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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

REVIEW: Need by Carrie Jones

Pain 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 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.

Book: Need by Carrie Jones
Release Date: December 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Young Adult
Series: Need, #1
Obtained: Purchased
Rating:PhotobucketPhotobucket (2 Zombies) (DNF)

This book is something I think I would have loved in middle school, but at this point in time, I couldn't stand it. It seemed cheesy and drawn-out, and like it wasn't really going anywhere. I don't want to be too much of a Debby Downer and just go on and on about why I hated this book, but I'll discuss a few of my major issues with it in this review.

First off, Zara was too insensitive and self-centered to be likeable. She went on and on about how sad it was that her stepdad died and how horrible her life, then got mad at her mother for her completely reasonable actions, without ever stopping to think that she just lost her husband. I think that trumps stepdad by a long shot.

Another thing I didn't like was that Zara had insta-love with almost every single guy she went to school with. Speaking of insta-emotions, Megan hated Zara on sight for absolutely no reason.

I'm not sure if any of these issues were resolved later in the book, but I stopped about halfway through because I couldn't stand Zara's whining any longer. Honestly, this book really reminded me of Twilight in a rip-off kind of way. I don't recommend it at all.