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  Booklist Review

Half-pixie/half-human Zara, Nick, and their friends imprisoned evil pixies in Need (2008), but more of the wicked sprites are springing up everywhere, and a pixie king is convinced that Zara is his queen something hard to refute since her skin turns blue every time he appears. Nick is fatally wounded during an ambush, causing Zara to believe she must give in to her dark side to save him. This entry successfully delivers expected characters, tensions, and romance. Norse lore adds a new dimension, but feels extraneous rather than integrated into the story. Still, fans will rejoice in the familiar.--Welch, Cindy Copyright 2010 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

In trademark idiosyncratic figurative prose, Jones continues her supernatural series set during a cold Maine winter and begun in Need (2009). Zara's father is a pixie king, and she's terrified of turning pixie herself. Pixies are malevolent and deadly, burning with not-quite-defined "need." Fighting against them are weres/shapeshifters, including Zara's passionate boyfriend, Nick. This is a flattish middle installment, with steady momentum but little progress. The best aspect is Zara's band of loyal friends: hottie Nick, sometimes wolf; pal Devyn, sometimes eagle; zippy Issie, altogether human; grandma Betty, kickass EMT and occasional tiger. New pixie king Astley claims Zara as his queen but won't kiss her (turning her pixie) until she so chooses. Everything grand hinges on this choice, but for Zaradespite her Amnesty International activism and flashes of awareness about anti-pixie bigotryonly Nick matters. When yet a third pixie king threatens Nick, Zara will do anything to reach Valhalla and save him. Neither the best nor worst of supernatural romance, but the fusion of self-sacrifice and burning love will fully slake the thirst of eager Need fans. (Paranormal romance. YA) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
<p>Zara and her friends knew they hadn't solved the pixie problem for good. Far from it. The king's needs grow deeper every day he's stuck in captivity, while his control over his people gets weaker. It's made him vulnerable. And now there's a new king in town.</p> <p>A turf war is imminent, since the new pixie king, Astley, is moving in quickly. Nick nearly killed him in the woods on day one, but Zara came to his rescue. Astley swears that he and Zara are destined to be together, that he's one of the good guys. Nick isn't buying it, though Zara isn't as sure -- despite herself, she wants to trust the new king. But it's a lot more than her relationship with Nick that is at stake. It's her life -- and his.</p>
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