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I NEED good to trample evil

While I am not in total control of what happens TO me, I can control how I respond. So… today I am reading and re-reading monster books. Vampires, werewolves, witches, pixies, you name it. Good is going to triumph and evil is going to get what it deserves. 

One of those titles was an Advanced Reading copy of NEED by Carrie Jones. (Look at the cool countdown widget I found created by Devyn Burton) I would have reviewed it sooner, but teachers kept grabbing it from me to read. Since these were mainly English teachers, they returned the copy to me marked with any errors, notes on paragraph mistakes in the wrong section, etc. When I asked them to overlook that, they raved about the content and told me they couldn’t put Need down, but had to read it in one setting. 

I was surprised that Need was chosen for the title. I might have veered towards some type of phobia since they appear throughout. Zara uses her knowledge and recitation of phobias to hide from dealing with the emotional grief she faces. To match my current state, there was some monster butt-kicking, but most of that action was left to our imagination. The romance is suspenceful and sweet and there is some attention paid to Amnesty International and saving the world.

Need includes teenagers researching first in the computer lab, second at the public library, then third through notes and letters (primary sources) left from important family members. Zara, Nick, Issie and Devyn learn a little about the Shining Ones – pixie, fairy, were, elf and one other that they can’t remember. Since only two appear in Need to wreck havock on a small town in Maine, I assume there will be more books by Carrie Jones. 

Need was a quick read for me between refills of my coffee. Some of the story was predictable. I’m not bothered by books that involve adults and multi-generations coming together to try to solve problems. In the end, the teenager Zara does come up with the pretty obvious solution to containing the monsters. Still, it was a fun read, and I can’t wait for more from Carrie Jones. I like the way supporting characters were developed in Issie and Devyn’s happy romance, but the villians just appeared, were vanquished, then forgotten. Need has the subplots of grief and fear of facing who we are that will help add to our "coming of age" bibliographies. 

I’m definitely adding Need to my shelves due to the romance, suspense, and monster element. This goes on the list for those who loved Twilight and "Need" more. I have decided that Carrie Jones NEEDS to continue to write about these characters and add more since I already miss them after finishing Need. I have to go in to school tomorrow (during my fall break) to hand this to a teacher who needs to read it over the break.

Want to learn more?

Karin’s Book Nook has a review that actually tells you what the book is about (unlike my post) 

I learned that the rights have been picked up to turn Need into an audio book. I’d suggest every runner/jogger needs this to listen to while they do cross-country, run at night, or run through the woods (remember how diabolical I am!)

The Next Dead Thing article on Publisher’s Weekly has my favorite quote by Melanie Cecka: “People think of pixies as cute and sparkly,” Cecka said, “but not so in Jones’s book. She’s made them vicious, soul-sucking and diabolical—she throws the pixie concept on its ear.

Did you know that Need is on the Winter Kids’ Indie Next List? Click on Teen Readers to see what else is there. Why haven’t I read all of those titles? Come on publishers! You are letting me down!

Author Carrie Jones’ livejournal