Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Need by Carrie Jones

From Amazon: Zara collects phobias the way other high school girls collect Facebook friends. It's little wonder, since she's had a fairly rough life. Her father left when she was a baby, her stepfather just died and her mother's almost given up - in fact, she's sent her to live with her grandmother in cold and sleepy Maine to 'keep Zara safe'. Zara doesn't think she's in danger; she thinks her mother just can't cope. Zara's wrong. The man she sees everywhere - the tall, creepy guy who points at her from the side of the road - is not a figment of her imagination. He's a pixie. But not the cute, sweet kind with little wings. Maine's got a whole assortment of unbelievable creatures. And they seem to need something - something from Zara...

I really, really enjoyed this. The writing was really easy to fall into and I loved the main character Zara. She came across as very likable and while you could really feel her loss at the beginning of the story you gradually got to see her strength shine through. The other characters were also great, especially her grandmother Betty and her friend Issie. Nick was also rather gorgeous in a very alpha male kind of way and I really enjoyed his interactions with Zara.

The mythology was excellent. It felt really fresh and I loved the whole concept of the Pixies. Yes, it was a bit predicable in places and at times I found myself frustrated that the characters didn’t work out the things I found glaringly obvious. But I find this happens often in this type of novel and I do think the characters need to have a certain amount of denial for it to feel realistic.

The ending is really good – the action really picks up towards the end and I couldn’t put the book down. I had to know what would happen! I am really looking forward to the next book Captivate. Need has really set a high standard for me and if the series continues to be as good as this it has the potential to be one of my favourite series.

8 comments:

Becky said...

Loved your description of Nick as that "alpha male", totally agree with you. What a fab review! This is such a great book!

Luisa at Chicklish said...

Great review! I've heard a lot of good things about this book!

Raíla said...

Fighting to put this on my next mailbox! LOL.

Jo said...

Great review, Sammee! I really enjoyed this book too! I would have liked for the secondary characters who have a bit more personality and background - who were they before Zara turned up? - but we can't have it all. I'm really looking forward to Captivate. Thanks for the review!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Greta review! A potential favourite is high praise indeed! :)

A Life Bound By Books said...

Great review. I enjoyed this book too. However... I think I loved the second book in the series - Captivate even more!! :o)

brizmus said...

I need to read Need! I think predictable can sometimes be a good thing. I'm glad to hear she succeeded at the mythology aspect!

prophecygirl said...

I enjoyed this one too! Looking forward to Captivate :)

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