Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Need So Beautiful: Book Review

Novel: A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young | Goodreads
Release Date: June 21st, 2011
Publisher: Balzer+Bray
Format: ARC
Source: Borrowed from Meredith of Mint Tea and a Good Book
Challenge: None
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.
 (Synopsis and Image from Goodreads)
Willa's Rambles:
I somehow hadn't read A Need So Beautiful even though I've been meaning to forever. I didn't even really know what it was about other than the cover was awesome. (Meredith doesn' agree, but I really like it.) So when I started reading, and couldn't put it down, I wasn't surprised. Thankfully that day I had testing at school and finished early, so I finished it during class and afterwards I had that "I-loved-that-book-so-much-I-have-a-hole-in-my-heart" kind of feeling.
For some reason, I kept on wanting to call Charlotte Willow from Angel Burn. Don't ask why. I think it was because the plots were getting all mixed and melded together in my brain, but I believe that's a good thing, because I adored Angel Burn. The relationship between Harlin (I love his name. So much.) and Charlotte was similar to the intense relationship between Willow and Alex in Angel Burn, so that might have been part of it.
One thing that definitely set this one apart from any other novel of it's kind is the entire idea: that there are people meant to help those in need, and once their time is up, they disappear. I felt so deeply connected to Charlotte that the last thing I wanted was for her to leave and for Harlin to be all alone, because I loved them together.
For me, A Need So Beautiful was fresh, new, romantic, and everything I could've asked for. I loved it!

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