Saturday, 4 December 2010
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.
In this creepy, compelling breakout novel, Carrie Jones delivers romance, suspense, and a creature you never thought you'd have to fear.
I got hold of Need from the library after I received the upcoming third book in the series Entice for review from Bloomsbury and I'm glad to say that I liked it much more than I thought it would. It is one of those books that keeps you on the edge of your seat and that you enjoy whilst reading it but you overlook some of the character and story faults that bring it down until you finish and have time to think.
Together with her adorable and excitable best friend Issie; kind, quiet and self-confessed geek Devyn and another character who also eventually becomes a real part of their friendship group I thought the main characters made a hilarious group. I love how they were always there and willing to risk their lives for each other.
Zara's romance was adorable and I thought that she and her love interest (I won't give his name away) were perfect for each other. He was a very likable character too. Having read the sequel, Captivate too I know that this romance plays a core part in the plot.
I have only read one other supernatural/paranormal book so I am not an expert but I thought that the idea of pixies as the supernatural villainous race was refreshing and original amongst the many vampire books that are out there. It gives the book a chance to stand out as something different.
The supernatural elements of the book are not always at the forefront of the story with lots of it focusing around Zara and her friends at school and meeting up like regular teenagers do. I think that this balance between the supernatural and contemporary realistic life made Need work for me.
Verdict: I would recommend Need to people who like elements of fantasy and the supernatural and also books about contemporary teens as these two elements work hand in hand in this book!
The third book in the Need series, Entice is being released on January 3rd and I am going to start it tomorrow as I have a early finished copy from Bloomsbury. Thank you Bloomsbury!