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[REVIEW] Need – Carrie Jones

Carrie Jones
Need (Need Pixies, Book 1)
Bloomsbury (US: 8th December 2009; CA: 22nd December 2009; UK: 1st February 2010; AU: April 2010)
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Zara White has moved from South Carolina to Maine, and it seems her stalker has come, too. She already has enough problems, following her beloved stepdad’s death, and her mother sending her away to live with her grandmother. Also, boys have been disappearing from Zara’s new neighbourhood…

Zara is one of the most appealing protagonists in recent fiction. Her obsession with phobias is realistic, and the reason behind her interest really gets to the heart. Her passion and participation in Amnesty International’s work is inspiring and endearing. Also, she’s not the traditional kick-arse heroine; she actually gets rather upset upon realising she’s grabbed someone’s arm. I’m anti-violence, so Zara’s conscience is most welcome and appreciated.

Her grief is so believable, and she never falls into emo moods. She does appear rather in denial at some stage, which is bloody frustrating for the reader, but is also understandable.

Betty is a lot like other grandmothers in fiction – totally kick-arse, and with her wits together. And yet those traits don’t make her seem entirely real (probably due to my own experience with grandmothers). The missing boys subplot isn’t as harrowing as perhaps it should’ve been, so it felt kind of glossed over.

The story is adequate, but Zara is the true drawcard: refreshingly real, and with a personality both relatable and lovable.

February 2010 Releases

Before, there were January 2010 Releases. Now come the February 2010 Releases. For future scheduling, check out the Reading Wishlist.

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December 2009 Releases

Done with November 2009 Releases? Time for December 2009 Releases, representing my wishlist from US, UK, Canada and Australia publications. For releases further into the future, Reading Wishlist has been freshly updated.

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December 2008 Releases

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Laurell K. Hamilton
Swallowing Darkness (Merry Gentry, Book 7)
Random House Bantam (AU: 1st December 2008) – Trade Paperback
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Merry Gentry is not your average private investigator. Half human, half faerie, she’s caught in a struggle that threatens not only her life, but the lives of those she desires and holds dear. Her very existence and her rightful place on the throne of Faerie have long depended on her ability to produce an heir – and now, after many failed attempts, the services of her royal guards have found her pregnant…It is a triumphant moment, but revelation follows revelation: for Merry carries two babies, and she knows that they have more than one father…And of course, there are those of her own flesh and blood who want Merry dead, but she is a fighter and wields a wild magic. And this is her world, where the magical and the mortal intertwine, where folklore, fantasy and erotically charged adventure collide…

Lauren Dane
Undercover (Federation, Book 1)
Penguin Berkley (US: 2nd December 2008; CA: 4th December 2008) – Trade Paperback
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As a lieutenant of the Federation military, Sera Ayers is accustomed to giving orders, not taking them. Now she must obey the one man she can’t stand – and can’t stop thinking about. With the enemy Imperialists gaining ground, a covert team is assembled by Ash Walker. Ten years before, Sera had lovingly submitted to Ash’s dominance in the bedroom. But when he was forced into a political marriage, she refused to play mistress. His marriage now over, Ash wants Sera on his team – and back in his bed. The third team member, Brandt Pela, has an elegance to match Ash’s savage sexuality. And when their undercover plan requires Sera to pose as Brandt’s lover, it ignites a passion among the three of them more dangerous than their mission.

Faith Hunter
Seraphs (Rogue Mage, Book 2)
Penguin ROC (US: 2nd December 2008; CA: 4th December 2008) – Mass Market Paperback
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Living among humans in a post-apocalyptic ice age, neomage Thorn St Croix is a source of both fear and fascination for the people of Mineral City – and now she faces her ultimate test. Deep under the snow-covered mountains beyond the village, an imprisoned fallen seraph desperately needs her help. There, hidden in the hellhole, the armies of Darkness assemble to ensure this subterranean rescue will be Thorn’s final descent…

Richelle Mead
Succubus Dreams (Georgina Kincaid, Book 3)
Random House Bantam (UK: 4th December 2008) – Paperback
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Some days a girl just can’t catch a break…especially when the girl in question is Georgina Kincaid, a shape-shifting succubus who gets her energy from seducing men. First there’s her relationship with gorgeous best-selling writer Seth Mortensen, which is unsatisfying on a number of levels. It’s not just that they can’t have sex in case Georgina inadvertently kills him (generally a turn-off for most guys). Lately, even spending time together is a challenge. Seth’s obsessed with finishing his latest novel, and Georgina’s under demonic orders to mentor the new (and surprisingly inept) succubus on the block. Then there are the dreams. Someone, or something, is preying on Georgina at night, draining her energy, and supplying eerie visions of her future. Georgina seeks answers from Dante, a dream interpreter with ties to the underworld, but his flirtatious charm only leaves her more confused – especially as the situation with Seth reaches crisis point. Now Georgina faces a double challenge – rein in her out-of-control love life, and go toe-to-toe with an enemy capable of wreaking serious havoc among mankind. Otherwise, Georgina, and the entire mortal world, may never sleep easy again…

Jeaniene Frost
At Grave’s End (Night Huntress, Book 3)
HarperCollins Avon (CA: 10th December 2008; USA: 30th December 2008) – Mass Market Paperback
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It should be the best time of half-vampire Cat Crawfield’s life. With her undead lover Bones at her side, she’s successfully protected mortals from the rogue undead. But though Cat’s worn disguise after disguise to keep her true identity a secret from the brazen bloodsuckers, her cover’s finally been blown, placing her in terrible danger. As if that wasn’t enough, a woman from Bones’s past is determined to bury him once and for all. Caught in the crosshairs of a vengeful vamp, yet determined to help Bones stop a lethal magic from being unleashed, Cat’s about to learn the true meaning of bad blood. And the tricks she’s learned as a special agent won’t help her. She will need to fully embrace her vampire instincts in order to save herself – and Bones – from a fate worse than the grave.

Carrie Jones
Need
Bloomsbury (US: 23rd December 2008) – Hardcover
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Zara collects phobias the way other high school girls collect lipsticks. Little wonder, since life’s been pretty rough so far. Her father left, her stepfather just died, and her mother’s pretty much checked out. Now Zara’s living with her grandmother in sleepy, cold Maine so that she stays “safe.” Zara doesn’t think she’s in danger; she thinks her mother can’t deal. Wrong. Turns out that guy she sees everywhere, the one leaving trails of gold glitter, isn’t a figment of her imagination. He’s a pixie – and not the cute, lovable kind with wings. He’s the kind who has dreadful, uncontrollable needs. And he’s trailing Zara.

[COVER ART] Need – Carrie Jones

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Carrie Jones
Need
Bloomsbury (23rd December 2008)
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Am trying to read as much as I can in a short period of time, but I can’t do it for too long or else I need to nap. Bad sleep last night/this morning: Had been reading in front of the tennis, and was getting sleepy. Went to bed at 11PM, an hour before I usually do. Then kept waking up and going back to sleep. At one stage I even took my hair tie out. I remember doing that, but I’m not sure why I felt the need to. I sense further sleeping problems ahead. Feckdiddly.

Am very unmotivated as of late; am having trouble mustering up enthusiasm for stuff. Anything, really. Think this might be the beginning of a slump; the signs are here.