By: Carrie Jones
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Need Series – book #1
7 hrs and 28 mins
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.
Reviewed by Cassie
The first book in the series opens with an interesting twist to paranormal fantasy by mixing in a town of humans, weres, and pixies. You realize that something just isn’t right, and then you learn that it isn’t who the people are, but what they are, that matters in this town. The lead characters and even the secondary characters story lines are well developed for a first book and give you enough of a taste to make you want more.
Zara White is grieving the death of her stepfatherand it is affecting her in a way that scares her mother enough to send her away from warm Charleston, SC to cold Bedford, ME to live with her grandmother, Betty. The move does seem to improve Zara’s mood and upon starting school she slowly comes out of her shell and meets Issie, Devyn, and Nick.
Zara and her new trio of friends begin to unravel the mysterious disappearances of teen boys in Bedford, and realize the strange man she has been seeing since she was in Charleston is somehow involved. Uncovering clues left behind by her stepfather Zara learns that Bedford is home to more than just her hot boy interest Nick. But a town of weres and pixies that battle in the dark cold woods surrounding Bedford; and that the gold dust left behind by the strange man could very well mean that he is a pixie.
While spending so much time together sparks start to fly between Nick and Zara—perhaps nudged on by Issie and Devyn—giving small glimpses to the romance that can exist between the two.
Stumbling upon the truth gives these teens a chance to protect themselves and those they love, but it also puts them in the middle of a vicious battle, where they find out what is behind the Pixie King’s relentless Need.
I believe Jones leaves plenty of seeds to grow into a great storyline in future books, and I would love to see how that develops.
Julia Whelan depicts Zara’s voice amazingly, I could feel the strength in her under all of the uncertainty from the beginning of the book. Overall, I was impressed with her Southern accent for Zara, but the Maine accent and her male voices jarred me in the beginning, after about ten minutes I was able to adapt and lose myself in the story.
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