A Need So Beautiful series; book I
I picked this book up because of all the positive things that were being said about it, despite it being out of my usual preferred genre, I really wanted to give it a shot and have it prove me wrong.
We all want to be remembered.
Charlotte's destiny is to be Forgotten... Charlotte’s best friend thinks Charlotte might be psychic. Her boyfriend thinks she’s cheating on him. But Charlotte knows what’s really wrong: She is one of the Forgotten, a kind of angel on earth, who feels the Need—a powerful, uncontrollable draw to help someone, usually a stranger.
But Charlotte never wanted this responsibility. What she wants is to help her best friend, whose life is spiraling out of control. She wants to lie in her boyfriend's arms forever. But as the Need grows stronger, it begins to take a dangerous toll on Charlotte. And who she was, is, and will become--her mark on this earth, her very existence--is in jeopardy of disappearing completely.
Charlotte will be forced to choose: Should she embrace her fate as a Forgotten, a fate that promises to rip her from the lives of those she loves forever? Or is she willing to fight against her destiny--no matter how dark the consequences.
My Expectations: I thought it would be good, even great!
Delivery: hugely underwhelming :(
HYPE. I hate you.
Okay, here’s the deal: I didn't have any interest in this book until the blogosphere really exploded with adoration for it, then I was kind of intrigued. I reserved it at the library and when I got the chance, I finally read it. I really, really wanted to see what the hype was about—my curiosity got the better of me. Even when the summary was something I’d usually pass on, a little voice was telling me that I might be wrong, go for it! So I did.
And, man, was I underwhelmed.
Let me tell you, despite my complaints—the book is NOT bad. My reading experience was. It was just.. ugh… so extremely frustrating that there was that little cloud hanging over me showing me all these glowing reviews about how beautiful the writing was and how compelling the story was and how gorgeous the characters were. I wanted to see what they were seeing so badly and I so didn’t, which partially pissed me off because I was reading this for hours and getting absolutely nada from it.
So yeah. That’s my little spiel about hating hype and not enjoying the book. The premise itself just never caught me, I was hoping I’d totally buy into it when I started reading but I felt I had to trudge through the book to see what happens, and truth be told, I didn’t really care what happens. I personally felt no connection with the main character Charlotte, apart from occasional sympathy and frequent irritation.
The romance was a dud for me, again, I felt nothing for Harlin. The relationship has been pre-established (refreshing! I haven’t read one of those in a while) but I felt the basis of it sucked. It’s just completely unrealistic (who kisses a stranger in a hallway?) and there is only so much “I love you, Harlin” “I love you Charlotte” “I love you so much Harlin” “I love you too Charlotte” “I love you Harlin” “I love you Charlotte” I can take. Goddammit.
Okay, my pissy review is coming to a close. The writing was solid, I enjoyed it and it kept the narration flowing. I like how Sarah (her best friend) was depicted because it made it more interesting and made Charlotte’s ties to the ‘human world’ stronger—and this is more as in the “I see how the story is working and things are falling together” instead of “oh, I really enjoyed it”, do you know what I mean? The premise was creative and original, I was just never a big fan of it.
A Need So Beautiful was a huge disappointment for me, I didn’t hate it but I don’t see myself remembering any of these characters in a few months.
Rating in HP Terms: Poor
Recommended for: YA readers looking for a different take on paranormal.
Acknowledgements: lovely, 4/5
6.8/10 – because I can’t think of too many positives for this book. I was disappointed and underwhelmed with pretty much everything, and I just had this train of thought going “why did I read that? Why did I bother?” when I finished. This review makes me look like a bitch, but I’m just being honest, sorry. This was just not the book for me, at all.
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