Jul 28, 2010

Book Review - Deadly Little Lies

Deadly Little Lies
By: Laurie Faria Stolarz

Genre: YA Paranormal
Pages:  304
Content: Some language

Back Cover:

Last fall, sixteen-year-old Camelia fell for Ben, the mysterious new boy at school who turned out to have a very mysterious gift--pyschometry, 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 her own strange brushes with premonition. Camelia wonders if Ben's abilities have somehow rubbed off on her. Can the power of psychometry be transferred?

Even once Ben returns to school, Camelia can't get close enough to share her secret with him. Despite the romantic tension between them, Ben remains aloof, avoiding contact. Then when an unexpected kiss leads to a frightening argument, Camelia makes the painful decision to let Ben go and move on.  Adam, the hot new guy at work, seems good for her in ways Ben wasn't.  Adam is easygoing, and seems to really care about her.
But when Camelia and Adam start dating, a surprising love triangle results. A chilling sequence of events upturns 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.

My Review:

This is the sequel to "Deadly Little Secret" which I LOVED! I read the entire book in one day and it left me wanting more. I loved Camelia and Ben and just knew they were meant to be with each other. The story was fresh and exciting and the climax toward the end was not only a surprise, but left me on the edge of my seat for several pages. I loved, loved, LOVED this book.

"Deadly Little Lies" left me very disappointed. Although it was a continuation of the first book, with the same characters, it seemed to repeat most of what happened in the first book. SPOILER ALERT: Ben was still being distant, Camelia was still getting threatening notes and phone calls and her parents were still uninformed because of an aunt that was suicidal and needed their attention. Blah blah blah. The only difference was the new character, Adam, that caused a little competition for Ben. Even the climax at the end fizzled out before it even began. I was so disappointed.

The third and last book in the trilogy is, "Deadly Little Games" and I have to admit that I will probably read it. I do want to know how it all works out because I'm invested in the characters. I hope it's a little more exciting, however. I love the writing style and the author did a great job of portraying the psychic abilities and such, but the actual story line in this book wasn't what I expected. I heard someone say the other day that they were sick of trilogies and that they felt the second book in most of them was just a bridge to the third one. At the time I thought they were wrong, but now I wonder if there isn't some truth to it.

So, buy the first one, check the second one out of the library before spending the money to add it to your collection and the third book will be in stores on December 28th, 2010.

NOTE: There is some mild language in this one. No "F" bomb or taking the Lord's name in vein, though.


  1. Too bad about the second book, but you sure made me want to read the first! Great review, Christine!

  2. oh i felt that way about THE AWAKENING (book 2 in the darkest powers trilogy by kelly armstrong). it was a complete waste of time (a bridge to the third book as you say) - which was a total disappointment because the first book was so good. i'm ticked off enough that i probably won't even read the third book.

  3. What a bummer. With trilogies, alot of times that seems to be the case, which is too bad. I hadn't even heard about these books though. I'll have to check out the first one. Sounds very exciting. =D

  4. Are there many trilogies where the second book is good? Hmmm...
    I actually liked the 2nd and 3rd books in the Attolia series.

  5. Okay, so I totally just left this big long comment, only to have blogger give me an error message. So. In case that comment doesn't show up, I'll repeat that I am going to add this series to my TBR list now.

    And also. Catching Fire was NOT a bridge book. Okay, well it was because the end left us hanging. But it's better than Hunger Games, IMO. *shrugs* Just sayin.