Need (Need #1)
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.
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
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
At first I was thinking that this was going to turn out to be a typical teen book with all the...more
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
A huge let down, to be honest.
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
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
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
Need can easily be dissected into two moods: the first a...more
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
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 cold?
FUN FACT!: The word ‘cold’ is men...more
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
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
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
Opening Sentence: Everybody has fears, right?
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
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
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
Need is about a girl called Zara White who after her step-dad’s death is sent to Maine to see whether living with her grandmother will help with her depression. However there is a sinister man seems to be following her around and may be linked to her step-father’s death.
Need is an interesting YA paranormal book which is full of suspense, romance and action, in a world filled with weres (were-tigers, werewolves) and...more
The writing is jumpy, forced, and has pretty much no flow. There were tons of pointless scenes, and the conversations between characters were also often very meaningless. Half the time they comprised of someone Zara had just met having deep insights about her and her personality. In my experience, you can't guess what someone's thinking until you've known them for quite a while.
Speaking of the characters, I never found one...more
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|OMG!||9||93||Dec 18, 2012 02:54PM|
|Good YA Series: What do you think of Need, Captivate, and Entice??||15||83||Jun 26, 2012 07:22PM|
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|HELP with the characters names||11||84||Mar 16, 2012 06:28PM|
The Meyers brothers are from Bedford, too, so you’d think it would make Carrie funnier, coming from Bedford N.H. Ob...more