Need by Carrie Jones (Book Review)

Genre: YA, Paranormal, Romance
Published: December 8, 2009
Format: Hardback, 336 Pages
ISBN-10: 1599904535 (Bloomsbury)
ISBN-13: 978-1599904535 (Bloomsbury)
Synopsis: Zara collects phobias the way other high school girls collect lipsticks. Little wonder, since life’s been pretty rough so far. Her father left, her stepfather just died, and her mother’s pretty much checked out. Now Zara’s living with her grandmother in sleepy, cold Maine so that she stays “safe.” Zara doesn’t think she’s in danger; she thinks her mother can’t deal.

Wrong. Turns out that guy she sees everywhere, the one leaving trails of gold glitter, isn’t a figment of her imagination. He’s a pixie—and not the cute, lovable kind with wings. He’s the kind who has dreadful, uncontrollable needs. And he’s trailing Zara. Source

Review: The cover was very interesting. A pair of gold dusted lips upon a pale face with a weeping willow tracing over the person's neck. This instantly drew me in, I will say this is a series I will keep up with but it seemed like a series that has every element of a good YA series but doesn't blend together smoothly. The main

character, Zara, seems like a more confident version of Bella Swan to me. She runs track and is a strong-willed girl who loves Amnesty International. Of course, she is intrigued by the brooding nd mysterious, Nick, who takes an obvious interest in her as well. They try to start a romantic relationship and seem to start one by the end of the book. Her friends Issie and Devyn are very energetic and ready for anything Zara brings up. Issie and Zara instantly become best friends, which I don't find very interesting because I like the characters to grow into their relationships. Betty, Zara's grandma, is a spark of flash in the book, she gives snarky comments and is a breath of fresh air.

The plot of the book is very...simple. With all of the different creatures in the book, the plot seemed like it could have been very suspenseful and exiciting but was executed very simply and was resolved in a matter of pages. I feel like the plot could have been expanded into more pages and that it could have flowed slowly up to the climax. The plot was hurried just to get to the end, and when I got to it, I uttered, "Was that it?"

The creatures were another thing that were not developed in the book. They were kind of just slapped into the book to seem like it is surprising, when you can already guess. In Twilight and Vampire Kisses, when Edward and Alexander were revealed as vampires, it slowly led up to it. Alexander revealed that he was a vampire to Raven at the very end of the book and Edward agreed with Bella that he was a vampire after weeks and I think even a couple months passed. I wanted to be surprised as to who and what the creatures were.

I give this book three black nail polishes because I loved the romance and the characters but I didn't like how the plot was executed and the relationships didn't progress at a reasonable pace.

I will continue to read the series because I don't like completely stopping a series without giving them a chance. The next Captivate is already on shelves but Entice will becoming out a day before my birthday, December 7th, 2010!

Peace and Fangs,
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