Saturday, July 2, 2011
A Need So Beautiful (A Need So Beautiful #1) by Suzanne Young
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'll be honest, I could have given A Need So Beautiful just one star for the all the "Oh, I love him so" moments, but that wouldn't be fair, because it has this one really great thing going for it, an out of the box concept of a non- angel (the Forgotten) with purpose. The combination of my going in blind plus my particular brand of cover-love did wonders on me wanting to know what the story was. And once all is said and done, I'm divided: a two or a four? There were good parts, there’s that really great part, BUT there were really annoying bits too.
Charlotte Cassidy Needs (notice the caps,) to help and has done so, off and on, through out, but of late, her Need has come on more frequently leaving her more out of sorts than normal. After so many years of being what she was, and doing what she did, why accept the sudden volunteering of information from not one but two people? While one was an old and trusted friend, the same had withheld knowledge, and the other, well, the other was a virtual stranger. And what does Charlotte do? Why, swallow their answers of course! She could be the definition of gullible.
And she's just so perfect, so self-sacrificing. The Need compels her, so she must help. And even with the pain she does so. For seventeen years... Why, she is an angel, isn't she? My question is through all that helping and sneaking about, why didn't anyone notice? Now one of my bigger questions is why withhold the information from her Love at all? Was this another case of telling you would put you in danger? It couldn’t be the case because she didn’t know what she was! And if they loved each other passionately, desperately, why bother hiding? For such a deep true love, there’s a lot that they didn’t talk about. Oh well, that they love each other should be enough.
At least Harlin is sigh-worthy. He is rough around the edges, but he a softy when it came to her. Together though they gave me cavities; they were just so sweet! Other than said couple, there’s the loving adoptive mother and the best friend type that I’ve come to expect in these books. You know, the rich, popular but “misunderstood” best friend. There really is a lot of same old same old in this one.
If that’s all there was, why bother? Well, it's out of the box. Unearthly was notable given its angels with a purpose, is that what Charlotte was? Mercy was a surprise favorite because I did not know where her story would take me. Is that what happened? Both these elements are in A Need So Beautiful. Charlotte has always helped people; but now she is compelled to do so with more frequency. With her secret about to be discovered, she is finally told that she’s to be The Forgotten. Now, to explain that would ruin everything, so I’ll just say, go out and read this one.
**Oh, it's a 2 or 4 depending...