Published: Dec. 8, 2009
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk
Zara collects phobias the way other girls collect Facebook friends. 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.
With suspense, romance, and paranormal themes, this exciting breakout novel has readers rapidly turning the pages
So my friend actually gave me this book to read and as I never heard of the author I was kind of wondering what her book would be about.
It is about the paranormal more in detail the pixies!!! It has been a hot minute since I actually read anything to do with pixies.
Now this book was very different you have each chapter start with the name of a phobia and the meaning which was very unique and I really liked it.
So you may be asking what will a phobia have to do with this book, well Zara likes to name them it shows that she has nothing to fear if she can name them.
I think the teens would really enjoy this book as there is really no violence, no bad words.
Zara's world is turned upside down when her step-father dies and she is sent to live with her grandma she doesn't want to be there at all especially since it is cold. We watch as Zara starts opening up and meeting new people though her new friends have a secret.
So as she has moved to Maine there is a mysterious man who she keeps seeing but who exactly is he? Why are boys starting to go missing? As Zara and her new friends dig up the information they discover there are pixies at work and they will not stop hunting Zara until they have her, you see these pixies are not like tinkerbell they are much more dangerous.
I really enjoyed the whole mysterious vibe that went on through out the story to who was who and what not. Also the little trick that Zara plays have to say was pretty smart. So overall a good story but something that bugged me was the fact that the author had kept mentioning the Amnesty International and how Zara was a big part of it. Now I can understand it being mentioned one or two times but I think the author did it a bit too much on that.
Carrie Jones likes Skinny Cow fudgsicles and potatoes. She does not know how to spell fudgsicles. This has not prevented her from writing books. She lives with her cute family in Maine, but she grew up in Bedford, NH where she once had a séance with cool uber-comedian Sarah Silverman.
The Meyers brothers are from Bedford, too, so you’d think it would make Carrie funnier, coming from Bedford N.H. Obviously, something didn’t work.
Carrie has a large, skinny white dog and a fat cat. Both like fudgicles. Only the cat likes potatoes. This may be a reason for the kitty’s weight problem (Shh… don’t tell). Carrie has always liked cowboy hats but has never owned one. This is a very wrong thing. She graduated from Vermont College’s MFA program for writing. She has edited newspapers and poetry journals and has recently won awards from the Maine Press Association and also been awarded the Martin Dibner Fellowship as well as a Maine Literary Award.
Here’s the lowdown about Carrie…
1. Carrie can not drink coffee. It makes her insane. Do not give her caffeine.
2. Carrie is very responsive to loving strokes on the hair, kind of like a puppy. However, do not do this without asking first unless you are a ridiculously handsome man or an editor who is about to offer her a trillion dollars for the first draft of her novel.
3. Carrie is secretly really, really shy even though she’s pathetically outgoing in person. She has a very hard time calling people. So, if you want to talk to her, make the first move. And, if you’re her in-Maine female best friend, Jennifer, do NOT get mad at her because she is so bad at returning emails.
4. Carrie sometimes wears mismatched socks, if you do not think this is cool, do not tell her. You will hurt her feelings.
5. Carrie really, really wants you to like her books. Please like her books. PLEEEAASSSEEEE. She’ll be your best friend forever. That is, if you want a friend who is shy about calling and emailing and who wears mismatched socks and can’t drink caffeine and likes being pet on the head. Hhmmm….
6. Carrie is not above begging.
7. Carrie, like Belle in TIPS ON HAVING A GAY (ex) BOYFRIEND drinks Postum. It’s for the same reason, too.
8. Carrie loves Great Pyrenees dogs. They are huge and white, and furry and it looks like they have white eyeliner and mascara on, which is way too cute. Do you have one? Send a picture!
9. Carrie lives in Maine. She has a hard time with this in the winter. It is bleak in Maine in the winter. Imagine everything shades of gray and brown and no green anywhere except for in people’s noses. This is Maine in Winter. Maine in summer is the best place in the world, so it’s a trade-off. Feel free to invite Carrie to your house in the winter, but not if it’s in Greenland, Canada, or anywhere north of Florida.
10. Forget that. She’d still probably come.