Need (Need #1) by Carrie Jones
Publisher:   Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books
Published:    December 23rd 2008
Hardcover,  360 pages

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.

Zara is shipped off to live with her grandmother in cold, snowy, miserable Main after her stepfather suddenly dies.  With a new home and a new school comes new people and new experiences, all of which she never expected.  Zara also discovers a side of herself she is not sure she wants to know or is ready to discover.

Overall, this book was enjoyable.  Upon reading the description of the book I wasn’t quite sure what to expect: Vampires, Werewolfs, Faeries?  I had no idea; I just knew it was supernatural in nature.  The plot pretty much starts right away, at least to a point.  Upon landing in Main she notices a man watching her, a man she keeps seeing everywhere she goes.  The real action takes a while and up until that point you know that something is different with the other characters, you know something is wrong in Zara’s new world in Maine, but you just can’t quite put your finger on it.  I was constantly guessing what could have been going on and who was the “bad” guy and who was the “good” guy.

What I really love about this book is that Zara is a real girl.  After her stepfather dies she becomes ‘dead’ to the world.  I also love Zara’s relationship with Issie, who accepts Zara right away as the new girl in a new school.  All of the “supporting” characters stand out as individuals, offering a new facet to the overall novel.  And of course, a young adult novel would not be one without romance.  The love interest, Nick, is mysterious, intriguing and completely confesses Zara in all the right and wrong ways.

Need is a fast paced read, full of dialogue, which helps with the plot, but it was hard at times to imagine and place myself into the novel as it was difficult to see what was going on inside Zara’s head. This in turn made it feel Zara’s love interest happened a bit too fast.  However, the pace of this makes it perfect for reluctant readers or those looking for a quick and entertaining novel.  Carrie Jones does a wonderful job creating a new world of faeries and weres, offering something for every type of reader. 

My Rating

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