Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Need by Carrie Jones

Genre: YA Fiction

Author Website: www.carriejonesbooks.com

One Word Review: Okay

First Line: “Everybody has fears, right?”

Synopsis: “Zara collects phobias the way other high school girls collect lipsticks. Little wonder, since life's been pretty rough so far. Her father left, her stepfather just died, and her mother's pretty much checked out. Now Zara's living with her grandmother in sleepy, cold Maine so that she stays & safe. Zara doesn't think she's in danger; she thinks her mother can't deal. Wrong. Turns out that guy she sees everywhere, the one leaving trails of gold glitter, isn't a figment of her imagination. He's a pixie and not the cute, lovable kind with wings. He's the kind who has dreadful, uncontrollable needs. And he's trailing Zara.” -GoodReads

Kathy’s Review: I think my expectations were too high for this one. Overall it was just okay. None of it really seemed that original to me and so the whole story was kind of predictable. I did enjoy it though, for the most part, and will probably read the second book. I guess I am use to the werewolves in the Mercy Thompson stories, so the werewolves in this story were kind of a letdown. I know I shouldn’t compare, but it’s hard not to. I did like the characters. And it had a good setting and a pretty good plot idea.

I didn’t like all the political ideas that Zara kept spouting off, maybe that’s just because I didn’t agree with them, but I thought it was kind of pointless and didn’t add anything to the story. I thought things moved along too quickly. Does the whole story take place in a week? Its only day one and she already has two best friends and is in love with a guy. Not only that but they tell her all about pixie’s and were-people and she believes them. It’d take me awhile to buy into something like that. And, I just have a problem with people in story’s falling in love that quickly, it’s just not believable.

I’ll end on a positive note. I did like all the different phobias, they were fun to read about and I thought added a fun element to the story.

Reading Order:
Book One: Need
Book Two: Captivate


  1. I liked Need, but found it was very Twilighty if you know what I mean.

  2. I agree. It was too fast and nobody's weres seem to compare to Briggs'. :) But the phobias were fun and I was enchanted by her two quirky friends.


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