Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Review: A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young

A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL by Suzanne Young
Pub. Date: June 2011
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Format: Hardcover , 272pp
Age Range: 12 and up
Source: Publisher (ARC)
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 is mesmerizing beyond words. Young captivated me page by page during Charlotte’s beautiful journey of love and sacrifice. The whole concept behind the Need that consumes Charlotte’s life is quite literally breathtaking. I loved the premise – it’s different and not what I’m used to in regards to books dealing with angelic beings. In short, it’s refreshing!

One of the things that I loved about this book was Charlotte’s and Harlin’s relationship. Finally, I have a couple who already has an established relationship. I didn’t have to worry about if the relationship was rushed or unbelievable. Charlotte and her beau are perfect for each other. I loved their interactions with each other and I sympathized for these characters. They felt so authentic, which is why I couldn’t get enough of their story. The Need that encompasses Charlotte’s life is quite fascinating. I never knew what to expect when she was compelled by the Need. Every person’s life that Charlotte touched was one mystery right behind another. I was drawn to find out what would happen next when the Need arose.

With a story like Charlotte’s – one where the character is faced with hard decisions that will ultimately change your life forever, I always find myself wondering how the characters will fare in the end. After turning the last page, I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am at how things unfolded. A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL is another refreshing page turner. I’m looking forward to reading the next installment!

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars



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29 comments:

  1. So many wonderful words used to describe the story, that now I long to read it!
    Great review!

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  2. Great review. I'm looking forward to reading this.

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  3. Very nice review. Lovely Blog. New follower. Like you blog a lot.

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  4. This book definitely sounds very refreshing! Established relationship? How brilliant is that?! You don't have to worry about all the awkwardness and other stuff! :) I love your review, you made me want to read this book so bad!

    Thanks, Tina!

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  5. I'm really looking forward to this book. Thanks for a great review. All the reviews I've read have had really great things to say about it.

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  6. I've heard so many good things about this book. I need to read it. Thanks for the review, and I'm glad you liked it!

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  7. I'm so glad you liked it. Another great review for this book. They just keep on coming.

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  8. This cover is gorgeous, the review makes me want to read it even more!

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  9. oh I like the idea that the couple in the book is already in a relationship. How many can we say do that?
    Sounds great as I knew it would! Great review too. :)

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  10. The reviews for this book are great! Thanks so much!

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  11. I am really looking forward to this one. Thanks for the review!

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  12. I've heard nothing but good about this book. I love to concept, and I can't wait to see how it plays out.

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  13. Love that battle between accepting and fighting fate! Great review!

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  14. I think I might actually like the relationship already being established too. Most of these relationships in these YA boos are so fake.

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  15. Your review's got me interested. Thanks!

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  16. They start out as a couple? That alone has me interested. Though the issue of the Need sounds pretty cool too.

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  17. This sounds like a beautiful story. Nice to see that the relationship featured in Need is one that is already established. :)

    Orchid
    The HAunting of Orchid Forsythia

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  18. Great review! I'm so happy to here this one is good, and I love that the main relationship in this is already established- what a refreshing spin.

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  19. Awesome review! I love the way you described the novel :)

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  20. Great review! Love your reviews :)

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  21. Come to think of it, many books I read don't start with a girl, who's already in a relationship....that's weird.

    Fantastic review,
    can't wait to see what the second books going to look and be about(:

    lisa

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  22. I have heard SO many great things about this book and it seems like a fantastic read. I can't wait to get my hands on it!

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  23. Finally someone who starts off in a romantic relationship!! I've always wanted to read a paranormal romance book like this :D

    Wow. A Need So Beautiful sounds like a really great book. I can't wait to read it. Thanks for the review!

    Kris

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  24. I'm dying to read this novel! I love the premise especially :)

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  25. Ahh, I love the review. It makes me want to read this even more. :)

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  26. I've been hearing SO many good things from everyone I know about this book and honestly, this review just makes me want to read it all the more. :)

    Usagi

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  27. I can't wait to read this book! TFR promises a breath of fresh air and that's exactly what I need!

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  28. Great review, I am so excited to read this book. I have heard nothing but fantastic reviews. :) Congrats Suzanne.
    nataliej0209@yahoo.ca

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  29. Great review! I have had this book on my to read list for a while, and I'm glad to see it's living up to the hype!

    ~Hannah

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