Zara White has an obsession with phobias and when she moves in with her grandmother in a small town in Maine, all of those phobias start to appear. There is a creepy guy stalking her and then boys start disappearing. This town isn’t as boring as Zara thought it would be…
So confession time…. I read this book a long long LONG time ago when I was in high school. I remember really liking the series and racing to the local Barnes and Noble to grab the next couple installments after they were released. I just had to have them on the day they came out. However, when I moved out of my parents house, I gave away all of this series to Goodwill like a dummy. When I went to Goodwill a couple of weeks ago, I found a paperback of this book and grabbed it. I mean it was a dollar so that was hard for me to pass on. Rereading this series took my back to my high school self and I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but not as much as I remember. BUT… I will continue this series because I like the characters and I find the book world so intriguing….. Just let me explain!
This read was a fast paced and easy to read fantasy that goes into a type of magical creature that I don’t see a lot of books about. This is why I loved the book world because the lore of pixies is so fascinating to me and I just have to know more! Although they included this magical creature in the book, I felt like the explanation of their world and powers was very rushed and I didn’t find out enough about it. I’m hoping more explanation about it will be included in the next installment and this was just a small taste of what I am going to get. There was also another magical creature that came into play in a very unique way and I want more of this too. It was just put out there all of the sudden and I felt just a little bit blindsided for a minute.
So there was another this book wasn’t as good as I remembered it…. It reminded me A LOT of Twilight and since reading Midnight Sun…. Twilight has just lost its luster…. I mean the premise of the storyline is a new girl moves to a small town, everyone becomes obsessed with her and wants to be her buddy, and there is one boy that is supposedly the bad boy, but becomes instantly attracted to her…. The main character, Zara, also reminded me SO MUCH of Bella because she is so passive and can be kind of a bore at times. I mean I like her and all, but she is kind of meh for me. Her supernatural counterpart is Nick and he IS SOOOOOO AGGRAVATING… I mean he likes Zara and everything and their love is sort of cute (in a Twilight way.), but he as some issues he needs to work through and they are so not attractive…. I mean he can’t really accept who Zara really is. I’m sorry he needs to man up and get the hell over it because obviously Zara is good and everything. I just can’t handle when weak men can’t handle strong women. I mean I thought they were supposed to have some balls, but I guess I was wrong.
The characters I do thoroughly enjoy the most of the book were the side characters: Issie and Devon. I mean they were VERY similar to Alice and Jasper from Twilight, but I was into it and it truly saved the read for me.
Overall, this read was a fun and easy one. Although I wasn’t a fan of the very similar Twilight elements, I will continue the series because the magical elements are enough to keep me hanging on!
My Book Rating
3/5 Book World
Need by Carrie Jones
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Published by December 23, 2008 by Bloomsbury
Copy Read: Paperback