Monday, September 05, 2011

Review: A need so Beautiful by Suzanne Young

Title: A Need so Beautiful
Author: Suzanne Young
Genre: Paranormal Young Adult (ages 14 and up)
Series: A Need so Beautiful #1

Format: Hardcover, 272 pages

Released on June 21, 2011

I received this book for review from HarperCollins.

Summary:We all want to be remembered. Charlotte's destiny is to be forgotten.

Charlotte's best friend thinks Charlotte might be psychic. Her boyfriend thinks she's cheating on him. But Charlotte knows what's really wrong: She is one of the Forgotten, a kind of angel on earth who feels the Need—a powerful, uncontrollable draw to help someone, usually a stranger.

But Charlotte never wanted this responsibility. What she wants is to help her best friend, whose life is spiraling out of control. She wants to lie in her boyfriend's arms forever. But as the Need grows stronger, it begins to take a dangerous toll on Charlotte. And who she was, is, and will become—her mark on this earth, her very existence—is in jeopardy of disappearing completely.

Charlotte will be forced to choose: Should she embrace her fate as a Forgotten, a fate that promises to rip her from the lives of those she loves forever? Or is she willing to fight against her destiny—no matter how dark the consequences?

My thoughts
This is my first Young Adult that is centered around angels, and my second series that involved it was a nice change from all the other books I've been reading that had vampires and witches. The main narrator, Charlotte (First person POV) has been dealing with these so called "needs" to help people. Every time she gets these urges, her body goes through different symptoms to guide her to the person in which she need to help. Charlotte ends up finding out that she's a forgotten, an angel on earth whose purpose is to help people. It's great being able to help someone out, but in Charlotte's case she slowly gets erased from the memory of the people she she never existed. Throughout the book we face every "need" that she encounters and see her fight against being 'forgotten'.

The entire premise of the book was intriguing and I think it is somewhat a new take/ outlook on angels. The pacing of the story was good, it seems like in every chapter Charlotte was helping someone new. The only cons that come to mine is that I wish we had more background information of how the 'Forgottens' came to earth and how the seers became their guide, and more on the shadow people. Also how the only thing that Charlotte cared about was her boyfriend, and doing everything to be with him...but than again this is a young adult, so it gotta have some teen angst! Overall a good book, interested in seeing what the author has in store for book #2, A Want so Wicked which comes out July 2012.

3 stars

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