Sunday, November 14, 2010

Deadly Little Secrets by Laurie Faria Stolarz

3 out of 5 Robots!
Title: Deadly Little Secret
Series: A Touch Novel, #1
Author: Laurie Faria Stolarz
Genre: Young Adult
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1423111982
ISBN-13: 978-1423111986
My Copy: Contest
Reviewer: Dewey
My Review:
For Camelia life is finally returning to normal after being nearly run over on the last day of school- surviving only because a courageous, mysterious stranger pushed her out of the way. Taking weeks to heal all her bumps and bruises and mentally recovering from what really happened, she is ready to start the new school year fresh. But unexpectedly she comes to find the mysterious stranger who saved her nearly three months ago has walked right back into her life and into her homeroom class!

Determined to thank the courageous Ben Carter for his heroics and saving her life, Camelia confronts the quiet boy only to be shrugged off and told she has mistaken him for the wrong person. Not only is she certain she has the right person, but she can’t seem to stay away from the new student everyone in school is labeling a murderer. She finds herself drawn to him, to his touch, and is finding it extremely difficult to stay away despite the nasty rumors surrounding him. Soon things start to get scary for Camelia as she receives weird messages and threats. Ben warns her of danger and offers to help, but who she can trust? Ben appears to have plenty of his own secrets, but Camelia is reluctant to pin the new threats on her new friend. When all her friends and classmates become possible suspects, Camelia finds herself desperate to search out the person responsible before something serious happens. It’s a race against time to find the answers as the threats seem to be escalating quickly along with her stalker’s temper.

I enjoyed this young adult story and found it is a simple, quick read. The writing was very interesting - reading from the point of view of the main character, but then intermittently getting the perspective of another character though journal entries. This was brilliant and I loved it. However, there was not much detail. within the plot. It seemed to jump subjects quickly. I didn’t really get attached to any of the characters, which I found extremely frustrating. There is so much suspense that I felt like I spent more time trying to solve the mystery than paying attention to the storyline. The ending was also very frustrating as it completely dropped off. I realize this is to be a series of books, but I still felt the ending was too abrupt. I am willing to give book   two a shot though as the story has the all the necessary parts to make an excellent young adult paranormal mystery series.


  1. I read and liked this one!! Actually I participated in a contest... my first one ever in the book world and come a runner up!!

  2. I'm glad you liked it! Did you post your review?

  3. I love that it's, as you say, a quick and light YA book. Sometimes I find YA novels can get overburdened by their own philosophies and logistics... I would definitely read this one.



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