Series: A Need So Beautiful #1
on June 21, 2011
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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Also by this author: The Remedy, Hotel Ruby
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’ve been hearing rave reviews about this book from Suzanne Young so I had to see what all the hype was about. In A Need So Beautiful, Young takes a subject popular to many authors nowadays, an angel, and gives it a dramatic and memorable twist. She definitely puts a different spin on the purpose of angels and shows the reader the pains and hardships that they have to face. I love how she makes the story so realistic, and she places the lead character, Charlotte, in situations that are not uncommon in today’s society.
I really enjoyed Charlotte’s character and the struggles she goes through discovering who she is and her destiny. Each time she helps someone you see their story unfold and I thoroughly enjoyed each one and kept reading to see what situation she would get into next and who she would help. I also liked how Charlotte was just your typical teenage girl who many can easily relate to and love. You see her compassion, love, and strength shine through as you read.
I would have to say my favorite part(s) of the book was anything and everything revolving around Harlin. Ah, Harlin…I can just picture him in my head, so handsome and sweet, a character created so nicely by Young that you can’t help but swoon over him. The love that he and Charlotte share is sweet, funny, and, at times, steamy and will have you flipping the pages eager for more!
Overall, it was a great book, a bit slow in pace but great nonetheless. Since I’m not a very emotional person, I didn’t find myself tearing up or anything like so many others I’ve heard about, but either way, it does speak to your heart. Because it’s such a short book, there wasn’t much depth to it all, but the story is told very well and I praise Young for a fantastic job. I can’t wait to read the sequel!