Series: Need, Book One
Published: 1st February 2010
Number of Pages: 320
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Supernatural, Fantasy, Action Adventure, YA
Recommended Age: 12+
No Alcohol, Drug References
Author's Blog: Carrie Jones
“Panic shoots through my head.
Fireworks. Explosions. All inside my brain.
The white world goes dark and I know what’s about to happen.”
Zara White suspects a freaky guy is stalking her. She memorises phobias and chants them when she’s nervous. OK, she hasn’t exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But moving to a freezing Maine town to stay with her grandmother is supposed to be the perfect fix – so her mum says.
Except, this plan of sending Zara away to help her stay sane? Yeah, not working. Turns out the stalker is not a figment of Zara’s imagination. He’s still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There’s something no right – no human – in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs are pointing to Zara.
Zara’s father died, leaving her a lifeless shell. Her mother decides to send her to Maine, to her grandmother, to try and get her back. But once in Maine, Zara discovers that a man is following her, leaving behind a trail of golden dust. Is he something human, like a psycho stalker? Or should Zara believe her new friends? That the ‘man’ is, in fact, something otherworldly. Something that will not stop until he has Zara…
This was a really new, inventive take on the faerie-pixie-were lore, a take I loved. The whole Shining Ones mythology was brilliant, and I really cannot wait to see more paranormal beings in future books. The writing was wonderful, the plot brilliant and the characters real. I can’t wait to see where the rest of the series takes me!
Zara was a great lead! Kind, loving, brave and a pacifist, she had this habit – a quirk, really – of reciting phobias when she got nervous – something I found totally cute and really interesting. Plus I just loved her stubbornness, though it did make it slightly hard for to accept the blatantly obvious. She was just an overall great, quirky, cute, funny lead, and I loved being inside her head and seeing how she thought.
Nick I also loved. He was just sweet, protective and strong; honestly, what more do you want? Overall amazing, and I loved his strength – I really could tell what Zara saw in him (‘cause I loved him too!).
Zara’s new best-friend Issie had to be my favourite character. She was totally hyper, loving and just plain adorable! Basically, she was the exact kind of girl that I would love to be friends with. And their other friend, Devyn, was super-smart. When him and Issie were together – well, let’s just say they were so cute I could just die.
And finally, Zara’s step-grandmother, Betty: I loved her! She was really strong and very protective of Zara – something I loved about her: how much she cared for Zara. For everyone.
Now, admittedly I guessed a few of the twists, but there were others that completely befuddled me. Also, some of the characters’ reactions to certain revelations felt rather unrealistic. As did a few of the events leading up to those in the book… But, honestly, that didn’t matter to me. I was just addicted. There were great characters, the most amazing writing – writing that made me feel what was being described – plot, facts and an incredible twist on mythology.
Addictive, descriptive, thrilling, amazing. I was left wanting – Needing – more. Thank goodness I have Captivate!
4 Out of 5
4 Out of 5
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