Friday, June 19, 2009

Book Review: Deadly Little Lies by Laurie Faria Stolarz

click here to read my review of Deadly Little Secret, the first in the series.

Last fall, sixteen-year-old Camelia fell for Ben, a new boy at school who had a very mysterious gift – psychometry, the ability to sense the future through touch. But just as Camelia and Ben's romance began to heat up, he abruptly left town. Brokenhearted, Camelia has spent the last few months studying everything she can about psychometry and experiencing strange brushes with premonition. Camelia wonders if Ben's abilities have somehow been transferred to her.

Ben returns to school, but he remains aloof, and Camelia can't get close enough to share her secret with him. Camelia makes the painful decision to let him go and move on. Adam, the hot new guy at Knead, seems good for her in ways Ben wasn't. But when Camelia and Adam start dating, a surprising love triangle results. A chilling sequence of events uncovers secrets from Ben’s past – and Adam's. Someone is lying, and it's up to Camelia to figure out who – before it's too late.

Deadly Little Lies will be available in November 2009 in hardcover wherever books are sold. Published by Hyperion. Pre-order from Amazon. summary from www.lauriestolarz.com

Review:

For this book, I have compiled a list of five rules. Number 1: Trust no one. Number 2: Don't make any assumptions. Number 3: Try not to scream. Number 4: Don't believe anyone. And Number Five: Stolarz kicks ass.

I was blown away by this novel, even more so than by Deadly Little Secret. It sucks you in from the first page, and is very difficult to put down until the end. Stolarz was fabulous at displaying Camelia's fears, and that made the book even easier to get into. The story starts off with action, builds up a ton of suspense, and then BAM! You are left completely and utterly shocked by the conclusion.

The mysterious air from Deadly Little Secret most definitely returns in this fabulous sequel, and will have you hanging on till the end. Ben and Camelia's complicated, yet still very there, romance was a hooking subplot to the story, for you constantly are wondering if and when they will ever realize how much they both need eachother. But, throughout the story you begin to doubt Ben, which causes that urge to yell for Camelia to leave him alone. The eery attraction Adam seems to have for Camelia most definitely added conflict as well, making you wonder if maybe, just maybe, their relationship could survive longer than Camelia and Ben's.

The threat of another stalker, and the worry that Matt may be returning kept me turning pages eagerly, hoping that none of Camelia's friends would turn out to be just the opposite. The voices Camelia hears and eerie messeges she recieves only increase your suspcion, and make sure you are always pointing your finger at someone else.

Being a major fan horror films, I was very surprised by how much this novel exceeded my expectations, and even made me want to glance under the bed and lock all the doors. Deadly Little Lies is perfect for a late at night read, when the entire house is silent and the only noise is your fingers against the pages. It was like watching a horror film and screaming at the screen for the person to do something, but they can't hear you. This book? It's scary!

Deadly Little Lies and it's predecessors would be great reads for fans of The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting and the Darkest Power trilogy by Kelley Armstrong.

Grade: A+

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6 comments:

Leah:) said...

wait, i think i forgot to say this:

Available November 10th, 2009!

Michelle said...

Oh, great review!! I'm soo excited for this book.

Leah:) said...

Thanks, Michelle! You read the first one? they're so good!

Eli said...

Great review! I'm super excited for this to come out... I love all of Stolarz's novels (Love the Blue is for Nighmares series!)I've been curious to see where this series is heading since finishing DLS.

Leah:) said...

thanks, eli!

robin_titan said...

Okay now I'm going to have to add this to my tbr list. Read the first one and thought it was pretty good but was not extremely impressed. I'll definitely have to check this one out. I was thinking about it because I'm curious but now I'm WAY curious.

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