The Silver Lining | Bookanistas Review: A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

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 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.

WHAT I THOUGHT:

Wow. Just wow. This book was beautiful and gut wrenching, a page turner that tugged at my heart strings and left my emotions in knots by the end of the book. I cared so deeply for the characters that I felt in my gut every twist and turn in their lives. I balled like a baby at the end, but it was the kind of cry that happens when you’ve read a really great book with characters you love and that book has come to an end.

Thankfully there’s a sequel!

So what did I love so much? Oh my, where do I even begin?

First and foremost it has to be the characters. Charlotte is a wonderful protagonist, instantly sympathetic from the first page. I love selfless characters and Charlotte sacrifices so much in this book for others, especially strangers. She’s a great friend, a great sibling, and remains that way even when her loved ones start to forget who she is.

I also loved her boyfriend Harlin. It’s rare to read a book where the protagonist starts out with a boyfriend she’s had since before the novel began and they don’t instantly break up to make way for a new guy. He remained the love interest throughout, and that was a nice and refreshing change of pace. Especially because he’s an awesome characters: caring and sexy. He’s a bad boy with a sensitive side–my favorite kind. I know readers are going to fall in love with him the way I did, the way Charlotte did.

Charlotte’s BFF Sarah is larger than life, stealing every scene she appears in. And let’s not forget Monroe, the doctor that knows more about Charlotte’s abilities than she does. Those two had quite a connection in a father/daughter sort of way.

Another thing I loved was Charlotte’s unique home life. She lives in a foster home with several other foster siblings, most of which have been adopted by their foster mother. It made for such an interesting dynamic in their family, something I don’t read about often in books, so I loved getting a glimpse here.

The plot kept me turning pages, I had no idea what would happen next and that kept the suspense and tension throughout. I love a book that’s not predictable and keeps me guessing!

Another thing I love is when protagonists must make a difficult decision where their are balanced pros and cons of both choices. And boy did Charlotte have to make a decision! Both choices seemed like something I could get behind, both with dire consequences and both with benefits I wanted for Charlotte. I wasn’t sure what Charlotte would choose, I wasn’t sure what I would choose, which obviously provided for a very interesting read!

And lastly, the writing in this book is absolutely gorgeous, enough to match the gorgeous plot!

A unique premise, a refreshing take on paranormal, a book I instantly missed when I finished. I loved loved loved!

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