Author: Carrie Jones.
Published: December 23rd 2008.
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA.
Sort: Part one of Need.
Zara White suspects there's a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She's also obsessed with phobias. And it's true, she hasn't exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane...but Zara's pretty sure her mom just can't deal with her right now. She couldn't be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara's overactive imagination. In fact, he's still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There's something not right - not human - in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.
When Zara finds out some stranger is stalking her, her grandmother puts Nick on duty: he must keep an eye on Zara. Not that it bothers her, since she has a slight crush on Nick. He is nice to her and his looks are fine, so he has her interest. Then you have Issie, I loved that girl. She is a bit goofy, but so sweet. Devon, a guy in a wheel chair, Ian - another hottie according to Zara - and Megan, a popular girl who hates her guts right away. Devon and Issie are researching about the stalker and right away, they believe a Pixie King has set his eyes on Zara. I don't know about you, but that would be the last thing I would come up with.. They are so certain about it and Zara believes them: not 100%, but she keeps it in mind.
When Zara points at the stalker when she comes home with Nick - because in the end, Issie and Devon are right - she finds out that Nick is a shape shifter. He can transform himself into wolf. And by the way, her grandmother is a tiger. Not to mention that her real father is the one who has been stalking her, yup, the Pixie King. Great! *I hope you can feel the sarcasm over here* Apparently, he wants her mother back, because he is losing his power over the other Pixies. Her mother comes for the rescue, but Zara can't let that happen. Even when she is acting like a cry baby and a total bitch, she wants to save her mother. She comes up with a smart plan and she saves the day.
Alright.. There were a lot of things I liked, but also a lot if things I didn't like. Zara was, like I said in the beginning, a pretty nice main character. Her instant love with Nick and her fling with Ian: not very realistic. The way she finds out about the Pixie King: even weirder. The cover: not my taste.
What I really liked were the phobias. Ever chapter is named after a phobia, since Zara uses them to calm down. It's always a good thing to learn while reading and I've learned about some new phobias I've never heard of before.