Book Spotlight: The NEED Series by Carrie Jones

I actually own books 1 and 2, and the rest I borrowed from the library. I loved NEED, which is the book one of the series, and it first caught my attention because my ms at that time was set in a fictional town called Bedford. And in NEED, the story takes place in (also fictional) Bedford, Maine. This small connection made me open to check out the book’s first page. The writing convinced me to purchase it and take it home.

About the Books:

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Blurb for NEED (#1):

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.

*****

I won’t post the blurbs for the other 3 books because I think it spoils the mystery of the first book. If you’re interested enough to know, here are the links to the Goodreads pages of the other books in the series:

CAPTIVATE (#2)

ENTICE (#3)

ENDURE (#4)

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. (Source: Amazon) For more on the author and her books, visit her at: http://www.carriejonesbooks.com/

My Thoughts:

I actually really enjoyed the first book. The writing was lovely, and the protagonist was quirky but interesting. In the book, she lists phobias because she somehow memorized the different kinds of phobia there are, and it was a way for her to deal with her loss. She also frequently wrote letters to Amnesty International to fight for certain human rights cases. Zara was not your typical teenager, and I loved that about her.

And then the mystery starts piling up with a stalker following her everywhere…and leaving gold dust behind. With her newfound friends (who are interesting characters themselves + possible boyfriend material guy), they uncover who’s been responsible for the missing boys in town, and why they’re after Zara.

There’s a great deal of Norse mythology in these series, and at one point, in the later books, we even get to see Valhalla, a place in Asgard ruled by the god Odin. Cool, right? The creatures who reside in the Maine woods are a new brand of monsters you don’t often see in YA Fantasy.

Urban Fantasy readers will enjoy this Buffy-esque protagonist and the save-the-world plot Norse mythology-style series.

 

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