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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Need by Carrie Jones

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Re-Read? Definitely re-readable.

Recommend? I recommend this to fans of Stephenie Meyer.

Release Date: December 23, 2008
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 320

Zara collects phobias the way other high school girls collect lipsticks. Little wonder, since life’s been pretty rough so far. Her father left, her stepfather just died, and her mother’s pretty much checked out. Now Zara’s living with her grandmother in sleepy, cold Maine so that she stays “safe.” Zara doesn’t think she’s in danger; she thinks her mother can’t deal.
Wrong. Turns out that guy she sees everywhere, the one leaving trails of gold glitter, isn’t a figment of her imagination. He’s a pixie—and not the cute, lovable kind with wings. He’s the kind who has dreadful, uncontrollable needs. And he’s trailing Zara.
With suspense, romance, and paranormal themes, this exciting breakout novel has all the elements to keep teens rapidly turning the pages.
My Thoughts:

Need was an interesting book for me. When I first started reading, I had to do a double take because the beginning of the book reminded me so much of Twilight. Girl moves from warm place to cold place. Girl arrives at new home and gets a car. Girl goes to small school where she is referred to as the new girl. Superhuman-super hott boys take a liking to Girl. I think you know where I'm going with this. Instead of vampires, there are blood sucking pixies (which the Were's are the natural enemies of). The beginning of Need was VERY similar (at least to me) to Twilight. However, that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy Need and the rest of the book develops very differently. Once I got past the beginning and the similarities, I really got into the story.

Need had a lot of funny moments and a ton of quotes that I wish I would have written down because they made me laugh out loud! I wish I could have posted more of them for my Teaser Tuesday! It was cute and quirky, while also being serious. I really liked the characters, which is really important to me. Nick, of course, was my favorite. I felt myself get fan-girlie quite a few times over him! Issie, also, is too cute for words. They were all just great characters and they are what really made Need that great story that it is.

There were a lot of times in Need that I became confused that the characters would trust so blindly in the internet or some website that they read-- I felt that it being online was not substantial enough evidence to believe so thoroughly. It might be just me, but it was nagging me in the back of my mind throughout the whole book. After reading back, I guess I can kind of understand how it is all pulled together-- I just wish it wasn't so vague when it came to the subject on where they are doing their research.

Despite these small issues that I had with Need, it was a fun read and its positives definitely outweigh my small issues. I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of the series!


Cover: 3.5
Plot: 4.0
Characters: 5.0
Writing: 3.5

Source: Purchased from Store.


  1. I had mixed feeling on this book. but it wasn't terrible! All the different type of weres were kinds weird for me but definitely unique!

    found u via Pure Imagination review link up

    here were my thoughts on Need

  2. Need was an okay read for me, but I think the series gets better as it goes along. I'd also have to agree with the way you felt about the characters trusting in everything. I thought they were a bit naive, but I think this also improved in later books.

    Stopped by from the Saturday Situation!

  3. Sadly, Need didn't work out for me. I found it to be very predictable and cliche, but I'm glad that you enjoyed reading it.
    I had no idea that it started out kind of like twilight (having never read it). ^_^
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it.

  4. Well, I've had this series on my WANT list for a while now, and I think I'm going to need it. ;) Thanks for the review. I know how you feel on looking back and then seeing why the vague stuff was done. But still wanting to not have been that way. :) Thanks for the review!

  5. So glad I read this and glad you enjoyed it too. :)


  7. I haven't read this book yet, but I really want to. I don't specially like the cover, but I don't hate it either :)

  8. My sister got a small teaser book of Need a while back and I read it and thought it was good. I just never went out and got the rest of the book as I had so many to read at the time. But after reading your review I may pick it up. I like Stephanie Meyer and the idea of bad pixes so I will be checking this out :)

  9. I really should read this one, I´ve heard great things about it, hope to find some time to finally read it :) Nice Review

  10. the covers on this series are so gorgeous! ahhhh want want want

  11. This book is in my wish list and your review make me put it up in that list. Thanks.

  12. Yeah, I think the reason I did not take up this book even though I was kinda intrigued by it, was cos of the parallels drawn with Twilight.

    But I like how in our review you talk about how in spite of the Twilightesque nature it turned out to be an enjoyable read. I think that's important.

  13. I've heard great things about this one so I'm glad that you (mostly) liked it as well. It's on my TBR list and I generally like vampire novels so we'll see how it goes! Great review!

  14. Interesting blood sucking pixies, never heard of that before. Thanks for the review maybe I'll try reading it.

  15. This is really... different. Blood sucking pixies -> this is new for me. Thanks for this review :)

  16. I haven't heard about it yet...and blood sucking pixies? :-D Heh...I have it on my list.

  17. I've heard such a great things about this book. Thanks for the honest review.

  18. Sounds great...I think I'm in the mood for a fun, light read ;)


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