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Need Hardcover – Bargain Price, December 23, 2008

Book 1 of 4 in the Need Series

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From Publishers Weekly

It's not hard to see Twilight in the DNA of this novel: Zara's stepfather has died, her mother isn't capable of caring for her, and she has been sent to live with her grandmother in a small remote town in Maine. When her car spins out of control (Calling Stephenie Meyer!), she's rescued by sexy Nick (who turns out to be a werewolf), and something might be cooking with her overachieving classmate Ian. Too bad she's being followed by someone dark and dangerous—a pixie king. This pixie is no harmless sprite: when not mated with a queen for an unspecified amount of time, Zara learns, the pixie kings will demand... young human men, who they kill after using them for their blood-hungry pleasures. Will Zara sacrifice herself to this vampire stand-in or let him destroy everything she loves? Jones (Love {and Other Uses for Duct Tape]) easily wins readers to Zara's side, portraying her as a funny, globally conscious teen who also collect[s} fears like other people collect stamps (obscure phobias serve as chapter titles). Genre fans will enjoy the sizzle between Nick and Zara as well as the paranormal cast. Ages 12–up. (Jan.)
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From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up—Move over Edward Cullen (Twilight)—there's a new boy in town. Carrie Jones's terrific fantasy/romance/thriller (Bloomsbury, 2008) is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Zara White flies to Maine to live with her grandmother after her stepfather dies in her arms. At the airport, she notices a mysterious man pointing at the plane and—it seems—at her. Could this be the same man she has seen around her South Carolina hometown? When he shows up in tiny Bedford, things turn really creepy. Zara begins to realize that the townspeople are hiding monumental secrets: young boys are disappearing and nobody—not the head cheerleader, the star athlete, or even Zara's grandmother—are who they claim to be. Zara joins forces with new friends Issie, Devyn, and the mysterious Nick, and romance blooms as they race to outwit Zara's stalker. Narrator Julia Whelan deftly captures Zara's youthful Southern twang and the harder-edged Northeastern accents of the other characters. This is a taut, satisfying thriller. Don't be put off by the provocative cover—the writing is gentle enough for younger teens. A sequel, Captivate, is planned for early 2010.—Tricia Melgaard, Centennial Middle School, Broken Arrow, OK
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books (December 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599903385
  • ASIN: B002VPE6YI
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (349 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,224,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Carrie Jones graduated from Vermont College's MFA program for writing. She has edited newspapers and poetry journals and has recently won awards from the Maine Press Association and also been awarded the Martin Dibner Fellowship as well as a Maine Literary Award.

Her first book, TIPS ON HAVING A GAY (EX) BOYFRIEND appeared May 2007. Her second novel tentatively titled,LOVE (AND OTHER USES FOR DUCT TAPE) came out March 2008. Another book, GIRL, HERO was released after August 2008. TIPS won the Maine Literary Award and the Independent Booksellers Award.

The New York Times and internationally best selling, NEED, an urban fantasy/romance appeared December 2008 and has been named a VOYA Best Books of 2008 and is a finalist for a bunch of other awards. It's about human sized pixies, the apocalypse, and being awesome. The follow-up books in the series include CAPTIVATE, ENTICE and ENDURE. I cowrote AFTER OBSESSION, which is creepy with Steven Wedel and I also wrote a picture book called SARAH EMMA EDMONDS, about a cross dressing Civil War spy and hero.

I have co-edited DEAR BULLY, where all this young adult authors volunteered to tell their own true stories about bullying and I am a contributor to DEAR TEEN ME, which is an awesome anthology.

That's boring though, isn't it? Here, let's try it this way.

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 seance 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. Obviously, something didn't work.

Carrie has a large, skinny white dog and a fat cat. Both like fudgicles. Only the cat likes potatoes. This may be a reason for the kitty's weight problem (Shh??? don't tell). Carrie has always liked cowboy hats but has never owned one. This is a very wrong thing. She graduated from Vermont College's MFA program for writing. She has edited newspapers and poetry journals and has recently won awards from the Maine Press Association and also been awarded the Martin Dibner Fellowship as well as a Maine Literary Award.

Still boring? Still with me? How about this....

2. Carrie can not drink coffee. It makes her insane. Do not give her caffeine.
3. Carrie is very responsive to loving strokes on the hair, kind of like a puppy. However, do not do this without asking first unless you are a ridiculously handsome man or an editor who is about to offer her a trillion dollars for the first draft of her novel.
4. Carrie is secretly really, really shy even though she's pathetically outgoing in person. She has a very hard time calling people. So, if you want to talk to her, make the first move. And, if you're her in-Maine female best friend, Jennifer, do NOT get mad at her because she is so bad at returning emails.
5. Carrie sometimes wears mismatched socks, if you do not think this is cool, do not tell her. You will hurt her feelings.
6. Carrie really, really wants you to like her books. Please like her books. PLEEEAASSSEEEE. She'll be your best friend forever. That is, if you want a friend who is shy about calling and emailing and who wears mismatched socks and can't drink caffeine and likes being pet on the head. Hhmmm???.
7. Carrie is not above begging.
8. Carrie, like Belle in TIPS drinks Postum. It's for the same reason, too.
9. Carrie loves Great Pyrenees dogs. They are huge and white, and furry and it looks like they have white eyeliner and mascara on, which is way too cute. Do you have one? Send a picture!
10. Carrie lives in Maine. She has a hard time with this in the winter. It is bleak in Maine in the winter. Imagine everything shades of gray and brown and no green anywhere except for in people's noses. This is Maine in Winter. Maine in summer is the best place in the world, so it's a trade-off. Feel free to invite Carrie to your house in the winter, but not if it's in Greenland, Canada, or anywhere north of Florida.
11. Forget that. She'd still probably come.

Customer Reviews

This book was very fast, but the plot wasn't that solid.
T. Misbach
For those of you who aren't into reading the Twilight books,try this one out, you may like better than others.
Pat A. Cecil
Its never explained why the Pixies need what they need (Zara), not fully.
R. McFeeters

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

104 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Jamie on December 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Since finishing Breaking Dawn, I have been in a reading funk. My post paranormal romance pout came from Edward/Bella withdrawl and the conviction the no one could outdo Meyer but Meyer...until Carrie Jones' Need. Need filled my "need" (sorry for the unavoidable pun) for a deliciously dark romance with edgy action and mind-blowing paranormal fantasy. In fact, Need edged out Twilight in some important ways.

Main character Zara, grieving from her father's recent death, shows much more character arc than Meyer's Bella. In this page-turner, Zara transforms from a withdrawn, morose girl to a Laura Croft-style monster-whipping machine. Instead of waiting to be rescued by her gorgeous alpha male boyfriend, Zara hunts her hunters, turning the tables on them through her own ingenuity. This was a refreshing change from Meyer's Bella who is a strong, yet passive, damsel in distress. It was a relief to see Bella finally break out in Breaking Dawn (darn- another pun) and fight back- even if it was in a defensive/shield creating capacity. In Jones' Need, we don't have to wait four books for evidence of our heroine's backbone. A more comparable character to Zara would be Holly Black's strong and sarcastic Val in Valiant.

Zara's love interest, Nick, is hot and amazingly, as might be appreciated by conservatives looking for an edgy book that doesn't go too far, a virgin! Their first kiss is hot and pure with Zara comparing the feel of Nick's lips to an angel's breath. It melted my heart and set it pounding. It is every bit as romantic as Twilight's heart-stopping Chapter 13 "Meadow Scene."

Like Twilight, the setting in Need is unusual and interesting. The weather is equally miserable, this time deep Northeast winter.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Teen Reads on February 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Zara White lives in Charleston with her mother and stepfather. She loves running, is very active in Amnesty International and trying to save the world, and is a phobia buff; she knows each and every phobia by name, and even comes up with some that should have names. And then Zara's world falls apart --- her beloved dad dies from a heart attack.

After months of deep depression, Zara's desperate mom decides to send her up to Maine to live with her grandmother, which makes Zara very angry. Maine is frigidly cold with howling winds and lots of snow --- not the ideal for a southern gal. Slowly, though, with a few new friends and even a boyfriend prospect in handsome loner Nick, Zara begins to find her smile again. But that's not all she finds.

She first notices the eerie dark man outside her house the day her dad died. She sees him again at the airport, and then at her new school, and hears a voice calling her name. Two boys from school disappear. There is no way to prepare for what Zara is about to encounter. The evil being is the Pixie King, and he needs a queen. Zara and her friends do research and find that weres (werewolves and the like) are the natural enemy for pixies. And as luck would have it, this frigid Maine town has a handful of weres in the population as well. Zara and her friends begin the fight of their lives, and in the process uncover some deep family secrets that will forever change their world. She strives to save strangers with her volunteer work for Amnesty International, but will she be able to save herself and the ones she loves?

Carrie Jones brings readers an exciting venture filled with nasty evil creatures, nail-biting action and heart-pounding romance.
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44 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer L. Rinehart VINE VOICE on February 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I couldn't help wondering what happened to this book, because, in my opinion, parts of it were missing.

I like a tight story, I can think of several books that could have used some cutting; The Historian by Kostova and Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel are two examples. But this was brutal, I hardly had a chance to get to know the characters before the book was done.

I don't think it's a spoiler to say there are pixies in this book, but the way all of the characters seem to accept it was a little too easy.

I liked the story idea, but it just didn't add up. Why would her mother send her to Maine? Considering what happened there all those years ago it seemed almost like she was trying to mess everything up. Why was Issie so bubbly? Why was she so oblivious to Devyn? Why wasn't everyone freaked out about the missing boys? I've never experienced such a wholehearted welcome at school and the friendliness of the students seemed trite and unreal.

On the positive side, I loved her Gram. I loved the little humorous bits. I wanted to know more of the day by day stuff, did she ever get her car registered? I know it's a bummer to write that part of the story, but skipping it is awkward.

Furthermore, why didn't anyone do anything about the pixies before?

Then again, I did finish it, which means it's at least ten times better than some of the books I've bought recently. I'm sending this to my little sister, I have a feeling that she'll end up liking it.
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