One of the things that I love about reading books by Suzanne Young is that I just tear right through her books. I sit down to read, look up 2 hours later and am done. A Want So Wicked is the compelling follow up to Young’s heartbreaking A Need So Beautiful.
In A Want So Wicked the plot is centered around Elise, who has just moved to a desert town with her pastor father and rebellious older sister, Lucy. Elise has deja vu and these flashbacks which are totally out of the ordinary. On top of that, she is in a love triangle. Her co-worker Abe is very good looking, pushy, seductive and clearly into her. Harlin, a drifter, accidentally crosses Elise’s path and the two can’t fight a strong soul connection.
Some characters from A Need So Beautiful make a reappearance in A Want So Wicked which is kind of cool to see where they are at now. However, I felt that we didn’t get enough Onnika and while more insight into her evil and darkness was appreciated, I would have liked more scene time wit her. And I also liked seeing Harlin and Monroe again, but again, not enough time with them.
Honestly, I don’t think A Want So Wicked is up to par with the first book, A Need So Beautiful. I didn’t have the instant connection or care for Elise that I did Charlotte. Like, Elise has no friends so there is no awesome Sarah-interactions, she’s naive, and sigh, kind of boring. I just wasn’t buying the relationship with her and Harlin – there’s an attraction but it all seemed so detached to me. Plus, I figured out a few big reveals early on and was wondering why it was taking the characters so long to catch on to those things.
A Want So Wicked isn’t exactly a bad read, it’s quite okay actually. However, I just didn’t care for it the way I did A Need So Beautiful. I’m not entirely sure what it was missing, but alas, it did not exceed my expectations.
Disclosure: Gifted and also received for review.
Other reviews of A Want So Wicked by Suzanne Young:
YA Librarian Tales – “I did find this book readable”
Willa’s Ramblings – “Pushes the boundaries”
The Book Basement – “A thoughtful, wonderful and unique sequel”