If you follow this blog at all, you may have noticed that I am quite the wuss.  I am afraid of many, many things:  clowns (coulrophobia), thunderstorms (astraphobia), rodents (musophobia), snakes (ophidiophobia), the dark (nyctophobia), falling (bathophobia), failure (atychiphobia), evil children (I don’t think there’s a name for this one), and a few others.  My many phobias made it really easy for me to relate to the main character in Need by Carrie Jones.  Each chapter in this book begins with the name and definition of a particular phobia (and provides a bit of foreshadowing about what will happen in that chapter).  The main character, Zara, believes that naming one’s fear helps in understanding it.  I don’t know if that’s true, but, hey, it’s worth a shot.  In any case, Zara has quite a bit to fear, it seems.

Zara is moving from Charleston, South Carolina, to the wilds of Maine.  (As a native South Carolinian, I can tell you that this would be an uncomfortable and drastic change.)  The only father she’s ever known has died, and her mother can no longer deal with her, so Zara is being sent to live with her grandmother in Maine.  It appears, though, that someone has followed her.  A weird guy has been stalking her from Charleston to Maine, and Zara wonders what he wants with her.  Why did he appear just as her stepdad was dying?  Why has he followed her all this way?  This situation is not helping her fear of the unknown.

Despite everything that she’s had to endure lately, Zara’s grandmother insists that Zara start classes at the local high school immediately.  (The horror!)  Almost at once, Zara makes some fierce enemies and a few loyal friends.  But something is not quite right with some of these people.  Zara glimpses something in their eyes that only serves to increase her fear.  Do they have any connection to the man following her?  Do they know why boys have been going missing?  What is really going on in this crazy town?

Well, the answers may not be what Zara expects.  Her fears may really get the best of her when she discovers that the people around her, even her new boyfriend and her own grandmother, are not exactly what they appear to be.  Even Zara may not be who she thinks she is.  When Zara learns that “fairy tale” creatures actually exist, will she let her fear overcome her?  Or will she do everything she can to understand what’s going on and stop the bad guy from winning?  And what will she do when she discovers her own eery connection to this mysterious bad guy?  Read Need by Carrie Jones to find out.

I know this post has been a bit cryptic, and that was intentional.  I want you to read for yourselves about what Zara is facing.  It’s really cool but unexpected at times.  As soon as I finish this post, I plan to start reading the next book in this series, Captivate.  I’m eager to see what else Zara and the gang can get into and how they’ll battle the forces working against them.

Need is part of a series.  Like I mentioned above, Captivate is the second book in this series.  The third book, Entice, is already out, and I’ll start on that one as soon as I finish Captivate.  According to Carrie Jones’ website (, a fourth book is in the works, and it should be out in early 2012.

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