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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Review: Need by Carrie Jones

Author: Carrie Jones
Pages: 306
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Genre: YA Paranormal
Source: Purchased
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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.
Need was a fantastic book, and one that I think is highly underrated. You don’t hear enough about this series as you should. This was most definitely a refreshing change. Jones takes on pixies, a creature I haven’t read much of, or at all, actually, before I read this book. If you're a fan of faeries, then you should definitely try out Need and see how you like pixies!

Zara was my favorite character. She took charge of her life, and made decisions for herself. She really didn’t need anyone to come save her. Actually, she saves herself. And everyone knows that we don't need another 'damsel in distress', which made Zara totally awesome and likable.

The plot itself was great, full of twists and turns, and constantly moving, but not too overdone. It was in perfect balance the entire time, just as all the characters were. But my favorite aspect of this novel was the progression of Zara and Nick’s relationship. It was REALISTIC, which is really the only thing I ask for in a paranormal novel. Give me that, and it’s instantly a good book in my book. They didn't instantly jump and fall in love with each other, even if there was an initial strong attraction.

It's a relatively quick book, so if you looking for an awesome paranormal romance with lots of action and suspense, pick up Need! I give it 4 out of 5 stars.


  1. I'm glad you see you've read and liked this book! I read it a while ago and loved it, it's a fantastic series. =) Your review was way much better than mine, ha-ha. *Is jealous*

    Can't wait to see what you think of Captivate. =)

  2. I agree! I picked this series up a while ago and just loved it for the same reasons you mentioned. I've been devouring her contemporary YA as well, and I found Girl, Hero to be especially good.
    Thanks for the review ^_^

  3. I've been wanting to read this series. I'll have to check them out now. I love the covers!

  4. I am SO glad that I'm not the only one who thinks this is an underrated series! I have yet to read the other books, but I loved this one so much.

  5. I have this book sitting on my shelf just waiting patiently to be read, and now I am bumping it up to the top of my TBR list! Great review.

    Im a new follower and I love your blog already! You write thoughtful, complete reviews.

    I was sent over to your blog by Ashley @ bookaholics anonymous. :)

    You will be seeing me around here a lot im sure.


  6. I LOVE the covers of these books. Even if I had no idea what the books were about, I'd still buy them just to have the pretty series on my shelf! That is, if I had the money.

    I haven't yet read any books about fairies/pixies, though I have 4 or 5 different series on my TBR list. Wicked Lovely and Need are my top two. I have to get to these soon.


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