Thursday, June 2, 2011

Bookanista Review: A Need So Beautiful, by Suzanne Young--AND A SIGNED ARC GIVEAWAY!!!!


Yay--I FINALLY get to do a Bookanista review for a book I've been waiting months to gush about: A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL, by the lovely and hilarious Suzanne Young.

Check out the amazing cover:


I'm usually not a fan of full-face covers (I like to be able to picture the character how I want to)--but this one is so striking and powerful, I love it. And it's perfect for the story.

Here's the plot description:

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's one of the Forgotten and 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?


As soon as I read the description I knew I HAD to read this book. I was fascinated by the idea of following a character facing the threat of being forgotten. It seems like such a quiet threat, compared to something like DEATH...but when you really think about it--it's almost worse. To exist, but to have your existence essentially not matter, because no one will remember it? To see friends and family--people you love--and have them not remember who you are? Talk about horrifying. 

So I immediately emailed Suzanne and begged for an ARC and I'm not kidding when I say I jumped up and down when she said she'd send me one. And it. did. not. disappoint!

The way she puts us in Charlotte's head as she discovers the reality of her existence. Watching the way her family and friends slowly forget key memories about her life. It's so powerfully written and so interesting. I don't want to say too much, because this is yet another book with quite a few unexpected surprizes and I'd hate to give anything away. So I'll finish by saying that if you're looking for a summer read that's a little outside the box in all the right ways: THIS IS IT. You'll love it. 

Which is why I've decided to give away my beloved ARC--even though it's killing me guys. KILLING ME. It's even signed!!!! *heavy sigh*

To enter, make sure you follow my blog and leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm PDT on Saturday, June 11. I'll choose one random winner and announce their name on Sunday, June 12th. International entries welcome!

For more fabulous book recommendations, here's what the other Bookanistas are talking about today:



Elana Johnson gushes over Blood Magic
LiLa Roecker adores Hourglass
Christine Fonseca sings high praises for Possess – with giveaway
Megan Miranda has a passion for Possession
Carolina Valdez Miller sees beauty in Between Shades of Gray
Bethany Wiggins finds Bad Taste in Boys delicious
Shana Silver  celebrates A Need So Beautiful
Stasia Ward Kehoe delights in Delirium
Carrie Harris thinks Wrapped simply rocks
Rosemary Clement-Moore is giddy about Hourglass
Sarah Frances Hardy finds the awesome in Okay for Now
Myra McEntire welcomes Blood Magic author Tessa Gratton into the Fort

80 comments:

  1. This book's premise does look very original.

    laurapauling@yahoo.com

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  2. Great review. Don't enter me in the contest because the publisher just sent me an ARC. Now you've got me super excited to read it. If you could just tell me the secret of how to live without sleep so I could read my ever growing stack of books faster.

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  3. Wow! What a neat premise! I absolutely MUST read this book!

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  4. Aah, this is such an exciting contest. I've been looking forward to this book for awhile now! Loved your review ;)

    ~Loren
    lorenchaseblog@gmail.com

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  5. Book sounds amazing and the cover is very beautiful.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    artgiote at gmail dot com

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  6. I am really looking forward to reading this one. And the cover is beautiful. I'm with you, I'm not usually a fan of full face covers, but this one is amazing. Thanks for the chance to win it!

    britneywyatt[at]gmail[dot]com

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  7. I'm crossing my fingers and toes that I win!

    Productofanillusion@gmail.com

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  8. Sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for sharing your review.

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  9. You're so adorable. That girl on the cover looks like a friend of mine.

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  10. I've been debating whether to read this one for a while, but it got tons of great reviews!
    Thanks so much for the giveaway of your precious ARC!
    rivkarno1(At)Hotmail(Dot)com

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  11. I would love to read that! Thank you for the chance to win
    seesen9[at]gmail[dot]com

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  12. Thanks for the review! Sounds like a great book.

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  13. sooooo pretty. Throw my name into the drawing - i'd like a chance to win it just so i could look at it some more!

    sarah.ahiers@gmail.com

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  14. OHMYGOD, OHMYGOD, you're giving THIS away? *jumps to be picked*

    You have no idea how much I'd love to win this ;)

    speak_to_bidisha@yahoo.co.in

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  15. I've been wanting to read this one for quite a while. The cover is stunning! :-)

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  16. This is the summer release I'm most excited for!

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  17. Great Review! I've had my eye on this book for a while - it sounds fantastic! Please enter me in the drawing! marcykate(a)gmail.com

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  18. Thanks for the giveaway :)
    Follow your blog via:
    GFC(Mona Garg)
    Twitter(@Kulmona)
    Email

    monagargATyahooDOTcom

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  19. Nice~ Count me in!

    kprwrite at hotmail dot com

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  20. I've been hearing about this one lately... glad to hear you liked it. Thanks for the chance to win :)

    Old follower. kristinrae023(at)gmail.com

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  21. I'd love to play please.

    Already a follower.

    lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. You have me convinced I must.read.this.book!

    follower already

    sloanl29 (at) yahoo.com

    Thanks for sharing your treasured copy with a follower - you rock!

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  23. When I read the description of this book, I put it on my To Read list immediately. Talk about intriguing!

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  24. I'm a follower. Your enthusiasm for this title is infectious! I feel like I really do need to read it!

    Please enter me.
    clderwee at gmail dot com

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  25. This one has such a cool premise! Would love to be entered, thanks for the awesome giveaway :D I'm a GFC follower.

    tapestrybookblog(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. WANT. :)

    I've been offline for a couple months, and now I'm back and trying to catch up with everyone...lucky me comes here to say 'hi' and finds a chance to win this pretty book. *happy dance*

    I hope life is treating you well.

    Huggles,
    Lola

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  27. interesting, interesting!
    THANKS for the giveaway of your precious ARC :)

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  28. Yes please, I want to read it!

    magabygc at gmail.com

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  29. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

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  30. Sounds intriguing - I would love to read it! What a unique consequence, being forgotten! :)

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  31. To be honest, that cover doesn't really make me want to buy the book. (I don't know why, but every time I see it I imagine it's a book about horseback riding. It must resemble a cover of a book from my childhood or something.)

    The blurb definitely makes me want to read this, though. That and the fact that I've only heard wonderful things about the book. It's definitely on my must-read list.

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  32. yes yes and MORE yes! I'm giving away my arc right now (we are such soul-CPs...) and I agree 100% with your review.

    xo

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  33. You are a FAR better person than I! How generous of you to give away your beloved ARC! I hoard my ARC's like a mad woman. Thank you so much for the chance to win this book. You have DEF got me very interested in it.

    boo2bosh(at)gmail(dot)com

    I am following you
    Sent FB request
    Sent Goodreads request
    Following you on twitter

    THANK YOU!

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  34. I'm so glad you loved this book because I'm dying to read it! You are so incredibly awesome for holding this giveaway! :D

    I'm a follower.

    ~Briana
    thebookpixie[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  35. What an awesome story idea! I have to read it now. Toss my name in!

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  36. I love that cover!! Sounds great. I follow via GFC quixoticdreamer

    quixoticdreamer(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  37. All I'm saying is that you must REALLY love your followers :)haha! i get so attached to my signed books.... alas, you are my new inspiration! awesome giveaway, please enter me!

    Diana
    lovelygetaway@gmail.com

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  38. Another book for my watch list!

    I'm a follower

    Margay1122ATaolDOTcom

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  39. This looks like quite an original paranormal!

    I'm a follower

    jpetroroy at gmail dot com

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  40. I've heard such great thing about ANsB and I need to get my hands on a copy. Thanks for the chance to do just that!

    findjessyhere at gmail dot com

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  41. I don't know how you ever manage to part with your treasures, but thank you for sharing all the lovely things you have!

    I've seen this book around but I never knew what it was about. Sounds different and interesting!

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  42. awesome!! thanks so much being so generous! What a great book! wilsondev(At)gmail(dot)com

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  43. This book sounds good. I need to win so that I can find out what happens!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    lyssad87(at)gmail(dot)com

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  44. This sounds great.....

    GFC follower

    vidishamun@gmail.com

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  45. Thanks again! This one sounds fabulous.
    GFC follower

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  46. I've been dying to read this one, it sounds so great!

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  47. Yay! I cannot wait to read this book! It has been in my wish list for weeks and weeks now. Thanks so much for the review and for the giveaway. You are awesome. :)

    I already follow you. ;)

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  48. I love the premise for this book. It's so different than everything out there. And the cover is gorgeous.

    GFC: Ash

    ashley.mckinsey(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  49. wow this book seems so interesting!

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  50. hi
    I have heard a lot of good things about this book ... so I am dying to read it..

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  51. This book looks amazing! Thanks for not only recommending it to us, but offering it in this contest! I can't wait to read it. It's definitely going on top of my must-read summer list!! :-)

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  52. Great review. I'm really looking forward to read this.

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  53. wow!! you're good girl!!
    thanks for the giveaway!! can't wait to read this book!!:D

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  54. Gads, I thought I commented on this today! But it must've been a different review of this.

    I've had this sitting with me too long unread. I must read!! Sounds like such a beautiful book. Kudos for giving away your ARC ;)

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  55. I would love to read this book! The plot seems to be very interesting and the cover is gorgeous! :D

    GFC Follower!

    sweet.sayumi(at)yahoo.com.br

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  56. I would love to read this book! The plot seems to be very interesting and the cover is gorgeous! :D

    GFC Follower!

    sweet.sayumi(at)yahoo.com.br

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  57. this looks super good! Can;t wait to read it!
    katie_tp@yahoo.com

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  58. This book looks awesome! Thanks for the chance to win :)

    lookaftermyheart1901(at)gmail(dot)com

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  59. Neat premise! You're right, it does seem "quiet," but I like it! It seems SMART.

    Thanks for the recommendation!

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  60. Ooh, this is such a lovely giveaway for a book that I've literally been DYING to get my hands on. The cover is absolutely gorgeous and your review was smashing. It's totally made me want to read this book even more than before.

    So, yes I'm definitely following your blog, possibly stalking you for life. lol. Hope that doesn't scare you too much! And definitely count me in for the giveaway! :)

    Suz @ A Soul Unsung
    email: susanhaugland@att.net

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  61. This book sounds awesome! Thank you for the giveaway!

    entrelibros_blog at hotmail dot com

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  62. I'd love to read this. Thanks for the giveaway!

    erinberry12 at charter dot net

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  63. I'm beginning to think following your blog was the best thing that's ever happened to my bookshelf ... so many ARC contests! Or so it seems to me ...
    I really think this sounds cool. I mean, like instead of the need to like, kill or something ... she needs to help people? Interesting twist.
    My email's on my profile.

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  64. this one sounds awesome! *crosses fingers*

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  65. This book is definitely on my wishlist :).

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  66. It sounds great and I absolutely love the title!

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  67. I follow and pretty cover.

    frellathon(at)gmail(dot)com

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  68. Thanks for being so selfless!
    gfc follower

    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

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  69. The book looks good! Can't wait to read it!

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  70. Sounds like an amazing story.

    sarapogue (at) hotmail

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  71. I've been wanting to read this book for the longest time now, I'm a complete ANGEL girl and I already know I'm going to love the story! I've been reading reviews of the book and no one has a bad word to say about it. I can't wait for it to be released :)

    Thank you for the contest!
    Lynsey(AT)narrativelyspeaking(DOT)com

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  72. What a great story concept. Looking forward to reading it.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  74. I can't wait to read this. I've read so many great reviews about this book. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

    Jessica A.
    Jessicaarb@live.com

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  75. This sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway.
    k_anon[at]hotmail[dot]co[dot]uk

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  76. I so want to read this book!

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    themgowl at gmail dot com

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  77. Thanks for this giveaway

    ajiehuang1997@gmail.com

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  78. Oh my gosh. I want to read this book so bad! I have yet to read a single negative review of it. Okay, if such a thing existed, my eyes have only been drawn to the major gushfests I see on goodreads. I cannot wait to read it!

    Thank you for the awesome giveaway!
    hanging.by.a.moment_@hotmail.com

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  79. thanks for the giveaway!!

    tasnim-sheikh@hotmail.com

    Tasnim xx

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