Monday, September 24, 2012

Review: A Want So Wicked

A Want So Wicked by Suzanne Young

Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: June 26th 2012
Pages: 288
Source: Library
Genre: Paranormal, Romance

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 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 just want to warn you now, if you haven't read A Need So Beautiful, there are a lot of spoilers in this review. A Want So Wicked is the sequel to the highly praised book, A Need So Beautiful. A Need So Beautiful ends with the main character, a Forgotten named Charlotte jumping into her destiny and disappearing from the few people who would remember her. A Want So Wicked begins with the last chapter of A Need So Beautiful, and then goes on to introduce the life of Elise who is beginning her life in a new city with a new job when she runs across both a shadow, and a seer.

The very beginning of this  book, I really had no idea what was going on for a bit. For the first fifty pages or so I was  a bit bored, because it was pretty obvious what was going on, but it was slow and I really missed Charlotte. Though Elise is a great character, her life seems far more complicated in the whole, and the story seemed to have a slightly different feel to it that the first book. For those reasons I didn't like Elise as much as I would have liked to. There were a lot of things that were super obvious from the start, some of them were expected pieces of the story, but there was a moment when Elise is talking to her sister, and Elise notices something that makes part of the ending super obvious. I really wish that there had been less lead up to some of the plot lines because it just made the story a little less enjoyable.

Other than those pieces, I really did like the story. Harlin comes around *insert sigh* as well as Monroe, and they come in to place in the second half of the book. There is also a bit of interaction with Shadows at the tail end of the book. The ending was a bit vague, and I'm guessing there will be another book? Maybe?

1 comment:

  1. I just finished this one and I feel pretty much the same way. The characters were pretty good and the story wasn't bad, but I didn't like knowing a whole bunch of stuff Elise didn't because it meant waiting around for her to finally figure things out.