Review: Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz

May 3, 2017 Review 10 ★★★

Review: Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz
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Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Source: Purchased
Pages: 272
Release Date: November 24th 2009
Series: Touch #1
Genres: Adolescence, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, Social Themes, Young Adult
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Some secrets shouldn't be kept...

Up until three months ago, everything in sixteen-year-old Camelia's life had been fairly ordinary: decent grades; an okay relationship with her parents; and a pretty cool part-time job at the art studio downtown. But when Ben, the mysterious new guy, starts junior year at her high school, Camelia's life becomes anything but ordinary.

Rumored to be somehow responsible for his ex-girlfriend's accidental death, Ben is immediately ostracized by everyone on campus. Except for Camelia. She's reluctant to believe the rumors, even when her friends try to convince her otherwise. She's inexplicably drawn to Ben and to his touch. But soon, Camelia is receiving eerie phone calls and strange packages with threatening notes. Ben insists she is in danger, and that he can help-but can he be trusted? She knows he's hiding something... but he's not the only one with a secret.

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There is a lot of love surrounding Laurie Faria Stolarz’s books. Both of my friends that do not enjoy reading have read her books and liked them. While I found DEADLY LITTLE SECRET to be entertaining, I think I would have enjoyed the book more had I read it when I was younger.

One of my biggest issues with this book was that I couldn’t get past the Twilight similarities at first. Without getting to much into that, I’ll just link to Allison’s review here, which mentions all of the uncanny similarities.

I also had a love-hate relationship with the heroine, because although I worried for her, the girl makes the absolute dumbest decisions. Instead of telling her parents (more on them later) or calling the people about the threats that are being made towards her, she chooses to investigate on her own, only putting herself into more danger and never solving anything.

Camelia’s parents are dealing with their own issues which seem mostly unrelated to the actual plot except to act as a reason why Camelia cannot tell her parents she is in danger. When she gets a note threatening her life and when her parents ask her is anything is wrong she says no because her parents are already stressed out about something else. (??!!)

In terms of the actual threats, I thought they definitely added a lot to the book and shrouded the plot in mystery. DEADLY LITTLE SECRET actually makes the effort to try and confuse you on who the actual culprit is, and forming your own theories is fun. Everyone seems guilty, but the book allows you to come to your own conclusion on who to trust.

In terms of the romance, which is somewhat at the forefront of the novel, I found myself frustrated. The paranormal touch aspect added a lot of  unnecessary angst to the romance with the guy being the type who likes to say “I can’t be with you, I’m too dangerous blah blah.” Not to mention how it affects the ending asdfghjkl. But anyways.

Overall, DEADLY LITTLE SECRET was a short book with good pacing that kept me entertained for a few hours. If you are a fan of the author or haven’t read a lot of paranormal romances, this one could be for you!

 

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Overall: 3

10 Responses to “Review: Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz”

  1. Ali

    Man there are so many books I read nowadays that I’m like, “If I was 10 years younger this would have been my jam!” It’s too bad the stories can’t translate well for us “old” folks XD
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  2. Julie @ Happily Ever Chapter

    Ehhhh I think I will skip this one. I’m not big on Twilight and it drives me crazy when the heroine repeatedly makes stupid mistakes just for the sake of the story. Sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy it as much as you had hoped. Great honest review!
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  3. Jessica @ a GREAT read

    Nice! I read her Blue is for Nightmares series years ago and adored it! I picked up this series at HPB awhile back and still need to give it a go. Bummed that it wasn’t as exciting as ones you previously read, but I still plan to give it a try one of these days! LOL! Nice review!
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  4. A Canadian Girl

    I had this in my TBR a long time ago but never got around to reading it. With the passage of time, I then realized it was no longer something I’d be interested in reading. A younger me would have probably enjoyed this and looked past the heroine making stupid decisions to focus on the mystery.
    A Canadian Girl recently posted…Review: The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi

  5. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    I think that I’d get stuck on the similarities to Twilight here and copycat books tend to frustrate me so I probably couldn’t get past that aspect. Kudos to you for finding some positive aspects here though. I feel that, like you, if I could have read this when I was younger, it could have been a winner! Great review though :)
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