November 18, 2009

Review: Need by Carrie Jones

Title: Need
By: Carrie Jones
Published: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books

Otherworldly Creature: Pixies

From Goodreads:
     Zara collects phobias the way other high school girls collect lipsticks. Little wonder, since life’s been pretty rough so far. Her father left, her stepfather just died, and her mother’s pretty much checked out. Now Zara’s living with her grandmother in sleepy, cold Maine so that she stays “safe.” Zara doesn’t think she’s in danger; she thinks her mother can’t deal.

     Wrong. Turns out that guy she sees everywhere, the one leaving trails of gold glitter, isn’t a figment of her imagination. He’s a pixie—and not the cute, lovable kind with wings. He’s the kind who has dreadful, uncontrollable needs. And he’s trailing Zara.

I read this book last school year after I had read Twilight and was looking for something more.  I thought "pixies" hmmmmmm this could be cool.  It ended up being a really quick fun read.  I went into it expecting it to be a light and entertaining, nothing more, and it delivered that.  The action starts pretty quick and doesn't let up much.  If I remember correctly the whole book takes place in less than a week.  I also enjoyed the different take on pixies.  The ones in this book don't resemble Tinkerbell!  I only had a few complaints about the story.  Sometimes Zara did things that were pretty, well, dumb.  It made her seemed a bit impulsive and not as smart as she was.  Also, the ending seemed overly simple - like it couldn't be that easy.  I'm guessing that since there is a sequel the characters will learn it wasn't as easy as they thought either!

Bottom Line: Read it for fun because that what it is.  I liked it enough to want to read the sequel.

Best for ages: 13 (at least)+

Coming January 5th the sequel Captive.  Some blogs have been having contests for this book.  I would so love to win it!!!! Here's what Goodreads has to say about it:

     Zara and her friends knew they hadn't solved the pixie problem for good. Far from it. The king's needs grow deeper every day he's stuck in captivity, while his control over his people gets weaker. It's made him vulnerable. And now there's a new king in town.

     A turf war is imminent, since the new pixie king, Astley, is moving in quickly. Nick nearly killed him in the woods on day one, but Zara came to his rescue. Astley swears that he and Zara are destined to be together, that he's one of the good guys. Nick isn't buying it, though Zara isn't as sure -- despite herself, she wants to trust the new king. But it's a lot more than her relationship with Nick
that is at stake. It's her life -- and his.

See I knew it couldn't be that easy :)


  1. I just finished this book yesterday! I too really enjoyed and can't wait for the sequel. :)

  2. It wasn't the greatest but it was okay enough to read the sequel which has a great cover.

  3. Great review!

    This book sounds awesome--especially the Maine setting! I've been wanting to read Need for a while. And there's something about that gold makeup that's so captivating.