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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.

Curriculet Details
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This free digital curriculum for middle school students contains interactive videos exploring irony and character development, as well as annotations describing theme, foreshadowing, and inferring based on evidence. Students will explore the themes of identity and free will. The Common Core aligned questions, answers and quizzes in this free online unit will increase student engagement in the book while supporting reading comprehension.

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Out of the Blue

This story is told from the first person point of view. This means that the narrator is one of the characters in our story, and in this case, the main character. When the main character narrates the story from his/her perspective, it allows us to learn a great deal about that character and his/her thoughts and feelings. Below is a video that discusses more about point of view and how it affects the story.  (This annotation contains a video)
The name Lend has been brought up a couple times. What inference can we make about the relationship the main character has with Lend?  
Authors will often hint towards events that will occur later in the novel, like with this strange cloud and momentary flash of lightening. This literary device is called 
When an author makes a reference to another piece of literature or art, it is called an allusion. Therefore, when the author discusses the novel Dracula in this story, the reference is considered an allusion.  

Flying Lessons

Based on the first chapter, what genre does this story most likely fall into?  
We now know that Evie, the main character, is also a paranormal, and that she is "able to suck the souls straight out of paranormals."  
Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently. Is there a word on this page you need to look up? 
Use the dictionary feature to define the word levitated, and use the word in a sentence that is different from the example given in the text. 
This is the second time that Evie has mentioned Tasey, but she hasn't said what it is. It seems as though she uses it to protect her. What do you think Tasey is? Make a prediction, and as you keep reading, see if Evie clarifies what Tasey is.  
What inference can we make about Evie's feelings towards her power?  
Sylphs are imaginary spirits of the air that are thought to take on the formation of a cloud. You can visit the Wikipedia page below for more information on sylphs.  (This annotation contains a link)
There are often several problems that occur in a story. The main conflict that has occurred involves Evie being kidnapped by the sylph. However, we now have another conflict that is emerging. Which of the following describes the conflict that has just been revealed?  

Job Interviews

To "sterilize the werewolves" means that the werewolves would not be able to have children.  
Using the dictionary feature, answer the following question. Which of these sentences uses the word impunity correctly?  
Right now, we as readers are unaware of who Vivian is (unless you read the first book in this series). Vivian is a paranormal creature just like Evie, but she got so much pleasure from taking the souls of others, that she became dangerous. Although Evie gets physical pleasure from taking the souls of paranormals, she does not like the moral guilt she feels when taking one's soul.  
Which of the following is NOT one of the elements they are discussing? Hint: Look up elementals if needed.  
Currently, we as readers know more information than Lend. We (and Evie) are aware that he is immortal, but he does not. When the audience knows more than a character in the story, this is called dramatic irony, and it is often used to create suspense. The video below provides more information on dramatic irony.  (This annotation contains a video)
Have you figured out what other quality Evie has other than being able to take the souls of paranormals? Explain what glamour-piercing means, and how it might help Raquel and the IPCA.  
Georgetown is a highly ranked private University outside of Washington, D.C. In order to be accepted into Georgetown, one needs exceptional grades in high school. For more information about Georgetown, visit the website below.  (This annotation contains a link)
We understand Evie's frustration and annoyance when Lend fails to see the situation from her perspective. This is partially because the story is told in which point of view?  

Open Sesame

The IPCA used faeries to transport quickly around the world. A faerie door in the house indicates that a faerie is likely going to emerge from the door. Also, Lend goes to grab a cast-iron pan because faeries have an aversion to iron.  
What can we infer about this new character's personality?  
Raquel is leaving before answering some important questions for Evie, such as "How did he make a door?" Do you think Evie is going to agree to Raquel's offer, or do you think she's going to want more information about Jack before doing so?  
Use the photo in the link to answer the following question. Which portion of the plot map are we most likely in as we develop the characters, setting, and backstory? 
In Washington, D.C., The National Mall is where many of the museums are located. Below is a map of the National Mall showing where all of the various museums are located.  (This annotation contains an image)
Lend is able to change his "glamour" or his outward appearance. This is his special ability.  
Explain the significance of the highlighted sentences. Write your response in complete sentences. 
Character development is how the author develops the characters throughout the story. The author can tell you exactly what a character is like, such as, "Nona is a tree spirit." This is considered direct characterization. But we can also infer things about characters. For example, we can infer that Nona prefers to be in her natural habitat instead of the human world because she goes back to the forest at night. This is called indirect characterization. Pay attention to how the characters develop throughout the story, and try to pick out examples of direct characterization as well as indirect characterization. You can also watch the video below for more information on character development.  (This annotation contains a video)
Evie is wrestling with a decision she has to make. This could be considered 

Sparkles Make Everything Better

If Arianna is a necromancer, she practices necromancy, which is the supposed practice of speaking with the dead. Often times, necromancers will speak with the dead in order to gain information on the past and the future.  
Which of the following statements is true about the highlighted sentence?  
Evie is definitely very feminine and likes "girly" things. This is an interesting contrast to her true nature of being able to take paranormal souls. Her true nature is very dark, yet her personality is very bright. The separation of light and dark is important in novels such as this, as they often represent or symbolize, good and evil. As you continue to read, see if any light and dark symbolism continues to appear throughout the story.  
Evie is dealing with internal conflict. In your own words, explain what she is struggling with.  

A Trashy Life

Use the dictionary feature to look up the definition of reconnaissance. Also, the video below will show you how to pronounce the word if you are unfamiliar.  (This annotation contains a video)
There are several interesting words in this sentence. Pick one of the following words in this sentence and use it in a sentence of your own. Hint: Make sure you use the word in the same way it is used in the highlighted sentence.rappingjarredepiphany 
Evie's comment is very sarcastic. Sarcasm is a form of verbal irony. Verbal irony is when someone means the opposite of what they say. For example, Evie states, "Exactly how I wanted to spend my weekend. Lend free and grease filled." We know how much she loves to spend time with Lend, so we know she doesn't want to spend the weekend without him. We also know that Evie is a bit of a girly-girl, so being greasy does not seem like something she would enjoy. Evie is using sarcasm, or verbal irony. The video below discusses verbal irony further.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following can we infer about the paranormals coming into the restaurant for the afternoon?  
The title of this chapter is called "A Trashy Life." Let's see how the title of this chapter, and the fact that Nona asked Evie to help Grnlllll with the trash, connect.  
In this passage, Evie uses which type of figurative language to get her point across?  
Make a prediction as to who this person is. Think about the clues the author gives.  

Ex Marks the Spot

Here Evie reveals to us that she likes that this encounter with Reth makes her feel special. In the first book of this series, Evie only wanted to be "normal." It is interesting that now that she is being treated "normally," she wants the opposite.  
When a character does something that contrasts with what you'd expect, which of the following questions would be the best to ask ourselves?  
Reth is explaining to Evie that although she may want the "normal" life, that is not her destiny. She was made to take the souls of paranormals, and although she doesn't like the thought of it, that is her nature. This conflict over Evie's true nature versus who she wants to be, seems to be a major conflict in this novel.  
Analyze the importance of this encounter with Reth. Explain how it may affect the remainder of the story.  
This comment that Reth makes is especially intriguing because of the earlier desire Evie shared about enjoying the thrill of the unexpected. Is this a coincidence? Or does Reth understand Evie's internal struggle?  

Dream On

We are now aware that Vivian visits Evie in her dreams just like before in the previous book, Paranormalcy. When the audience knows information that other characters do not, this is called 
When characters ask themselves tough questions, we should take notice as readers. What is Vivian wondering about? How would she be able to get the answer to this question? How might that give us clues as to what is going to happen in the story?  
Use the word dismissively in your own sentence.  
Often times the exposition of a story ends with a problem or conflict, which will then lead the plot into the rising action. Throughout the exposition, Evie has struggled with being both normal and paranormal. After her conversation with Vivian, it seems as though she is going to go back to working for IPCA. She is potentially resolving her conflict, but what conflict might arise with her working there? How does this propel the story forward? It is likely that this decision will propel the story into the rising action.  (This annotation contains an image)

Like Aphrodite on Steroids

Which of the following best describes what we can infer about Carlee?  
It seems as though Evie has definitely contacted IPCA to let them know that she is ready to work. It will be interesting to discover how Lend finds out, and his reaction to the news.  
In Greek mythology, Helen of Troy is considered to be the most beautiful woman in the world. Aphrodite is the greek goddess of love and beauty. The reference to Helen of Troy and Aphrodite would be considered an allusion to Greek mythology.  
The highlighted word is an example of which type of figurative language?  

There’s No Place Like Home

Explain Raquel's joke. Cite evidence from the text to support your response.  
Raquel's answer to Evie's question definitely raises questions. This makes the reader very curious as to what Jack's upbringing was like. Keep reading to find out what it was.  
The fact that there have been "strange shifts in the paranormal world" should alert us that Evie is embarking on unfamiliar situations.  
Who is the mermaid that Evie loved most?  

Old Haunts

What type of figurative language is used when the author writes that "the tiny rectangle holding the door to my room - my life - winked shut..."?  
Evie's hands are cold because she does not have the souls of paranormals filling her. If she were to give into her true destiny and take the souls of paranormals, she will fill up with warmth.  
What is a poltergeist?  
In Paranormalcy, Evie had found her best friend, Lish, dead in her aquarium. The aquarium was located in Central Processing, which is why Evie is having dark memories.  

Deadly Reunions

What is the overall mood at the beginning of this chapter?  
What is the title of this chapter? Think about how the chapter titles connect to what occurs in the story. In the next chapter, use the chapter title to try and predict what will happen.  
Greek and Latin roots can help us determine the meaning of a word. The Latin root corp is included in the word incorporeal. What does corp mean?  
We can categorize characters based on how developed they are, and whether or not they go through a change. Round characters are well-developed, whereas flat characters are not. Also, dynamic characters go through a change in the story, but static characters stay the same. Think about what type of character Evie is. What about some of the other characters?  
In which categories of characterization would we place Evie?   
Evie had an encounter with Reth, and now another random faerie. As you continue to read, see if you can pick up clues as to why Evie is still a target for the faeries.  

Bite My Tongue

Make a prediction about what might happen in this chapter. Use the chapter title and textual evidence to support your claim.  
Evie has a lot on her plate, and she is keeping a lot of thoughts and secrets to herself. When someone keeps things bottled up, when the information is revealed, is it usually in a nice, calm way? Or does it cause drama? How do you think Evie's inability to communicate these feelings will affect future events?  
Which of the following best summarizes the highlighted passage?  
Many Thai foods traditionally have heat and spice to them, but not all. Lend is taking Evie to a Thai restaurant because they definitely know how to use spice and heat in their foods. The introduction to Thai food on this Wikipedia page explains the balance of Thai food well.  (This annotation contains a link)
This conversation between Lend and Evie shows an interest in each other's families. Which of the follow themes is possibly developing?  
This reaction to the wind seems random, but after Evie's encounter with the sylph, this may be something we should notice. Why is Evie's body reacting differently to the wind?  

Extracurricular Activities

Has Evie solved her problem?  
Ugg boots are boots that are made of sheepskin and keep the feet warm. They can be seen below. (This annotation contains an image)
Jack's comment is an example of  
Evie agreed to work for IPCA as long as she was able to approve jobs. Jack taking her away on a mission not approved by Raquel or Evie seems like trouble. As we continue to read, we should take note of any information this adventure gives us, as well as think about how this event may affect relationships and events in the future.  
Section 1 Quiz 

Virgin Dreams

Use the dictionary feature to look up the definition of idyllic. Which definition is the best explanation for this word in the context it is used?  
Remember that Evie is almost always cold because she does not have the souls of other paranormals to fill her. Therefore, we should pay attention to this setting since it keeps Evie warm.  
The term fey has been mentioned several times throughout this story. In your own words, explain what the word fey means. You may use the dictionary feature if needed.  
As we learn more information about Jack, he becomes a round character. Knowing a character's background helps us understand his thoughts and actions better, making him more developed than before.  
What impact does Jack's adventure have on the story?  

Oh, So Busted

Evie hanging out with Jack is a double edged sword. If she is working with him at the IPCA, Lend would be upset. If she is just hanging out with him, Lend would be upset because he would be jealous. Either way, Evie is in a sticky situation.  
Evie just lied to Lend. What else is she hiding?  
A selkie is a seal that can turn itself into a human. An image of a selkie can be seen below. They are thought to remove their seal skin to reveal their human bodies. Their story comes from Irish mythology. (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following is likely true about this encounter with the faerie?  
Often when characters does something that contrasts with what you'd expect, we should ask ourselves, why is the character doing that? It seems as though several characters, Grnlllll and Nona, are acting strangely.  

Grim Prospects

Which of the following is not a reasonable prediction for this chapter?  
Evie originally believes that it is Jack saving her, but realizes that it is not. This is another creature that is saving her from drowning.  
When has Evie felt at ease with the elements before?  
The Göta älv River is a real river. You can watch a video of the gates opening to change the level of the water below. (This annotation contains a video)
What are lederhosen?  
Scandinavia is the peninsula on which Sweden is located. You can see an image below. The map below shows the inclusion of Finland, but typically, Scandinavia includes Norway, Sweden, and Denmark.  (This annotation contains an image)

Tourist Friendly

At first read, it seems normal that people would be saying hello to Evie while she walks down the street. But there are certain words and phrases that stick out to make you re-think this normalcy. During her first encounter "they nodded back hesitantly," which makes us wonder why they were hesitant about their greeting. Then, "a small look of surprise on her face as she met my eyes," sticks out as strange. Why would the woman be surprised? The odd behavior should make you recognize that something is not quite right with this situation.  
What type of figurative language is used in the highlighted sentence?  
Why is Evie being accused of murdering troll children? Are they mistaking her for someone else? If so, who? 

A Teeth-Gnashing Good Time

Look at the title of this chapter. Which of the following literary devices is the title an example of?  
This encounter with the trolls must have a purpose in the overall story. As you read, pay attention to any information that may be useful to know for the future, such as history or backstory.  
Whose view points are being validated by the information in the highlighted passage?  
Use context clues or the dictionary feature to define the word "innocuous." This is a popular vocabulary word that would be helpful to know. The pronunciation of the word can be heard in the video below.  (This annotation contains a video)

Like A Bad Movie

Write a quick summary of what just occurred in the highlighted passage.  
Liebchen is the German word for "sweetheart" or "dear."  

I Like the Night Life

Based on past experiences, how might Evie get out of this situation with the vampire?  
Evie's internal conflict is clear here. Her body is telling her to take the vampire's soul, but her mind is rational and telling the vampire to escape from her.  
Which of the following is NOT a reasonable prediction at this point in the text?  
This vampire doesn't attack humans, but he attacks paranormals. This is a strange trait for a vampire, but it is also similar to Evie's trait. Her paranormalcy comes from her ability to take the souls of other paranormals, not humans. There is a connection here, even if it isn't overt.  

Honestly a Liar

What does Raquel most likely mean by her comment?  
Now we are clear as to why the vampire is attacking paranormals. He makes him stronger and able to suppress his natural vampire desires. Is it possible for Evie to find a remedy for her feelings of emptiness?  
This reference to Dracula is considered an 
Lend has been vocal and clear about how he feels, but finally Evie feels it's necessary to voice her opinion on the subject. How do you think Lend will react? Will he be upset with her? Will he realize her passion for her side of the story?  
The argument that Evie and Lend get into is which type of conflict? 

Lies, Lips, and Lunatics

Before when Raquel and David were arguing, they both had raised voices. The fact that David is backed against the corner with a "sheepish" look on his face indicates he may have done something he knows is wrong. Let's keep reading to see if this description of his body language matches how he feels.  
Why is the information in the highlighted passage important?  
What Evie says about Jack has shown to be true. When Jack arrives in the story, usually trouble is right around the corner. This is foreshadowing that trouble will be coming in the future, or that Jack is trouble.  

Alternative Lifestyles

Krakens are another type of creature. You can read more about kraken at the website below.  (This annotation contains a link)
What characteristic is Evie demonstrating here? Hint: Look the words up if needed.  
Realistically, having a backup plan to any school is a good idea. It's interesting that Evie gets so upset when others mention that she should watch out for herself, even though they're just looking out for her best interests. Why do you think Evie gets so upset? Is she aligning her identity with Lend too much? Is she worrying about herself, or just her relationship?  
Which of the following inferences can we make from this interaction with Nona?  
This is an abrupt transition into a different setting. It's important to recognize a setting shift, as it will help you follow the story more accurately.  
Which theme is being developed during Evie's highlighted internal conflict/dialogue? 

Caramel-Coated Complications

It sounds as though Evie is going as Daphne from Scooby Doo. Below is a picture of the Scooby Doo gang, with Daphne on the far right.  (This annotation contains an image)
Use the theme of identity to explain why Arianna may feel the way she does.  
Snoopy, the dog from the Charlie Brown cartoon, is a beagle.  (This annotation contains an image)
Fred and Daphne dated on Scooby Doo. A picture of Fred with Daphne can be seen below. (This annotation contains an image)
Make a prediction on what is likely to happen. Base your answer off of evidence from the text.  

Happy Freaking Halloween

Although Lend isn't saying much, his silence speaks volumes. It's obvious that he is upset and that Jack is creating problems between Evie and himself. If the point of view of this story gave us access to Lend's thoughts, it's likely that he would be going through plenty of internal conflict.  
Evie's confidence that it's a safe cemetery should make us think which of the following? 
Although Jack puts on airs of being a jerk, his actions often show that he cares about Evie more than she originally thought.  
Who says this highlighted sentence?  


Will Evie have to use her power to get herself out of this? What do you think she will do? 
What is the mood of this scene?  
If Evie does decide to take the vampire's soul, it would show her giving into a constant struggle. It could also be considered the climax, as it would be a turning point that would guide the remainder of the story in a different direction.  

Guilty is as Guilty Does

Explain what you think this means. Why would Evie feel "hollowed out," even after taking some of the vampire's soul?  
This comment is an example of verbal irony, or sarcasm. Evie was not comforted by Raquel's words, so she means the opposite of what she is saying.  
Which of the following is most likely why Evie wants to blame the faeries?  
Section 2 Quiz 

Matters of Life and Undeath

We are now realizing that not only does Evie have conflicting feelings about her identity, but Arianna does as well. Think about how Arianna's confession helps develop her character, and how it might influence future events.  
What similarities exist between the identity conflict that both Arianna and Evie are experiencing?  

Tree Hugger

Does Evie take on a bit of the personality of those souls she has taken? Or is she just nervous and anxious like she said?  
The events in the highlighted passage are likely 
Maybe Evie is being paranoid, but the other paranormals may have answers to put Evie at ease. If Nona really is looking out for Evie's best interests, she should let Evie know what is happening? 


In your own words, what is Evie saying here in this highlighted sentence?  
Evie's preoccupation with the Georgetown letter should hint to us that she will find out very soon whether or not she got into college. Do you think she'll be accepted? How will the story be affected either way?  
It seems that Evie has been affected by taking the souls from the sylph and the über-vamp, although she doesn't seem to want to admit it. Which of the following is a change she has experienced?  
Carnivals seem to be a popular place for vampires to "hunt." People are screaming from rides; therefore, screams of pain are drowned out. Also, like Evie says, there are dark areas for vampires to feed on their prey. The video below shows a preview from an episode of The Vampire Diaries, where a character, Caroline, feeds at a carnival shortly after she becomes a vampire. (This annotation contains a video)
Typically, college acceptance letters come in large envelopes filled with papers and information on what to do to enroll for the fall. Small envelopes often indicate that the student was not accepted to the college. Below is a website that will show you a typical Notre Dame acceptance package, and you will see that it is larger than a normal envelope.  (This annotation contains a link)

Going Nowhere, Going Somewhere

Which of the following statements may be true about Evie not getting into Georgetown?  
When applying early decision to schools, it's possible to get deferred. This means that the school isn't making a decision quite yet, and they will review the application again with the other applicants in the spring. If this letter isn't a rejection, it may be possible for Evie to get in when letters go out in the spring.  
What type of figurative language is used in the highlighted text?  
Use context clues to predict what the word "cherubic" means, and then use the define feature to check your answer.  
When Jack smiles to hide his emotions, we can infer that he is trying to hide the pain he carries because of his identity. Which of the following types of characterization is this? 

Matchmaker, Matchmaker

The author uses imagery to describe the setting. Imagery is when the author describes something so well that it paints a picture in your mind. Watch the video below for more information about imagery.  (This annotation contains a video)
How do we know that this location may be important to the story? 
Evie was able to break her desire for the Dark Queen because of Jack. Are the humans on the ship working for the faeries because they have been lured by the same power?  
What is Jack making?  

Old Friends

The title of this chapter insinuates that Evie and Jack will run into individuals that they know. The chapter title, "Old Friends," might be sincere, but it could also be ironic, and mean that they run into people they are not friends with.  
Why is Fehl a more run-down version of herself?  
Evie is experiencing internal conflict, and trying to justify her actions.  

Do Ask, Do Tell

What type of figurative language is being used in the highlighted text?  
Evie finally gets to ask the questions that we have all been wondering. Maybe Reth will give us information that will help us more forward in the story. 
What typically occurs when Evie goes against her own advice and does something she normally would not do?  
Reth explained that Evie was created by the faeries. Does this mean that her "father" is the man who created her? Or was Reth lying about the faeries creating Evie? Let's keep reading and find out Evie's true identity.  

Family Reunions Always Suck

Which of the following sentences lets us infer that Lin had something to do with this crash?  
NASCAR can be extremely dangerous with cars often crashing into one another. The video below shows a multi-car crash during one NASCAR race during the last lap. (This annotation contains a link)

What He Said

Evie is getting straight answers to her identity. Knowing that this has been a developing theme throughout the story, and a consistent internal struggle for Evie, we should pay attention to the information that Reth gives Evie about her background.  
In your own words, summarize what Reth has revealed to Evie.  
Evie's sense of belonging and identity is really being challenged right now. First she doesn't get into Georgetown, and now she finds out that her father doesn't care much for her and her mother is missing. She also found out, like she says, that her kind of paranormal is actually considered less than human.  
Which of the following is true about Evie's reaction? 

The Truth Will Set You Free—or Break Your Heart

The title of this chapter is quite telling. Is this a summary of how Evie feels right now? Will she learn more information that hurts her even more?  
Why does Evie break up with Lend?  

Sleeping Beauty

Evie's desire to speak with someone with whom she identifies is completely understandable. Have you ever felt as though nobody understood what you were going through? Evie must feel incredibly lonely, and it will be interesting to see how this feeling is resolved, if it can be resolved by the end of this book.  
Why does Evie feel guilty about Vivian? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.  
Should Evie feel guilty? Should she feel responsible? Should she be blaming the faeries?  
Almost every encounter Evie has had with an enemy, she has been able to get out of it by doing what?  
What is Jack's plan? Will it be able to be carried out by the end of the story, or will it cross over into the third book of this trilogy?  

Dimpled Terror

Which portion of the plot diagram is the story in now? 
Why does Jack remind Evie of Fehl here? Will this have significance later?  
Evie is a round character, meaning she is well developed. Use what you know about Evie to state whether you think she will follow Jack's plan or not.  
Evie's decision on whether or not she will take the souls of others connects to the theme of identity. Whichever she chooses, that decision helps define who she is and what she does.  
Jack's original fun-loving self isn't prevalent in this scene; he has gone through a change. How can we categorize Jack as a character now?  

Hello, Hell

Is there anything that has been revealed to us throughout this story that could help us predict how Evie will get through this?  
What seems to be the purpose of this chapter?  
When Evie focused on the thoughts of those she loved, that overpowering love guided her to them. This idea that "home is where the heart is" could possibly be another theme of this story.  

Meet Me in the Middle

What can we infer from Evie saying, "They sat now, shoulder to shoulder"? 
The idea of free will is also connected to the theme of identity. Evie and Lend are both making choices to define who they are, instead of letting their parents and their paranormal titles do the deciding. They are forming their own identities with their choices.  
Section 3 Quiz