Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Need - Carrie Jones

Author: Carrie Jones
Date of release: February 2010 (UK) 2009 (US)
Number of pages: 320
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Also by this author: Captivate (sequel), Entice (third book, December 2010/January 2011)

Book Girl Rating: * * * *

 Zara White suspects a freaky guy is stalking her. She memorises phobias and chants them when she's nervous. OK, she hasn't exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But moving to a freezing Maine town to stay with her grandmother is supposed to be the perfect fix - or so her mum says.  Except, this plan of sending Zara away to help her stay sane? Yeah, not working. Turns out the stalker is not a figment of Zara's imagination. 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 and all signs are pointing to Zara. (taken from dust jacket).

Despite mixed reviews on this book, I really enjoyed it.  Carrie’s writing is in equal parts compelling, interesting and enjoyable. 

I really enjoyed Zara’s perspective, she’s honest, likeable and most importantly, relatable.  The feelings she experiences are realistic, which makes it easy to understand her perspective.  Not only that, but she grows and changes, becoming stronger throughout the book which makes for a nice character arc. At the beginning she is quite lost and hopeless, but as the story progresses she becomes more determined, and fiercely so.   The other characters were enjoyable to learn about too, particularly Zara’s whacky grandmother and her undeniably loyal and protective friends, Nick, Issie and Devyn.  Nick and Zara’s blossoming relationship was gripping – which made for an interesting read and yet another image of the perfect male lead of fiction! 

Another excellent concept is that of the pixies.  What a refreshing take on the supernatural romances of the YA genre!  The idea of chanting phobias is intriguing and provided a quirkiness and individualism that I thought was edgy and gave the book originality and spirit.

Overall, this was a great read, especially for fans of supernatural romance/action books.  The combination of action and romance was excellently proportioned and balanced – which left me wanting more. Carrie is one of those authors whose prose grips you and pulls you right into the story with the characters, to experience everything they are dealing with.  Need is undeniably a story of love, courage and triumph, however supernatural your enemies may be...


  1. I enjoyed this, though not as much as some others did. Glad you liked it though!

  2. Thanks, I enjoyed it more the second time I read it, strangely! Glad you enjoyed it too :)