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Need | [Carrie Jones]

Need

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2008 Carrie Jones; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"An exciting venture filled with nasty evil creatures, nail-biting action and heart-pounding romance." (teenreads.com)
"It's not hard to see Twilight in the DNA of this novel....Genre fans will enjoy the sizzle between Nick and Zara as well as the paranormal cast." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Parajunkee Jefferson, LA, United States 05-16-11
    Parajunkee Jefferson, LA, United States 05-16-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Taken by surprise...in a good way."

    This is what I have to label as one of the sweetest young adult paranormal romance novels that I’ve ever read. (Well listened to). I wouldn’t say that it was the greatest PNR to ever be written, or even one of the best, but...I’m completely smitten with Zara and Nick and am dying for more. Through the whole novel I just wanted to sigh in contentment as Carrie Jones described normal feelings and events so well that I could almost taste them on my tongue. Between Carrie Jone’s words and the perfect narration by Julia Whelan I was in Young Adult bliss. The sweetness that was the blooming relationship between Zara and Nick and the intensity that was Zara’s passions for her beliefs and hurt over losing her father made the novel brilliant. I had certain expectations going into NEED and I can admit I was taken completely by surprise.

    The book was narrated by Julia Whelan, who is absolutely amazing. I love narration that just breaths the main character and Whelan conveyed Zara perfectly and then switched into the other characters with ease. Her pronunciation was also seamless. She has narrated a lot of books, including ELIXIR which I also reviewed. (Didn't like that book though - but the writing not the narration). I'm almost templted to download The Magnolia League just so I can hear her again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen & Michael Rogers Madison, AL United States 08-16-12
    Kathleen & Michael Rogers Madison, AL United States 08-16-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Stupid Teen more warewolf/vampire crap"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This was not my demographic. It was hard to empathise with a self-absorbed junior in highschool who seems to know what is going on, but seeks destruction at every turn.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Carrie Jones again?

    Hell no. This is crap.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Julia Whelan’s performances?

    Yes, great voice and characters.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None. It is frustrating that the author drives the plot by having the heroine do the wrong thing, the stupid and dangerous thing at every turn.


    Any additional comments?

    Teeny bopper vampire crap.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    GG PLEASANT HILL, IA, United States 03-20-13
    GG PLEASANT HILL, IA, United States 03-20-13 Member Since 2012

    Gale

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    "Loved this series!"
    What did you love best about Need?

    The romance. If you liked Twilight you'll love this series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    You got so into the book you couldn't wait for the next and I was sad when I finished the whole series.


    What does Julia Whelan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She had a way to make you feel as if you were in the Fae world yourself.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Totally!!!


    Any additional comments?

    You don't want the series to ever end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nikki SAINT PAUL, MN, United States 08-24-12
    Nikki SAINT PAUL, MN, United States 08-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "OK"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It was an easy, predictable read. I don't know that other friends of mine would enjoy this, but it was okay.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    meh


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different narrator - this narrator was flat and I found it difficult to connect with the way she presented the characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 08-19-12
    Susan Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 08-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very juvenile and slow."

    I should have read the other reader reviews prior to purchasing this book rather than relying only on Audible's summary - which was a bit misleading. The book is very juvenile, perhaps best for preteens; even then the story unfolds at an incredibly slow pace. Because I had already purchased the book I tried several times to listen, however, I was unable to get very far and eventually gave up altogether.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MG NJ, United States 08-17-12
    MG NJ, United States 08-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Went downhill"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who is very into books similar to Twilight.


    What was most disappointing about Carrie Jones’s story?

    It was an inferior version of Twilight Series. After Chaper12, I could take no more!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Haleiwa, HI, United States 05-20-12
    Amazon Customer Haleiwa, HI, United States 05-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Story has potential/Narrator good"

    I thought the story had potential and I really liked the narrator in other books so I listened to the entire book even though I may not have otherwise. I had already purchased the series based on other reviews I read so I was committed to listening to the entire series.

    I have started the 2nd book and do have to say that it has improved.

    I loved the narrator in other books which is one of the main reasons I chose this one. I don't think this was her best work but it wasn't bad. The southern accent for Kate would come and go which was a little weird.

    I guess I can summarize by saying "More". The characters and relationships would have benefited greatly with more building. The book seemed a bit superficial. I really didn't have a problem with any of the characters but also didn't fall in love with any of them. The main character Kate came across as immature but then again she is 16. I am just used to other young adult books where the main character is mature for her age.

    I don't feel like I wasted my time listening to it. It's fine for a light read. I am hoping it will improve which each book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Freya Meyers Geneva, Switzerland 04-12-11
    Freya Meyers Geneva, Switzerland 04-12-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Uncertain..."

    It's hard for me to accurately review Need.

    I forced myself to listen to the entire audiobook because I found the storyline interesting and wanted to know what was going on.

    The narrator, Julia Whelan, made the audiobook a trial to listen to. I found her narration extremely annoying. It seems as though she doesn't realise that a full stop indicates the need for a PAUSE when reading something aloud. The way she would meld two sentences together made the flow of the novel seem very jilted, and awkward. Her narration made Zara sound more like a whining, affected brat than a heroine with back bone.

    I have ordered Need in book form from my local library to give it another go, and see it's better without the influence of Julia Whelan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Mesquite, NV, United States 10-21-10
    Lisa Mesquite, NV, United States 10-21-10
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    "Great book and Great Narrator"

    The book is one of the better fairy books I have read. I'm not a young adult, but I read them before I allow my 12 year old to read them. This book was pretty good, and the narrator fit the part and did the voices well. My daughter loved the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kerry davidson, NC, USA 05-24-10
    Kerry davidson, NC, USA 05-24-10
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    "Loved this book, needed the 2nd though...."

    I enjoyed these 2 books immensely, yet feel almost "left in the cold" a bit waiting for the next one!

    While Twilight and Harry have left me searching endlessly for good series, I have tried a few and this would be one I add to the list of "get the next one asap".

    I will say that 'Need' felt a bit incomplete at the end, and reading the 2nd book ('Captivate') helped to resolve some of the storyline.....yet the 2nd leaves another entire story laying in wait! I will pounce when the 3rd book arrives!

    I like both the writing and the narration. I thought all was tastefully done and the reader was well-chosen. I thought at first that the accent (southern) was a bit overdone, a little "too much" on some of the words, but it grows on you and becomes less important as you begin to enjoy the story line AND as you move to book 2 it becomes almost un-noticeable.

    Innocent romance with no 'sex' and tastefully done by the author (kissing is about the extent of the involvement).

    If you like this one, 2 others to look into are: the Shifter's series by Rachel Vincent and the Anna Strong series by Jeanne Stein.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Marie
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    "Twilight-ish"

    The story starts very similar to Twilight, but with a more blunt love story. It feels like the book could have been longer so the author could have developed the characters more and built up some kind of anticipation for the climax of the story. As it is now it's very 'right in there' and then it's finished. Still enjoyed it though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nadia
    Fleet, United Kingdom
    2/24/10
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    "Excellent!"

    I picked up this book on a gamble and was caught instantly by the lively and discriptive style of writing. Need is both gripping and funny. Told from the point of view of the heroin, Zara, in the first person, this is the strongest narrative voice I've heard in a while. Perfectly written and perfectly narrated, Need is a must-read for lovers of the paranormal. A real gem!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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