Paranormal Element: All the Above
Series: Supernaturally #2
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I don't want to start this review negatively but the first thing that pops in my mind when I think SUPERNATURALLY is “not as good as the first.” While good, entertaining and fast-paced, there was something that was something that was lacking with SUPERNATURALLY that was infused throughout PARANOMALCY. This is a must-read though if you've read and enjoyed PARANOMALCY and if you haven't read the first book, what is stopping you??? Check out my review here. You will not be disappointed.
Evie has everything she ever wanted. She's in High School. She is not living in the center. She has a beautiful boyfriend who loves her, a job, an actually girlfriend...yet she is not happy. Lend only comes home from school on the weekends. High School is not exactly what she imagined it to be – especially gym class. Her roommate spends more time playing RPGs on the computer than actually being friendly and her job involves taking out the trash and not being tipped by vampires that are upset their mind-control doesn't work on her. In one word, Evie's life has become MUNDANE. Yet, just as she is feeling the wear and tear of mundane living Raquel comes back in her life and offers her a consultant position with the International Paranormal Containment Agency. Evie wants this. But how could she tell Lend? Or his father? Or Arianna? Easy enough, she just won't tell them.
Lie after lie builds and Evie is slowly in deeper than she should be. There just might not be getting out of this one with her friends and her boyfriend intact.
I think my implied disappointment with the outcome of this novel stems from Evie's behavior. I was severely disappointed in her. I thought the constant lying and covering up was ridiculous and I actually believe she deserved a little more than she got in the end. The people that took her in hated the Agency she worked for. Hated. They were staunchly against the agency and here she is, solely supported by these people and she gets all involved with the agency again. Yet, even though I was disappointed in behavior, I was highly pleased with the novel. White's writing is superb and her character development was excellent. Out of all the people in SUPERNATURALLY I liked Jack the most. Which if you've read the novel, you'll know why this also adds to my curmudgeoness (is that a real word?). I could just imagine him doing back hand-springs and jumping on beds. Hilarious. Like a hot Willy Wonka or something.
Second books are the worse. They have to make some tough decisions because you have to lead up to the third book. They are almost the in-between. I hope things get better in the third...
Recommended for readers that have read SUPERNATURALLY. If you haven't read it, this is not a stand-alone. Fans of paranormal romance and young adult books should enjoy the series.
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411 on the series
- This is the second book in the TRILOGY, Paranormalcy was the first book and listed on the NY Times Best Seller List almost immedietly
- Ms. White did a series of vlogs and answer a lot of questions if you are interested.
- Endlessly, is the third book and it will be out in 2012