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Review: A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young

Thursday, July 28, 2011

A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young
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Series: A Need So Beautiful #1
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: June 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover - Signed
Pages: 272
Source: Bought

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.

A Need So Beautiful was just, well, beautiful. The writing had such an easy flow that I finished it in one night. *CAUTION* Do not read while you're in the sun without sunscreen! This is a lesson learned.

This was different from my most recent paranormal reads. There was only a light touch to a darker feel to this book. The concept of the Forgotten had to be my favorite part. They are those who do random good deeds that change peoples lives. After each time, they lose a piece of their skin leaving behind a beautiful gold patch underneath. The whole story had this touch of lightness to it that made it very easy to read.

I've admitted this before that I'm a swooner. I LOVE the character Harlin. He's not just some guy, but someone who cares deeply about Charlotte. They understand each other and work through everything like a strong relationship instead of a high school relationship. Charlotte and Harlin go through so much that I'm just waiting for one of them to open up. They respect each other's problems and are just one of the most perfect couples. Charlotte was written in a way that I became emotionally attached to her. She's this strong heroine that you'll just have to love.

Following Charlotte through this struggle to stay with Harlin was quite a plot. The ending just killed me and now I'm not even sure where it will go. Now I'm waiting "patiently" for A Want So Wicked, which will be the sequel.

Go get this book because it's super original. Also get this book because the cover is gorgeous!

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5


  1. Ahh, I really need to read this book - it sounds amazing. I love the cover!

  2. I've heard such great things about this book... can't wait to read it!! Thanks for the review. =)

  3. I've heard nothing about good things about this book so far. Definitely have to read it myself, soon! :)

  4. I went back and forth on purchasing this one today, but I think I'm going to wait just a bit further. However, I'm glad that you enjoyed it, and I'm glad that it has a different feel from other YA - a lighter tone, almost. It sounds lovely.

  5. Ahh I really want to read this! I've heard a lot of good things about it. Great review :D

  6. So glad you enjoyed this! I really can't wait to read it as well. :) Thanks for sharing!

  7. Great review! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this book!

  8. This book sounds brilliant! I would love to read it. Now to actually go and buy it . . . ! :)

    Love your blog, it's gorgeous!


  9. So glad you enjoyed it! I really loved that Charlotte and Harlin already had a developed relationship when the book started. That was a BIG bonus.
    Great review!

  10. This book certainly is unique, though I haven't read it myself. I've only heard good things about it, and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy.

    Great review, Vy!


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