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Deadly Little Secret (Touch, Book 1) Hardcover – December 23, 2008

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About the Author

Laurie Faria Stolarz is the author ofProject 17andBleed, as well as the highly popular young adult novelsBlue Is for Nightmares,White Is for Magic,Silver Is for Secrets, andRed Is for Remembrance. Born and raised in Salem, Massachusetts, Stolarz attended Merrimack College and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston. For more information, please visit her Web site at www.lauriestolarz.com.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 18 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 - 9
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; First Edition edition (December 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423111443
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423111443
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laurie Faria Stolarz (Massachusetts) has a great interest in young adult culture, and admires young adults for their passion, energy, and creativity. Blue is for Nightmares is the product of her desire to write a novel that would have appealed to herself at that age, namely one that has a blending of suspense, romance, and the art of keeping secrets.
Stolarz has an MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Young Adult Literature and a graduate certificate in Screenwriting, both from Emerson College in Boston. She currently teaches writing and is a member of the SCBWI as well as several professional writing groups. She has also written and edited numerous middle school and high schools texts.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By True Jennifer on June 29, 2009
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Deadly Little Secrets is a fast paced, plot and mystery driven start to what I believe will be an incredible series. The book is fun and easy to follow, and the characters are believable. The main characters, Camelia and Ben flawed and likable. The elements of their personalities that make them flawed are the elements that make them believable. As a hero, Ben is torn and broken, dangerous and struggling with himself and the things around him. He is a loner just trying to be normal when normal is not an option. Camelia is quirky and artsy and is mysteriously drawn to Ben. Camelia and Ben are a couple that just shouldn't happen, but does, and you want to see it work. But Camelia is plagued by strange and scary calls, and even more frightening photographs. And Camelia just doesn't know who she can trust or believe. The secondary characters are fun and could easy be people walking the halls of any high school. They add just the right amount of fizz to the story.

Part of the story telling strategy is filling in chapters with journal entries, which works incredible well in setting up the suspense and the whodunit. The progression of the entries from thoughtful to scary creates a curiosity of who exactly is stalking Camelia. And just when you think you know who, you start questioning it.

Some people may compare this book with the Twilight series but please, read it as a stand alone. While there are scenes that seem familiar, like a near fatal car accident and Ben and Camelia being Chem partner's, the plot and storyline are different. The road that it starts to create as a series will lead down a different path. Not to mention the characters are not like Bella and Edward. I am a Twilight fan, but as characters, Edward is near perfect and Bella is a damsel is distress.
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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful By K. Sullivan-dowdy on February 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book was extremely entertaining with a great plot and storyline- there are no slow parts in the book (unlike what some reviewers said) and the ending just screams for the next book in the series. I loved the stalker-ness of the book, becasue the whole time I was reading it, I was trying to find out who the lingerie-leaver was.... is it really Ben? Spencer? Wes? Matt? John Kenneally? I would recommend this book to anyone who is hunting for an entertaining book.

Oh, and the Twilight-ish part is this:
-Ben and Camelia meet when he saves her from being hit by a car.
-they are lab partners in chemistry class.
-the whole "I don't want to hurt you, but I love you" thing.

Anyway, it's really good!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By CoffeeGurl HALL OF FAME on February 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Sixteen-year-old Camelia leads a rather normal life. She has a group of interesting friends and loves art. But then she is almost killed one day. A car almost hits her, and a young man saves her life. He is darkly handsome and somewhat mysterious. He is also hated in town and in school. After all, it is believed that he murdered his girlfriend. So when someone begins to stalk Camelia, leaving her creepy presents and making harassing calls, everyone is certain that Ben is the one doing those things. Ben does have a dark secret, one that Camelia had never thought possible. At least it explains why he seems to go out of his way to have some form of physical contact with her...

This is a good premise for a paranormal mystery series. The characters are fun and bubbly and this lighthearted aspect is mixed in with a darker language and theme in the book. I agree with the other reviewers that this novel is somewhat similar to the Twilight series. There aren't any vampires in this book, but there is plenty of romantic tension between the two main characters as well as a paranormal subplot. I give this three stars because I was disappointed with the mystery aspect. The stalker is the person I suspected all along, which made the ending somewhat anticlimactic for me. Other than that, I enjoyed the romance and mystique surrounding the Ben character. I don't know if I'll give the second book a whirl, but this is worth looking into if you're in the bargain for a series similar to the Twilight saga.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary Kate on September 6, 2009
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**My rating is 3.5 stars - I'm rounding up 'cause I'm in a good mood today.**

I've read Laurie Faria Stolarz' "Blue is for Nightmares" series and, while I didn't find it a fantabulous, can't-put-it-down-for-one-second-must-read, the series was an engrossing and entertaining escape. I expected more of the same from her new Touch series and got just that.

In Deadly Little Secret we meet Camelia, a well-adjusted teen whose life is pretty ordinary. But after Ben, the mysterious boy who rescued her from a car accident returns to town as the new guy with a dangerous reputation, Camelia's life takes a darker turn. In short order, she is feeling threatened and is left wondering who to trust and who to fear. Since Ben, on the surface, seems to fit into the "someone to fear" category - or at least a "someone to be wary of" category - her attraction to him complicates her life and affects her decision-making abilities.

I found Deadly Little Secret to be a mostly satisfying read, but it wasn't perfect.

While I liked Camelia, I did get annoyed with her from time to time, feeling that she occasionally acted foolishly or in ways that might have endangered her. Because of the overwhelming evidence that she was being stalked - and by someone who was growing increasingly aggressive and threatening - she shouldn't have been seeing ANYONE alone. But, of course, if she would have behaved in a completely rational manner, going to her parents or the police, we probably wouldn't have had much of a story. :-)

I really liked the relationship between Camelia and her friends, Kimmie and Wes. They obviously knew each other well and I felt there was a believable, long-time friend mix of being alternately supportive of and almost completed oblivious to one another.
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