First up, the winner of last week’s BLOODLINES giveaway. Then, my review of SUPERNATURALLY by Kiersten White!
WOW. What a turn out for the Bloodlines contest! I’m immensely impressed at the dedication some of you showed to tweeting and commenting to win the book.
Over 200 comments on the blog. *dies*
Over 50 tweets about the contest.
It makes me wish I had more than one ARC to giveaway so you could all be winners! I really hate disappointing some of you. Though thankfully it’s random.org doing the disappointing by choosing the winner for me. I shall blame them!
I entered every single comment and @reply tweet into an excel document in separate rows so they’d be numbered and then simply entered the range into random.org. And the winner is…
Please email me your address to shanasilver at gmail dot com. I will send it out this weekend if I get your address by this Saturday morning, otherwise I won’t be able to mail it out until next Friday since I’ll be away at a conference all next week.
Thanks to all who entered!
This week on the Bookanistas I’m reviewing SUPERNATURALLY by Kiersten White!
WHAT IT’S ABOUT:
Evie finally has the normal life she’s always longed for. But she’sshocked 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.
WHAT I THOUGHT:
I adored Paranormalcy so I was really eager for the sequel. Evie is one of my favorite YA protagonists ever. She’s extremely strong yet vulnerable. She’s funny yet serious when it comes to danger and her job. Her love of pink can only rival my own. And her “want” of a normal life complete with a locker is relatable. Don’t we all want to belong? I also loved the sweet romance with Lend.
I’m happy to say I think I loved Evie even more in Supernaturally. She’s even stronger now, making her own decisions about who to work for and when. She continually saves herself instead of waiting for a guy to do it, like a lot of the protagonists I read. She’s even more hilarious in this book just as she’s even more determined. I laughed out loud several times, even while my heart beat fast as she was in danger. And when I wasn’t laughing, I wanted to hug her and the book.
I’m glad we got more scenes with Arianna because I loved her in this book and really felt for her even when it was something simple as being stood up for plans she’d made.
Lend is still totally *swoon worthy* and I loved the realistic turn their relationship took. It’s not as all-consuming cuteness as the first book because now secrets (and college) try to pry their relationship apart, but I continually root for these two and I couldn’t turn pages fast enough to see what would happen.
One thing that comes between them is a new character named Jack who just may be one of my favorite literary characters ever. He’s mysterious and fun-loving and acrobatic and unpredictable, which made him immensely entertaining.
I’m in awe of Kiersten’s ability to make me fall for her characters, whether they’re good or evil. So many times in this book I found myself feeling bad for the vampires and other creatures Evie was supposed to capture. It’s difficult to make a guy trying to kill the protagonist I love sympathetic, but Kiersten does it!
Love this book! The only problem with it is that I don’t have the third book in the series in my hands already!
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