This is the second book in the A Need So Beautiful series by Suzanne Young.
My review of #1: A Need So Beautiful.
But something is different than it was the day before. Now Elise gets this tingling feeling and has an urge to help people in need. She knows their history, she can see what is bothering them, and she knows the right solution to make everything better for these strangers.
She doesn't get these feelings all of the time, but she can help the people in close proximity who need her.
Since Elise is a pastor's daughter, she hasn't really dated that much. Not necessarily because of being a part of the church, but because no boy has really interested her that much to go out on a date with them.
But moving to Arizona seems to have changed that. Not only does she have one boy out for her attention, but she's strangely attracted to another newcomer to Arizona.
Now that she's working at the Mexican restaurant in town, Abe is around a lot since he also works there. And she is attracted to him, but whenever he gets close to him, something repulsive comes to the surface.
On the other hand, whenever Harlin is near, electricity shoots through Elise, making her want to touch and kiss Harlin even though she doesn't know a thing about it.
Not to add anything else to her problems, her sister is being elusive and secretive, something she has never done with Elise.
And the visions. Whenever Elise gives into the Need, a vision of another girl flashes through her mind. A girl who had the same hard choice that Elise is having. But it's more than that. It feels like Elise might have known her, might have been the person in these visions.
Shadows are starting to follow Elise, and they want her Need. Her light. Can Elise find out what is happening to her and save herself, plus the ones that she cares about? Will she be able to stop the Shadows from using up her life essence? Read A Want So Wicked by Suzanne Young to find out!
This book was heartbreakingly beautiful. Even though we were never introduced to Elise in the first novel of this series, it didn't matter. The reader gets sucked into her story and feels what she feels.
There were some parts where I called it before it was revealed as to what was going to happen, but I didn't care because there was always a twist to it that I didn't foresee.
And I was so excited to see Harlin again! I really enjoyed his character in the first novel and was happy to read about him so more, even if he wasn't the main guy lead in this novel.
Elise is a strong willed character who thinks about others, not just herself. She wants to do good and will sacrifice just about anything to help. I'm not sure if it's because her father is a pastor or if it's because her mother died when she was young, but that is the kid of person Elise is.
I really, really liked this series. I'm not sure if it's complete - Young left it open for more to come, I think. Or it could be a concluded series because the ending had a "this could be wrapped up" feeling.
But either way, I think Suzanne Young did an amazing job with these two novels. She has some other novels published which I may have to read because I love her writing so much, and another series that is coming out soon!
I would definitely recommend this to other readers. I just love how different it is from other novels published and I think others would enjoy this hopeful, heartbreaking, selfless series that Young has created. And I think that others would feel the same way after reading the series.