Sunday, December 23, 2012
Review: Deadly Little Lessons by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Published: December 18, 2012
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Series: Touch #5
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Synopsis: Camelia's junior year of high school is finally over...but her troubles aren't. After she discovers a painful truth about her family, she escapes to a summer arts program in Rhode Island, determined to put family - and boyfriend - dramas behind her.
At the arts school, she gets caught up in the case of Sasha Beckerman, a local girl who's gone missing. Even though all signs suggest that the teen ran away, Camelia senses otherwise. Eager to help the girl, she launches her own investigation. While reviewing the details online, she stumbles across a blog by someone named Neal Moche, a fellow psychometric. With Ben away, Camelia feels as if she's found a kindred spirit in Neal. That sense of connection also makes Camelia realize how much she misses Ben, despite being committed to Adam.
But time is running out for Sasha, and Camelia will have to trust her powers more than ever. Will the lessons she has learned give her the strength to save Sasha before it's too late?
My Review: I was originally planning on reading Pushing the Limits before reading this but I couldn't help it. I need to know how this series ended. I'll definitely be reading Pushing the Limits next (in fact I've already started it).
This series isn't as good as I remembered. I used to love these books. I think they have now turned into a guilty pleasure because while Deadly Little Lessons was not amazing I still liked it. Maybe I just have a soft spot for series I've been reading for over four years.
I expected this book to be so much creepier. I even read it at night to make everything seem more creepier. It didn't work. The entire book was so predictable too. I mean I figured out most of it within the first couple chapters. The hints were too obvious. It did have a little twist at the end but it didn't give me the feeling you have after a book completely surprises you. It isn't surprise but I'm not sure how to describe it.
Then there was the romance. I'll be honest and say that I never really liked the romance throughout the book. I hated Adam and most of the time I thought Ben was creepy. I preferred Ben to Adam only because I felt that I understood his character more and I hated the fact that the Adam came into the story because he wanted to hurt Ben. I think I just didn't want to deal with the drama because it was pretty obvious who Camelia was going to end up with.
The beginning of the book was so strange. It opened up with Camelia finding out that she's adopted. It got me interested at first but then it was just Camelia complaining about how her parents lied to her. After she decided to go to her art course it got more interesting. I also found it really strange how Sasha's mother seemed ok with Camelia's powers. It barely took any convincing for her to believe that Camelia wasn't completely crazy. I'm pretty sure that doesn't normally happen in real life but I could be wrong.
So despite all the problems I had with this book I really enjoyed it. It was a quick and easy read with an interesting story. I'm pretty satisfied with the ending. I think that only people who enjoyed the previous books would like this one.