Need

Need

Book rating: 03 Paperback

By (author) Carrie Jones

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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 24mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1408807408
  • ISBN 13: 9781408807408
  • Sales rank: 65,374

Product description

Zara collects phobias the way other high school girls collect Facebook friends. It's little wonder, since she's had a fairly rough life. Her father left when she was a baby, her stepfather just died and her mother's almost given up - in fact, she's sent her to live with her grandmother in cold and sleepy Maine to 'keep Zara safe'. Zara doesn't think she's in danger; she thinks her mother just can't cope. Zara's wrong. The man she sees everywhere - the tall, creepy guy who points at her from the side of the road - is not a figment of her imagination. He's a pixie. But not the cute, sweet kind with little wings. Maine's got a whole assortment of unbelievable creatures. And they seem to need something - something from Zara...

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Author information

Carrie Jones is an award-winning author, who recently graduated from Vermont College's MFA programme. She is the author of the YA novels Girl, Hero; Love (and Other Uses for Duct Tape) and Tips on Having a Gay (Ex)-Boyfriend, which was nominated for a YALSA Quick Pick and won the Maine Literary Award as well as the Independent Book Publisher Award (the IPPY).

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By Giselle SM 01 Oct 2014 3

I’m not one to read Fey books, but this one had a decent enough rating on GoodReads so as soon as I saw it sitting on the library shelf I had to pick it up.

Zara’s mom sends 16 year old Zara to live with her stepfather’s mother in Maine. Ever since her stepfather died of a heart attack right in front of her she hasn’t been the same. Citing a list of phobias whenever she’s feeling particularly emotional her thought turn to the list to distract herself.

Much like a plot that lines up with Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight, Zara is the new girl in town and also catches the eye of residential hottie, Nick. With the whimsical thoughts of a teenage girl that screams how “hot” her crush is, the writing is fluid, a little corny and an entertaining read.

Filled with feys, werewolves, and other paranormal creatures of the sort, Need captured my attention and gave me an entertaining read to begin my journey into the pixie world.

By Cassandra Everett 08 Feb 2011 5

I found this book on here accidentally, thought it sounded interesting, ordered it thinking it should be alright... and i LOVED IT!
At first i was thought 'evil pixies?' ... but now i think 'evil pixies!'
I have already ordered the next one and am eagerly awaiting its arrival.

By Jasmin 14 Dec 2010 1

I'm sad to say I really got no enjoyment out of this book. I read it on a recommendation of a friend and was seriously disapointed. It seems the hype following the Twilight commotion has made it acceptable (and increasingly more common) to write poor, teenage romance books with little to no plot, and still somehow have them become famous.

I found it annoying that relationships happened in a matter of days, and the characters seemed to have no problem making out despite knowing barely anything about each other. It came across to me as condecendingly simplistic, and had little to no continuity - 'facts' that were not expanded upon in one scene and yet the character can explain it in detail the next scene.

Also, pixies? I hardly think you'll find something sinister or 'factual' is you type that into google. I don't mind stretching my imagination for a good book, but this was stupidly unrealistic.

One of the worst books I've read this year.

By Emmi 10 Sep 2010 4

NEED is a fantastic read. The cover itself Entices you in and very cleverly links into the book as does the title. Once i started reading i was hooked. The steady pace of NEED was exactly right, becoming faster when the story required.The idea of bad pixies is also original and fun as well as including weres of all different shapes, and sizes. This shows that Carrie Jones has guts and is not afraid to take risks which is what makes a brilliant author. It also adds to the magic of this book. The only bad thing about NEED is certain aspects were predictable However these aspects were balenced out with total surprise and suspense especially towards the end of the story. Overall i couldnt put this book down. I was continuously surprised throughout and I'm looking foreward to reading the next book in the series Captivate =)

By Emma Whatmough 28 Jun 2010 5

I started reading this book about 3 pm yesturday and havent put it down. I read it late in to the night and the minute i woke up i carried on. The book is just amazing.
The author i could not praise anymore i will deffinetly be buying the next book in the series.
The cross between a supernatural idea and also a romance makes you just need to read on and see what happens.

I highly reccomend this book.
On the back it says
'if you grabbed Stephen king and Stephanie Meyer and asked them to co-author a book,, they would absolutely come up with something really close to 'need'' - justine magazine

i couldnt agree more!

Review quote

'Carrie Jones is the real thing: a talented author. Her detailing is exquisite, her powers of observation, superb' Tim Wynne-Jones, author 'If you asked Stephen King and Stephenie Meyer to co-author a book, they would come up with Need' Justine magazine 'An entertaining compelling thriller ... A winning combination for KS3 readers' School Librarian 'Teenagers feeling bereft after the end of the Twilight series will find some solace in Need ... The creepy atmosphere of Maine is well crafted and there are some enjoyably quirky characters' Bookfest