Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Review of Need by Carrie Jones

Need (Need, #1)
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.

Are there certain settings, character traits or other devices in a book that can cause you to automatically enjoy it? There’s definitely a few of those for me, and Need had several of them: it’s set in Maine and Zara, the main character, is a runner with a snarky inner voice. On top of all of that, Need provided an original combination of fantasy and paranormal elements that I hadn’t seen together before, making it a thrilling read.

Jones her narrator's voice to make the structure and narration of the whole novel more unique. The strongest element of Need is, by far, the character and voice of Zara. She had me laughing and feeling very creeped out at various points throughout the novel. However, at times I felt like I just wasn’t getting much emotional resonance. There was one sentence at the end of the novel that floored me because it was so beautifully written, and part of me can’t help but wish that the rest of the writing had such a strong impact. I would share it with you all here, but it contains some pretty big spoilers.

I’m not the best at guessing plot twists, but Need threw me so many that I just didn’t see coming. I felt that a couple aspects were far fetched and should have been better fleshed out, but that didn’t have a huge impact on my overall impression of the book. I was somewhat wary of picking up this book at first, but now I can hardly wait to pick up its sequels.

So many bloggers told me that I NEEDed to read this book, and I’m so glad I did. I found it CAPTIVATing, and find the prospect of reading the rest of the books in the series very ENTICing.

Disclosure: I checked out a copy of this book from my awesome local library. I hope to purchase my own copy soon!


  1. So Need is the first book in this series? I saw Captivate at the library and almost checked it out. Good thing I didn't if it's not the first one.

  2. Yes, Need is the first, followed by Captivate, and Entice will be out in December.



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