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review 2017-01-04 14:00
Deadly Little Secret (Touch #1) by Laurie Faria Stolarz Review
Deadly Little Secret - Laurie Faria Stolarz

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.

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review 2015-08-31 20:05
Daisy McDare and the Deadly Secret Affair
Daisy McDare And The Deadly Secret Affair (Daisy McDare Cozy Creek Mystery Book 7) - K.M. Morgan

Daisy's friend, Chloe, invited her to her book launch party. Since Chloe's book is based on Daisy of course she goes to the party. Too bad the party was a bust. There weren't many people attending but the ones that did go sure made it a memorable night.


Chloe's publisher, Hank Hammond, argued with several employees that evening and his wife found out that he had TWO mistresses! When he was later found dead there were so many suspects it was going to take the police a long time to find the murderer. Daisy couldn't let her friend, Chloe, be declared guilty so she decided to find out who the real killer was. Detective Stern was handling the case but he wasn't happy about Daisy's interference in the investigation.


I have always liked the Daisy McDare books and the way she solves the crimes. They are well written, light mysteries that are fun to read. Unlike some other reviewers, this wasn't my favourite. I thought it was slow starting with the first 20% or so giving information about Daisy that wasn't necessary. In general, this book wasn't as interesting as the others in this series.


Please note I received a complementary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2015-07-03 23:19
Deadly Little Secret
Deadly Little Secret - Laurie Faria Stolarz

This wasn't terrible, but it wasn't great, either.


Camille is annoying in a lot of ways, and she never really gets better. She is socially awkward in the most obnoxious way--she's extremely self-centered and it causes her to miss all sorts of things that are obviously going wrong in other people's lives. She's also not terribly bright and has that annoying YA "heroine" tendency to run straight towards the creepiest guy in the room at any given moment. If someone tells you they think he might be a murderer and you think he might be stalking you, seems like you should be running in the other direction, yeah? Is this just me?


Of course, because one time he managed to help her when she was in danger, Edward Ben somehow became the center of her universe at all times, and she trusted him even when he basically told her not to. Because that is not creepy at all.


There are no vampires, but this book was very clearly written riding on the Twilight wave, and sometimes the similarities are a bit too much. Unfortunately, vampires, even awkward sparkly vampires who play baseball, are just plain more interesting than what we have here in terms of paranormal stuff. Camille is awfully similar to Bella, but somehow I found the latter less annoying. Possibly because she was the first?


I did enjoy the thriller aspect and I thought the handling of the second viewpoint was done pretty well. I enjoyed trying to figure out what was going on, although I did manage to figure it out well before things were revealed. Camille is a trusting little soul and does not pay attention to things that should be obvious sometimes.


I won't pick up the rest of the series, but I'm not against maybe trying something else by the author, hopefully something that feels a little less derivative.

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text 2015-06-11 05:39
Reading progress update: I've read 63%.
Deadly Little Secret - Laurie Faria Stolarz

Is it bad that I'm more interested in what on earth is going on with her parents than literally anything that is happening to the main character? I'm going with probably. I'm going to finish this partly because it's very short and I'm really close to doing so but mostly because I really want to know what is going on with them. 


On the plus side, this is becoming more of a thriller than I had previously expected, and I appreciate that. 

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text 2015-06-10 22:27
Reading progress update: I've read 14%.
Deadly Little Secret - Laurie Faria Stolarz

Gee whiz is she socially awkward. Not in an endearing way, either, in a "good lord, leave people alone because they don't like you for a good reason" kind of way. Clingy and self-serving. And annoying. I'm not completely sure I'm going to bother finishing this. Especially if it turns out the SUPER CREEPY STALKER GUY is supposed to be the romance. I'm just not into that. 


No big deal if I decide not to finish it, though; this was a random "Ooh, pretty cover!" read from the library. 

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