Friday, January 25, 2013

Review: A Want So Wicked by Suzanne Young

A Want So Wicked (A Need So Beautiful, #2)
by Suzanne Young

Published June 26, 2012 by Baltzer + Bray

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3.5 Stars

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 effect 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?

I was disappointed that we were given lot of repeated themes from book one. Sure, she is in a new place, a new family, a new body (I give you all that is new) but the format and general plot was very similar to book one. Don't get me wrong, I did like the book. My opinion is Young could have really charted new territory here but kept to the beaten path. The surprises were pretty obvious. The struggles were almost identical. 

Abe was the new main character added to the story line. He added little to the plot. This book needed a serious dose of more Harlin ;) I was sobbing like a baby at the end of book one. Where did that emotional tension go? It seemed to have been left behind as well.

Elise is trying to piece together why she keeps seeing images of another life, urges to help others, trying to save her sister from ruining her life, dealing with Abe's advances, solving the puzzle of who IS Harlin and dealing with a mystic old lady. Let's not forget dealing with a psychopathic woman bent on her destruction. Just the regular daily routine.   

Although I rated this one lukewarm, I am hoping book three will recapture the intensity, tension and drama from book one. 

Here is the trailer to book one: A Need So Beautiful