Saturday, January 15, 2011

Review - Need

Information
Title - Need
Author - Carrie Jones
Genre - YA/Fantasy
Pages - 320

Description (from goodreads)

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.

Thoughts

Need was a great book, i enjoyed every word of it. It mixes humor with lore, love and action.
Zara has just moved (against her will) to cold, snowy Maine to live with her grandma Betty after her stepfather died. However, thats not all thats come to Maine, a mysterious figure is following Zara. What does he want? Who is he? we learn this late in the book but the plot moves so fluidly that the last 30% or so dedicated to this man was realy interesting and didnt seem to lag getting to the main quarrel.

The charactors are all well fleshed out. I adore that Zara knows so many phobias and i liked learning about them, she is brave and not whiney and a real likeable person. Issie and Devyn, her two first friends in Maine are also great, Issie is a spunky, too-hyper girl who has a crush on Devyn, a wheelchair bound (for now anyways) boy who also likes to 'collect' phobias. The main love interest is Nick, the typical beautiful guy who should never have an interest in someone as woefully plain as Zara (can we get a diffrent stereotype please? this one gets old!) Nick is alright, hes kind and gentle  and not an overachiever, hes wicked protective though but thats alright. Ian, the other guy we meet is really not in the book too long, at least a good chunk in the middle he goes missing but comes back  in a way that i kind of predicted it but it was still sad. Zaras arch-enemy Meghan (all meghans hate her for some reason) is not in the book a whole lot either and it wasnt like  meghan was even really mean to Zara, just cautious but she was still nasty at times.

Need spins an interesing tale about pixies (they needed some spotlight eh? everything is all faeries lately) and shapeshifters. Mixed with emotion, quirky humor, no swearing, good friends, action and a touch of romance it is a great story to sink your teeth into.

4 Comments:

  1. Avery said...
    I just finished reading this book last week and I really like it too! (in fact I liked it so much that I read it for a second time immediately after originally reading it). I did end up reading the second book in the series, "Captivate" the other day and I found it to be a really big let-down, but hopefully you will like it more than I did!
    Lisa said...
    Great review. I felt like you gave me enough information to get me interested but didn't give away too much. This sounds like a really good book.
    Kristina Barnes♥ said...
    Need was a pretty good start to the series. :) I have to admit that after Need, it goes downhill a bit. Zara's character goes down a notch into this pathetically whiny piece of garbage that made me want to bash my head in. Nick becomes obsessively psycho. Issie doesn't have her spunky charm. And Devyn becomes somewhat the bad guy? Wtf, right? I'm just saying, don't get your hopes set too high for Captivate. Or maybe you'll like it, who knows. But out of the three out so far, Captivate was my least favorite. It's only saving grace was Astley. And Entice is totally better than Captivate so I definitely recommend you keep going. ♥ Great review! :D
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