Follow:
Browsing Tag:

Need

    Review: NEED

    Need

    Add to Goodreads

    Title: NEED
    Author: Joelle Charbonneau
    Release date: November 3, 2015
    Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 352
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    “No one gets something for nothing. We all should know better.”

    Teenagers at Wisconsin’s Nottawa High School are drawn deeper into a social networking site that promises to grant their every need . . . regardless of the consequences. Soon the site turns sinister, with simple pranks escalating to malicious crimes. The body count rises. In this chilling YA thriller, the author of the best-selling Testing trilogy examines not only the dark side of social media, but the dark side of human nature.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS

    NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my hones thoughts about the book.


    The Review

    Joelle Charbonneau’s NEED is a shocking, chilling, disturbing and thought-provoking read that asks what you’d be willing to do and how far you’d be willing to go to get what you think you need. Its answer is perturbing and unsettling and yet utterly fascinating. It’s a story that takes a look at the darker side of human nature and posits that greed, envy, and fear are often stronger motivators than heroism, bravery or selflessness. It’s disconcerting. It’s sinister. It’s scarily realistic.

    What do you NEED?

    It sounds easy enough. Sign up. Tell it what you need. Invite a few friends. Receive your prize. It’s a gimmick, a marketing ploy. Who doesn’t want free stuff? It’s not asking for much.

    Ask for something else you need. Because, hey, why not. Sure you might not really need it, but you want it. You’ve already invited your friends, so that’s out. Deliver a package? No problem. Does it really matter what’s inside?

    Need something else? Sure you do. And so what if you’re not thrilled with what you’re supposed to do to get it. Nothing bad can happen. No one will get hurt. And if for some reason they do, they probably deserve it. Right?

    Told from multiple points of view, with only the main character Kaylee’s voice in the first person, the requests of each character are revealed along with their level of willingness to do what is asked for their requests to be fulfilled. Each starts off with the promise of receiving something great in exchange for doing very little. But every new request demands more reciprocity until they’re forced to ask the question: is it worth it?

    Joelle Charbonneau did a masterful job of intertwining and layering each character’s story. There were no extraneous characters – everyone had a part to play. The plot was complex, but not complicated. The story was at times harsh, violent, upsetting, but not unnecessarily so.

    The author created an unlikely hero in Kaylee, a girl so desperate to help her brother that she’d do anything to save him, and surrounded her with a variety of characters who ran the gamut from selfish, to vengeful, to envious, to guilt-ridden, to lovesick, to conniving, to opportunistic, to frantic, to innocent, to murderous. She gave them all a level playing field and let their choices dictate the outcome.

    NEED is a story that will make you think, make you question your own limits, make you reevaluate your wants versus needs. It reveals how the desire for something can bring out the worst in people. It shows that everything has a price and that there are always consequences for one’s actions. It’s grim. It’s disheartening. It’s compelling, it’s surprising, it’s startling. And it is certain to prompt discussion both during and after the read.

    The Rating

    05


    About Joelle Charbonneau

    joelle_charbonneau

    Joelle has performed in opera and musical theater productions across Chicagoland. She now teaches private voice lessons and is the author of the New York Times best selling THE TESTING trilogy (THE TESTING, INDEPENDENT STUDY and GRADUATION DAY) as well as two mystery series: The Rebecca Robbins mysteries (Minotaur Books) and the Glee Club mysteries (Berkley). Her YA books have appeared on the Indie Next List, on the YALSA Top 10 books for 2014 as well as the YALSA Quick Picks for reluctant readers. Paramount optioned THE TESTING as the project is currently in development.

    WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | GOODREADS

    Share

    Review: Entice (Need series book 3)

    Entice by Carrie Jones is the third book in the Need series. It was released in hardcover, audio and eBook formats on December 14th in the U.S.

    Goodreads description:

    Zara and Nick are soul mates, meant to be together forever. But that’s not quite how things have worked out.

    For starters, well, Nick is dead. Supposedly, he’s been taken to a mythic place for warriors known as Valhalla, so Zara and her friends might be able to get him back. But it’s taking time, and meanwhile a group of evil pixies is devastating Bedford, with more teens going missing every day. An all-out war seems imminent, and the good guys need all the warriors they can find. But how to get to Valhalla?

    And even if Zara and her friends discover the way, there’s that other small problem: Zara’s been pixie kissed. When she finds Nick, will he even want to go with her? Especially since she hasn’t just turned. She’s Astley’s queen.

    Bedford is under attack, and with Nick gone, Zara will have to team up with Astley in order to try and keep the residents of Bedford safe from pixies. She’ll also need the help of her friends, but now that she’s a pixie queen she’s not sure they trust her enough, especially with Astley at her side.

    As Zara becomes more and more dependent upon Astley’s help, her feelings for him develop into friendship and maybe something more. But with Nick stuck in Valhalla, and her heart still belonging to him, she cannot serve as Astley’s queen and lead the pixies – her people – to battle the evil forces of Frank’s rogue army that terrorize Bedford’s citizens.

    ***

    Entice is the third book in the Need series by author Carrie Jones. It continues Zara’s story and her quest to find Nick and bring him back from Valhalla into the land of the living. But her journey is not a simple one and the price to bring Nick back may just be the lives of those she loves. Will her love for Nick be worth the cost even if he no longer loves her? Will she be willing to risk the life of her king in order to save him?

    Carrie Jones is such a clever storyteller. All three books in this series are charming, fun and humorous but also heart-rending. Her character Zara is loyal, kind, quirky and wonderfully optimistic. These traits are what draw her friends to her and what has made Astley fall in love with her. And though in this book Zara has turned into a pixie she has managed to retain her humanity.

    Entice is just as engaging as the previous two books, although Captivate’s ending was so staggering that it’s difficult to compare these two books side-by-side. But Entice can stand on its own and has its own merits. It brings the reader along as Zara struggles with her acceptance of her new species, as she finds an inner strength that she never knew she had and shows her steadfast resolve to find her lost wolf.

    In this story readers will get a chance to learn a lot more about Astley – and that he is not just the guy that pixie kissed Zara taking away her humanity. And, as with the other two books, there are moments in this story that are joyous and heartbreaking. At the book’s end there is a lot more story left to tell, and readers will definitely be awaiting the fourth book in this series.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

    On a personal note:

    I fell in love with this series just over a year ago. I read Need just before Captivate was due out and couldn’t wait for its release. But wait I did, as Captivate wasn’t available as an eBook on release date. Released on Tuesday, it took me until Saturday before I ran out to buy my copy of the book in print. And I’m so happy that I didn’t wait, as it was even better than the first book.

    This year, fortunately, Entice was made available as an eBook so I was able to download it to my reader just after midnight on release date and start reading. It did take awhile for the action to pick up, probably at the forty percent mark, but then so many, many things happened from then on – and I’m not telling so you’ll have to read it. The entire story was written beautifully and that first section was necessary to the development of the story, though I would have given the first part a four star rating and the latter sixty percent a five plus.

    I loved the fact that although Zara was being pulled toward Astley she holds true to her love for Nick. Astley becomes such a likable character in this book that it is sad that his love is mostly unrequited, but at the same time Zara wouldn’t be as lovable if she just gave up on Nick and ran off with Astley.

    Though I miss the various different phobias explained with each chapter, the chapter headers in this were a riot. I loved the Tweets, blog posts, chats and texts from the very worried folks in Bedford that introduced the beginning of each chapter. And as always the cover artwork for the book was stunning.

    Biggest drawback: The next book probably won’t be available for another year.

    Book trailer for Entice:

    Share

    Book Watch: Entice

    Entice by Carrie Jones will be released on December 14, 2010 (in the U.S.) and 3 January 2011 (in the UK) in print, audio and eBook formats. It is finally available for pre-order on the Amazon Kindle and this year readers won’t have to wait, as it’s scheduled to release as an eBook on the same day as the print version. Entice is the third book – of at least four – in the Need series, and with the most amazing cover yet in the series it looks to be even more thrilling than the first two.

    Goodreads description:

    Zara and Nick are soul mates, meant to be together forever. But that’s not quite how things have worked out.

    For starters, well, Nick is dead. Supposedly, he’s been taken to a mythic place for warriors known as Valhalla, so Zara and her friends might be able to get him back. But it’s taking time, and meanwhile a group of evil pixies is devastating Bedford, with more teens going missing every day. An all-out war seems imminent, and the good guys need all the warriors they can find. But how to get to Valhalla?

    And even if Zara and her friends discover the way, there’s that other small problem: Zara’s been pixie kissed. When she finds Nick, will he even want to go with her? Especially since she hasn’t just turned. She’s Astley’s queen.

    Book trailer for Entice:

    Share