The Scoop: (Goodreads)
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.
Need is a great, quick read! So, Zara (following a typical YA formula) is shipped off to a new town, is surrounded by a loving guardian (her Grandmother), has to make new friends (including two potential love interests: Nick and Ian), struggles with the new terrain (a wintry, forest-filled, small town in Maine) and is plunged into a set of magical-mysterious circumstances (a strange man following her and pointing at her.) Sound familiar, anyone?
|Stop pointing at me, creeper!!|
For all of Need's similarities to many other YA books structurally, it really distinguished itself in Jones' choice of paranormal creatures and her amazing ability to write nice, bantering dialogue and beautiful descriptions.
I fully appreciated that Need's adult characters weren't fully relegated to the back burner. Zara's Gran plays an integral role in the story and is not the typical clueless or missing adult YA novels many times feature.
|"Sure, you can build a ladder to your bedroom and FYI, I'm going to be out of town for about three months on business, you're cool on your own, right?"|
Zara has all of the makings of a KAH (Kick-Ass Heroine) and I believe, in subsequent books, this trait in her will grow even stronger (as it did by the end of Need.) The romance side of the novel does smack of the Mystical Lightening Bolt of Destiny-style love, but was redeemed by the end by the sweet discussions between Zara and her boy-of-choice.
Need is definitely worth checking out and I have already downloaded the sequel: Captivate. (Entice - Book 3 - has already been released and Endure - Book 4 - is scheduled for release May 2012). Looks like I'm right on track to finish the series just in time for Endure's release. I love it when that happens!
|Every flavor starts with the same five ingredients and it may not be good for you, but it sure is yummy!|