Saturday, September 10, 2011

Need (Need 1) by Carrie Jones: Review

Need (Need #1)
By Carrie Jones
Published December 23rd 2008 by Bloomsbury Childrens USA
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Synopsis borrowed 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.

In this creepy, compelling breakout novel, Carrie Jones delivers romance, suspense, and a creature you never thought you'd have to fear.

Darkfallen's thoughts:

Ok so I'll start by saying this...Need was a great read. The only reason it didn't quite get 5 stars from me is because I saw a few things coming. Please don't misunderstand me though, I enjoyed every page and before I finished Need, I went on and bought the rest of the series. All in all I would say this is a solid 4 1/2 stars!

So whats it about? Thought you would never ask!

Everything starts with Zara leaving her world behind. She is lost, lonely, and a hollow shell of a person after losing her step dad to a heart attack. 

 "People say my dad's heart attacked him, but the truth is his heart failed him. It decided not to beat anymore, not to move the precious blood around his veins. It seized up and failed."

Her mom sends her to Maine to live with her step grandmother in hopes of saving her. Zara is sarcastic and quirky and hides behind chanting phobias when she is scared. I learned Sooo many phobias that I didn't even know they had a name for. It was Great! lolz Zara also rambles in the most perfect way and you'll find yourself drawn to her almost instantly. I only got mad at her once, and for me that's saying something, lol.

She finds herself thrown into a world where not only does she think she is being stalked, but this creepy guy may not actually be human. She is pretty quick to accept the possibility of Pixies but can't seem to wrap her head around the idea of Weres. (this is when I got mad at her. I mean You find out there is Pixies and your ok, but I tell you there is also Weres and you look at me like I'm crazy? Just saying;))
Zara quickly learns that this small snowy town is being plagued buy all sorts of the paranormal beings at the cost of human lives. Being the humanitarian she is, with the help of her new friends, she decides to put an end to it all. Little does she know that she is actually more a part of this paranormal world that she could have guessed possible.

Maybe her mom wasn't sending her to Maine to save herself from herself. Maybe she sent her away to save her from something else.....

Oh you want to know more you say? Well there is only one way to do it and I think you know what that is....Read it!

O c'mon you should know me well enough by now to know that I am not going to give it all away. That just wouldn't be as fun, now would it?

So if you have been on the fence do yourself a favor and jump right in.




  1. I have this series on my bookshelf, but haven't gotten a chance to read them yet. This was great to read your positive review! :-)

  2. YAY!! yes let me convert you into a Carrie Jones fan!!! Glad you liked the review. Over the next week or so my review for the other two books in this series will be posted and on the 21st is an interview with Carrie and a ARC giveaway of her new book with co-author Steve Wedel, After Obsession. So stop on by;)

  3. That's great! Looking forward to the other reviews :-) and I've also got the other book on my TBR list :-)