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I blog about books that change me at Books and Whimsy. I also write discussion posts, and host original features. I'm quite silly sometimes, serious others, and always champion great books. (booksandwhimsy.com) You can find my author blog at onceuponaprologue.net

A Need So Beautiful - Suzanne Young
When I first picked up this book and started reading, I was a little unsure. I had seen a few reviews around Goodreads and Lisa @ Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me had told me how wonderful it was; even so, I went into this book with a little trepidation - and Suzanne Young proved my fears unfounded with the first few chapters! I was immediately swept into the story, and into the life of the main character, Charlotte.

Charlotte is, on the surface, a normal teenage: she goes to school. She hangs out with her best friend. She loves her boyfriend. But she also has the Need, a term she uses to describe the compulsions to help others, compulsions that wash over her randomly, leading her to complete strangers. If she ignores the Need, the symptoms - and the results - are not good. So Charlotte juggles her everyday life with her confusion over the Need, and the complications it creates. Charlotte is torn in two, and I really felt for her, and her struggle. She wants more time with Harlin, her boyfriend, but she has this other task to perform, and as the book continues, and she begins to understand more about the Need, and her destiny, my sympathy for Charlotte increased twofold.

I really came to love the premise of this book. It's definitely unique, and Suzanne Young did a really admirable job with the pacing of the book. I definitely did not get bored with the story that was unfolding. However, my heart absolutely broke for Charlotte, as she started to comprehend what being a Forgotten means: she will, in time, only exist to her Seer. Everyone she loves will eventually forget her, even those she has helped, whose lives she has changed. And her choice: embrace or deny that destiny, really gutted me.

I'm also anxious to see the sequel, because well, I loved several of the characters, including Monroe, Charlotte's doctor and friend, Alex, her adopted brother, Sarah, her best friend, and Harlin. Oh, Harlin. What can I say except WOW. I loved loved loved his devotion to Charlotte, and their relationship, to me, was really unique and heartfelt. I loved the extra special connection given to them in the latter part of the book. And I enjoyed the fact that these characters were well-developed, and not stereotypical.

I definitely need A Want So Wicked! This book was heart-pounding - literally - and so emotional at the end, that it brought me to tears. I finished it late one night and woke up thinking about it, and it has lingered with me. I think I wanted it to be a little longer, and to be a little more in depth on some of the history of the Forgotten and the Seers, etc, but overall, definitely a read to move up on your TBR list!

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