Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Review: Need by Carrie Jones


Publisher: Bloomsbury
Format: Paperback
Released: February 1st, 2010
Grade rating: B/B+


Amazon summary:

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...

Review:

I really enjoyed Need, which I'm glad about. Prior to reading it, I'd read many mixed reviews, so I wasn't sure what I'd make of it. My verdict: pixies are my new supernatural interest. Thanks for that, Ms. Jones!

The one thing that stood out for me was Zara's unusual knowledge of phobias. I hardly knew any of them, and came away from the book feeling very well educated. I also think I have a few of these phobias, but hey, I'm sure I'm not alone. (Big spiders? No thanks!) Starting each chapter with a different phobia explanation was inventive, and I hope Captivate does something equally cool.

I related to Zara quite quickly, along with her friends Devyn and Issie. Aside from the fact they figured the whole pixie thing out very quickly, they were realistic and likeable, and I can see their friendship developing more in the sequel. I could have done with less of Zara's Amnesty International talk, though I do like that she had a passion for something other than fashion and boys. Speaking of boys, Nick was a fantastic male character: hot, strong, brave... exactly what a girl needs. I'd like to see more of him, please!

Carrie Jones created a creepy setting in Maine, and made it a believable place for evil pixies and supernatural beings to live. Her writing was compelling, the twists were surprising, and I loved the pixie mythology she included in the story. I think Twilight fans will really like this one, and I for one can't wait to read Captivate.

17 comments:

Luisa at Chicklish said...

The reviewer for Chicklish loved this one. It's great to read your thoughts on it, and wonderful review - thank you!

Ladybug said...

I enjoyed Need as well, I read it last summer :) Glad to hear that you liked it too.

Book Crazy Jenn said...

I loved your review, I have this one I cant wait to pick it up, finially! :)

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Great review! I really enjoyed this too. Hopefully we'll get to see more of the pixies in Captivate.

Leah said...

Great review. This sounds fab, I must add it to my Amazon wish-list so I can remember to get it!

Raíla said...

Glad to know you liked it. I'll get to read it as soon as I buy it! :)

Andrea said...

I liked it too and need to read Captivate soon. Nick is pretty awesome. There were no surprises for me but it was a good book.

Rhiana said...

I just ordered this on Amazon this afternoon, so really looking forward to reading this now!

Lauren said...

Awesome review! I'm really intrigued by the phobias, I love that kind of thing.

Lea said...

Fantastic review! I really enjoyed the phobias at the beginning of each chapter too,

Jo said...

Great review, Jenny! I really liked Need, though I would have liked more depth to the secondary characters. Looking forward to Captivate! :)

Amy said...

This book is def overrated, though I liked your review :-D
-AMY

Corrine said...

I have this one up next on my tbr list... :) Liked your review!

I have some awards for you too, http://lostforwords-corrine.blogspot.com/2010/02/my-first-awards.html :)

Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

I liked this one as well - glad you did too!

Becky said...

I really enjoyed this too but pixies are definitely not my new interest. I am an angel girl and my loyalty will never waiver LOL. I think my favourite part of the book was the phobias. It was nice to have a quirky main character rather than a dull one.

Kate said...

This sounds really good. I've read mixed reviews as well. The whole phobias aspect has me intrigued to. Great review!

Bere said...

Awesome review! I haven't read this one yet, but hope
to do so, soon. It sounds so great. I'm interested in
reading about the phobias jeje, very interesting =)