Need - Carrie Jones
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Age Level: 11+
Reader’s Annotation: Zara is still reeling from the death of her father when she moves in with her grandmother in Maine. When she begins being followed by a mysterious man who leaves gold dust in his wake she must turn to her new friends and family to figure out the truth about her past.
Summary: The Urban Fantasy genre expands with this new title. 17 year-old Zara White moves in with her grandmother in rural Maine after effectively shutting down after her father’s death. Bothered by the extreme cold and still traumatized Zara is amazed to find herself drawn to Nick Colt, the boy who almost hit her on the way to school her first day. Soon, she finds herself friends with Issie and Delyn and attracted to both Nick and Ian, another school hottie. Zara finds herself haunted by a mysterious man who has followed her from home, who points at her from distances, and leaves gold dust wherever he has been. Mix this with missing boys, an undercurrent of tension and rumors of Pixie Lords and you have this romantic fantasy that is strongly reminiscent of Twilight.
Evaluation: Readers will certainly notice the similarities to Twilight; but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The novel moves at a fast pace, but readers may figure out the twist long before the characters do.
Booktalk Ideas: Who’s better: Edward or Nick?
Selection: Great cover and talk of a fairy lord? I’m there. Also toted at the new Twilight.