Just as Compelling: A Review of A WANT SO WICKED by Suzanne Young

A Want So Wicked (A Need So Beautiful, #2) 
A Want So Wicked
Suzanne Young
288 pages
Publisher: Balzer+Bray
Release Date: June 26th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher

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?

   The sequel to Suzanne Young’s thrilling A Need So Beautiful is just as compelling.

   While its predecessor had an easier plot with a visible conflict, A Want So Wicked is more complicated. The plot is twisted and unpredictable. Readers won’t know which way Suzanne Young will take them next.

   The story itself was beautiful. The conflict between good and evil is blurred. Every Shadow is desperate for light, for a way out of the curse that is their immortality. Humanity is a fragile thing. Suzanne Young makes good, evil, love, light, and loss and churns each idea into a tangible thing – her characters.

   A Want So Wicked was in no way similar to A Need So Beautiful. Some of it was the same, yes, but it was different.

   Elise Landon sees someone else when she looks in the mirror. She experiences someone else’s memories and feels their emotions as if they are her own. And when the emotions get stronger, the memories clearer, she can’t help but wonder: are they her own? And as a reader, you can’t help but think, what if she isn’t Elise? What if she’s someone else?

   Elise’s story is much different that Charlotte’s. I can’t say which one I enjoyed more because they were both utterly unique and incredibly beautiful. The ending is filling, leaving you welling with hope. Hope. Love. Light. Such is the wonder of Suzanne Young’s A Need So Beautiful series. If you enjoyed A Need So Beautiful, A Want So Wicked will not disappoint.

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    April (BooksandWine)

    July 9, 2012

    See, I liked Charlotte much more than Elise, but I though Elise's relationship with her sister was compelling.

    Great review!

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    Mimi Valentine

    July 9, 2012

    Yay! As much as I loved A Want So Wicked (and I completely ADORED it), I'm so happy to hear that this is actually nothing like it. I love it so much more when authors come up with completely different storylines instead of reusing her old ones! :) This book sounds so beautiful and haunting, just like the first, and I can't wait to get my hands on it!

    Beautiful review, Hafsah! <3

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    ashelynn hetland

    July 9, 2012

    I'm in the same boat as you–I don't know which one I enjoyed more, but I think for me it was Want. One of these days I'll reread both of them, back to back, and know which one I enjoyed more but for now, I love them both equally. <3

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    July 9, 2012

    Okay so now I MUST read A Need so Beautiful! I've seen a bunch of glowing reviews and the plot sounds so intriguing as well as the story! Thanks for the review!

    Eileen @ ***Singing and Reading in the Rain***

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    July 10, 2012

    Eeeep I've been meaning to tread A Need So Beautiful for AGES it sounds really good and this sequel sounds even better. I get more caught up in more complicated, unpredictable plots. I have to get to this soon! Great review, chickie!

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    Kailia Sage

    July 13, 2012

    I didn't like A Need So Beautiful a lot but I'm going to give this one a try too; I'd heard that is was just as good! Great review!

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    Molli @ Once Upon a Prologue

    July 15, 2012

    I agree whole-heartedly with your review, Hafsah! The ending left me so full of…hope, and light. I made the journey with Elise and Harlin, and I'm not ashamed to say, I bawled my eyes out! I'm super glad you liked this one. :)

    Molli | Once Upon a Prologue

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    August 24, 2012

    I really liked this one too. I wish there was another book! Definitely looking forward to reading more from this author.

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    October 16, 2012

    I have this one on my list and I have been afraid to read it because the second book in a series doesn't always live up to the first but I'll have to get to it soon. Great review :)