Written by Carrie Jones
Published December, 2008 by Bloomsbury
Genres: Faeries, Urban Fantasy, Werewolves / Shifters
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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.
Need hooked me in from the beginning. After being apprehensive about this one, I finally gave it a shot and I couldn’t be more pleased with what I found!
This one really took my by surprise. As I mentioned, I was put off this series for a long time due to the many ‘Twilight’ similarities I heard talked about. They were right (the protagonist driving on ice, getting angry at a hot guy who takes her parking spot, etc.) but it’s not enough to ruin the story. It’s simply a fleeting thought of ‘oh this sounds a little like what happened in Twilight.
To put it frankly, Twilight and Need are very different stories. You can’t compare them.
The only thing that irked me a little was the revealation after revealation that Zara’s friends and family were either Were or Pixie. They just kept battering at my eyes like ‘here, take another one!’ and although Zara initially freaked out, she was fine with it. I don’t know, something didn’t sit well with me during that whole dilemma. It didn’t seem like a believable reaction and I think the truth should’ve been revealed to Zara little by little throughout the book instead of just a huge clump at the end.
Another little irk was the whole anti-climax 3/4 through involving Ian and Megan. It seemed a little unnecessary and not fleshed out enough. For two characters who featurely pretty prominently in the first half of the novel to just be dead and gone in two pages had my head reeling a little.
Still, Need is a great read! Like I said, I was hooked from the beginning. I always love stories that are set in New England (a place I want to visit someday) and this didn’t disappoint. You know a book is great when only 50 pages in you’re thinking ‘wow, I need to tweet about how good this is’.
I was kinda hoping that Nick (swoonworthy, may I add?) would turn out to be a ‘good’ pixie, though there is probably no such thing in Carrie Jones’ magical lore. I found myself relating a lot with Zara and the way she thought about things in her head, which was good. Her obsession with phobias also proved to be very interesting. Each chapter was named after a phobia which was somehow relative to the events within. It reminded me a little of Scott Westerfelds ‘Peeps’, where the main character had an obsession with bacteria and diseases.
I highly recommend Need! You’ll be hooked instantly. I am definitely going to go out and pick up the second in the series, Captivate, the next chance I get!
Recommended to: Fans of Faerie stories, Stephen King or New England settings!