29 Nov 2012

REVIEW: Need by Carrie Jones

Title: Need (Need #1)
Author: Carrie Jones
Publication Date: December 23th 2008
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Format: Paperback
Pages: 306
Rating: 3.5/5
Blurb: Pain shoots through my head. Fireworks. Explosions. All inside my brain. The white world goes dark and I know what's about to happen.

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.

Review: At first, I couldn’t help but draw parallels between Need and Twilight- moving to a new, cold town? Getting a car on the first day? Slipping over on snow? People disappearing? The similarities were kind of hard to ignore. But then, Carrie Jones kicked it up a notch and presented something completely different- pixies and not just wolves but tigers, eagles and bears too (Oh my!). 

The main character, Zara, was different- chanting phobia’s by alphabetical order inside her head whenever she got scared or nervous which is both funny and informative. The other characters in the book were awesome as well- Betty, Nick, Issie, Devyn, Ian and even Megan. On top of all of this, there were twists that I didn’t see coming and moments that had me want to start chanting phobias in my head. It’s probably needless to say, but I will be picking up the second book- Captivate, within the next few days so I can see what happens to Zara and her friends next!