- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Format: Hardback | 306 pages
- Dimensions: 150mm x 211mm x 33mm | 454g
- Publication date: 23 December 2008
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1599903385
- ISBN 13: 9781599903385
- Sales rank: 259,240
Now fans of Stephenie Meyer and Melissa Marr have a new author to devour . . . 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. With suspense, romance, and paranormal themes, this exciting breakout novel has all the elements to keep teens rapidly turning the pages.
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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
By Sam 24 Jun 2012
Originally reviewed on my blog: http://sikbookreviews.blogspot.ca
Story: The beginning of the plot development didn't really seem to add up to me. Zara tells her new friends about how she has been seeing a man and it seems as though he might be stalking her or he might be a serial killer. This is all she tells her friends - Devyn, Issie, and Nick - and then Devyn does a search on the internet and comes up with the explanation: he is a pixie! I'm not sure this makes complete sense to me because, what? Devyn typed 'creepy stalker seen in Charleston and Maine following a girl around' or something similar into Google and then a website for pixies came up as a top result? Doesn't seem all that viable to me.
Pushing past the way they find out that the strange man is a pixie, the story is pretty good. However, at times, it reminded me very much of the Twilight books by Stephanie Meyer. So, this aspect did not satisfy my wants for a new, original story line. I know that it is not exactly the same, but it felt very familiar. Pixies instead of vampires, were-people, and a damsel in distress.
The story also did not have many surprises that I didn't see coming. I pretty much predicted everything that was meant to surprise the reader. I did not like this. I like to be surprised!
Characters: The characters are pretty good. Zara, Nick, Issie, and Devyn are all likeable characters. It is easy to get into Zara's story and connect with what she is going through. I like that Jones gives the reader a quirk of Zara's right off the bat so that we can get to know who she is. She is obsessed with phobias, which is kind of weird, but that's okay...I like weird ;)
Writing: I felt the writing quality was pretty weak. Immature writing style...I would have thought this was Jones' debut novel, but shockingly it's not! There are also A LOT of writing errors (spelling, grammar, typos maybe). I understand that no one is perfect, and I don't expect them to be. I wouldn't normally bring this up because everyone makes mistakes. But, there is probably an average of one mistake per chapter (this is an estimation, of course). Not cool.
Uniqueness: As I mentioned above, I don't think this story was very original. It had unique moments, but mostly I felt as though I was reading an adaptation of Twilight.
Overall Opinion: I enjoyed this book. It kept my interest and I will read the other three books of the series. I just wish it was more original and had better writing quality. I would recommend this book to anyone who liked the Twilight series, as it has similar qualities. However, I do not have any interest in re-reading this book.
By Amanda 26 Dec 2010
Also reviewed on my blog, the Vintage Bookworm.
I think I may be one of the last ones to read this book, ha ha. But it's not because I didn't want to, it's because I've owned it for a while, but just never gotten around to reading it. Now I've finally read it and I absolutely loved it! Jones created an amazing world, that is basically like our own, but add in some Pixies and shifters, oh my!
The Pixies aren't the cute fairy-like creatures some people think them to be; they are evil! They have a need that clouds every human instinct some may have.
I was hooked from the very first chapter, though it kind of irritated me with how she still described her father as being her "step-dad" even though she was really close to him and he was the only father she'd known all her life. I know it needed to be classified that he was her step-father in the beginning, but it doesn't need to be said all the time. Yeah, he wasn't her biological-blood father, but he was still her father in all the ways that counted.
Made me really think about my relationship with my step-dad. We haven't always had the greatest relationship, but he's my father.
I really liked Jones' writing tone, made everything easy to read and kept you intrigued the whole way through. Even though I kind of guessed at some things from the very beginning, she still had me going "Whoa! Really?" at a lot of things. Stuff that she kept a secret until it happened, somehow. Sneaky, sneaky! ;)
Zara was a pretty decent main character. I sometimes find myself being seriously annoyed by the protagonist, I guess it's because you're with them the whole time and get to know them more than most characters. Zara had her flaws, but who doesn't? They made her more real and she was a true, genuine, nice girl. Which I loved.
And Nick. Ahh, cuteee Nick. Another YA male to fall in love with. He's so sweet with the right amount of attitude. Loved it. :) And Ian, ugh, Ian. He creeped me out from the start! Don't want to go into details, though, because I don't want to spoil anything. But I know all of you who have read Need understand what I'm talking about. Right?
Overall, this was a very addicting, fun, addicting, written well, addicting, unique, did I say addicting? book. I would recommend this to any and every YA fantasy loving bookworm out there. :)
Sorry this wasn't the best review, but I just honestly didn't know much of what to say about this book. Do you ever get those books that you love, but can't really explain it very well? If so, this was one of them.
"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