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Friday, 12 February 2010

Review: Need

Author: Carrie Jones
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy
Release date: 1st February 2010
Target audience: 11+

Review:
Summary from Amazon:
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...
Need was the perfect read for me while I was feeling under the weather with my cold. Zara's story is told in such an easy to follow way that even my fuzzy, snotty brain could enjoy it. The story opens with Zara on her way to Maine to live with her gran. Her mum is willing to try anything to help Zara come to terms with the death of her step-dad and try to begin to open the empty shell that Zara has become. Arriving in Maine, life begins to turn from monochrome to colour as Zara begins to allow herself to connect with humanity. Fear of loss has the power to paralyse any person if they let it.

Zara is an eccentric and rather adorable character. She chants phobias in order to calm and conquer her fears. There are just so many things that people are afraid of and I love that Zara considers so many of them as logical. She also volunteers for Amnesty International and it was great to have a heroine who looks beyond her own life and considers the suffering of others. At her new school in Maine Zara finds friendship with Issie and Devyn. More importantly, she meets the very hot and athletic Nick and speedy Ian. Of course no teen book would be complete without the beautiful snide bully and in Need that character is Megan.

The plot of Need raced along absorbing me in both the detail of the supernatural creatures but also the teen angst of falling in love and starting over. It wasn't particularly original but that didn't bother me at all. I enjoyed the fact that what I wanted to happen did happen. There was a comfort in the predictablity. Any fans of YA paranormal romances should enjoy this book and pixies are a refreshing change from vampires.

Overall, I really enjoyed Need and cannot wait for the UK publication of Captivate. This book filled my need of comfort reading while I was a virus infested mess. Great quirky characters, a simple and gripping plot, hot supernatural creatures are the perfect remedy for fans of this genre. Highly recommended!


Thank you to Bloomsbury for sending me the book to review.

18 comments:

prophecygirl said...

Great review - I really enjoyed this book too! Looking forward to Captivate :)

Shweta said...

I need to read Need :) I have been putting it off for a long time now . You just convinced me ..

I Want To Read That said...

Great review - I'm extra looking forward to reading it now (actually does that even make sense?) Anyway...glad you enjoyed it:)

Nina said...

I have put this on my tbr list, it sounds so freaking awesome! :) .Great review.

Christina/Book Addict said...

Great review. I definitely added this to my TBR pile. It does sound like something I would enjoy!

The Book Bug said...

Fab review! I have the extact same thoughts and am waiting for Captivate to come out already!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Sweet. I love adorable characters.

Lauren said...

Sounds great, and I totally relate to the joy of everything you want to happen in a book happening. I do want to read this, but I've had one of those times where the delay between US and UK release has somehow made me lose a little excitement. I think I'll psych myself up again and read it! Thanks for the review.

Lea said...

Awesome review! I loved Zara's phobia obsession, it was so cool to learn them.

Luisa at Chicklish said...

Great review - I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

Charlotte (The Book on the Hill) said...

I love the word 'pixie' ! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one, your review's great.

Sarah said...

Great review! I actually brought Need this week & am really looking forward to reading it :o)

Book Monster said...

Yay you read Need and enjoyed it :)

Sasha said...

Really interesting thoughts! I also find it really great how we both loved it, but for different reasons. Awesome review!
xx

Emily said...

Great review! I just got this book out of the library in preparation for my spot on a blog tour for Captivate and now I'm definitely excited to dive in. Thanks!

Emily
What Book is That?

Jo said...

Awesome review, Becky! I really enjoyed Need in the main part too. Can't wait for Captivate, it's going to be good!

brizmus said...

She chants phobias in order to calm herself down? I've so got to read this book! After your review, I'm now even more thankful that I remembered to bring my copy back from the US with me. Got to get reading it nowish.

YellowBanana said...

Hmm, I've been debating whether to get this or not, but now that I've read your positive review I probably will :) the main character sounds really likable