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Need

by Carrie Jones

Bloomsbury Press Agency | December 22, 2009 | Trade Paperback

Need is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 36.

Zara collects phobias the way other girls collect Facebook friends. 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.

With suspense, romance, and paranormal themes, this exciting breakout novel has readers rapidly turning the pages.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.3 × 5.55 × 0.9 in

Published: December 22, 2009

Publisher: Bloomsbury Press Agency

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1599904535

ISBN - 13: 9781599904535

Found in: Fiction and Literature
Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good story I?m not one to read Fey books, but this one had a decent enough rating on GoodReads so as soon as I saw it sitting on the library shelf I had to pick it up. Zara?s mom sends 16 year old Zara to live with her stepfather?s mother in Maine. Ever since her stepfather died of a heart attack right in front of her she hasn?t been the same. Citing a list of phobias whenever she?s feeling particularly emotional her thought turn to the list to distract herself. Much like a plot that lines up with Stephenie Meyer?s Twilight, Zara is the new girl in town and also catches the eye of residential hottie, Nick. With the whimsical thoughts of a teenage girl that screams how ?hot? her crush is, the writing is fluid, a little corny and an entertaining read. Filled with feys, werewolves, and other paranormal creatures of the sort, Need captured my attention and gave me an entertaining read to begin my journey into the pixie world.
Date published: 2014-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not bad.. I just get a little frustrated with this series because it never ends. That's basically my only problem. This book was amazing and I can't wait for the finale, whenever that will be. -.-
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Need captured my attention and gave me an entertaining read to begin my journey into the pixie world I'm not one to read Fey books, but this one had a decent enough rating on GoodReads so as soon as I saw it sitting on the library shelf I had to pick it up. Zara's mom sends 16 year old Zara to live with her stepfather's mother in Maine. Ever since her stepfather died of a heart attack right in front of her she hasn't been the same. Citing a list of phobias whenever she's feeling particularly emotional her thought turn to the list to distract herself. Much like a plot that lines up with Stephenie Meyer's Twilight, Zara is the new girl in town and also catches the eye of residential hottie, Nick. With the whimsical thoughts of a teenage girl that screams how "hot" her crush is, the writing is fluid, a little corny and an entertaining read. Filled with feys, werewolves, and other paranormal creatures of the sort, Need captured my attention and gave me an entertaining read to begin my journey into the pixie world. Rating 3/5
Date published: 2012-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love this book It's been a while since I read a good book that I can't let go. This one is the 1st book of the series and I got all of them and I can't wait to read the next one. This series is not about Vampires it is about pixie. One again there's a romance and some suspense. If you liked Vampire Academy and the House of Night series (which I may add are my favorite up to date) you will love this series as well. Please Enjoy!
Date published: 2012-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good But Not The Best I liked this book but I thought it was a bit unrealistic. The story was good but it wasn't really my favorite. It was well-written though. I would recommend it to preteens and teens from 12 to 14. There was a nice love story though. I would recommend this book to people who like fiction and supernaturel stuff.
Date published: 2012-01-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Twilight copy This is a light and quick read. Nothing more. It's equipped with all the expected cliches- such as evil snotty popular blondie, hot mysterious boy, awkward girl, awkward girl's even more awkward friend, awkward girl/hot mysterious boy romance and the supernatural. It was an easy read and I finished it within 2 days, which I liked. Also there was some good characterization, with the grandmother. There are a few things that bothered me above all else. They are: Zara was a bit hypocritical at the end with the way they defeated the pixies, and the fact that Zara and her friends found out all about pixies after looking it up in the library for like half the afternoon. Overall, it's just an easy read without depth.
Date published: 2011-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Read This book was better than most YA books I have been reading lately. I actually connected with the characters better and cared what happened to them. I think part of it is my bias towards shifter characters, but maybe it's just better story telling as well. It still isn't perfect and I felt parts of the story were very jarring, hopping from one part to another too rapidly. Also not super impressed with the way it ended, everything always seems so rushed in books nowadays, but of course there is always enough left unfinished at the end to leave you hanging for a sequel.
Date published: 2011-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read!! I enjoyed this book so much that I went out and bought the next 2 in the series...very good read!!
Date published: 2011-02-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Carrie Jones’ Need series intrigued me when I first heard about it. A story about pixie? I had never really read one before. Based on the back of the book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I didn’t think it would be a masterpiece. And I was right. First of all, the characters are not that bad. Zara can be kind of annoying sometimes, and Bella-ish, but still, I liked her. Nick looked like the perfect fictional crush, but the hero complex started annoying me at some point. The plot is interesting, even if they’re a sense of déjà-vu to it. The love triangle with Zara, Nick, and Ian, the “I would die to protect you” kind of personality… Still, the book ended up captivating me. I couldn’t really put it down for too long. I really wanted to know what would happen. The writing may not be fabulous, the story maybe not extremely original (except for the pixie aspect), but I still enjoyed it. For more reviews: abeautifulmadness.blogspot.com
Date published: 2011-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Twist I really loved this book I loved everythng about it. I really enjoyed the charaters, the sarcasm and the couple. Over all this was great read and I totally recamend it.
Date published: 2011-02-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible I had heard some great reviews about this book, and since I love faeries, I thought I'd pick it up. After reading it though, I couldn't help but wonder what happened, because it felt like a big letdown. I did not like the character of Zara, who should have been spunky and likeable but just turned into another "Bella Swan", always needing the help of her boyfriend. The character of Nick, the supposed sexy male lead, was annoying and fell flat. The fact that he was a werewolf was completely lame and overdone. There was no chemistry between Zara and Nick, and the dialogue between them was awkward to say the least. That they ended up together at the end was ridiculous. None of the characters had any sort of sustenance to them and I found them to be very annoying. Another huge annoyance was how fast they jumped to the conclusion of pixies and how everyone seemed to accept it. Um, if I kept seeing a mysterious stranger, the first thing to jump into my head would not be, "yeah, he's a pixie." There are two books after Need, but I can say for sure that I will not be reading them. The ending was cheesy and completely unbelievable. Overall, I was extremely disappointed that I had wasted money on this book.
Date published: 2011-01-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from umm... So I'm going to give this book 2.5 stars, I have read alot of reviews for this book both good and bad ones and my opinion leads more on the bad side. I thought the beginning of the book started off really slow and by the time I got more than halfway through I kind of lost all my hope for the book. I found the storyling slow and also Zara was a bit annoying but I did like the other characters,the one thing I found was that the last little chuck of the book got a bit better and thats the only reason this review got the extra half star. I may check out the next book to see if this series gets better but it's not on my major TBR pile,sorry if this review seems like more of a rant but I'm just not a big fan of this book. :0)
Date published: 2011-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME!!!!!!!! I have walked by this book more times then I can count. I bought it thinking why not. It's one of the best books I have ever read. You will fall in love with Is and Zara. Its a must read!!!!!
Date published: 2010-11-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Another "Twilight" wannabe Terrible. This book is terrible. The plot line is predictable, the main character is constantly whining... What the hell happened to the female characters that can look after themselves??? I did not like the twist at the ending, and all-in-all the story was just silly. The romance was a joke. I cannot believe that I wasted my money on this book. It wasn't stimulating, exciting or anything exceptional. I would not recommend this book to anyone who likes characters with backbone. The main character is just another replica of Stephanie Meyers"Bella."
Date published: 2010-07-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An okay predictable read Zara is a girl who moves from a sunny place to somewhere cold and she feels that someone is following her. That doesn't become obvious to her until she gets to school. She names phobias as a coping mechanism which I found to be the cool part in the book. Thoughout the whole book, you know something is going on with Nick, Derick, Ian, Megan and even Betty. The plot becomes predictable in the middle of the book. The ending, you know that Zara has to do something to stop more boys from disappearing and that's the only intruiging part. Apart from that, it's an easy read and just something to keep you occupied for the day when nothing better is going on.
Date published: 2010-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Need this book was awesome! it left you in need for more! half way through the book i had figured out there was something special about Nick. i just never figured out what. i was sooo surprised about Derek and Mrs. Nix! Derek i had no idea and Mrs. Nix was kinda suspicious but i thought she was like that with everyone!! this book never gets boring. you will never want to put it down! that's how great it was. every page surprises you! there was also something suspicious about Ian but i never thought he would be a pixie! and the pixie king is her father!!! on my goodness! another thing is that Betty is a tiger!!! wow! you have got to read this!!! ( :
Date published: 2010-05-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from don't bother Utterly predictable, much too much borrowing from Twilight. All in all, a poor imitation of YA fiction.
Date published: 2010-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Good! This is such an amazing book, it really picks up at certain parts, never boring or anything. I'm not sure what else to say, but it was wonderful and i loved it, and its something you could relate to. Hope ya'll enjoy it :)
Date published: 2010-03-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I Think The Pixies Used Their 'Glamour' On This Book ...to hide what a mess it really was. *sigh* I had such high hopes for this one, and was disappointed, BIG time. It started off crummy, picked up a little bit in the middle, and then went downhill from there. It was a struggle for me to read the last few chapters because I was so tempted to just say "hell with it" and chuck it out the window." But hey, that's just my opinion. P.S. total 'Twilight' rip-off
Date published: 2010-02-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Need Isn't Really Needed... When I saw this book I was like "Okay, seems good Mysterious guys new school for the girl. Yea...I like that" When I started the book it was boring. "Okay maybe it will get better." Yea...It didn't. I mean it was a good a book I liked the story, but the author just ruined it. So here we have Zara, The-Phobia-Know-It-All, also famous for her sarcasm. She moved from the sunny, pretty, Charleston, to the cold, snowy, Maine. Twilight Much? I'm not saying the author plagarized the whole book...Anyways so Zara ends up living with her spunky grandma Betty, and goes to a new school. She meets Meghan a mean Queen Bee, Issie the hyper, jumpy girl which becomes Zara's best friend. Devyn, and Nick...The Handsome brooding Nick. There's a little problem going on in Maine though...A Pixie Problem. Kidnapping some boys, and Zara and her friends are determined to capture the pixies at whatever the cost... The book was good, the story was good, just everything goes back to the author for her type of writing style. And after every two pages all you read is "Ugh I hate Maine" Oh Maine is so strange" and "Ugh why did my mom send me here?" So whiney. And I think we get the point: You don't like Maine, Can we move on now? And in every pixe situation Zara ends up in, she takes as if she's a ten year old having an argument with one of her friends. So she didn't take it very seriously. On the positive side, the book was funny, especially with Zara's sarcasm. And I do like the way the author named every chapter after a Phobia. Plus the characters were cute, especially Issie. She had to be my favorite! In addition, I might read Captivate...but not right away.
Date published: 2009-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my fav's This book had me hocked from the biggning. There's a little mystrey to it, there's love in it. Same as anyother book there is family problemys that started the whole book off. This book keeps you guessing what happnes throu out the whole thing. It defintly kept me intrested. Hope you guys like it :)
Date published: 2009-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read Before I start...I want to add that I HATE when people write "spoilers" in their review!!! At least warn us!!! Anyway, this book was "spoiled" for me because I bought it thinking interesting cover discription, and when I came here to read a review to see what people thought about it - you guessed it - someone came right out and told the "punch line". That being said, I found the story interesting - but certainly written for a pre-teen audience. The main character is too childish for me as an adult. (But I probably would have like her twenty-five years ago??) Anyway, who knows, I might have liked it way better if it had not been spoiled?
Date published: 2009-09-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I actually thought this was about vampires! Not that I wanted to read another version of twilight, i picked up this thinking thats exactly what its about. Never would of guessed faeries in a million years but I love how its about that instead of vampires. As people may compare it to twilight it is so different, it had alot of comedic moments but personally it reminded me sort of a shorter version of the mortal instrument series with alittle mix of twilight. All and all good book, different which I like :)
Date published: 2009-09-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good I liked this book, it read really quickly. I had a few problems with it mostly due to the fact it reminded me a lot of Twilight - new girl in town and other elements I won't mention due to spoiler quality. Also, according to the teaser I had expected something different of the "love interest." All in all, a good book and I'll probably pick up the next in the series.
Date published: 2009-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Good! I loved this book!!! It took all of the popular themes right now and twisted them into one unique idea. I can't wait for the next one!
Date published: 2009-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME I absolutely loved this. I can not wait for captivate to come out.
Date published: 2009-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't stop thinking about it I found this book really interesting. When I first started reading this, I found it really creepy in a good way, if you know what I mean. After witnessing the death of her stepfather, Zara is sent to Maine to live with her grandmother. When she get's settled in she can't help but notice that there is a guy stalking her, and it's up to her to figure out what it is he wants. In the town of Maine, not everyone is who they seem to be. I thought the characters were great, and the storyline was very creative. I would definatly recommend this to everyone. :D
Date published: 2009-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant...... Definitely a Must Read! I bought this book awhile ago, on sale, and never got around to reading it. A few days ago another chapters member created a post/review about how it was a copy of Twilight, I had to find out for myself. IMO it definitely WAS NOT a copy of Twilight. It had similarities but what book of the same genre doesn't? I really enjoyed this book, it was funny and mostly original. I don't want to give any spoilers so I will just say a few things........ Zara moves in with her almost-grandmother after her step father dies. Weird things start happening and all the while she can't help but falling for a forbidden boy. Its a classic love/suspense story and it is extremely well written. The characters are wonderfully developed and the plot is amazing. It was very suspenseful and if I could have I would have read the whole thing in one sitting, I did read it all in one day though. :) I definitely recommend the novel and I must say, again, it is not a copy of Twilight or any other paranormal romance novel. I've read that there may be a sequel and if there is I would definitely purchase and read it. Its a great book! :)
Date published: 2009-04-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Wait a minute haven't I read this before? Attention all fans of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga. I think it should be brought to your attention as well as Stephenie Meyer's that this book seems plagiarized. Sure the names have changed and the creatures are different but there are too many similarities to consider it an original piece of work. ****SPOILER ALERT***** Here are the similarities: (T = happened or from Twilight & N = happened or from Need) 1. Main character "Zara" moves from Charleston to Main (N) & Bella moves from Arizona to Forks (T) - both leave hotter climates to live somewhere cold. 2. Main and Forks are both small towns & both are very lush with forrests. 3. Zara's moves in with her grandmother (N) & Bella with her father(T) 4. Zara's grandmother buys her a car (N) & Bella's dad buys her a used truck (T) 5. Zara falls for a mysterious gorgeous guy from her school (N - turns out he's a were or shape shifter) (T) Jacob is a werewolf/shape shifter) 6. Both Jacob (T) & Nick (N) have higher temperatures than the average human. 7. Pixies vs. were people (Nick's not the only one) & (T) Vampires vs. werewolves shape shifters. There are still so many more similarities to mention. I don't normally get angry with inadimant objects but the number of times I yelled "Oh Come On!!!" through out this book was ridiculous. I wouldn't be surprised if it became a series like Twilight. If you decide you must read this book, don't waste your money. Find it at the library.
Date published: 2009-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE the Evil Fae I liked wicked lovely but the fairies were not evil enough for me....But Need had the best evil Fairies...mean and blood letting
Date published: 2009-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great First Book After Zara"s stepfather dies , she is sent to Maine to live with her Grandmother. Here she meets new friends with special talents and a man who leaves gold dust behind. Zara soon learns things about herself that she never knew and all the things that shouldn't exist ,all live in Maine. This was a good read and i will definately read the next one.
Date published: 2009-04-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just Okay After Zara's stepfather died, she's been collecting phobias. These phobias range from Sitophobia (fear of eating) to Autophobia (fear of oneself.) Her mother, after deciding that Zara needs a change of scene, ships her down to cold Maine to live with her step-grandmother (who's totally my favorite character, btw). Thing's start to change in Maine...for the better. She makes new friends and even meets a new guy (and, cliche time, who isn't what he seems.) But then Zara notices that a strange and sinister man has been following her around. And he isn't anything of this world...he's a pixie..*duhduhduh* Okay. So before I delve into my opinions about this book, let me say that Book Chic had the right answer in response to THIS post. Need was a simply a let-down. Maybe it was because Need was so built up. Everyone everywhere was saying to READ IT and they LOVED IT and that I would totally LOVE IT too. And so, I was super excited when I finally had a copy to read. And then...Need didn't rise to the occasion. It wasn't like Need was bad. It just wasn't great, or awesome or any of those other words that all those Need-lovers used. Firstly, the plot was kind of reminiscent of Twilight. S, Zara has way more gumption than Bella but details like a somewhat forbidden romance (Nick and Zara) and certain creatures of the supernatural (ie. werewolves) just was a bit too much for me. I don't know. Maybe I'm the only one that feels this way but...it was just the teensiest bit too similar for me. Also, I just didn't seem to "click" with Zara, if I can put it like that. While I could admire her courage, I didn't really relate with her. That's not to say that Carrie Jones didn't flesh her out enough. She did, but I also wish there had been more to Zara. But perhaps there will be, in the sequels? (are there going to be any?) perhaps... Zara's new friends were pretty general secondary characters. They really weren't anything special though Is and Devyn added a bit of flavor to Need. But then again, I wish there had been more said about them and I'd loved to have learnt more about Devyn (love his name btw). What is there to say about Nick? I could totally see that plot twist about him coming. Especially that part where *SPOILER* the "dog" Zara rescued turned out to be.. Nick. HAHA. It *was* one of my favorite parts of Need, though! What can I say? It amused me. Other than that, Nick's almost too much for me. ALMOST. He's like another EDWARD! You know, tortured soul who can't be with the girl because he's a VAMP-I mean, werewolf. Still, he was a likeable character and, unlike Edward, he didn't cause me to gag because of the corniness. Really, I don't have much more to say, other than, Need is okay. It's not bad and it's not fabulous. It's not good enough to pay the hardcover fee, but when it's out in paperback, it wouldn't make a bad purchase. Of course, if it sounds really appealing to you, maybe the 14.99 or so, would be worth it. After all, I could just be weirrrd, considering how many people DID love Need.
Date published: 2009-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from this was a great book this book was amazing. it took me a bit to get into it but once i did i devoured it in about 4 hours.
Date published: 2009-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Need Kay, so lets start of by saying this book is amazing. I loved it because there was so many twists. It was so myteriouse and the author kept dropping hints to keep you interested. The book was funny and I loved Zara's sarcasm! I found there was actually like... THREE climaxes! Awesome! :D So, in conclusion... just buy the book.
Date published: 2009-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You "Need" This Book OK, so the title of my review is a bit cheesy but the book is most certainly not! I loved the novel!!! I was attracted to its cover and instantly pulled in, right from the beginning!!! Devastated and depressed after the death of her stepfather, Zara White is sent by her mother to live in Maine with her grandmother, Betty. However, shortly after she arrives, her newfound friends from school tell her that the man that has been following her (and leaving trails of gold dust and then disappearing) may actually be a pixie king and that only "were" creatures can stop him. Now Zara has to figure out why this pixie king wants her so badly and why some of the local boys are disappearing...... When I say "were" creatures, think werewolves, weretigers, and were-eagles (yes, the last two were newish concepts for me too). Another thing I liked was Zara's obsession with phobias. Every chapter is named after a phobia and throughout the novel, she also lists many. It's her way of facing her fears. If she can name the fear, it helps her to overcome it. It's really quite cool because I never realized that there were phobias for almost everything. I must also say that I love Betty! When she's not acting like a grandmother, she acts and talks like a young person! It was funny..... I would elaborate more on other characters, but I wouldn't want to give the novel away, now would I? Romance, supernatural, facing fears, and surprises along the way- you'll definitely enjoy the novel!!
Date published: 2009-01-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A great disappointment. I did not enjoy this book at all. I found it extremely hard to understand the main character Zara, mostly because the author never really gives you a chance to get to know her. The author describes EVERYTHING she does, how she does it, but never why. It plays like a screenplay, 'only giving you the steps the characters are suppose to make or what they are suppose to say' but never gets into detail about what makes the character "tick". I also found this book extremely poorly written. It reads almost as though an eighth grader wrote it. I usually love novels with this plot and surreal story line but I found it next to impossible to enjoy. I never quit half way through a read, because you never know; it could get better... but I have to say, this book just never did for me. It takes a lot to make me give a book a bad score, but this one gets 1/5 stars, mostly because I like the cover art. Sorry Carrie Jones, just didn't do it for me.
Date published: 2009-01-14

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Need

Need

by Carrie Jones

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.3 × 5.55 × 0.9 in

Published: December 22, 2009

Publisher: Bloomsbury Press Agency

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1599904535

ISBN - 13: 9781599904535

From the Publisher

Zara collects phobias the way other girls collect Facebook friends. 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.

With suspense, romance, and paranormal themes, this exciting breakout novel has readers rapidly turning the pages.

About the Author

Carrie Jones occasionally wears mismatched socks, always loves Great Pyrenees dogs, and never drinks coffee. She also loves Skinny Cow fudgsicles and potatoes, and is the award-winning author of Girl, Hero; Love (and Other Uses for Duct Tape); Tips on Having a Gay (Ex)-Boyfriend; and Need. Carrie grew up in Bedford, NH where she once had a séance with uber-comedian Sarah Silverman. She now lives in Ellsworth, Maine.

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17