Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Need by Carrie Jones

Title: Need
: The Need Series
Book #: One
Author: Carrie Jones
Pages: 306
Published: 2009
Reading Level: Young Adult

"I don't know the name of that fear, but I know I've got it. It's the fear of the unknown."

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.
Amber's thoughts: 

I didn't have very high expectations for this book. First of all, I usually don't enjoy books about fairies or pixies. They're usually a little too "out there" for me. I hadn't heard anything phenomenal about this book, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Need.

The writing was good quality. Jones is a very descriptive writer, and I loved her portrayals of the supernatural pixies and weres. The story wasn't that impressive, but the writing itself was wonderful. There is a good balance of humor and gravity, which makes for an entertaining read. 

Zara is a very likable, if sarcastic, character. In the beginning, Zara is just another new girl in a small town high school. As the story progresses, Zara emerges from her depression and becomes a very admirable and relatable character. While I liked Zara, some of the other characters seemed a bit flat, especially her love interest. Still, they were interesting enough to keep me reading.

Parts of the novel were fairly predictable, but I was entertained throughout it all. At times, it was quite thrilling. Rethink everything you've ever known about pixies- they aren't little fairies who live in forest houses. I enjoyed this new representation of the fairy-like creatures. Although other aspects of the story weren't very original, the creepy pixies added a unique feel to the novel. 

I can honestly say that this is a book I will be recommending to others. Cute yet exciting, Need is everything I look for in a story about fairies. 


Shannon O'Donnell said...

I've been wondering whether or not to buy this one - you just convinced me! Thanks. :-)

Corrine said...

This one is on the top of my tbr list. Incidentally, it's actually the next one to be read. I'm glad that you enjoyed it. :)

miss cindy :) said...

Glad you enjoyed it, it sounds cute. Great review :)

Hagelrat said...

It's a good fun read huh?