Need by Carrie Jones

28 May, 2012 / 1 Comment

Goodreads Synopsis:
Zara collects phobias the way other high school girls collect lipsticks.  Little wonder, since she’s had a pretty rough life.  Her father left when she was a baby, and her stepfather just died.  Her mother’s pretty much checked out – in fact, Mom’s sent her to live with her grandmother in cold and sleepy Maine to “keep Zara safe.”  Whatever that means.  Zara doesn’t think she’s in danger; she thinks her mother just can’t deal.  Zara’s wrong.  The man she sees everywhere – the tall creepy guy who points at her from the side of the road – yeh, he’s not a figment of her imagination.  He’s a pixie.  And not the cute, sweet kind with little wings.  Maine’s got a whole assortment of unbelievable creatures, like pixies and were-people.  And they seem to need something – something from Zara…
Story: The beginning of the plot development didn’t really seem to add up to me.  Zara tells her new friends about how she has been seeing a man and it seems as though he might be stalking her or he might be a serial killer.  This is all she tells her friends – Devyn, Issie, and Nick – and then Devyn does a search on the internet and comes up with the explanation: he is a pixie!  I’m not sure this makes complete sense to me because, what?  Devyn typed ‘creepy stalker seen in Charleston and Maine following a girl around’ or something similar into Google and then a website for pixies came up as a top result?  Doesn’t seem all that viable to me.
Pushing past the way they find out that the strange man is a pixie, the story is pretty good.  However, at times, it reminded me very much of the Twilight books by Stephanie Meyer.  So, this aspect did not satisfy my wants for a new, original story line.  I know that it is not exactly the same, but it felt very familiar.  Pixies instead of vampires, were-people, and a damsel in distress.
The story also did not have many surprises that I didn’t see coming.  I pretty much predicted everything that was meant to surprise the reader.  I did not like this.  I like to be surprised!

Characters: The characters are pretty good.  Zara, Nick, Issie, and Devyn are all likeable characters.  It is easy to get into Zara’s story and connect with what she is going through.  I like that Jones gives the reader a quirk of Zara’s right off the bat so that we can get to know who she is.  She is obsessed with phobias, which is kind of weird, but that’s okay…I like weird  ;)Writing: I felt the writing quality was pretty weak.  Immature writing style…I would have thought this was Jones’ debut novel, but shockingly it’s not!  There are also A LOT of writing errors (spelling, grammar, typos maybe).  I understand that no one is perfect, and I don’t expect them to be.  I wouldn’t normally bring this up because everyone makes mistakes.  But, there is probably an average of one mistake per chapter (this is an estimation, of course).  Not cool.

Uniqueness: As I mentioned above, I don’t think this story was very original.  It had unique moments, but mostly I felt as though I was reading an adaptation of Twilight.

Overall Opinion: I enjoyed this book.  It kept my interest and I will read the other three books of the series. I just wish it was more original and had better writing quality.  I would recommend this book to anyone who liked the Twilight series, as it has similar qualities.  However, I do not have any interest in re-reading this book.

Aaaand…the verdict is…..

3 stars blue

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One Response to “Need by Carrie Jones”

  1. Wendy

    Good morning! I really like reading your reviews. Always good to get an opinion of a book before making the decision as to whether or not to purchase it. I am undecided about reading this one to be honest. I find that when reading a book that is poorly written, I get irritated, even if the story is unique and interesting, so perhaps I might be put off by this one. I also dislike predicting every little thing that is about to happen; like you, I prefer to be surprised. I think I’ll skip this one. Have a great day! 🙂

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