Author: Suzanne Young
Series: 2nd (A Need So Beautiful)
Published: June 26th 2012 by Balzer + Bray
Source: Around The World Tours
Description: 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?
I Give This ...
This might be a rare feat in itself. I think I liked this one MORE than I liked A Need So Beautiful. With the first book in the series, I didn't really love the story until the end. This time around, I really just enjoyed the entire novel.
I think the most important aspect of this novel was the simple fact that I liked Elise. She's trying hard to keep her family together since her mother died. She has a wayward sister and an absent father. When strange things start happening to her, she questions them. And I liked that she goes to her father. He may be absent, but I liked the relationship they do have. Her sister was interesting too. I think there bond with stood a lot of ups and downs between the two of them. I was sad to see that her sister didn't turn to her in her own troubles.
I thought the paranormal aspect of the story was interesting. I'm not sure how the whole Charlotte/Elise thing really worked. But, I didn't really dwell on it. I felt like Elise's need was a little different than the way it was portrayed in the first book. I felt more connected to it. I think my favorite part was actually the way the shadows were explained and portrayed. It didn't take me long to figure out how it all fit into the bigger picture.
I liked how the two romances were played out. It never felt like a love triangle. Maybe it was because I knew who Elise should be with. Plus, I just really got the creeps from Abe. I didn't like the way he talked. Turns out I was right in the manner of his speaking.
Once again, another angel series that I will be continuing. I love it when angel books are done right!