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?
This is the second book in this series by Suzanne Young and it’s a mix of sequel and companion. You could go into it without reading A Need So Beautiful, but I don’t advise doing so because you’d be seriously missing out. Both books are absolutely fabulous and if you haven’t started the series, do so, right now!
Those of you who read the first book can probably gather quite a lot just from that description. But if you’re like me it mostly brought about a sense of relief, right? Well, I’ll just say that I was very satisfied with this one and where, and how, it went. As a matter of fact I may have liked it more. Though maybe that’s just because I just read it and I read ANSB over a year ago and the memory has faded a bit.
This one had a tad bit different feel. There was more of a focus on the Shadows and less on the Need. As a matter of fact the Need was very backseat. If I were to complain about anything it would be that I wanted more of the Need. I felt like Elise needed to experience it more. However, that’s a very minor complaint.
Harlin fans, you will not be disappointed! I think that his brief scenes in the beginning really set up a fantastic bit of tension that definitely delivered later in the book. I love that tension, it just makes everything so much better! And there were some great other characters in this one, but my favorite was Elise’s dad. He’s a pastor and has a strong sense of right and has his rules, but he allows his daughters to make their own decisions as to what they believe and whatnot. He’s strict, but not. And he’s there for them, no matter what! I loved that!
This is a super fast read but I think it covered things quite well. It’s like it got to the meat of the story without anything being drawn out. I do think I would have appreciated just a bit more with the whole Need thing, like I mentioned before, but that’s it. It also had a fantastic ending, one that left me feeling quite satisfied. Loved this book!
Disclosure: I received this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.