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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Book Review: Need (Need, #1) by Carrie Jones

Need (Need, #1) by Carrie Jones
Reading Level: Young Adult
Release Date: Available Now
Pages: 306
Source: Store bought

Summary: 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. In this creepy, compelling breakout novel, Carrie Jones delivers romance, suspense, and a creature you never thought you'd have to fear.

My Review: Oh. My. Pixies. Carrie Jones succeeded in originating a creative start to an addictive series. From the first page, Zara's fascination with phobias pulled me in. Her vulnerability and flaws helped me establish a quick bond. Plus, it was nice to be educated on all these different fears I didn't know existed. Throughout the text, Zara's mind continually re-visits her stepfather's tragic death. In order to recover her life back from the numbing pit of darkness, Zara's mother sends her off to grandma Betty. Betty was by far the coolest grandma ever. This woman always had kick-ass tricks up her sleeves. In addition, I loved her sarcasm and kind-hearted behavior towards her granddaughter. Now as for Zara, once she got used to her snowy environment and new friends, her light started to glow again.

Issie, her best friend, was a bubbly girl whose nervous babbling amused me. While, Zara's crush, Nick was such a manly presence I couldn't help but growl at him. On top of that, his smooth lines made me swoon. Zara's cocoon of loving friends became her backbone in the unforeseen, growing battle between them and the pixies. I'm not going to mention a lot besides the fact that pixies are damn evil, especially the kings. Also, around the time where these creatures were introduced, Zara managed to frustrate me with her naive choices. I found myself screaming, "No! Don't go into the woods!" However, I still loved her stupid spontaneity ten times more when it brought out answers. Finally, Need was such a riveting and action-packed release that grabbed my attention from beginning to end. Luckily for my sake, I had Captivate in my hands so I immediately picked it up. I'll be posting my review next week, so look out for that!

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Author's Info:
Carrie Jones loves Great Pyrenees dogs, Skinny Cow fudgsicles, and potatoes. In addition to the New York Times bestsellers Need and Captivate, Carrie is also the author of Girl, Hero; Love (and Other Uses for Duct Tape); and Tips on Having a Gay (Ex-)Boyfriend. Carrie grew up in Bedford, New Hampshire, where she once had a séance with uber-comedian Sarah Silverman. She now lives in Ellsworth, Maine.

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Amber said...

I just read this one too and loved it. I thought there were definitely some problems but I really did love it. Glad you did too. And I totally get the "don't go into the woods".

Amber at The Musings of ALMYBNENR said...

What a super lovely review! I've been wanting to read this series for awhile but they're on my Christmas list. Still, I saw on Amazon today that the Kindle edition of Need was selling for $1.99, so I had to grab it. Can't hurt having the Kindle version and a physical version in case someone gets it for me lol! Anyway, there are always tons of books I want to read and not enough time allotted to that relaxing, satisfying past-time, but your review definitely pushes Need further up my list!

Lisa_Gibson said...

Great review! I still need to get to this one. Looks like I better make some time for it. :) Thanks for the great review.
Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

Kristina Barnes♥ said...

Great review! :) I used to love Zara's friends in Need, as well. :)

But my love for Need kind of STOPPED at Need. I disliked Captivate with a passion. I'm hoping Entice will make up for it. =x

Tori [Book Faery] said...

I still want to read this book argh!

Liz said...

I recently read this book and really enjoyed it. I have Captivate, but I still need to get my hands on Entice and curl up with both of them and finish the series.

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