- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Format: Paperback | 306 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 206mm x 28mm | 295g
- Publication date: 8 December 2009
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1599904535
- ISBN 13: 9781599904535
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 51,240
Zara collects phobias the way other girls collect Facebook friends. 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 readers rapidly turning the pages.
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Carrie Jones occasionally wears mismatched socks, always loves Great Pyrenees dogs, and never drinks coffee. She also loves Skinny Cow fudgsicles and potatoes, and is the award-winning author of "Girl, Hero"; "Love (and Other Uses for Duct Tape)"; "Tips on Having a Gay (Ex)-Boyfriend"; and "Need." Carrie grew up in Bedford, NH where she once had a seance with uber-comedian Sarah Silverman. She now lives in Ellsworth, Maine.www.needpixies.com
By TeensReadToo 21 Sep 2010
Zara has been unceremoniously shipped off to Maine to stay with Grandma Betty in the middle of nowhere during a frigid winter. According to her mother, Zara just hasn't been herself since her step-father passed away, and all of this is apparently supposed to help.
Before Zara even has a chance to snap out of the depression, her attention is drawn elsewhere by a mystery surrounding a local boy's disappearance. Oh, and then there's the strange man who seems to be stalking Zara.
She knew Maine would be a change of pace, but she didn't know she'd be running for her life...much less running from evil pixies!
When the fantastical pixie element is introduced, the excitement is enhanced, and much like WICKED LOVELY and other books of this caliber, the introduction seems natural and believable. These elements don't seem to overrun the story, but compliment it instead.
Author Carrie Jones (GIRL, HERO and other books) has a way of creating unique characters and supplying them with strong voices that seem immediately familiar to the reader. Zara's character is no exception. This immediate familiarity helps engage readers from the very beginning and hold their attention until the very end.
Aiding the familiarity of the voice in this book is its backdrop of Jones's home state. Here, the blistering cold and the frustration at being snowed in comes through loud and clear as we suffer through the Maine winter right along with Zara.
All-in-all, this is a read you won't want to miss, especially if you're a fan of contemporary fiction with fantasy woven in.