Publication Date: June 26, 2012Review: Suzanne Young creates a shining sequel to A Need So Beautiful. I'm not sure which of the books I liked better. Maybe the first? I think they're both pretty equal. They're both achingly gorgeous and unique.
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Page Count: 288
Synopsis: Elise is a normal seventeen-year-old girl until the day she wakes up in a desert park, with no idea who she is.
After that episode, her life takes a bizarre turn. She’s experiencing unexpected flashes of insight into people’s lives—people she’s never met before. Strangers frighten her with warnings about the approaching Shadows. And although Elise has never had a boyfriend, she suddenly finds herself torn between two handsome but very different young men: Abe, the charming bad boy whose affect on her both seduces and frightens her, and the mysterious Harlin, who’s new to town but with whom Elise feels an urgent, elemental connection—almost as if they are soul mates.
Now Elise begins to question everything about her life. Why do these guys both want her so desperately? What are the Shadows? Why does the name Charlotte inspire a terrifying familiarity? And who is Elise, really?
It took me a little while to get into the story. I don't think it was until around 100-120 pages in that I fully invested myself. That sounds like a lot, but it's really not. The pages go by very quickly. Like the first book, the main reason why I loved the story was the concept. I love the idea of supernatural beings (Forgotten) only existing to help others make the right decision. And of course, there must be a balance of good and bad, so there are also the Shadows. The mythology and background of it all is what I found intriguing.
The characters weren't exactly memorable. They don't always leap off the page, nor are they especially remarkable, but I don't have anything against them either. Elise is a normal girl until she suddenly gets memories of someone else. She also gets impulses to help people she doesn't know. And then through a twisted turn of events, she gets caught between two boys: Harlin and Abe. I thought Abe was creepy as heck. I suppose he could've been seductive, but I always felt something very off about him. Harlin was such a sweetheart. I loved him so much, just like in the first book.
A Want So Wicked is a thoughtful, wonderful and unique sequel to A Need So Beautiful, complete with easy-to-read prose and a too-perfect-for-real-life romance.