Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
From the best-selling author of Blue is for Nightmares comes a story of paranormal romance that's sure to be a thrilling and chilling teen favorite.
When I read the synopsis of this book I thought it would be a unique mystery read but I was quite disappointed by it. It was a fast read as it only took me a few hours to get through but by the end I didn’t feel attached to any of the characters and the whole story felt rushed. It did have some similarities to Twilight, Ben rescuing her from an out of control car in the parking lot, them being chemistry partners, and him ignoring her in the beginning….there’s nothing wrong with Twilight but it just wasn’t original.
Camelia’s behaviour throughout the book got on my nerves. She was attracted to Ben the minute he saved her life and when everyone was saying he killed his girlfriend she wasn’t even a bit put off him, she knew she was in danger and her stalker had been in her house yet she didn’t bother telling her parents or the police and continued to stay home alone…makes total sense right? That’s not rational behaviour.
I did enjoy the mystery element of the story as even when I figured out who her stalker was I still doubted myself. However, throughout the story we didn’t get any interaction between Camelia, Ben, Kimmie and Wes all together so we didn’t really get a chance to get to know them. Camelia also didn’t seem a bit bothered that Ben completely ignored her in the beginning and then he suddenly liked her. He should have had to win her over in some way and spent time with her and her friends. Maybe then she would have actually trusted him instead of going back and forth between her saying she did and then doubting him when it came down to it.
I kept reading to find out the identity of her stalker but as for her and Ben ending up together or not it really doesn’t bother me as their relationship just wasn’t believable. This book isn’t all bad though it was entertaining, the writing was good and it had potential to be a great read but it just fell flat. I will give it a second chance and read the second book but I don’t have any high expectations.