Thursday, July 14, 2011

Need Review

Need (Need, #1)Need by Carrie Jones

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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.

All I can say is wow, wow I really enjoyed this book! And I NEED (hehe) to read the next one now! I really could not put this book down. It’s quirky and fresh, with just the right amount of romance. And it’s a nice quick read too, which is nice because sometimes that’s just what you need.

I love that Zara is obsessive about chanting phobias when she’s scared or stressed, she uses them as a way of feeling in control of a situation or as a way to understand the way she is feeling. It’s very character building and makes her interesting to follow through the story. She really is a great character, she strong and vulnerable at the same time as well as being realistic. She is a great role model; she is a keen Amnesty International member (something her dad got her into), and she loves to run. We constantly hear about her writing letters to try and get political prisoners freed. Zara is very unlike Bella from twilight whose character seems like such a boring person, I mean really what was she into? But don’t get me wrong, I love Twilight. All I am saying is Zara has way more of a personality than Bella. And yes this book does have a twilight feel about it.

She’s damaged goods when we first meet her. Her dad (stepfather) has just died and she has taken it really badly. She has become a hollow version of what she used to be, so her mother sends her off to stay with her grandmother so that she will hopefully recover from her zombie like state (or so she believes). We get little clues throughout the story which soon click into place about what’s going on. It’s a little bit of a mystery; Zara slowly learns who she really is and what others around her are…

I enjoyed that fact that Carrie really took her time to develop the relationship between Zara and Nick. She also managed to include the awkwardness of what the beginning of a real relationship is like. And she manages to develop Nick’s character so that he appears to be both sexy but not perfect. He has a bit of a temper but he is also just very protective of those he loves. Devyn was a great character too, he is disabled but he is also a strong person and attractive too. He is well integrated into the story as a shifter as well, but not your usual type.

And that’s what makes this story to fresh. Yes there are shifters in it, and yes it’s been done; but not like this. The shifters in this story are al sorts of animals, from tigers to bears, to wolfs and eagles. And what could be stranger than your own grandma shifting into a tiger? I can’t think of anything. And pixies.. Well I personally haven’t read a lot of books about pixies so this was great for me. I am hoping we hear a lot more about the pixies in the next books they seem like trouble, which I’m sure will make for great reading. Carrie Jones really did a great job with this book; she did a great job in pulling all of the different aspects of the story together seamlessly. She definitely got me hooked.

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