Need Review

Thursday, February 11, 2010

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.
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So, Need by Carrie Jones follows the story of Zara White after her father's sudden and untimely death. Broken down, Zara spends her time writing letters to Amnesty International and memorizing phobias...lots of phobias. She chants them when she's scared, or nervous. Her mother thinks sending her to her grandmother's small town in Maine will help, so she does, but Zara feels Bedford, Maine is cold, creepy, and she's more of an outsider before. Boys start disappearing, and Zara feels she is being stalked by a man leaving gold dust behind him. Her friends, Issy and Devyn, are convinced he's the Pixie King. Then there's the beautiful boy, Nick Colt, who always seems to come to the rescue...

I'll admit, I was a little bored with the beginning of this book. I felt like I'd heard the story before - cold, creepy town, sad family story, beautiful boy consistently saving the girl. (Not that that ever gets old, but you know what I mean). The pace picked up though, and I started to enjoy it a lot more. I have to say that Zara wasn't too endearing to me at first, though. I wanted to feel bad for her, but I just felt a little annoyed. Life is hard...get a helmet, and all that.

But the story picked up the pace, and I realized it was more than a supernatural story about pesky pixies. It's a story about grieving, coming to terms with loss, falling in love, and learning to completely trust and rely on yourself...throwing in the balance of good and evil is just icing on the cake. I give this book a definite 4 out of 5, and I will definitely read the next book Captivate, in stores now.

Oh, and by the way, I think both of these covers are stunning. That's part of the reason I've been dying to read them!


  1. Great review! I have been wanting to read this one, so I'm glad to here you liked it.

  2. Yeah I agree, the beginning was boring and it wasn't anything I hadn't seen before, but the middle and end were really unique. Nice review! I have Captivate sitting right next to me actually, but I haven't started it yet.

  3. Great review :o) I just brought this one & am looking forward to reading it :o)

  4. Carrie Jones sounds like such a great writer. I love authors who can write realistic fiction for a few books and then throw a paranormal aspect into the mix. :]

  5. They are beautiful covers. What is it about the black & white with a touch of color that makes things so mysterious? Is it Twilight that started that or someone else? Don't know, but so love it. Great review, too. I should check those out. I do love some of the paranormals out there. In a good way.

  6. Nice honest review!! I'm enjoying this series so far :)

  7. I agree -- the covers are stunning...

    well said!

  8. Very good review. I really want to read this book!

  9. Great review! I really love how gorgeous the covers are as well,

  10. Great review, I never looked at it this way before interesting

  11. These covers are beautiful, aren't they? They sound like fun reads!

  12. Over all, I agree with you. In fact, I think I even gave it the same rating as you. LOL
    Great review! Can't wait to get my hands on the next one.


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