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YA Book Review: Need by Carrie Jones

Zara is afraid. Not in the sense that she is worried about whether the people at her new school will like her, but in the how many phobias can she name and add to her list of fears, afraid.

Emotionally numb after the death of her beloved stepfather, she finds herself sent off to live with her distant grandmother. In cold New England. She hates the cold and is not prepared for the adjustments she’ll have to make, but she is even less prepared to deal with the man who seems to be stalking her.

I like the premise of the book.The writing is beautiful and emotive, but something just fell short for me. I can’t quite put my finger on it. I think I may be in genre overload. It’s possible that too many books on my pile are falling into the paranormal save the world type to hold my interest.

The book progresses through the story at an uneven pace, but once I got through the first few chapters, I couldn’t put it down. There are some plot holes I’d like filled in, especially about the odd relationship between Zara’s mother, step-father and her grandmother (who is her step-father’s mother.)I’d also have liked more information about how one of her new friends ended up in a wheel chair.

The author does an excellent job of wrapping up the story neatly while still leaving plenty of story line dangling for the promised sequel, a sample of which is included in the back of this book. (Which I avoided reading because I don’t want to spoil the next story and would rather wait to indulge in it all at once.)

One thought on “YA Book Review: Need by Carrie Jones

  1. Good review and hopefully you’ll get to find out what happened with the character’s friend in the next one. That might be why there isn’t that much information about it yet.

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