Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Need by Carrie Jones

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.

Character Development: 7/10pts
Originality: 4/10pts
Overall Enjoyment: 8/10pts
Ending: 7/10pts
Voice: 9/10
Recommendation: 10/10
Total Score: 45/60pts
Grade: A

Cussing: A not unbearable amount, but it is there.
Drugs, Alcohol, etc: None.
Sexual Content: suggested in conversation, but not in a lewd or offensive way.

Aimed at high-school level, about 13+.


I have recommended this book to absolutely everyone who has asked about it--and believe me, many people have. The cover is not exactly unremarkable. At first, I thought I was crazy, picking up this strange gold lip glossed, misunderstood-high-school-girl book. I have no idea why I did. But it was easy to get into. The writing is well done, the characters are likable, the plot is intense and twisting. I was surprised at this book's greatness. There was, however, one small drawback. About half way through, I stopped and really started thinking over the plot line. (I mean really thinking, not just pondering :-) And I realized that it was suspiciously similar to that of Twilight. Girl moves from sunny city to cold and tiny town where she discovers the existence of magical creatures and their role becomes prominent in her life, not to mention the crazy beautiful, monsterfied boy in whom she takes an active interest. Hmmm, I thought, that seems odd. But never fear, avid readers! The plot twists! This is no vampire love story. It's a...well, it is partially a love story...but no vampires involved, I promise. :-) The voice is so unique and the myths so well-researched that you will hardly notice. Go at it, I say!

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