After her beloved step-father's death, Zara's mother sends her to live in rural Maine with her grandmother. Strange things start happening immediately: teenage boys are disappearing from the town and there is a creepy pointing man in the woods who calls to her. On the other hand, there are two gorgeous guys interested in her and they both distrust the other one. Zara's not sure what to think.
Things get interesting when Zara and her new friends discover why the creepy pointing guy leaves gold dust in his wake: he's a pixie. And not a friendly one. In fact, he's looking for a queen and has targeted Zara. Luckily, Nick takes on the role of protecting Zara but he has some secrets, too.
Need is basically a combination of Twilight and Wicked Lovely: a girl moves away from her mother to a small town with a pixie king who is hunting her. As such, I rather enjoyed it. Zara's obsession with phobias was fun and each chapter was named after a phobia - my favourite chapter title was "Pixiophobia, a fear of pixies. I made this up, but believe me it should be a word because it sure is a legitimate fear." Heh heh.
Zara was more like Aislinn in Wicked Lovely than Bella in Twilight with her spunkiness, bravery, and nerve. Sure, she was a bit reckless and needed Nick to swoop in and save her once or twice, but at least Nick didn't watch her sleep. Zara was likeable and funny and believable, and her grandmother Betty was fantastic.
Four stars out of five for Need.