by Kiersten White
Plot Summary: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.
Review:I loved the first book in this series, Paranormalcy, especially because of how delightfully sassy Evie is, but in this book there were things that annoyed me about her character. I realize in the first book she has less power because she has lived a pretty sheltered life, and in this book I think I expected her to have grown a little more, learned more from her experiences. Yet in this book she is disappointingly indulgent and immature, and makes some pretty silly mistakes more than once. Her boyfriend, Lend is such a nice guy and always there for her, that her treatment of him is pretty horrendous (even if Lend feels like he can tell her what to do sometimes) and then there is Jack. His inclusion into the story is very important, but from the beginning I found him really annoying. He's so smug and if it was backed up with good reasons for him to be so conceited I might not have found him so intolerable, but doing back flips and opening fairy doors is not that amazing. And yet, in almost all of Evie's encounters with Jack, he forces her to do something she doesn't want to do, or puts her in a bad position, and Evie forgets her anger quickly because he's a lonely boy. So annoying!! Almost every decision Evie made, I was thinking 'Don't do it! Why are you doing this?' because it was clear to me from her past experiences that it wasn't going to go well. She hates faeries, and they are trying to kill her (possibly) and yet she's okay for a staycation in the faeries realms? Ugh.
While there is a mystery brewing in the plot, the story mostly revolves around Evie's love life and work life, and I felt like very little actually goes on in this story. It doesn't advance too much, although there are some interesting revelations made about Evie's past and the faerie realm. The world-building is great still - I love the explanation and introduction of new paranormal creatures. This book really seemed like a set-up for the last in the series, but I really hope Evie gets more sense knocked into her, so I can enjoy her witty narrative voice again.