Author: Carrie Jones
Publication Year: 2008
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy
Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
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.
I totally fell in love with Zara right from the first page. She’s a little neurotic, always repeating the words for phobias to herself, and a lot depressed over the death of her stepfather. All that did was endear me to her. I wanted her to feel better, to find something in this new town that would wake her back up to her life and allow her to smile again.
This is the first book I’ve read that features pixies rather than generic fae, so I wasn’t sure how I was going to like it … but I did. I’m still not really sure on the difference, but that’s okay. I liked the backstory that Jones created for her characters – including the absent stepfather and Zara’s mother. The world of the small town that Zara comes into was very well-established and detailed, which I appreciated. The characters all seemed to have pre-existing relationships that Zara had to break into.
In the end, most of the plot and, particularly, the major conflict was a bit predictable, but Need was still a very enjoyable read, and a great start to the series.