Sunday, January 10, 2010
Need by Carrie Jones
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.
Carrie Jones creates a wonderful and vivid world of pixies in a small Maine town in her first book of the Need series, Need, and was followed superbly by Captivate. The characters are marvelously written and easy to respond to. I loved how easy it was to picture the snow covered roads and fields that are the major backdrop for both novels. Zara discovers that pixies and shape shifters do exist and that she herself is more than just a regular teenage girl from Charleston.