Middle school students have reading interests that run the gamut from Diary of a Wimpy Kid to Twilight. Sometimes as a parent it is hard to know what is age appropriate for your child. Through this blog, I will try to help parents make informed decisions about what is available in our library. I am hoping that this blog will be a resource for our parents, and that we can all work together to make our students life-long readers!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


by Carrie Jones

From the publisher:
"Zara collects phobias the way other high school girls collect lipsticks. 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 all the elements to keep teens rapidly turning the pages."

This is a fun read for Twilight-lovers, because you pretty much just have to substitute pixies for vampires, a small town in Maine for Forks, and Izzie and Devyn for Alice and Jasper.  But if that doesn't bother you, it is a fun read.  I enjoyed how each chapter was named for one of Zara's phobias.  Zara is spunky and funny, and there is blessedly no love triangle in the book.

There are probably 40+ uses of the "d" , "h" and "a" words.  There is some pretty passionate kissing.  The pixies in the story are not the cute little blue things from Harry Potter.  They are mean and blood-sucking, so there is quite a bit of violence.

Suggested age:
Publisher's Weekly - Ages 12 +
*Mrs. Duke says - While it is very similar to Twilight, there is a lot more language in this book."

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