Monday, 12 November 2012

Series Spotlight: Need #1


Title: Need

Author: Carrie Jones

Publisher: Bloomsbury (UK | US)

Publication date: UK - 01/02/2010 | US - December 2009

Format: Paperback - 306 pages 

Genre: YA - Paranormal



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 - 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 are pointing to Zara.

My thoughts:

The first thing that came to mind after finishing this read was the fact that it was over so quickly. I literally finished it in about two hours and I was quite upset about that in a way - I was enjoying it.

I thought the plot of this one was a little odd. It was too simple for my tastes which meant it was entirely too predictable. Literally every single supposedly shocking event was no shock to me since I already knew it was going to happen ever since the first few chapters. I still enjoyed reading it but I felt that I would have enjoyed it a lot more if it weren't so obvious. I am looking forward to what the next book holds in store in terms of the plot though - it may be a lot better.

The characters have to be my favourite aspect of the book. I really enjoyed how cute they all were. Nick was a sweetheart when he wasn't in a temper and Devyn was just adorable. Issie was hilarious and someone I wish I knew in real life - she was really fun and energetic but also enigmatic in a way, I really want to see a lot more of her. Zara, the protagonist, was really quirky. She came through great in the book evident by the fact I took a shining to her immediately. She was very different to any character I've read before so it was greatly refreshing to read her sometimes exasperating one-liners and funny stuff she seems to just blurt out. 

Even if I don't think the book fulfilled the potential it does have, I started to really like the author's writing style towards the end. I thought it was confusing and weird at first because I thought I was thrown into the deep end a little bit. However, once I warmed up to how different and sometimes strange the characters were I started to really like it - it was definitely something different. 


All in all this was a quick and easy read, especially for the first book in a series. I'm looking forward to reading the next one.


My rating: 7/10



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Books in the series:

  1. Need
  2. Captivate
  3. Entice
  4. Endure



Need by Carrie Jones

1 comment:

Carina Olsen said...

Great review :D I must admit that I have never wanted to read this series. You are making me curious, though :) Although I'm not sure I will like it, since you had some issues with it. Still. The characters seems interesting :) Glad you enjoyed it ;)
Love, Carina