Sunday, June 5, 2011

Review: Need by Carrie Jones

Title: Need
Author: Carrie Jones
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Age Group: Young Adult
Category: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 306 (paperback)
Rating: 4 out of 5
Source: Bought

Goodreads Summary:
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.

My Thoughts:
I have to admit that the entire reason I wanted to read this was because it revolved around phobias.  Zara isn't the kind of girl that follows the herd.  She's sent to live with her recently deceased step-father's mother, who happens to be the only grandparent she's known her entire life.  She feels as though her mother is abandoning her, so like most teens would be, she's bitter.  

I really like the character of Zara.  She feels like she'd be fairly relatable to a lot of teenagers.  I don't know what's up with me reading so many books about the death of a parent lately, but that's definitely one way that I can relate.  In a short amount of time, she finds just the right people to befriend and joins the cross country team, fitting in at least a little...And then there's Nick Colt.  *dreamy sigh*  He even drives a Mini Cooper.  If you knew me, you'd know that Minis are my favorite cars.  They're just the cutest things.  Nick has a hero-complex and feels as though he needs to save everyone all the time.  Zara doesn't understand everything about him at first, but over time she gets it piece by piece.  I love how caring he is towards Zara, even from day one.  He's very protective.  Just the kind of guy that any heterosexual girl would swoon over.  

I'm not going to lie.  This book really creeped me out at some points, especially since I'm home alone for the week and I get paranoid easily.  I loved that the entire book didn't just leave you feeling one emotion.  There were funny parts, sad parts, and some that had you at the edge of your seat.  

There was one very emotional part in the book for me, which isn't that odd because I'm a very emotional person.  It's just that I can't even imagine hearing my father's voice again.  Not after he's been gone for three years.  My heart just stops whenever I hear someone whistling through the grocery store like he used to, so I feel for Zara.  I just don't know if I would have been as strong.  By the end of the story, she blossoms and finds that she can take on more than she thought she could.

Overall, Carrie Jones did a fantastic job with Need.  I will gladly purchase the next books in the series because although it was a fairly quick read, it had the perfect amount of description and mystery.  While I predicted a couple things, some were a little shocking to me as well.  If you're interested by fey, were (as in werewolves and other animals) and just anything paranormal, this is a must-read.  

1 comment:

  1. I agree with your review! It was really creepy at times yet I loved it! =)