Thursday, July 21, 2011

Book Review: Need by Carrie Jones

Need by Carrie Jones
Genre: YA/ Paranormal Romance
Paperback, 306 pages
Borrowed from NYPL Mid-Manhattan Branch

Zara collects phobias the way other girls collect Facebook friends. 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.

To be completely honest, this book was very putdownable. I got to around 200 pages and started skimming. I had the same reaction with Twilight which this book is unfortunately compared to. Similar to Twilight, the idea behind the plot is captivating. I am so down with the whole mysterious town and mythical creatures vibe. I wanted to fly through this book because it was so action packed. But, I think action is what it lacked.

Any book that you can successfully skip more than a few pages without missing an story, isn't my type of book. I thirst for forward moving suspense. And if you don't have that, you better have some damn good  characters. While there were parts of Zara that I liked, most of me disliked her. Or maybe I couldn't understand her. Whatever it was, if made me start and stop reading a number of times.

I enjoyed Nick but didn't enjoy how much he was shrouded in mystery from the moment we met him. Something's up with the dude, okay, I get it! I did enjoy Devyn and Issie a lot and Betty was cool too. After reading some reviews on Captivate, I think I would enjoy that one much better.

I'm not going to give up on this series because I'm interested to see where the story goes. But I don't think you should run out and grab it if you haven't read it yet!


  1. thanks for your honest thoughts.... I'm a bit hesitant now considering the fact that this is next in my ever-growing pile! But like you said, the plot does sound captivating.... I'll probably start it to test it out and we'll see how it treats me from there :) thanks for sharing your thoughts!


  2. hi lah! thanks for this review, a very honest one I might add. I also encountered loads of books that doesn't have that fast paced vibe into it. I'm currently reading Split Second by David Baldacci, it's really awesome if you love detective and murder stories, which I think you do. That's why I like you! We read the same books! Been busy with work, so much. Not able to blog that often. I try to squeeze in a bit of reading when I'm riding the bus or during lunch break or before I go to sleep. Nobody can stop me from reading! Haha. I lost it there for a while. Have a nice day!

  3. Great review. I read this a long time ago when it first came out and it was when I first really started reading, I remembered I enjoyed it then. But then I read the 3rd book recently and it took me a while to get caught up in the story. The book was good, but not as good as I remembered it being.

  4. When I saw three comments, I thought it was going to be people threatening me haha!!! I know how much people love this series!

    @Amber: Yeah! I feel like, I can see why people like it but there was something underlying that made it hard for me to get totally into!

    @Ruperto : I know what you mean!!! I've been so busy and everything that it's like I forgot about the blog! Although I think of it always. Also, I need to read Split Second because my life has been lacking the murder stories. YOU MUST READ QUICKIE!!

    @Diana: Totally! Test it out, you never know, you might be able to look past the filler pages and stuff bc the story really is pretty cool!!

  5. Aww I thought this book looked pretty exciting - another mystery town with dangerous and deadly people :} but I have to admit I HATE the feeling when you feel as though you SHOULD finish a book but you just can't because it's putting you to sleep :| I might take a break from romance/fantasy genre, come back to it later and see if I'm disappointed or not!

  6. I felt pretty much the same. Eh, I didn't like the characters and the action/storyline was you said, putdownable.


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