A Note:


I once told myself: IF I am accepted into grad school, this blog would no longer be updated. As it turns out, in April, I received news of my acceptance for the Fall 2013 semester, where I will attain a Master's degree of Science in Nutrition.

Running a blog, as many of you may already know, is a demanding side job once the excitement wears off. And once I fell out of the blogging community's loop (have you SEEN how many blogs there are now? Wow!), it was like the kiss of death. Despite my best efforts, I couldn't get into a blogging routine once this happened due to the disconnect I felt from the community.

So I took a break. I struggled with the loss and with missing my blog. And then I realized I didn't have to run Book Faery to still be a book reviewer; I could read my books and post reviews online. I'm still a book review blogger, just not in the traditional sense.

I'll still be online. You can chat with me on Twitter, where I'll be posting links to my reviews and talking books. I'll also be posting links to nutrition articles. And if you'd like to connect with me where I guarantee I will post reviews, just add me as a friend on Goodreads.

So that's all, folks! It's been a fun and amazing journey, and I thank you all for listening to my thoughts about books. I hope we all can keep in touch elsewhere :)


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Amanda's Review: Supernaturally by Kiersten White

Hardcover: 336 pages
Price: $11.25
ISBN: 9780061985867
Released: July 26, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Author's Website: Kiersten White
Buy it: Amazon
Obtained: Library
Genre: Paranormal YA
Series: Paranormalcy
Book Order:
1. Paranormalcy (my review)
2. Supernaturally

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.

My Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars

My Opinion: I was a big fan of Paranormalcy. Obviously I had hoped I would enjoy Supernaturally just as much, if not more. But for some reason, Supernaturally didn’t resonate with me in the same way Paranormalcy had. I found Evie extremely selfish this time around, and her inability to accept blame for anything had me quite annoyed. Also, she lies a lot. Lies that aren’t always necessary, and while I realize this is fiction, there is nothing that bothers me more than a liar. She still had that fun flair to her (sometimes), but I don’t know. It just didn’t make up for the things that annoyed me. To be honest, I can’t remember if she was this way in Paranormalcy. My issues with her character made it difficult to enjoy the story at times. Enough so that I actually had to force myself through the book. 

Now that that is out of the way, I’ll tell you what I did like about Supernaturally. Jack. I felt bad for Lend for the majority of the book, but Jack was a great addition to this series. For a while. It’s a shame that he was my favorite part of this story, that’s all I’m saying. I think he taught Evie more about humanity than any human she had encountered. But. Sigh.

I think my favorite part of the entire book was the acknowledgments. (Seriously, Kiersten White writes some adorable acknowledgments!) Very little happened in this story, and I’ll probably read the final installment eventually just to see where this story ends. But I have to be honest. I think Paranormalcy should have been a stand-alone. 



  1. I also noticed a difference in Evie with all of her lying and selfishness; really dragged the book down and left me so disappointed. Like you, I enjoyed Paranormalcy a lot and had high hopes for Supernaturally. Didn't really like Jack though.

  2. I haven't read this one yet. Paranormalcy is in my TBR pile and I'm looking forward to it :)

  3. Great review Amanda!

    I personally could not finish PARANORMALCY due to Evie annoying me. Sounds like Evie 2.0 devolved.

    It's always interesting when something like this happens. I remember how hyped up PARANORMALCY was. Now that book 2 is out, it seems like a lot more of the fans are disappointed. New trend in YA trilogies, maybe?

  4. @Tori, I am kind of sensing a trend! There have been quite a few sequels lately that I have been disappointed in. Some ideas are just better left at one book, and I'll be glad when/if the publishers start to realize that.

  5. Totally agree. But it's all about the money, and if a book or idea will sell, to hell with what us bloggers think lol. Most of the population doesn't read nearly as much as we do, so they don't notice the trends.

    I think this goes back to the whole "oh this is a YA. YAs are selling. Make it a trilogy and a HC so we get more money!"

    That mindset for a lot of these books really kills a concept. First book usually is mindblowingly awesome to the general crowd, perhaps because the author's had extra time to work on it? Second book is filler and is like a buildup for the finale, and by that point, a lot of fans may have either given up, or they are unsatisfied.

    I remember all the talk about FOREVER in that regard.

  6. I agree about Evie. I was so disappointed in her!

    I also agree about the acknowledgments!

  7. I feel the same about Crescendo. I'm really hoping neither Enclave or Divergent take that road...I'd be upset if either of those failed to live up to their debut. But they are, just like every other paranormal, a trilogy. Sigh.

  8. I have faith in Ann and OUTPOST. I haven't read DIVERGENT yet... oomg I know lol, but I will. Soon.

    I hope.

  9. I do too. I do have a bit of faith in Veronica Roth, too. Just the fact that she said there will never be a love triangle in Tris's future proves that she isn't taking the traditional *insert love triangle here to fill space* route that is so predominant in YA.

  10. some of my thoughts too. I wondered what happened with Evie and Lend. Yeah totally agree about Forever too. Too much hype

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