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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Need So Beautiful (SIGNED) ARC Giveaway!

I was lucky enough to snag an ARC of Suzanne Young's A Need So Beautiful back at the end of January. And I've been waaaaaiting til closer to the release date to review it. And now that day is finally here! (Um, my review--not the release date. Which is June 21st. But, see? That's coming up, too!)

(In case you couldn't tell from the title) I'm giving away my signed ARC. It's a hard thing to part with, but I enjoyed the book so much, I'll be purchasing a hard copy as soon as it comes out. Details for how to win are at the bottom of my review!

(In case you need it) Goodreads blurb:

(Charlotte) 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.

My thoughts:

I'm a fan of Suzanne's Naughty List series, so I was nervous because A Need So Beautiful sounded so different. (Well, it also sounded AWESOME, but still.) As it turns out, I had absolutely no reason to be nervous. Yes, this book is way different, but it's also way way way good. I'll definitely be reading the sequel as soon as I can get my hands on it.

(In case you can't tell . . .) The premise is super original. I haven't read anything like this in recent memory. I wanted to take my time reading the book, because I didn't want it to end--but I couldn't put it down.

The title fits so perfectly. What Charlotte does--her need--really is beautiful. It actually makes me want to go out of my way and help other people more than I do. (Yeah, and okay, I can't tell by looking at someone that their unborn baby is sick, like Charlotte can . . . but I CAN be more considerate, and less self-serving, which is a goal of mine.)

A Need So Beautiful is different from a lot of other YAs out there for two reason: 1) Charlotte starts the book off already knowing that she's different/paranormal and 2) she's already dating the love interest. Don't get me wrong, I love books that take me along the discovery / falling in love path--and this book doesn't disappoint! It's just in a different way. In a clever way. In a more . . . in depth way. Speaking of love: Harlin is Charlotte's boyfriend, and he is the PERFECT kind of bad boy with a good heart. He's rough around the edges, sure, but not once did I get mad at Charlotte for dating him. And that can be kind of rare, for me, with the bad boys in books.

Another thing that sets A Need So Beautiful apart is that while it is definitely paranormal, it doesn't hold back in the slightest from more contemporary-type character troubles. I loved that the secondary characters face very real issues--the same ones that some of today's teenagers face. The same ones that end up getting pushed to the back burner in a lot of the other YA paranormals out there. Suzanne fits them in organically and without overcrowding the plot.

So, clearly, I recommend this book. You should get yourself a copy as soon as you can. Which might be sooner than you think if you enter my giveaway :) And about that:

Here's how to enter: Leave a comment with your email address. 

Yup. That's it.

You *can* earn extra points, of course. Tweet (1), Facebook (1), Follow my blog (1), Blog about this (3). If you earn extra by tweeting/blogging/etc, leave links in your comment--AND tell me how many points you have :)

But none of that is required.  

The ONE thing I ask is that if you win, you'll spread the word about all the amazing things about A Need So Beautiful.  

The giveaway closes on Friday, June 10th. 

Good luck!! xoxo

64 comments:

  1. Ooooh, sounds like a good one! Sign me up. :) My email: linda(dot)grimes(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. Just tweeted! Heard it' such a great story. :)

    pakazo77@gmail.com

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  3. Oh oh! *raises hand* I've been trying for, like, forever to get my hands on this ARC. I love the title (and Suzanne and the premise).

    I just tweeted.

    2 points.

    authorlolasharp at g mail (dot)com

    Thanks for the chance, Sara. :)

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  4. Hi, Sara,

    You didn't say whether your giveaway is open to those of us who don't live in the States.

    If it is, I'd like to enter.

    Thanks!

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  5. Yes, please! Sign me up!!! (+5)

    kellyblyman (at) gmail (dot) com

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  6. ooh count me in! thanks so much for the giveaway! :)

    +1 - following via GFC
    +1 - blogged: http://tinyurl.com/3qsmyyt
    +1 - tweeted: http://tinyurl.com/3gd7xv8
    = 3 - total

    -Len-
    maidenveil(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. This book sounds soo sooooo goooood! Thank you for your review and giveaway! :D Please enter me only if it is international. :)

    Giada M.

    fabgiada (at) gmail (dot) com

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  9. That is definitely an original premise and different from Suzanne's other books! Very cool!
    +2 Tweet and follower :)
    kpolark at yahoo dot com

    Thanks for a great contest!

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  10. I think this one looks so good! :-)

    mrso_d at yahoo dot com

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  11. I have bee wanting this one!
    JessRing84@gmail.com

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  12. I'm dying to read this! Thanks for giving away the ARC Sara! :)

    tracey.neithercott(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to win this.

    I follow on GFC

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

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  14. Please drop my name in the hat! This looks awesome!
    mrs.which (@) gmail . com

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  15. I've been back and forth about this for a while. It didn't initially pique my interest, but I'm hearing so many BEAUTIFUL things about it.
    GFC stalker!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    rivkarno1(at)hotmail(dot)com
    2 entries, total

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  16. Thank you for this great giveaway,I can't wait to read this book =)

    julianapiovani@hotmail.com

    +1 Tweet:
    http://twitter.com/#!/Julianapiovani/status/75602737605251072

    +1 follower

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  17. I've been wanting this novel and now I want it all the more! I like that Charlotte already knows she's odd and that's she dating the love interest. I'm really excited to see how that works in a novel since it is rarely ever shown.

    Thanks for the giveaway! My email address is Amberinblunderland@yahoo.com

    (+1) blog follower

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  18. Thanks so much! Of course Im a follower :-)

    valialind(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  19. Sounds great.

    GFC Follower (Melissa)

    coffeebooksandlaundry(at)gmail.com

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  20. I can't wait to read this book. It sounds amazing!

    ezmirelda.d(at)gmail(dot)com

    + 1 Tweet:

    http://twitter.com/#!/Ezzmirelda/status/75652311388659712

    + 1 Blog Follower

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  21. That's great!! thanks so much.

    itzel_library@hotmail.com

    +1 GFC follower

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  22. This sounds like a great read

    gfc follower

    vidishamun@gmail.com

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  23. Thanks for the giveaway! (:

    +1 GFC Following
    +1 Tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/Neku234/status/75664768547033088
    +1 Initial entry (email with comment)

    = 3 total :D

    blissfulrains(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  24. This one looks so good. Thanks for the giveaway :)

    +1 Initial entry
    +1 GFC Follower: Tiffany

    = 2 entries total

    tiffanyinwonderland(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  25. Sounds awesome. I'll tweet about it so that +2

    ellestraussbooks at gmail dot com

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  26. This one sounds really good - and I only heard about it because of all of the BEA buzz :) Also, I'm a blog follower.

    heisereads [at] gmail[dot]com
    2 entries total


    And of course I'll spread the word about it if I win - on twitter, goodreads, and my blog! Heise Reads & Recommends

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  27. I'd love to read this. Thanks for the giveaway!
    GFC follower(Erinberry)
    tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/Erinberry12/status/75712821274476544

    Total: 3

    erinberry12 at charter dot net

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  28. I want to read this!

    jessica.love at gmail

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  29. Thanks for the giveaway! I'll be preordering this soon!

    cc932005 at hotmail dot com

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  30. I'd love to play please.

    +1 following your blog

    lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  31. Count me in if this is international! :)

    +1 FB: http://www.facebook.com/entrelibros.blog/posts/213366898697676

    +1 Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/Entre_Libros/status/75761463716876289

    +1 I'm a GFC Follower

    = 3 extra entries

    Thanks!
    entrelibros_blog at hotmail dot com

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  32. I've been hearing about this one for a while!

    I'm a follower so I have 2 points. :-)

    sarah.n.fisk at gmail dot com

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  33. Thanks for the giveaway.

    It sounds like a great book.

    If the giveaway is open worldwide please enter me.

    Thanks.

    Carol T

    I Follow via GFC (buddyt)

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  34. Woot! What a fantastic giveaway. Geez, every time I hop by your blog you've got goodies on the table LOL!! I've heard nothing but good things about this book to be honest and I'm dying to read it. So glad it lived up to your expectations:)

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  35. Hi Sara, I'm a new follower. Wow, this book looks really unique and interesting.

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  36. What a wonderful review!

    +1 tweet
    +1 follower

    +2 total!

    laurapauling@yahoo.com

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  37. Sounds like an awesome book! I'd love to win.

    books[a]muggle-born.net

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  38. I can't wait to see how the whole love interest thing works out.

    Tweet: http://twitter.com/Emma015/status/75949921290817536

    findjessyhere at gmail dot com

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  39. A fantastic review! I really want to read this book; please count me in.

    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/AshelynnS/status/75974145032196097
    Facebooked: http://www.facebook.com/ashelynn.hetland/posts/231575976859829
    And am a follower, so three points.

    ashelynnsanford at hotmail dot com

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  40. I can't wait to read it. I've already preordered it, but it'll come while I'm away on vacation. :(

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  41. That is on my list of books to read this summer! Can't wait!

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  42. Sounds so good, Sara! Such a cool angle with the mc already with the love interest. I'm curious how it'll all unfold. Great giveaway!

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  43. Thanks for the awesome contest! :)

    GFC: Zareen T
    Tweet: http://twitter.com/ShiningStar786/statuses/76104773790744576

    +3 Total

    mizzbookworm@gmail.com

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  44. Email: lerower.kerr6@gmail.com
    I've been SO excited for this book!!!
    Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/#!/gem_kerr_rower/status/76104045378551810
    also I'm a follower

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  45. Wahhh! Thank you so much. This book has been on my wishlist. :D
    I'm a follower- GFC is Chey
    and I tweeted- http://twitter.com/#!/ohaiitschey/status/76106098620366849

    Thanks again!
    mcrs_venin(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  46. Thanks for the giveaway!
    +1 Tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/book_mistress/status/76106015317303296
    +1 Facebooked it: http://www.facebook.com/misslaurenwilk/posts/220791967938926
    +1 GFC follower: Miss Lauren
    = 3 Points! :)

    Miss Lauren
    lwilkerson21(at)gmail(dot)com

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  47. Oh, Ive heard great things of this one! I'd love to win :)

    I'm a follower so I get 2 points total.

    stellarbookblog[at]gmail[dot]com

    Thanks !!

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  48. Ahhh this cover is so pretty and it sounds amazing! Thanks so much :) I follow as well... soooo..

    2 points!

    kaitlynkline[at]gmail[dot]com

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  49. hi
    I've heard a lot of good things about this book. is international?
    tweet (1) https://twitter.com/#!/diana1448, Facebook (1)
    http://es-la.facebook.com/people/Diana-Pe/100002395565903
    Follow your blog (1),
    = 3
    diana_peas@hotmail.com

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  50. Oh what the hey - I'll throw my hat in! paranormalpov at gmail dot com. It sounds like such a fabulous book!!

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  51. It's so kind of you. I really wanna read this!

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  52. Count me in!

    spread here
    http://www.goodreads.com/event/show/120882-a-need-so-beautiful-signed-arc-giveaway

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  53. GFC follower - Mary Ellen Thompson

    2 total points

    methom@earthlink.net

    Thank you for the chance to win!

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  54. I loved Suzanne's Naughty List series as well and this book just sounds amazing. I cannot wait to read it.

    Anyhow, thanks for the giveaway! I'm a follower.

    laurenscrammedbookshelf@gmail.com

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  55. Hi I'd love to win this book!

    (1) I'm a GFC Follower - Taz

    (1) I Follow you on twitter - @star_light91

    (1) I tweeted about the giveaway - https://twitter.com/#!/star_light91/status/77456556307922944

    =(3) points earned

    tasnim-sheikh@hotmail.com
    www.twitter.com/star_light91

    thanks :) xx

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  56. Sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

    GFC follower
    Tweeted https://twitter.com/#!/tessaa99/status/77534648548343808

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  57. Thanks for the giveaway.
    1-GFC follower
    1-Tweeted about giveaway here http://twitter.com/#!/aliciacald/status/77567963066150913

    aliciacald at gmail dot com

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  58. This sounds fantastic! Please include me!

    +1 GFC follower
    +1 Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/Maria_Smith_76/status/77825347156062208

    Thank you!
    mmafsmith at gmail dot com

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  59. Thanks for the giveaway.

    +1 for being a GFC follower.

    ayareader@hotmail.com

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  60. thank you for the giveaway!! :)

    twizzlertwist28@hotmail.com

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  61. I've been dying to read this one. It sounds awesome!

    +1 Tweet: http://twitter.com/Sparima/status/78807696651988992
    +1 GFC Follower

    Total: 3 entries

    spav05(at)gmail(dot)com

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  62. I can't wait to read this one, and would love to win it. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  63. Is this open to international participants? If it is, please count me in. Thanks!

    email: aloveforbooks at gmail dot com

    extra entries:
    +1 tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/aloveforbooks/status/78829188194385920
    +1 gfc follower: aloveforbooks

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