Thursday, November 24, 2011

Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz - Review

Deadly Little Secretby Laurie Faria Stolarz

Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published October 7th 2009 by Disney Hyperion
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.


My Review:

Camelia is saved form certain death in a car accident by a very cute guy. The thing is, freaks out when he touches her stomach and pretty much runs away from her, before she can even ask his name or utter a 'thank you'.

Three months later, he's still on her mind. And surprise, surprise, in her school. He's the new guy everyone's talking about. Ben Carter. The Killer. The guy who strangled his girlfriend and then pushed her over a cliff.

But Camelia is set upon thanking him, weird rumors or not. But Ben insists hewasn't the one to save her, and starts to avoid her.

What I liked was that, every few pages the POV would change from Camelia's to a guy's, and this guy turns out to be a very freaky stalker. It was interesting to see what was on his mind. Creepy, but interesting nonetheless.

What I didn't like was that Camelia was WAY too much like Bella for my taste. Very 'Mary Sue' like.
I mean, it was as if EVERY single boy out there wants her, and she couldn't care less about them, because she wanted the rude, dark one. Her boss wanted her, her ex wanted her, the cute jock, too...

Not to mention the car accident and the lab scene. Totally 'Twilight' material. Even the 'touchy-feely' thing with Ben, which was getting annoying... until we finally found out the reason for it.

To me, her friends were the ones who really stole scene. Kimmie and Matt were my favorite characters, no doubt. (at least at first, mind you).They were funny and they felt real. More than the main characters ever did.

The ending was like 'wow', even if I sort of was expecting it, but I kept changing my mind all the time. That dramatic second-guessing thing was great too. I just didn't care much for the heroine and the Twilight-ish stuff.

All in all, this is a fun, mysterious, quick YA read.

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


  1. seriously, this book is nothing like twilight. if you read her earlier stuff, stolarz has been doing stalker-forbidden-romance-y stuff way before meyer. plus, how can you even compare the writing?! as for the lab scene, stolarz uses chemistry and they're actual scenes with actual stuff going on, rather than meyer's one brief scene where they sit next to one another in bio. as for the car scene, they both read very differently to me. stolarz's character pushed her out of the way of an oncoming car. he did not push a car out of the way. i've also seen that scene in movies and TV. why not site those as well?

  2. Well, if you take a look at Goodreads and Amazon, you'll see I'm not the only one who thought that. I'll admit I am not familiar with this author's earlier works, but you have every right to your opinions, just as I do. ;)

  3. It don't seems like like Twilight for me, it seems like the movie Vampire's Suck UHAUAHAUAHUAHA
    "...thrilling and chilling teen favorite"? Come on, is Ben a lake monster or something? She is in danger, okay, but from what? Some other monsters?

    I don't know, I don't know...
    I have to read it to be sure! hehehe


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