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A Want So Wicked by Suzanne Young

Thursday, June 28, 2012

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?

Goodreads Summary

Elise starts out as unfamiliar to herself as to the reader. She has literally forgotten herself. Of course, memories can't suppress character traits and Elise is exceedingly kind and caring. The book focuses around Elise discovering who she is and what her purpose could be.

Elise isn't entirely alone in figuring out her past. She does experience flashbacks that may or may not be her own. She must delve through Onika's memories too. She has a bit of a love triangle through part of the book with Abe and Harlin. Abe is the "dark" love interest while Harlin remains "lighter" and representative of good. Elise's destiny depends on her choice between those two almost as much as her ability to help people. The Need won't remain dormant for long, however, and Elise's time is running out.

This book was easily as good as the first with only one exception. Sometimes, it felt like the plot was a little forced and wasn't explained enough. Some portions of the plot are only explained at the very end, leaving the reader confused until then. The ending itself is very satisfying and the characters will stick in the readers' mind long after finishing the book. This book is recommended to young adult/teen readers.

4 Stars

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  1. Unknown said...:

    I love amnesia plots! Curious what is up with Elise and if she will choose the dark or light side. I didn't read the first book but I've heard good things about the series.

  1. I loved the first book. Thanks for sharing your review of Suzanne's second book. I'll have to add it to my list to read.

  1. Lalaine said...:

    This series seriously has a gorgeous covers. Though I havent read them yet, it does sounds so interesting. I hope to read this soon but with all these books piling up on my table I really dont know how im going to be able to read all these awesome books. But this will stay in my radar. Thanks for the great review Krystal. x


  1. Unknown said...:

    I haven't read A Need So Beautiful yet, but I'm dying to get my hands on a copy! Reading this review just makes me want to get it even more! ^_^

  1. I love this book and the series! I am so hoping she will get to write a 3rd for it! Great review! :)

  1. SJune said...:

    I've been wanting to read this series and after this review I'll have to try and squeeze it in this summer.

  1. Kae said...:

    Thanks for the review . I've been debating whether or not i should read this series and your review was really helpful in deciding :)

  1. Christina K. said...:

    I haven't read A Need so Beautiful but I've been hearing awesome things about this series:) What's great is that A Want so Wicked follows other characters and we get a better look into the world.

    Great review:)

  1. Tanya said...:

    I have this series in my TBR pile and really enjoyed the insight that you gave. I also love the covers. I can't wait until I finally get to start them. Thanks!

  1. Crystal said...:

    I just received this and the first book thru Harperteen, really excited to start reading them! Great review.

  1. Steph said...:

    This book looks fun. Great Review!

  1. Anonymous said...:

    I have A Need So Beautiful sitting on my shelf but haven't read it yet. I keep hearing good things so I really need to give it a try!

  1. Fellipe said...:

    this book looks great, I love this kind of story and a good ending is even better!

  1. When A Need so Beautiful came out, I was excited to read it but I heard that the ending would leave you hanging so I decided to wait. Now that a Want so Wicked is out, they are both on my shelf and I am happy to see that book 2 is a good read. thanks for your review!

  1. Pam said...:

    I have not read this series yet but I seriously want to. I'm glad to hear that the ending was good despite the confusion you experienced.
    Nice review!


  1. So glad you enjoyed this!! I seriously LOVE this series! This one was very easily as good as the first and I will pick up every book that comes after it because of my love for the first 2 books!! Great review!

  1. I think this book sounds great. Thanks for the great review!!!!

  1. Susan T. said...:

    This sounds really interesting! I wonder what the first book is about. I'll have to check it out.