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Need (Need #1)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  46,237 ratings  ·  3,205 reviews
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...more
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 306 pages
Published December 23rd 2008 by Bloomsbury
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Good lord, where to BEGIN. (Spoilers ahead.)

I never thought I'd say this, but I truly believe Stephenie Meyer is a better writer than Carrie Jones. I know, I know, what?! Is it possible?! Could it be?! I hate to say it but it's true, and I bring actual quotes as proof! But that's for later.

First of all, this book shouldn't be called Need, it should be called Foreshadowing Fail. Don't let the summary on GoodReads fool you. There is no suspense in this novel. It is not creepy. And it sure as hell...more
I randomly picked up this book at the library. I had seen it at Borders at least a dozen times, and I needed a book, so I decided to check it out.

Okay, let start off with the basic plot.
Zara, a once popular and happy girl living in Charleston, watches her father die of a heart attack on their kitchen floor. Feeling depressed and "dead inside," her mother forcibly sends her to Maine to live with her grandmother because somehow solitary confinement will help her cope. There, she makes a whole bunc...more
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The Holy Terror
I'd give this book 2.5 stars if I could. The beginning starts off a little strange. We're not given much description and we pretty much live inside Zara's head. There's a lot of dialogue and inner monologue, and while it's quick to read, it's just not as engaging as it could have been. Plus, Zara's obsessions with phobias is a little odd and it's never really explained why or how she remembers them all.

At first I was thinking that this was going to turn out to be a typical teen book with all the...more
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I have a few good things to say about Need. If you are an aspiring psychologist or psychiatrist thinking of specializing in phobias, well – this is the book for you. Need is a great vocabulary builder. Instead of numbered chapters, each chapter is named after a phobia with its definition below. So you get to learn great and useful words like:

Phobophobia – a fear of phobias
Autophobia – a fear of yourself
Cacaphobia – a fear of ugliness

Too bad there isn’t a word for fear of dull reads – dullreadoph...more
Since the recent death of her beloved stepfather, Zara has been accumulating phobias like some people collect stamps. She’s pretty much afraid of everything. Zara’s mother, worried for her, sends Zara to live with her grandmother, believing that Zara will be safer in that cold and isolated state of Maine. Zara is upset, she hats the cold and misses her home in Charleston. And then, there’s also that mysterious guy that Zara keeps seeing everywhere, the one that leaves nothing but glittery gold d...more
Sarah Terese *Kili!*

I knew there was going to be trouble when I started getting Twilight flashbacks in chapter one: girl has awkward family situation. She moves to someplace cold. Where it’s really cold. She probably should have put on a better jacket but she’s not used to that because she used to live somewhere warmer. And now it’s cold. Because of awkward weather situations, she’s also given a new car (well, Bella’s wasn’t new, but whatever. Same intent). Did I mention it’s...more
I had a very difficult time with this novel. As hard as I tried to connect with what was happening, I just couldn't ignore the many flaws. Carrie Jones is not a bad writer, but this novel could have been improved in so many ways. What frustrated me the most was the lack of likability in the characters. I found everyone was either really bland or really annoying.

A huge let down, to be honest.
Meg ♥
Need is a fun paranormal fantasy. Each chapter name was a certain phobia, since the main character Zara "collects" phobias. I thought most of the phobias were pretty interesting, but some were just stupid. Zara is a very likable character and a pretty smart girl.

The secondary characters shine in Need, particularly Zara's friends. Her quirky band of outsider pals share banter that is hilarious, breaking up intense moments of darkness and angst. Issie is an awesome friend to Zara. Nick is the mys...more
What a fun, quick read!

I thought the incorporation of Zara's slight obsessive-compulsiveness with the phobias was interesting. It really built her character and surprisingly gave her a personality. I hate it when heroines are introduced with no intriguing traits or hobbies, and we're expected to believe it when everyone lusts after her. THANK GOD Zara has some sort of distinguishing feature.

Zara is a very likable character. She has a good head on her shoulders, for the most part, and her quirki...more
What you see is what you get with this book. Most of what you need to know can be gotten from the cover. The story was superficial and not much on depth.

Zara was a decent character - had some spunk and some of her quirks. I felt that the idea of her being so adamant about helping the poor, saving those in need, while good in concept, it was forced and only seemed to be a method to try and make the character stand out more. I had a feeling that it was the author trying to preach me some sort of...more
Dis book.

Alright, so working in a bookstore sometimes you come across some pretty ridiculous looking books. Beach Vampire anyone? But as a child of the early 90's my threshold for cheese can be pretty high. I love The Lost Boys and all the Living Dead movies and sometimes if the moon is high in the sky, and the stars align, I can find a teen horror/paranormal book that I can enjoy in an equally cheesy fashion. Picking up and sifting through all of these books day after day I could only wonder if...more
Aug 04, 2009 new_user rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of The Silver Kiss, Laurie Faria Stolarz, adventure romance readers
Shelves: young-adult
Readers can find a lot of diversity across the YA spectrum. There are Gossip Girl dramas, insightful reflections, and adventure reads. Need by Carrie Jones sits between the latter two. It's a novel about junior Zara White coming to terms with the recent death of her father, a mother who deals with her husband's death and her daughter's grief by folding and sending Zara away, and rumors of a serial killer in a strange Maine backwater town.

Need can easily be dissected into two moods: the first a...more
What a strange book.

So here's this teenage girl named Zara who memorizes phobias just for the hell of it. She chants them when she is nervous. It calms her down. It was interesting at first. You know, to be aware of so many bizarre phobias out there. However, it got simply annoying and it wouldn't relate to anything in the story. They were so random.

Then there's this Mary Sue (Gary Stu?) of a love interest named Nick who is macho, huge, unbelievably good looking and just glides through ice wit...more
Need was a load of bull. It tried so desperately to be different, but just like many other books, it sunk deep down into the predictability of YA books nowadays. There is the clichéd main character, who feels like she's very plain-looking, yet she catches the eye of two guys on her first day of school and everyone else calls her prettier than others. There is the grandma who we're supposed to love. The two guys - the darker one with a secret, and the really nice guy with an even darker secret, a...more
First of all. How about those gold lips? Shimmery! The color of those lips does a good job of representing the glittery-but-dangerous magic in this book. Just as the pale skin of their owner conveys the tone of the story quite well: pale, cold, and creepy. I'm pretty sure this is my first pixie urban fantasy and I wasn't sure what to expect. What I did not expect was feeling like I was back inside the world of Stephen King's It. But apparently if a book's got Maine, winter, and a town with a cur...more
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Jennifer Wardrip
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Zara has been unceremoniously shipped off to Maine to stay with Grandma Betty in the middle of nowhere during a frigid winter. According to her mother, Zara just hasn't been herself since her step-father passed away, and all of this is apparently supposed to help.

Before Zara even has a chance to snap out of the depression, her attention is drawn elsewhere by a mystery surrounding a local boy's disappearance. Oh, and then there's the strange man wh...more
I really, really, really wanted to love Need. I tried for months to actually get into it, thinking it's just my mood, I'm tired etc...
There were times I was getting into it, then there were times I wanted to bang my head against the wall.

I think it's the random lines that get thrown into the dialog that kill me- "Supposedly on some photography work. They do nature movies. I don't know. I like your shirt." ....????

If it's not random then it's rushed, and if it's not rushed it's painstakingly slow...more
This book is perfect blend of Twilight and Wicked Lovely. Supernatural, dark, romance new girl at school thing going on. The main character is a bit more together (she is really into running, and human rights aka Amnesty International) then Bella from Twilight. Set in Maine (atmospheric). It is not the best written book in the world and a little formulaic at this point BUT your teens will love it and not that many folks know about it yet. I found the story was creepy and fast paced enough to kee...more
I hate this book.
It was so...
Well cheesy.
My head hurt from it.
The phobia thing was nice.
But all the rest?
Annie Brewer
When Zara, a high school student, moves to a small town in Maine from Charleston to stay with her grandmother, she has to try to start her life over once her step father dies. It is hard for her because she hates the cold and it is snowing there all the time and she can't do much but stay inside the house. She resents her mother for sending her away and doesn't like school at all. The only thing she can do is suck it up and live....which is exactly why her mother sent her away. After her step fa...more
I never thought I'd say a character was overdeveloped.... Zara is not only mega cause conscious and PC, but she also knows about all these phobias, which didn't add anything to the story. In fact the overkill on Zara's quirkiness detracts from a really good plot. Also, this novel has been marketed as a Twilight readalike, but (and I never thought I'd say this either) Twilight is actually better!
This was an okay story, but I found it a bit dull.
Zara was an okay character, and she did have a good idea at the end of the book. Otherwise she didn’t really call out to me though. She seemed a little slow on the uptake, and that frustrated me a bit.

The storyline was okay, but it just felt really slow and dragged. I lost interest pretty early on really, and only carried on reading because I had remembered somehow that this was good!
The romance was okay, but the best part was definitely the endi...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Quick & Dirty: A gripping thrill ride that will keep you out of the woods and looking over your shoulder.

Opening Sentence: Everybody has fears, right?

The Review:

Gold pixie dust? Deadly pixies? Big deal. I’ll just crush these little creatures with my fly swatter. Take that Tinkerbell! I’m so not scared… Yeah, right!

I have to admit that Need certainly had its creepy moments. The pixies in Need aren’t of the sweet Tinkerbell variety. They’re deliciously dangerous creatures with voracious appeti...more
I will admit, I was a litle cynical when I started reading this book. After I was disappointed with Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely, I've been a little hesitant to pick up a book about faeries/pixies.

Need is about a girl called Zara who is sent to Maine to stay with her grandmother after her stepfather dies. While she's there, she realises that a guy is stalking her and leaving a trail of gold dust. She finds out that there is nothing normal about the small Maine town she lives in and Zara has some...more
Carrie Jones has the flow of a freaking chihuahua.

And that's SAYING something.

I got halfway through and I couldn't do it anymore. No more 'NEED' for me. I kept going to see who really was the pixie king or whatever but...I JUST COULDN'T DO IT. Zara was just too freaky with her phobias (and not the good kind of freaky). I mean, Jones was trying to make an interesting character here, and just EPICALLY FAILED.

The beginning. Oh, the beginning. I've never seen a writer struggle SO MUCH writing a f...more

First I discovered the need… and boy I did. The first thing that captivates me about Need – another lame joke placed here, get it, need and captivated. Ha! - *Clears throat and regain composure* Like I was saying, the first thing that captivates me about Need, is its main character – Zara. A strong and original female character, with a save-the-world kind of mentality and a peculiar thing of her, is that she “collects” phobias. Likes them a lot and can bas...more
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Carrie Jones likes Skinny Cow fudgsicles and potatoes. She does not know how to spell fudgsicles. This has not prevented her from writing books. She lives with her cute family in Maine, but she grew up in Bedford, NH where she once had a séance with cool uber-comedian Sarah Silverman.

The Meyers brothers are from Bedford, too, so you’d think it would make Carrie funnier, coming from Bedford N.H. Ob...more
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