After escaping with Lend, her shapeshifter boyfriend, Evie finally has all the things she fantasized about while bagging and tagging paranormals for the International Paranormal Containment Agency. Just like a regular teenage girl, she goes to school, works at the local diner and looks forward to the weekends when Lend comes home from college. But, somehow, it is not all she hoped it would be. Something is missing.
Then Raquel, her supervisor from IPCA, shows up and asks for her help. Torn between maintaining her normal life and wanting to help, Evie agrees, contrary to Lend’s wishes. Soon she discovers that things in the paranormal world are changing. On top of dealing with unexpected and dangerous encounters with rarely seen paranormals, she must also balance the craziness of IPCA’s newest teenage recruit: the enigmatic, adorable, but unpredictable Jack. If that were not enough mayhem, Reth, the faerie ex-boyfriend, shows up hinting that a battle is brewing in the faerie world — a battle for Evie’s soul.
Fans of Kiersten White’s first novel, Paranormalcy, a New York Times best-seller, will be thrilled with the second book in the series. In a genre dominated by dark, overly serious narratives, White’s books are the much-needed breath of fresh air and well-executed comic relief. While the tone is light and the characters highly entertaining, the narrative still achieves a satisfying level of depth. Evie is a stellar main character, with a humorous, down-to-earth voice that immediately endears her to readers. White does something many trilogy authors fail to do: Her second book is better than her first.
This delightful series is perfect for younger teens and also teens looking for clean content. However, White’s characters are strong enough and her story clever enough to entertain adult readers. Just a warning: reading this highly recommended book will make you want to wear pink, decorate your cell phone will something sparkly and find a cute boy to make out with.