Thursday, June 30, 2011

Review: A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young

A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young
Published by Balzer & Bray
Released June 21, 2011
Rating: 4/5

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.
I don't know where to begin with this book. Don't judge me by saying this, but I have grown tired of supernatural books lately. Now before you get all huffy puffy about it, I have a disclaimer: I will read a supernatural book if I hear good things about it. And that's not to say that I follow trends, I'm just not one to take a chance on a 300 page book only to hate it. But that rule does not apply in the least bit to this book. While there are some similarities (supernatural elements, close to 300 pages, highly praised), I knew I would be reading this one from the minute I read the summary a few months back.

We all have insecurities about something personal. Though it may not be something like being Forgotten by everyone you love or other problems that Charlotte has to face, but I think we can all relate to this story in some way. A Need So Beautiful is a beautifully written coming of age story with a supernatural twist. I loved the cast of characters. They were all so different. You have Charlotte, the foster child that is drawn to help others; Harlin, the leather-clad, biker boyfriend with a soft side; Sarah, the best friend that’s only a text/ phone call away from being by your side (like Kim Possible); Mercy, Charlotte’s foster mother with a big heart; and Monroe, the free clinic doctor and family friend who is always there for Charlotte.

I have never read any story like this one. It was totally unique and I really enjoyed the pacing of it. I can’t say much about how the plot moves forward without giving away details, but I could feel Charlotte’s emotions and I understood her dissent as I was reading. I was really pleased with this book! It exceeded my predestined expectations and showed me that there are still excellent supernatural books being written. Ones without the occasional slutty werewolf haha

A Need So Beautiful is in stores now, so you would be a fool not to go out and buy it. I promise it will be worth the money. And I honestly had no idea this would be a series until the last two pages. That just shows how much I pay attention to things. I can't wait for the sequel!

1 comment:

  1. This review is full of amazing. First, a Kim Possible reference. I haven't heard a good Kim Possible reference... not sure I've ever heard a good Kim Possible reference, but that is highly besides the point as even if this were the 100th KP ref I'd ever heard it would be the best.

    Then you said not to get huffy, and I'm not the one you have to worry about going all big-bad-wolf on you, because all things -natural are mazing me crazy.

    And to round things out we have slutty werewolves. Yes. Just... just yes.

    Favorite review of Need I've read yet.

    <3 G.C.