Sunday, 5 September 2010

Need - Carrie Jones - Review

Book: Need
Author: Carrie Jones
Publisher: Bloomsbury
ISBN: 9781400807408
Rating: A

Zara collects phobias the way other high school girls collect Facebook friends. It's little wonder, since she's had a fairly rough life. Her father left when she was a baby, her stepfather just died and her mother's almost given up - in fact, she's sent her to live with her grandmother in cold and sleepy Maine to 'keep Zara safe'. Zara doesn't think she's in danger; she thinks her mother just can't cope. Zara's wrong. The man she sees everywhere - the tall, creepy guy who points at her from the side of the road - is not a figment of her imagination. He's a pixie. But not the cute, sweet kind with little wings. Maine's got a whole assortment of unbelievable creatures. And they seem to need something - something from Zara... 

One of the best books I have read in ages. It funny, creepy, and just everything you need to have a good book. You probably thinking - Oh no another YA vampire novel - No it isn't it's actually about pixies. Not not faerie like pixies, soul sucking bloodthirsty pixies. Oh yeah! The characters were all very close in a sense that there were no secrets kept between them. I have to admit though the Ian - A PIXIE!!! BIG surprise! I never suspected where as nick... It was obvious he was a werewolf, i figured I while ago. One of my favorite characters was the PIXIE KING. I loved his funny quirky and caring personality towards his daughter. I hate the fact that he used as bait because that to me is objectifying that person as worthless because you juste need/used them to get what you want, or in this case what he needed to fill the need. Issie is probably the easiest character to form in your head, as she is a typical teenage girl but Carrie Jones didn't really give much away on the appearance of the characters. But I like that for a change because it's not what she imagines the characters like, they are actually what you want and how you imagine them to be. They can be anything you want them to because of the lack of the appearance description. 

The writing was effective and it was well written. I liked that is in 2nd person (i think) because you don't see much of that today. It's Zara talking in the present which I really enjoy. i also get the feeling Carrie Jones found it hard writing in the present day so she decided to fill of the book with speech. Zara is a phobia collecting girl who has been sent away by her mother, but later it turns to be more than that, as she is trying to protect zara from the pixie who her mum thinks wants zara to be her queen. Turns out zara is just the bait to get her mum to come over and then the pixies capture her mum. It's a well though out surprising plot with a lot of twists and turns and surprises popping up out of the blue. Or should I say pooping out of the golden dust. (read the book - you'll see what i mean!) 

I love the setting of cold maine, it really fits in the creepy story, first produced by the crazy stalker who leaves a trail of gold glittery dust. This book hooked me from the beginning. The idea of phobias is clever because you don’t have to have a plot. You just pick a phobia and base the chapter around the phobia. Anyway this book was absolutely amazing. I love and I can’t wait to read captivate and entice, but yeah definitely read this. :)

P.S. - Not fluttery pixies - Young Adult awesome cool evil PIXIES!!!

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