Thursday, July 14, 2011

Bookanista Review: Supernaturally, by Kiersten White--AND AN ARC GIVEAWAY!!!!

Yay--I did it! A real, legitimate post! And a Bookanista review, no less.

Thanks to my HUGE stash from ALA, plan on a ton of Bookanista Reviews with awesome ARC giveaways over the next few months. And I thought I'd start with what was--for me--one of the most anticipated books of the year. SUPERNATURALLY, by Kiersten White.


Here's the blurb from the publisher:

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.

I'll end your suspense right now, guys. It. Is. AWESOME!

Now, if you follow me on Twitter (or remember how many PARANORMALCY signings I went to last year) you know that I'm lucky enough to call Kiersten my friend. So that *might* make you think I'm a little biased when it comes to this book. But honestly? I was worried before I read it. Friend or no, I like what I like, and sequels are notoriously hard--especially when book one is so friggin' awesome. So there was more than a tiny part of me that was like OMG--what will I do/say if I don't like it the way I want to? How will I stalk her at all her SUPERNATURALLY signings and not have her know I'm a fraud??????

But my worries were COMPLETELY unfounded.

Evie is still her hilarious, lovable self, the plot is still fast paced and keeps you guessing, the new characters are layered and interesting, and the whole thing is just so refreshingly fun and entertaining--it's sort of a breath of fresh air amongst all the post-Apocalyptic dystopians (and I'm not knocking dystopians. I loves me some post-Apocalyptic mayhem. But it's nice to have some variety too!). And as an added bonus: there is a whole lot more kissing! Some of it sweet. Some of it steamy. Some of it hilarious. Lots and lots and lots of it. 

Do I need to keep going? I don't think I do. (I mean, I did mention the kissing, right?) But don't just take my word for it. SUPERNATURALLY launches into the world on July 26th and I STRONGLY recommend you pick up a copy. And for those of you who can't bear to wait, I'm sharing my ARC with one lucky winner.

To enter, make sure you follow my blog and leave a comment by 11:59 pm PDT on Saturday, July 16th. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Sunday, July 17th. International entries welcome. (And I know that's a fast contest, but next week I'll be gone at Comic Con, so I want to make sure I can get the winner their prize.)

And...GO!

For more awesome book recommendations, here's what my fellow Bookanista's are gushing about:

Elana Johnson revels in Ruby Red
LiLa Roecker  is nuts for I’m Not Her
Christine Fonseca  interviews picture book author Michelle McLean – with giveaway
Beth Revis reveals her reading recommendations
Jessi Kirby discovers Where Things Come Back
Shelli Johannes-Wells features “guestanisto” author Matt Blackstone
Carolina Valdez Miller is bedazzled by Between – with giveaway
Shana Silver wonders at The Near Witch
Stasia Ward Kehoe celebrates Selling Hope

75 comments:

  1. Awesome contest! I would love to win an ARC of this book :D It sounds really good. <3 Thank you for the chance :)

    Love, Carina ~ carina-olsen@hotmail.com

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  2. I SO want to win this. Can I get an extra entry because it's my birthday tomorrow? Ha! Thanks for the awesome contest.

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  3. I love the backshadowing of that blurb. It earns several cleverness points for using the word normalcy.

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  4. Very excited about reading the sequel!

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  5. I'd love to win this book. Thanks for the contest.

    forwhlz at gmail dot com

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  6. I would love to win this book! I read the first few pages of it, thanks to an online preview, and I lauged my booty off. I love Evie :)

    Thanks for the contest!

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  7. I'd love to win this book! Please enter me in the draw, thanks!

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  8. What an awesome contest! Thanks for hosting it :) I'm so excited to read Supernaturally. If I don't win, I'm still going to buy it. If I do win...well I'll probably still buy it LOL :)

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  9. oooh! Sign me up! I mean, who wouldn't want it? The cover alone is worth it!

    sarah.ahiers@gmail.com

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  10. I loved Paranormalcy and can't wait to read Supernaturally! Thanks for the giveaway!
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  11. Alright, I'll bite. But only because of the principle, it has NOTHING to do with my nail biting anticipation of Supernaturally's release. Nothing. Absolutely nothing to do with that. (Fingers bleeding from my frantic gnawing)

    So, yeah. You know, whatever.

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  12. I LOVED Paranormalcy and can't wait for Supernaturally. Yes please! Thanks for the contest Shannon (nice name by the way).

    shannon.omay(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. Hahaha, your worrying is cute..

    Thanks for the heads up on Evie and Lend.

    My email is therainhouse17@gmail.com

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  14. Ack! I've been DYING to read this because I just adored Paranormalcy! Pick me!! :)

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  15. I totally enjoyed the first book and would LOVE to read the next! THANKS for the chance! Looking forward to more reviews!

    taffy(dot)lovell@gmail.com

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  16. Loved Paranormalcy - so glad to know the 2nd book doesn't disappoint. I'd love to win an ARC of Supernaturally.

    E-mail - marycampbell1975(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. WOw, I love the cover. Your review made me interested in the book, so even if I didn't win, I would definitely buy it one day :) Thank you for the giveaway!

    mikki-mano@hotmail.com

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  18. I loved her last book and would love to read the next one!

    vera.soroka@live.ca

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  19. Evie is such a phenomenal heroine - I cannot WAIT to read book two :) Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  20. This book is at the top of my wish list! I can't wait. :)

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

    seescootread[at]gmail[dot]com

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  21. Oh yes please! I loved Paranormalcy...it's one of those books I feel comfortable recommending to everyone!

    dreamstate (at) att (dot) net

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  22. Yay for Supernaturally! Nice review.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    lyssad87(at)gmail(dot)com

    Have fun at Comic Con!

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  23. Yay! I'm so happy to hear this one stands up to the first. I can't even wait to read it and would LOVE to win an ARC.

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  24. Your review makes me super excited about reading this sequel! I want want want to read this :)
    ... And YAY for international contests!

    isamlq (sassyreads)
    isa6357(at)gmali(dot)com

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  25. Paranormalcy was awesome, now I wonder how good this one will be. I can't wait to read it!

    ajiehuang1997 (at) gmail (dot) com

    Thank you for this giveaway.

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  26. I absolutely loved the first one. I can't wait for this book to release. I pre-ordered my copy a LONG time ago. Haha! I'm glad to hear it didn't disappoint you!

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  27. I wants it, I wants it, I wants it!!

    I may have actually unconciously stomped my foot right then.

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  28. So glad this didn't disappoint. I have been looking forward to it all year.

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  29. So glad you loved this. Paranormalcy was so fun.

    jpetroroy at gmail dot com

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  30. I'm going to go out right now and get Paranormalcy so I'll be ready for the sequel. It sounds like a series my daughter and I will like. Thanks as always for sharing.

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  31. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

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  32. Yay! I really enjoyed Paranormalcy, so I'm definitely looking forward to this one!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  33. I think I've entered every single contest giving away a copy of this book. I NEED to read this! Can't wait! And glad you loved it.

    kprwrite at hotmail dot com

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  34. YAY!! I knew it would be awesome. Everything Kiersten does is made of awesome, so Supernaturally was bound to be spectacular. :D

    Thanks for the wonderful contest and have a great time at Comic Con (totally jealous BTW)!!

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  35. I really enjoyed Paranormalcy, and I often worry as well about sequels living up to the first book, so I'm very glad to hear it lived up to your expectations! Thanks very much for the giveaway :)

    tapestrybookblog(at)gmail(dot)com

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  36. Thanks for the awesome contest! Can't wait to read Supernaturally! :)

    GFC: Zareen T

    mizzbookworm@gmail.com

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  37. Eeeee! Such a good giveaway!
    I want this book.

    tammyb_2810@yahoo.com

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  38. Ahhh! How AWESOME! :) Thank you SO MUCH for this giveaway and the oppurtunity! :) Can't wait to read it. I just hope I can read it early ;)

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  39. Thanks so much for a great giveaway!
    andreat78@yahoo.com

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  40. So jealous that your going to Comic Con! Hope you have a blast! You should do a mini event recap and share pictures with us, your fellow readers :)haha!

    Thanks so much for this giveaway! Like you, this is one of my most anticipated reads this year. Please count me in!

    Diana
    lovelygetaway@gmail.com

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  41. Glad to hear you liked it so much! Thanks for the awesome giveaway. :)

    chasingwordsreviews{at}gmail{dot}com

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  42. I WANT IT I WANT IT I WANT IT I WANT IT IWANTIT

    Ahem.

    You have my email, I do believe. Because I'm awesome like that.

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  43. I've been waiting to read this sequel since I finished Paranormalcy! I liked it so much I recommended it to all of my 8th grade students who were into the girly paranormal books last year - and they all loved it. :)

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  44. can't wait to read it! i *needs*it now! dookiepookiebear @ yahoo .com

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  45. Thanks for the chance!

    I have been looking forward to this one since I finished the first.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  46. Great contest. I would love to read this book. Thanks for the chance.
    Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  47. I loved Paranormalcy and can't wait to read Supernaturally. Thanks for the giveaway!!

    myra0502 at yahoo dot com

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  48. I really enjoyed Paranormalcy. I can't wait to read Supernaturally.
    GFC follower

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  49. I seriously can't wait for this!

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  50. I would so love to win this! Thanks for the contest!

    lookaftermyheart1901(at)gmail(dot)com

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  51. I would love to win this! I'll be at Comic-Con too. Hope you have fun!!

    titania86[at]yahoo.com

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  52. Love the blog, would love to win. Thanks!

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  53. I would love, love to win Supernaturally :). And yes, I follow your blog!

    (You're also going to Comic Con?! Ahh, you're so lucky! Have fun!!)

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  54. Thanks for the giveaway!!!

    vidishamun@gmail.com

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  55. This is bleeping awesome! :) I would love this ARC!

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  56. I'm really looking forward to this one. Thanks for the giveaway!

    erinberry12 at charter dot net

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  57. Great review! I'm super excited to read this sequel! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  58. Yes! Parnormalcy was the freaking awesomesauce! I cannot wait for this release. Thank you for the giveaway!

    terilhack at yahoo dot com

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  59. Go Evie! Thank you for the giveaway!

    kasuranna at yahoo dot com

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  60. Paranormalcy was so great, I can't wait for this one!

    GFC FOLLOWER

    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

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  61. I'm so bleeping excited to get my hands on this book! You are awesome to give up your arc!
    I am a follower.
    Bchild5@aol.com

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  62. Great review! I can't wait for this book to come out. I loved Paranormalcy and I think this will be a superb sequel!

    And also, thank you for the contests ;)
    ~Laura (dancing_drama [at] yahoo.com)

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  63. I follow. :-)

    ham1299(at)gmail(dot)com

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  64. I can't wait to read this. The first book was so much fun.

    findjessyhere at gmail dot com

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  65. Thanks for sharing your review of the book! From the comments, it looks like it's one to read.

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  66. I'm always scared to read a second book. I'm so looking forward to Supernaturally, though! Thanks for the contest!

    I'm a follower.

    teddycavygal at yahoo dot com

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  67. I'm a follower!

    actenshiko8@gmail.com

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  68. I'm so excited to hear that the sequel is so awesome!

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  69. Thank you so much for the giveaway! I'm really excited to read this! :)

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  70. I can't wait to read this one! Thanks for the chance! wilsondev(at)gmail(dot)com

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  71. Soo want! thanks for the giveaway :)

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  72. As always you make me smile. Not just because of the contest, mind you! ;o)

    Would love to win a copy!

    clsbarr(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  73. Did an interview with Kiersten last year before the Paranormalcy release. Really looking forward to this one too!

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