Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Need by Carrie Jones

ISBN: 9781599904535
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 306

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.

I really enjoyed reading Need by Carrie Jones! Initially, from the blurb I thought that it would be slightly more action packed than it actually was. I had also expected Need to be written in a similar writing style to The Wolves Of Mercy Falls trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater, or even Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series, but it was a bit more light-hearted. Whilst I normally enjoy short poems, limericks or facts at the start of each chapter, I found the phobias to be honest, quite annoying. Sometimes the phobias were associated with the current situation but at times they had no connection at all! I would have preferred it if the phobias were all firmly linked to the content, as it would have mad the book feel more consistent. Betty (Zara’s grandmother) was my favourite character not only because of her caring nature but also because of her brutal honest and wit! I really like the cover of Need, as although it is quite simplistic, it’s beautiful. Whilst everything else on the cover is somewhat average, the golden, shimmering lips that represent the lovely magical moments within this novel, are rather extraordinary!

Available at Amazon.co.uk.

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