Friday, January 20, 2012

Review of Need (Need #1) by Carrie Jones

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.
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Recommended: Yes.
                                About Need
Available as: Paperback $12.40 and other lower prices from,
E-book $2.51 from's Kindle Edition 
Recommended Ages: 15 and Up
Hardcover: 306 pgs.
Published: December 23rd 2008 by Bloomsbury USA Children's Books

 For This Review:  *Book Copy Provided by Public Library Borrow*

My Star Review

In Need, Zara is the new girl in town.

While moving to a new place is very sad after her dad dies she feels this might be a good new start. What marks Zara by far a different type of girl is that she collect phobias. She seems to always recite fears in her mind. She isn't exactly part of those fears all the time. She just has a thing for naming known phobias. While in her new home she meets Nick who helps her cope with her new town. Zara might have thought things were normal but soon she hears of classmates going missing. Which point to having a connection to golden dust. The only answer Zara comes up is: pixies. Magical pixies are expected to be beautiful and good but you'd be wrong.

In Need the first in a series, the story dragged out in the middle, by the end it gets very thrilling again. While the beginning is very interesting. Filled with great angst and unseen reveals about pixies which make Need a fun read if you're in love with the paranormal and romance genre. Highly recommended to paranormal romance readers. Yes, if you love books like this, you will definitely enjoy this and could easily become your next favorite book.

Will definitely leave you looking forward to Book Two in the Need Series with Captivate.
Overall: Good read 
Genre: Young Adult, Pixies, Shapeshifters, Paranormal, Romance 

                                 About the Author
Carrie Jones likes Skinny Cow fudgsicles and potatoes. She does not know how to spell fudgsicles. This has not prevented her from writing books. She lives with her cute family in Maine, but she grew up in Bedford, NH where she once had a séance with cool uber-comedian Sarah Silverman. 

The Meyers brothers are from Bedford, too, so you’d think it would make Carrie funnier, coming from Bedford N.H. Obviously, something didn’t work. 

Carrie has a large, skinny white dog and a fat cat. Both like fudgicles. Only the cat likes potatoes. This may be a reason for the kitty’s weight problem (Shh… don’t tell). Carrie has always liked cowboy hats but has never owned one. This is a very wrong thing. She graduated from Vermont College’s MFA program for writing. She has edited newspapers and poetry journals and has recently won awards from the Maine Press Association and also been awarded the Martin Dibner Fellowship as well as a Maine Literary Award. 


Jennifer Ochs said...

I have not read this one yet...sounds interesting, will have to check it out!

Kelly Hashway said...

Thanks for sharing this. I wasn't aware of it, but it sounds like something I need to read.

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