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Zara White’s life changed forever and unbelievably when she moved to Maine to live with her grandmother. Not only did she make three amazing friends, one of whom became the love of her life, she also discovered that the so-called fictional pixies of fairy tales are actually very real --- and very mean. The phenomenal changes in her life don’t stop there. Her boyfriend, Nick, another friend, and even her grandmother are all “weres,” able to change forms into other animals (werewolves and the like). The biggest shock of all comes when Zara finds out that her own birth father is a pixie king.

Zara has sort of come to terms with being the daughter of a pixie. She has tried to help others throughout her life, specifically with her work for Amnesty International, but now she learns that she has the potential to become a pixie herself, the result of which is developing the need to feed on humans. However, Nick and her grandmother assure her that she can only do so if she surrenders to a certain kind of form-altering kiss from a pixie king. Zara vows that will never happen.

Zara, Nick and friends have been busy clearing the area of pixies, locking them in a prison of sorts. They begin to feel like they are finally making a dent in the problem --- but they’re wrong. More pixies start moving into the area, including a couple of pixie kings (who are always on the lookout for a suitable queen) aiming to take over the weakened territory. As the daughter of a pixie king, Zara would make an excellent queen. It is only a matter of time before Astley, a young king, comes looking for her. 

Astley swears to Zara that not all pixies are evil. For the sake of her own heritage, Zara hopes he’s right. But dare she trust him? Meanwhile, the imprisoned pixies that Zara and the gang have worked so hard to capture have somehow escaped --- and they are ravenous. Nick changes into his wolf form for battle, engaging in a ferocious life-and-death struggle, and Zara finds herself faced with the ultimate sacrifice in order to save Nick’s life.

Carrie Jones has written an incredible, completely mesmerizing story. The action plows on nonstop, sweetened with sizzling romance and spiced with dreamlike creatures, both creepy and cool. She radiates an amazing voice, one that sweeps readers fully into the story and into the character of Zara. Readers care about Zara and Nick as they get wrapped up in their lives, struggles and love. Jones also has a great sense of humor, which is sprinkled in throughout to lighten the delicious tension. It is especially evident in the chapter openings where excerpts of Zara’s manual on surviving encounters with a pixie are stated:

“Pixie Tip: A pixie’s true skin color is blue. Cookie Monster, Grover, and other lovable Muppets are also blue. Do not confuse the two. Muppets don’t kill you. Usually.”

This fabulous sequel to NEED is a refreshing break from reality, and the next book in Jones’s series cannot come fast enough.

Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman on January 5, 2010

by Carrie Jones

  • Publication Date: January 5, 2010
  • Genres: Paranormal Romance
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
  • ISBN-10: 1599903423
  • ISBN-13: 9781599903422