Friday, October 23, 2009

Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Title: Deadly Little Secret
Author: Laurie Faria Stolarz
Publisher: Hyperion
Hardcover, 252 pages
Release Date: December 23, 2008

Description (Taken from Amazon)
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.
Deadly Little Secret is a story about mystery, stalkers, and a bad boy that we know we shouldn’t want, but do anyway. Camelia Hammond is the average high school student who has a near death experience with the new bad boy. She is drawn to him by the way he touched her and she sees past the label that everyone else gives him. New bad boy Ben has some dark secrets and his arrival coincides with Camelia receiving some not-so-welcome packages. Camelia is determined to figure out who is sending her stalker notes, befriend the bad boy/new lab partner Ben, and do all her school stuff at the same time. It could be exhausting, but Laurie Faria Stolarz ties it all together so well, that it never seems convoluted.

I picked up this book as a spur of the moment thing and I’m really glad that I did. The novel is short, topping out at 252 pages and the only bad thing I have to complain about is that I wish it had been longer. Camelia is a strong female character and I really enjoyed her voice. She becomes attracted to Ben throughout the story, but she never throws caution to the wind to pursue him. She remains rational and never really loses herself in a boy. Ben is the mysterious bad boy that no one seems to understand. His past is very interesting and it’s easy to see why Camelia is so intrigued by him.

The stalker aspect of the story is incredibly creepy. I love how the stalker’s diary entries are part of the book. It certainly adds a degree of ‘sketchball’ to the guy. The diary entries also help to offset the romanticism. Using the creepy diary entries reminds the reader that it’s not all about Camelia and Ben, but that there’s a bigger picture as well. The way we see the bigger picture is so explosive and raw that I was unable to put the book down towards the end.

Deadly Little Secret is well-written, funny, witty, sexy, creepy, and so many other contradicting adjectives. It was an excellent (but short) read and I look forward to seeing where the series goes.  
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it

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21 comments:

natalierenae said...

I've been hearing a lot about this one, and I'm so glad you enjoyed it so much. I'm a little worried (as always) that it won't live up to the hype, but I'm definitely bumping it up to the top of my TBR list. Thanks for the review!

Natalie @ Mindful Musings

A Life Bound By Books said...

Great review. This book has been in my wishlist for a little while now. I'm looking forward to reading it. :o)

-Lisa

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

I just started seeing this book around. Thanks for the review. I feel like I know better now what it's about and whether I'd like it.

The Lateiner Gang said...

I like the way this sounds. Now that I actually read Hush Hush, I am totally into these books!

Thanks for the review!

Dave
The Lateiner Gang

The Lateiner Gang said...

I like the way this sounds. Now that I actually read Hush Hush, I am totally into these books!

Thanks for the review!

Dave
The Lateiner Gang

pepsivanilla said...

Ooh this sounds spooky!
Great review, sounds like this is a good start to the series!

donnas said...

Great review. Sounds really good. Thanks for sharing.

The Book Vixen said...

Mystery, suspense and romance all mixed into one book? Now that's my kind of book! This is the first time I've seen a trailer for this book. Thanks for sharing!

Great review!

Bianca said...

Great review! It just makes wanna read this even more!

Bianca

Nickles said...

I'm glad you liked! Nice review! I can't wait to read the sequel.

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

Danger, intrigue...right up my alley especially with an irresistible bad boy! I'l love an excellent short read. I'd feel so accomplished!

Gregory @ Teens Read and Write said...

Sounds like I'd like this one. More action and excitement rather than mushy romance!

Jake Kirk@Teens Read and Write said...

Gregory's right, this does sound like something manyly men could enjoy! Nice review, thanks!

WilowRaven said...

I really want to read this one! Glad it had a good spooky factor. Thanks for the review!

xxsquigglesxx said...

This book looks great. I love short, quick, fun reads!

Bhumi said...

This sounds like a great book, a burst of fresh air. Sounds like a book I would really enjoy reading!

Nice review too!

Margie said...

I've seen a few reviews of this book and it sounds like a page-turner. Nice job on the review!

Taylor P. said...

Nice review! I've read her other books and this one sounds just as good if not better. =)

StephTheBookworm said...

This one has been on my TBR list for a while. I am dying to read it. Great review!

Wrighty said...

I've heard good things about this one and really look forward to reading it myself. Great review! If it's funny, witty, sexy, creepy and much more than I can't wait for the whole series!

Alexa said...

Laurie Faria Stolarz is one of my favorite authors and this book sounds just as good as her others ones. Thanks for the review!

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