Thursday, April 15, 2010

Need- do you need to read it?

So I recently bought Need for my good friend in reading, Jenna, for her b-day.  Stumped as Stephenie Meyer meets Stephen King type literature it sounded pretty damn perfect for this particular gift.  After reading it she leant it to me so we could share and discuss, a favorite past time.
I read it, and on saturday night we exchanged impressions of it.  Like usual we felt pretty much the same way, the story had an interesting plot line but it could have been darker.  I mean come on, when you throw Stephen King in for comparison you expect some pretty creepy page turning.  That being said, it was a page turner, and the ending suggests that book two, Captivate, might hold a little more promise.

Without giving away any spoilers, let me try and give you an idea of what this book is about.  Zara is heartbroken by the sudden heartattack death of her stepfather, and in her misery is sent to her Grandmothers to hopefully recuperate.  Unfortunately it turns out the backwoods of Maine is the least safe place she could be sent.  The pointing man, he has a need, and until Zara comes to him he'll fulfill it by absconding with local teenage boys who never return.  Sounds a bit pedophile like right? That's what I thought.

My main issues with the book is she took an interesting and potential creepy plot line and fluffed it up with a too easy love interest and simplistic discoveries and solutions; lets just say one moment of googling something shouldn't instantly explain what your creepy pointing man is.  Nothing ends up seeming risky enough or as dangerous as it  ought to.  And lets face it, the best love interests are the ones fraught with difficulties and impossibility, make it too easy and it's just your average relationship.

The little preview of Captivate at the end suggests Carrie Jones might have been saving the real story for book two, however.  Thus I'm happy to continue reading to find out if she can live up to her hype and pull this story into the land of more formidable writers.  As it stands now this book is just one of the many attempts to re-create the Twilight experience.  Love interest + Small town + Teenagers + Some type of other beings does not equal automatic literary genius; lets face it I'm not looking for formula in my reading, and I'm guessing neither are you.  

Published by Bloomsbury, December 2009

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  1. I totally agree with your review! I liked this book, but your right when they compare it to Steven King, your thinking "ok what kind of nightmares am I going to have tonight". I get more scared when I read children's books about clowns.....brrrr. All in all, I liked the book. The second book, in my opinion is much better!

  2. oh that's good news, it sounded like it might be, but I haven't picked it up yet.

  3. Hey!
    I never read this book, but you're right, if you draw a comparison to somebody, it better be pretty bold. Especially when comparing yourself to one of THE great horror/fantasy authors of out time. So annoying right?

  4. Your assessment agreed with mine. I haven't read the second yet. If you need another YA fantasy book suggestion (as if), might I suggest Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner? Dark and wonderful, at least I thought so. I'd love to know what other people thought.
    -Karen Bass

  5. ohhhhh, Karen I just googled Bones of Faerie, it looks fantastic! I'll have to put it on the to buy list.
    I did deliberate in New York over a copy of Captivate, it was an excellent price at the Strand, but I already had so many excellent hardcover book and I wasn't ready to commit based on the first book yet.