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Sorry everyone, but I’m not posting an interview in my ASK THE EXPERT series today. I think my expert is on vacation and she did not e-mail me her answers.
But this gives me the opportunity to share an awesome book with you that I just read. It’s A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL by Suzanne Young. I started it while on vacation last week. And if I didn’t get car sick while reading in the car, I would have finished it on the way home from Philadelphia. It was that good.
Here’s a blurb from Goodreads:
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.
Here are a few reasons I loved it:
1. The Need. Charlotte possessed such a unique paranormal ability. Yet it was based on something we can all relate to—the need to help others.
2. Charlotte’s journey. One of the things I found most riveting was watching Charlotte struggle with her desires for a normal teenage life as The Need took over her life. And the heartbreaking decisions increased as she learned about The Need and what it meant to be a Forgotten.
3. Charlotte’s relationship with Harlin. I found it refreshing that Charlotte and Harlin were in a long term, healthy relationship at the start of the book. And he’s such a sweet, sensitive guy struggling with his own family issues. I had to love him.
4. The End. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, so I’ll just say that I didn’t see it coming. I really enjoy endings I don’t expect.
I received this ARC from the publisher when she sent me another ARC for a later author interview. It was so nice of her to send it and I want to pass it on.
So to enter the contest, all you need to do is be a follower (just click the follow button if you’re not a follower) and leave a comment by midnight on August 27th. I’ll announce the winner on August 29th. International entries are welcome.
You still have time to enter my contest for PETER NIMBLE AND HIS FANTASTIC EYES here.
Don’t forget WriteOnCon starts tomorrow. You don’t want to miss it! Find out all the details here.
Next week I’m interviewing Kelley Armstrong and giving away a signed copy of her book, THE GATHERING. And the week after, I’m interviewing Tessa Gratton and giving away a signed copy of BLOOD MAGIC. I loved both their books and got the opportunity to meet both of them at their book signings.
See you next week!
Posted by Natalie Aguirre on Monday, August 15, 2011