Author/s: Carrie Jones
Publisher, year: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books, 2008
Page total: 306
Date Read: April 03, 2011
Genre/s: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
First line of Book:Everybody has fears, right?
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.
In this creepy, compelling breakout novel, Carrie Jones delivers romance, suspense, and a creature you never thought you'd have to fear.
When I started reading this book i wasn't really sure of what it was about. I'd refrained from reading all the reviews and the synopses of the other books in the series and this one's blurb wasn't that clear. What I wasn't expecting, though, were the pixies.
Yes, your eyes aren't failing you, I mean PIXIES. But not those cute little Tinkerbelish things you'd imagine. Apparently pixies are evil, even more than fairies. I have to admit I wasn't expecting that. (And by the way, I'm really sorry if this has already spoiled part of the book to you!)
I wasn't sure if I liked Zara, I'm still not. In one hand, she's all goody-goody with her Salvation Army thing but at the same time it just felt off. It was weird. Despite that, I really liked the other aspects of her personality: she's brave, unselfish and she's got spunk. Her hollowness in the beginning, though, and her gradual normalization were not very clear to me, and I think that could've been better written and explained.
Nick and Ian were kind of obvious. I mean, they were notoriously against each other since the beginning and when a certain piece of information came up it was completely obvious! Of course I can't say much about it, otherwise I'd be spoiling the book but it was SO. DAMN. OBVIOUS. And even they, individually, were OBVIOUS.
And I just have one more thing to mention. Zara's obsessiveness with phobias is amazing! I had no idea there was a phobia of having peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth (and, dude, I checked)
"The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage."
"There are people who like cute, furry things and people who eat cute, furry things "