Review: Need by Carrie Jones

NeedThis is one of those books I really don’t know that I want to post a review for.  I hate doing negative reviews and luckily most of the time there’s more positive then negative so I don’t have this issue very often.
This was a book that bugged me.  I kept finding things that just didn’t ‘go’.  First of all here’s the description of the book from Goodreads:

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.

She couldn’t be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara’s overactive imagination. In fact, he’s still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There’s something not right – not human – in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.

In this creepy, compelling breakout novel, Carrie Jones delivers romance, suspense, and a creature you never thought you”d have to fear.

My Thoughts: 
Okay, so I’ll try not to give too many spoilers away if you haven’t read it but some of the things I have to say may be somewhat spoilery.  
This book has pixie’s in it.  And they are very similar to vampires.  I mean it felt like they should be vampires, NOT pixies!  Was she trying to be unique?  I have no idea.  There are were’s also and they didn’t bother me so much.  They are the ones who are suppose to protect the people from the pixie’s.  Sound familiar?  Yeah.  
And then Zara.  I just never connected with her.  Her personality seemed all over the place.  And she made some ridiculously stupid choices (yeah, I know, another recurring theme).  
The other characters weren’t so bad I suppose but I can’t say I really connected with any of them either.  I just felt detached from this book, the characters, the story line… yeah, it just wasn’t doing it for me.  It felt ridiculously cheesy. 
The descriptions weren’t doing it for me either.  I just wasn’t ‘seeing’ things.  I can’t picture the pixie’s because the descriptions were incredibly vague.  
I have read some over the top unbelievably good books lately so maybe that’s it?  Hard to say, but I’m thinking probably not. 
Even though I was irritated so much of the time I didn’t hate the book either.  It wasn’t like I wanted to throw the book across the room.  Well, not much anyway.  I liked the setting.  Maine in the winter.  A small town with lots of secrets.  The cute boy that really was cute.  But overall I have to give this book 2 moons.  I know a lot of people liked this book so don’t take my word for it, but this is just my opinion.  Will I read the next one?  I still haven’t decided.  I’m a little curious about what happens so I may.  We’ll see…

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  1. The book description sounds a little strange too.
    Thanks for the review – I’ve been doing a few lately that have gone against popular opinion also – but reviews are meant to be a guide, not the final word….everyone has their own opinion about what they love.
    Nice job!

  2. Interesting. I’ve been reading a lot of positive reviews, so it’s nice to hear of the not-so-good aspects of the book. Thanks!

  3. Hey Candace, I loved reading your thoughts! This book seems a little weird to me because of the whole “pixie” thing – I guess I’ve read too many Harry Potters because I always picture pixies as tiny little winged things, like sprites. If her species is supposed to be human-sized, why didn’t she just go ahead and make them faeries, or vampires even?
    Anyway, I enjoyed reading your review!

  4. Amelia, that’s what I thought! I just really didn’t get that. I would have gotten them being faeries better. But vampires would’ve fit best.

  5. You know I think it is so important also to write reviews of books you didn’t like. You cannot like every book and it’s your blog and your opinion!

    But, I had the same problem I read a book I really didn’t like at all, but all the peeps around my in the blogger world and goodreads seems to love it. I will post my review anyway:)

    I truly appreciate your honest review!

    To the book: I haven’t read it since I heard so many mixed reviews about it. Some are in love with it, some not so much. I think I will put it at the end of my list and first read the other 100 books sitting there waiting to be read!

  6. I have to agree with you that the faeries should have been vampires instead … I was also HUH? when I read it, lol … bbbut if you think this is bad, the next book is extremely odd … and makes even less sense … so, be prepared …

  7. It’s been awhile since I read this one, but I remember having a lackluster response to it too. I wanted to like it & did enjoy the setting & the fear chapter titles, but it felt like a recycled plot that had been put to more dramatic/interesting use in other books. I’ve heard good things about Captivate though, so I will probably still give that a try someday when my TBR pile is less daunting.

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