Series: Need Series by Carrie Jones
Publisher: Bloomsbury, 2012
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Faerie
Source + Date Read: Purchased + August 2013
Recommend: This is another sappy series but I loved it. For those that love a truly imaginative take on faeries and pixies, this is a goodie. Some mythology shows up. Oh werewolves too!
Series Pro’s: It’s a compendium of fantastical creatures and elements all wrapped up in a tight YA story.
Series Con’s: The boyfriend in this is a hoot- he’s so annoying that smacking him doesn’t even seem worth it.
Favourite Line: “I’m not a damsel and there is no distress”
I found this when I was on my faerie obsession last year, so I know that I’m a bit late on getting around to the review but here it is.
Let’s talk about this quote from the book: “I’m not a damsel and there is no distress”. Zara is a depressed teenager due to the recent death of her step-father. This depression doesn’t help her overall personality, she’s always been a bit weird, a bit artsy and just plain off. Finally her mother sends her to Maine with her grandmother and all hell breaks loose.
Zara is a likeable protagonist, she’s a typical teenager so their are some serious whiny moments and you do want to smack her around a bit but she has her moments of quiet strength. Like finding out she’s half-pixie? That’s an epic moment but she takes it in stride. Being stalked by an evil pixie that wants nothing more than to kill young boys? She doesn’t freak out, she takes command of the situation.
Let me talk about the cover a bit though. They’re pretty books but I really like the inclusion of gold. Why is this important? Male pixies give off gold dust, so for the female to be enshrined in black, with a touch of gold on her, shows her struggle with her pixie side and the pain and deaths that they cause. There are a number of strong women here and I like that.
Characters are developed in a very concise way in Captivate. The story is an interesting one that details the growth of relationships, character personalities and conflict. We meet a new male, Astley who starts a tumulus love triangle between Nick and Zara.
What makes this book great is actually the inclusion of conflict. Jones is a good action writer and she fleshes out this whole were-animal thing a bit further, creating allies for Zara and her friends. The only bit that I didn’t understand or makes sense to me, is how a bunch of teenagers are managing to save the world. I don’t quite appreciate books like this because it is very fanciful and removed from some semblance of life- but the book is about faeries so maybe, never mind.
This one was a bit of a toughie for me. It is the culminating book, the climax and crux really but the inclusion of the tense love triangle in the earlier book and how it plays out here is a bit too much for me to handle. Zara and Nick did not make the best couple and yet Jones dragged them out like no man’s business! I couldn’t understand it.
The pixie problem also blossoms into a very big thing that attracts the international press which creates some problems for Zara. I think that she undergoes the biggest transformation in this book and accepts her pixie side. She understand the Need, the feeling or thirst for blood and death but she transcends it to become a new type of pixie, one that creates and not destroys.
The last installment of this series is thrilling and yet, slightly disappointing. Jones writes about some good action scenes, and Zara and Astley come to some sort of romantic understanding, settling this whole ridiculous love-triangle in a neat way.
It is very disappointing in the way that the story built. The pace is initially slow, then speeds up so rapidly you have to skip back a bit so that you don’t miss anything, and then BOOM the ending hits and you’re sort of left feeling empty, as if to say, that’s it?
I know I didn’t say much on the series but it’s a good one, really it is. None of the characters are truly dis-likeable, everyone is supportive and there is a balance between the love, tension, conflict and discovery. Zara’s grandmother is one of the hidden gems of the book and I enjoyed her presence thoroughly. I only give this book a 3.5 because though the series was good, it wasn’t great. I received these books via ebook and though entertaining, I would never purchase physical books for my personal collection.