CARRIE JONES is an award-winning author who recently graduated from Vermont College's MFA program. She is the author of the YA novels Girl, Hero; Love (and Other Uses for Duct Tape); and Tips on Having a Gay (ex)Boyfriend, which was nominated for a YALSA Quick Pick and won the Maine Literary Award. Carrie lives in Ellsworth, Maine. www.carriejonesbooks.com
Gr 7 Up-Move over Edward Cullen (Twilight)-there's a new boy in town. Carrie Jones's terrific fantasy/romance/thriller (Bloomsbury, 2008) is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Zara White flies to Maine to live with her grandmother after her stepfather dies in her arms. At the airport, she notices a mysterious man pointing at the plane and-it seems-at her. Could this be the same man she has seen around her South Carolina hometown? When he shows up in tiny Bedford, things turn really creepy. Zara begins to realize that the townspeople are hiding monumental secrets: young boys are disappearing and nobody-not the head cheerleader, the star athlete, or even Zara's grandmother-are who they claim to be. Zara joins forces with new friends Issie, Devyn, and the mysterious Nick, and romance blooms as they race to outwit Zara's stalker. Narrator Julia Whelan deftly captures Zara's youthful Southern twang and the harder-edged Northeastern accents of the other characters. This is a taut, satisfying thriller. Don't be put off by the provocative cover-the writing is gentle enough for younger teens. A sequel, Captivate, is planned for early 2010.-Tricia Melgaard, Centennial Middle School, Broken Arrow, OK Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
"An exciting venture filled with nasty evil creatures, nail-biting action and heart-pounding romance." --teenreads.com "Romance, suspense, and a very clever heroine make this a must-read!" --Toledo Blade "It's not hard to see Twilight in the DNA of this novel. ...Genre fans will enjoy the sizzle between Nick and Zara as well as the paranormal cast." --PW "The resolution of the book was definitely worthy of praise, and I loved the action that the climax had built. This is a great book for suspense and romance lovers to read." --Flamingnet.com "Jones masterfully blends paranormal fantasy, suspense, and romance to craft a new supernatural tale that is certain to appeal to fans of dark urban fantasy like Marr's Wicked Lovely and paranormal romances like Meyer's Twilight books. A likeable cast of engaging and interesting characters combine with a plot that grabs readers and refuses to let go." --VOYA "A fast-paced novel worthy of the fantasy greats, Need will take you for a ride." --VOYA, teen reviewer