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Friday, June 29, 2012

Review: A Want So Wicked by Suzanne Young


A Want So Wicked by Suzanne Young
Publication Date: June 26th, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Page Count: 288 pages
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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* I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review *
* Spoiler Alert: This book is part two in a series. If you haven't read the first book, this review may contain spoilers *
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?
If A Need So Beautiful is a look into the purity of good, than A Want So Wicked opens our eyes to the damaging effects that evil has. A Want So Wicked is from Elise's point of view (not Charlotte's,) and we learn more about Onika and her past which is definitely something I enjoyed. I loved A Need So Beautiful, but A Want So Wicked tore me up inside; there's a depth of emotion to this story that was a bit lacking in ANSB. It was heartbreaking watching Elise's life shatter and piece itself back together as she realizes who she truly is.

Elise's definitely a different character from Charlotte, but I still found myself drawn to her. Also, Harin is back and hotter than ever! I really fell in love with him a second time around. There's a new love interest named Abe who was positively charming in the beginning until I realized he was actually very creepy. There was something really off about him that I didn't quite understand. I think the most interesting part for me is the connection I saw between Elise and Charlotte. While Elise has her own personality, there were qualities about her that reminded me of Charlotte and I loved how Young combined the two girls into one cohesive character.

The story line itself was pretty similar, but still different enough to keep me interested. I loved learning more about Onika and how/why she became a shadow. There's a lot more backstory given in A Want So Wicked that helped piece a lot of things together. The plot was really unpredictable, I completely did NOT see that ending coming!!! I'm really hoping there will be another book in this series to tie things together, I can't wait to see what's going to happen to Elise and Harlin!!

If you haven't already picked up this series, I definitely recommend it. Just make sure you read A Need So Beautiful first!!! Overall, I really loved A Want So Wicked much more than ANSB. I'm always a fan of the darker side, so getting to see that made everything much more enjoyable. The characters are as amazing as ever, and I can't wait to see what's going to happen next! Fans of angels, demons, romance, and intrigue will want to pick this one up!!

14 comments:

  1. I'm pretty much done with angels by now (particularly the YA ones), but this title does sound pretty interesting, and I like how the characters actually have backstory. I don't think I'll be checking it out, though, considering how all of the titles I've read so far have let me down--I'm thinking Hush, Hush, Halo, Dark Kiss, etc.. >____> Anyway, great review and thanks for stopping by our blog!

    Nicole @ Teenage Fiction

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    1. Ohhh nooo!! I don't blame you for disliking Halo (BARF) but Hush, Hush?! SO SAD!! I loved that book!! I definitely think you should reconsider and pick these books up, they're a totally different take on angels that I really liked!!

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  2. I loved A Need so Beautiful and I can't wait to pick up this one. Thank you for the review :)

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    1. I'm glad you liked it!! I definitely think you'll like this one then :D

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  3. I really want to read this series! the cover are SO pretty! And yes this is a valid reason to want to read it >.<

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    1. Cover love is ALWAYS a valid reason to read something :P

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  4. I adored the first book in this series and my copy of this sequel is on its way to me, so I can't wait to dig into it. Great review!

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    1. Ohhhhh good!!! It's amazing, I really think you'll enjoy it if you liked the first one already :D

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  5. I loved this book! This whole series blows me away! And I totally agree about Abe... CREEPY. But Harlin = love.

    I really hope they will pick up a 3rd book. I want more! :)

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  6. LiteraryExplorationJune 29, 2012 at 11:29 AM

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  7. Amy @ Book Loving MomJune 29, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    I haven't read the first book so I just kind of skimmed your review. It sounds like a really great sequel though. I have been wanting to read the first one, so knowing that this is a good follow up makes me more likely to get to it at some point. I like to know that a series is going well sometimes if I am iffy about starting it.

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  8. Great review!! I need to go pick this one up!

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  9. ashelynn @ gypsy book reviewsJune 29, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    I loved this book (and of course this series!) I really do hope she sells a third book because I would eat, er, read that story right UP.

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  10. I actually read the first book, and didn't LOVE it so I've been unsure about continuing it - but I'm really glad tohear you say that this one really improves on Need, and has so much more depth to it. I LIKED Need, just didn't feel it reached its full potential so I'm hopeful that this one does :)

    Brenna from Esther's Ever After

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