Published: December 23, 2008
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Book
Summary: 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.
My Review: I picked up this book at Chapters one day on the bargain shelf for pretty cheap! I had seen this book on other blogs out there, and the cover really intrigued me. I happened to be some place waiting for someone and Need was the only book I had with me, so I started it and since that first page, I couldn't put it down. I was hooked, and because of that, I read it pretty quick!
The book, Need is about Zara, a young girl who moves away from her mom, her home, and her friends. She moves to a small town where she realizes she has been followed by a strange man. Zara meets new friends, including Nick, Izzie and Devyn, and she feels like things are going to be okay - other than the strange man with gold dust who is following her around. Suddenly her life is turned upside down though when she realizes that her Gram (who she moved in with) her friends, and even her family are not who or what she originally thought. They know secrets and worlds that Zara never knew existed.
The characters in Need are fun and well written. Zara is a stubborn, driven, independent young girl. Izzie is a fun energetic girl who cares so much about her friendships. We meet Nick Colt and he's a handsome, mysterious guy and I found myself wanting to read more and more about him. To get to know him more I guess! There are other note-worthy characters too, Ian, Megan and Devyn. And they are all imperative characters to this novel too.
Carrie Jones' writing is excellent - she knows how to keep the reader guessing and interested throughout the whole book. The part I liked the most about Need, was the obsession with Phobias. I found it so interesting that there are so many phobias out there, and that Zara collects them.
Overall, Need by Carrie Jones was a good novel, and I've already gone out and got the second to the series, Captivate. I'm looking forward to reading it, and continuing the story (and getting to know Nick some more!)
And the covers of the novels are gorgeous, and that's a huge bonus!