even more funny at points than the book itself.
Overall I still enjoyed this book. It is a fun read and Evie is sarcastic and cute throughout. We meet new paranormals and learn a ton about Evie’s history and why she is the way she is. There is a lot of Evie lying, Evie whining, and Evie being super melodramatic in this book though. At points I found this irritating and just wanted Evie to move on. There is also definitely not as much action in this book as the first one. I plan on reading the third book, Endlessly, but I am hoping it is closer to the tone of the first book than to this one.