I randomly picked up this book at the library I had seen it at Borders at least a dozen times, and I needed a book, so I decided to check it out.Okay, let start off with the basic plot.Zara, a once popular and happy girl living in Charleston, watches her father die of a heart attack on their kitchen floor Feeling depressed and dead inside, her mother forcibly sends her to Maine to live with her grandmother because somehow solitary confinement will help her cope There, she makes a whole bunch of new friends and enemies as soon as she steps in the door literally , and she acquires a powerful stalker She is surprised to find out that pixies and weres exist, and her stalker is actually the King Pixie She is also shocked to find how her family has ties to the age old battle between the pixies and the weres She has to fight along side her new best friends to help save the world, and save herself from becoming the Queen Pixie.Now that that s over, let s talk about my opinion.All right One word to describe this book stupid You could actually use pointless too This book felt like a complete waste of time, and it took every inch of my willpower to finish it up Halfway through the book, I was about to throw it against the wall or something Talk about unoriginal and forced Whew This book was obviously written for the Twilight crew, for the two books greatly resembled each other and that is definitely not a good thing Anyways, let s break it down into elements Negative Elements The Plot I ve seen this plot time and time again Girl with tragic past moves to new town Girl makes a boatload of new friends and is torn between two unrealistically hot guys Girl gets into trouble through her own stupidity that is somehow portrayed as courage Helpless girl gets beat up a little but not so much as to distort her pretty features and is saved by her love With the help of her awesome friends, the bad guy is defeated Girl ends up with hunkiest guy That was the plot, no joke It was so predictable so boring The ending, however, is what really made me uncomfortable Way to make the bad guy look like a wimp and set up a boring ending, Ms Jones.The Characters I thought the characters, especially the main one, were extremely annoying and unoriginal Zara is a perfect embodiment of Mary Sue She was too perfect, and idealized by the other characters Nothing is wrong with being liked by others, but it is a problem when you re loved by all and don t have a personality Her lack of flaws, stupidity and neediness alone was enough to drive me insane Continuing the trend of current YA novels, she was way too dependent on Nick She couldn t live without him, couldn t stop thinking about him, etc The other characters were also perfect in pretty much every way they only had a few, obviously placed flaws The antagonists were wimps who were too stupid for their own good.The Romance Gosh, talk about corny The romance between Nick and Zara was completely fake Nick, of course, was REPEATEDLY as in throughout the entire freakin book described by Zara as having bulging muscles, smooth skin, dreamy eyes, a washboard stomach, a Mediterranean tan, ultra soft lips, luscious hair, manly scruff, blah, blah, and blah Their so called chemistry was based solely on looks, not what really counts All Zara talked about was how cute Nick was groan As for Nick, he was a flawless hunk whose only goal in life was to protect Zara Ha ha, sound familiar The Believability Okay, I know it s a story about Pixies and Weres, but come on The author could have made it at least a little bit believable Everyone was so calm about finding out the pixies and weres actually existed If I moved to a new town and some people I barely knew told me these types of things existed, I would contact a mental institute Zara was just like, Pixies Like, no way Like, they actually exist I totally believe you Everyone was so matter of fact It was annoying Obviously this was done to bypass the time needed to create an exceptional novel This book, if you can ever call it that, was a money maker and nothing else The author did not write to selflessly put her imaginary world on paper, she wrote to exploit this generation s young adults and cash in a huge profit.The Dialogue Forced and lacked meaning The entire dialogue was full of bad sarcasm, stupid comments questions and cheap romance Need I explain Positive Elements The Phobias The ONLY thing I enjoyed about this book was Zara s hobby chanting all the phobias Every chapter was titled a phobia, and Zara was constantly describing them I enjoyed reading them and finding out what they meant I especially loved the long ones that I couldn t pronounce.All in all,I found this book to be a waste of time, and I don t recommend it to anyone Feel free to disagree with me, but this is one of the worst books I ve ever read I hated how the not so evil villains acted and how all the females were portrayed as useless damsels It was uncomfortable and uninteresting Read it if you dare. Pain Shoots Through My Head Fireworks Explosions All Inside My Brain The White World Goes Dark And I Know What S About To HappenZara 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 Sanebut Zara S Pretty Sure Her Mom Just Can T Deal With Her Right NowShe Couldn T Be 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 ZaraIn This Creepy, Compelling Breakout Novel, Carrie Jones Delivers Romance, Suspense, And A Creature You Never Thought You D Have To Fear I d give this book 2.5 stars if I could The beginning starts off a little strange We re not given much description and we pretty much live inside Zara s head There s a lot of dialogue and inner monologue, and while it s quick to read, it s just not as engaging as it could have been Plus, Zara s obsessions with phobias is a little odd and it s never really explained why or how she remembers them all.At first I was thinking that this was going to turn out to be a typical teen book with all the cliches, but there were enough surprises along the way that I could look past the shortcomings of the novel The characters are developed well enough, even though most are pretty much standard fare for any teen novel the mean blond pretty popular girl, the hot mysterious guy that falls for the awkward girl, awkward girl s slightly awkward friend with bonus handicapped boyfriend I was a little disappointed that the author stuck to these less than creative roles, but it didn t kill my interest in the story.Zara s step dad dies and her Mom sends her to Maine to live with her Grandmother, Betty Zara is used to North Carolina weather so she constantly complains about the snow, ice, and cold temperatures Since I live in Michigan I can sympathize, but Zara whines about it excessively.Zara is being stalked by a man and her friends set out to find out who or what he is With one day of research they come upon the idea that he s the Pixie King I m not sure how they come up with this, I don t know if you can do a Google search for stalker, man, following, pointing, fast and come up with Pixie King as a result, but they did it somehow Zara doesn t even mention the gold dust that she sees, which would have been a valuable search keyword, so I m not sure how they arrive at this conclusion.Once Zara figures out what s going on in the town and about who s following her, the story really picks up In fact, it picks up so fast that it s over before you know it The fight between Zara and the Pixie King is anti climatic and pretty much the first plan she comes up with works on the first try Zara accepts the fact that pixies are real and comes up with the plan to defeat them so quickly that it s kind of absurd Plus, the way she defeats them is so hypocritical since she s constantly spouting off about Amnesty International and how people that are falsely imprisoned need the help of letter writing teens, which was also another weird obsession that Zara had.I know there s a second book coming out but I can t stand it when an author plans for that I m going to read it but I hope I enjoy it than I did Need I like the characters and the world, but I think the pixies got a raw deal in the end, and I hope we get to learn about them My reviews of Captivate Need, 2 and Entice Need, 3. Zara White is sent to live with her grandmother in Maine after her father dies and she falls into a deep depression Living with her grandmother and being thrown into the middle of a mystery disappearing teenage boys, and a stalker not to mention the attentions of several cute boys seems to perk her up a bit Throw in some elements of the supernatural and you have, yet another, Twilight wanabee With werewolves and pixies fae and blood drinking, this may appeal to fans of Stephenie Meyer s books and or those who like Melissa Marr This book has an intriguing cover gold dusted lips set in a pale face with the branches of a winter dead forest creeping up the figure s neck The story just wasn t very good, though The whole thing feels sloppy and thrown together, like Carrie Jones scooped up the elements that make a Supernatural Teen Story and blended them up any which way ok, if I m honest, it reads exactly like the crack baby lovechild of Twilight and Wicked Lovely Zara and the other characters are superficial, and their conversations are almost painful to read They can t seem to figure out or remember who they are either, from one page to the next The pixies aren t all that well developed Zara s biological father is their king, and we don t get to know them at all except for their baser instincts, which are leading them to prey on humans And everyone is remarkably matter of fact about the presence of werewolves, were eagles, and weretigers There s just not enough depth to any part of this story to make it good everything is glossed over except for these meaningless dialogues between Zara and her friends that seem to make up the bulk of the novel This did not in any way rock my socks Alas. I m a fantasy junkie, so of course I absolutely devoured Need, in one setting I could not put it down When I first read the synopsis for the book, I was instantly intrigued It sounded like something right down my alley and it ended up being much than I anticipated I had a few things pegged before they happened Slight Spoiler Alert I mean how could you not with these context clues wolfs down one of those lunch room cheeseburgers could huff and puff and blow my house in Then there was another about hair falling over eyes like a dog hmmm, not to mention all the talk about werewolves End of Spoiler Alert But it didn t bother me that I had it figured out Because there was a great deal that surprised me That sly Carrie Jones, she had me so fixated figuring out what I already new, I didn t see what was coming The character s were wonderfully developed and three dimensional The plot was intense It definitely kept me turning the pages Driven by my own need, I just had to know There were a few minor details that bothered me Which I ll refrain from divulging because unfortunately that would be a huge spoiler Sorry It was story telling at it s finest Well, if you like elements of fantasy, suspense, romance, and mystery in your novels as I do I really enjoyed Jones s writing and will definitely continue to pick up her novels One would need a tremendous amount of willing suspension of disbelief to believe the events in this book I mean, I GET that it s fiction, and paranormal fiction at that, but oh man, the heroine is so TSTL it s unbelievable Things are just too easily believed in the book to be credible Her friends tell her pixies exist, and Zara is like No They can t possiblyOh ok, so maybe they do, in the span of like 2 seconds Please. Since the recent death of her beloved stepfather, Zara has been accumulating phobias like some people collect stamps She s pretty much afraid of everything Zara s mother, worried for her, sends Zara to live with her grandmother, believing that Zara will be safer in that cold and isolated state of Maine Zara is upset, she hats the cold and misses her home in Charleston And then, there s also that mysterious guy that Zara keeps seeing everywhere, the one that leaves nothing but glittery gold dust behind It turns out that he s real and a threat He s a pixie, and not one of those cute little things that flit around flowery gardens, but one who s controlled by his horrible needs needs that are causing boys to disappear, needs that are haunting Zara s new home once again, needs that are causing Zara s phobias to pile up at an unprecedented rate And Zara is about to find out just where she fits into this dangerous pixie tale.I know they say not to judge a book by its cover, but with one look at this one, I knew I was hooked, even before I read the summary Zara is such an interesting character there is something so sweet about how she wants to save the world, yet at the same time, her self sacrificing tendencies make her vulnerable I thought Zara s character was extremely well developed and realistic as well She constantly struggled between what was imaginary versus what was actually real I was also impressed that the other characters weren t just flat and uniform Nick and Zara s Gram were characterized especially well But, although the characters were pretty extraordinary, the plot was even better Need has all the essential elements such as mystery, fantasy, danger, and romance to keep the story suspenseful The only thing I didn t really like was that the plot slowed before I felt the climax was reached Need was an incredible book with the perfect combination of plot and characters that keep me needing to turn those pages until the very end.I initially thought it a little ambitious for the book to say it appeals to fans of Stephenie Meyer and Melissa Marr, because they are truly phenomenal writers, but now that I ve read Need, I have to agree Fans of the paranormal, from Meyer s Twilight and Marr s Wicked Lovely to Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith and The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong, we well as most reluctant readers, won t be able to set Need down.reposted from Dis book.Alright, so working in a bookstore sometimes you come across some pretty ridiculous looking books Beach Vampire anyone But as a child of the early 90 s my threshold for cheese can be pretty high I love The Lost Boys and all the Living Dead movies and sometimes if the moon is high in the sky, and the stars align, I can find a teen horror paranormal book that I can enjoy in an equally cheesy fashion Picking up and sifting through all of these books day after day I could only wonder if one of these books might not be the next milk based jackpot One day I mentioned this to a coworker and was surprised to find that she too felt the same way So putting our heads together we devised an ingenious plan to be able to read our way through these and still keep our dignity intact The Bad Teen Book Book Club Perfect We would both take turns picking the worst of the worst and would read them together, secretly enjoying some, spurning others, and if any of our coworkers asked we could always respond with a roll of the eyes and say Oh yeah, we re trying to outdo each other on the bad book scale I didn t really want to read this one but you see she insisted And so with the plan in place we marched foreword and in the process found some comedic gold, some unexpected favorites, but mostly just bland, boring teen lit.And then one day we picked up this.It was amusing for awhile to talk about this one at work and watch other s reactions.Me So I got to the part where the villain is leaving sparkles everywhere.Fellow Conspirator I nearly laughed my ass off How on earth Me If I saw some dim wit pointing at me and then leaves sprinkles on the ground I d think it was an escaped mental patient with a penchant for glitter, not a pixy king out to woo me.FC That pretty much sums it up right there doesn t it But soon even the novelty of that wore off as the looks on others faces suddenly went from baffled horror to straight up disgust I found myself suddenly reluctant to be seen in public holding the thing I had the vague, unpleasant sensation of being seen with slightly seedy porn I took to covering the thing up with a stack of old Subway napkins when I left it in my car between lunch breaks, terrified someone might see it and know that I was in possession of fairy, incest wish fulfillment.This book can best be summed up by World Stupidest Teenagers meet World s Stupidest Villain.Zara is being haunted by a dark and brooding figure who follows her across state lines to her new home This dark and evil creature stares at her across great distances and points at her before vanishing No really, that s it He also leaves massive amounts of glitter in his wake but how that s supposed to be frightening is beyond me Zara instantly makes new friends at school and, upon hearing her plight of woe about some stranger s pointer finger, INSTANTLY jump on the idea that he must be a malevolent supernatural force A quick trip to their handy dandy neighborhood library that just HAPPENS to have ancient tombs on fairy lore handy reveals that Zara is being haunted by a Pixy King, which almost makes me feel sorry for the girl since she isn t even being haunted by a real fairy It s like she got downgraded before the story even began Also in the book are the ever memorable lines of, I shit you not, it s pretty rare for a pixy king to be interested in someone so you should be flattered, it also means you re probably not 100% human.Weeee lookee me I m Carrie Jones Writing a book is easy Got any other fantastically easy ways to get the plot along with minimal effort that will solve all your writing problems that you can push out you lazy excuse for an author Anyway, I made it to the point where Zara starts arguing with her car after naming it Yoko and gave up The situations were sloppily drawn, the characters little than tools to keep the bland plot moving, and the incest implications than unfortunate I also found all the political stuff vaguely insulting since it s handled in such a sitcom, 7th heaven type way that it seems to cheapen rather than raise awareness to the various causes the author seems to be trying to promote.My friend stuck it out, as per rules of our agreement that whomever picked the book must finish it What she told me of the plot after that did to horrify rather than inspire.BONUS TIME Also, the I look at this cover the one has to wonder If glitter is the calling card of the bad guy, and he only leaves it on the ground whenever he makes an appearance, how on earth did it get all over her lips like that Is she sucking it up off of the ground IDK, I give up. I have a few good things to say about Need If you are an aspiring psychologist or psychiatrist thinking of specializing in phobias, well this is the book for you Need is a great vocabulary builder Instead of numbered chapters, each chapter is named after a phobia with its definition below So you get to learn great and useful words like Phobophobia a fear of phobiasAutophobia a fear of yourselfCacaphobia a fear of uglinessToo bad there isn t a word for fear of dull reads dullreadophobia.Need was an unsatisfying read Many times I had a sense of d j vu I ve read this story before, somewhere I don t think it is fair to compare to other books, but as I was reading this, I had this same old, same old thought in my head.Zara, grieving after the sudden death of her father is sent to live with her grandmother Betty in rural Maine Zara gets the use of the sensible Subaru, goes to the local high school, makes a few friends, and has two boys vying for her attention Oh yes, there is a stalker and a warning to stay indoors at night Zara is a smart, articulate young woman Yet, she has absolutely no sense of self preservation Everyone warns her to stay in, she goes out jogging at night on rural roads Who does this Rural roads are not for night jogging Pixies.Here s where I had a problem with this book I just can t imagine a pixie as a threat I just can t picture them as human sized and dangerous Pixies need blood Pixies leave sparkly gold dust on the snow They just don t have the same cachet as vampires and werewolves do There was a little excitement in the book, but I felt that it came too little, too late The resolution was just too easy I understand that there is a sequel to this book I think I ll pass. 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Carrie Jones likes Skinny Cow fudgsicles and potatoes She does not know how to spell fudgsicles This has not prevented her from writing books She lives with her cute family in Maine, but she grew up in Bedford, NH where she once had a s ance with cool uber comedian Sarah Silverman.The Meyers brothers are from Bedford, too, so you d think it would make Carrie funnier, coming from Bedford N.H Ob
- 306 pages
- Carrie Jones
- 21 January 2017 Carrie Jones