Author: Carrie Jones
"Pain shoots through my head. Fireworks. Explosions. All inside my brain. The white world goes dark and I know what's about to happen.
Zara White suspects a freaky guy is semi-stalking her. She memorizes phobias and chants them when she's nervous. And, okay, she hasn't exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But moving to a shivery Maine town to stay with her grandmother is supposed to be the perfect fix - so her mom says.
Except this new plan of getting away to help Zara stay sane? Yeah, not working. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara's imagination. 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 are pointing to Zara."
"Everybody has fears, right? I'm into that. I collect fears like other people collect stamps, which makes me sound more like a freak than I actually am."
There were a few things about this book that I thought were very cool. I know I mentioned in a previous review that I love it when the main character has hobbies and such that give them some depth. The character of Zara does this very, very well. It's awesome that she's so into phobias and stuff - reading the names of those is interesting and I've always thought they were fun to look at.
I also thought it was really cool that she's so into Amnesty International stuff. In a weird way, I kinda think this would bring more kids to think about being a part of it and understanding what they do by reading this book. That makes this book almost educational! Sorta.
The whole pixie thing is very interesting too - because most books go the fairy/faerie route... so I'm not used to thinking about pixies. At a few points, I was getting them confused. Things like, aren't faeries only allowed to speak the truth? And so on... But it was kinda cool to get into the lore of pixies instead. It was also fun to get the were-animals (or shifters as they were called a few times) involved in the story. Beyond werewolves, I haven't read a whole lot about other weres. But it was a fun diversion, for sure.
I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is into the urban fantasy (even though it takes place in backwater Maine) and the whole paranormal romance thing. I think a lot of people have read this one already, but I'm glad I finally picked it up. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on Captivate - the second book in this series.
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