Sunday, April 3, 2011

Need by Carrie jones





Book Name: Need (Need #1)
Author/s: Carrie Jones
Source: Bought
Publisher, year: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books, 2008
Page total: 306
Date Read: April 03, 2011
Genre/s: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
First line of Book:Everybody has fears, right?

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.


When I started reading this book i wasn't really sure of what it was about. I'd refrained from reading all the reviews and the synopses of the other books in the series and this one's blurb wasn't that clear. What I wasn't expecting, though, were the pixies.
Yes, your eyes aren't failing you, I mean PIXIES. But not those cute little Tinkerbelish things you'd imagine. Apparently pixies are evil, even more than fairies. I have to admit I wasn't expecting that. (And by the way, I'm really sorry if this has already spoiled part of the book to you!)
I wasn't sure if I liked Zara, I'm still not. In one hand, she's all goody-goody with her Salvation Army thing but at the same time it just felt off. It was weird. Despite that, I really liked the other aspects of her personality: she's brave, unselfish and she's got spunk. Her hollowness in the beginning, though, and her gradual normalization were not very clear to me, and I think that could've been better written and explained.
Nick and Ian were kind of obvious. I mean, they were notoriously against each other since the beginning and when a certain piece of information came up it was completely obvious! Of course I can't say much about it, otherwise I'd be spoiling the book but it was SO. DAMN. OBVIOUS. And even they, individually, were OBVIOUS.
And I just have one more thing to mention. Zara's obsessiveness with phobias is amazing! I had no idea there was a phobia of having peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth (and, dude, I checked)

"The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage."

"There are people who like cute, furry things and people who eat cute, furry things "

7 comments:

Ginny said...

Well, Leo, you've always hated it when something was OBVIOUS. Or predictable. ;)
"I had no idea there was a phobia of having peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth (and, dude, I checked)"
OMG, you totally cracked me up!!

Nice review, but would you recommend it to me?

Stray said...

Thank you Ginny, I would but only if you really felt like reading a faerie book, otherwise no :)

Ginny said...

Well, you see, I'm kinda wary about faeries due to some experiences with them... I know I shouldn't judge all faerie books based only on few books. *coughvaliantcoughtithecoughcoughwickedlovelycoughcoughcoughcough*

Stray said...

of all of those I've just read *coughwickedlovelycough* but I don't think they're similar at all. Hmmm talking of fairies, what I do recommend is the iron fey series.

Black Disaster Fairy said...

I have this book but I've yet to find time to pick it up. I heard the series is pretty good :)

Black Disaster Fairy

Sakura Sandra said...

I gave up on this series. The only thing I think I'm missing is the gorgeous covers lol.

Anyway, I'm your newest follower for the FF and I'd really appreciate it if you stopped by my blog to follow me back! Thanks and I hope you're having a supercalifragilisticexpealidocious Friday so far!

-Sandra from http://sandrathenookworm.blogspot.com

France said...

Loved it! In the beginning it really reminds me of a setup for a horror movie. When she moves to the new town to live with her grandmother and everyone seems to know something she doesn't. Anyways it is a very good book with a lot of comedy mixed among the mystery and suspense of the book.

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