Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Need by Carrie Jones

Need by Carrie Jones.
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books.
Pages: 306.
Zara White suspects there's a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She's also obsessed with phobias. And it's true, she hasn't exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane...but Zara's pretty sure her mom just can't deal with her right now.

She couldn't be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara's overactive imagination. In fact, he's still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There's something not right - not human - in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.
I’ve heard a lot of mixed things about Need. What some people loved, other people hated. It took me awhile to digest the book after I finished it, since I was on the fence about it, but I‘ve come to the conclusion that I actually really enjoyed it.

I loved Zara right off the bat. She’s eccentric and wacky and her ability to name phobias is very odd, but I found it kind of endearing and entertaining. She’s weird, plain and simple, and I doubt I would’ve liked this story had Zara been normal. It would’ve been a lot less livelier. The other characters … I’m not too sure about. The book felt like an introduction into the series, so it’s not surprising that we don’t learn too much about them. But I think there could’ve been a lot more scenes and interaction with Nick, Isie, Betty and Devyn.

The main thing, and probably the only thing, that balanced me between loving it and just liking it is how anticlimactic it was. An intense feeling would brew and build in a scene and then it just ends, which is unfortunate since there were a lot of kick-ass parts that could’ve benefited otherwise.

But overall, I did really enjoy the book and I’m going to buy the second book, Captivate, as soon as I possibly can. Yes, Need is a book about fairies and pixies, but unlike some others, it doesn't go overboard with the history of the courts and it definitely doesn’t have that fairy book feel, which was a nice change of pace. It’s entertaining, romantic and it was a great opener to what I hope will be a great series.

Other reviews for Need:
[Bloggers [[heart]] Books]
Chick Lit Teens.
Wondrous Reads.
Miss Remmers' Review.


  1. im so glad u liked it but i thought it was like the worst book in history wowowowow !!! like it takes talent kind of bad lol =P owell!

  2. I enjoyed it - and I really enjoyed Captivate as well. Although I found that Captivate took a little while to get into the story. My sister discovered Need and loved it and told me to read. While it's not the best book I've read, its one of my fave's. Will be interesting to see what you think of Captivate

  3. Great review. I felt the same, it was pretty anti-climactic. I've heard Captivate is much better though, but I have yet to pick it up and I read Need in like February!

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