Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Deadly Little Lessons by Laurie Faria Stolarz Review

"Camelia Hammond's trying 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 - drama behind her, she throws herself into her artwork.

At the arts school, she gets caught up in the case of Sasha Beckerman, a local girl who is missing. Even though all signs suggest that the teen ran away, Camelia senses otherwise. Eager to help the girl, she launches her own investigation. She finds a blog by someone named Neal Moche, a psychometric who might have clues to Sasha's whereabouts. There is something familiar about Neal, and Camelia realizes 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 if she's to save her. Will the lessons Camelia has learned in the past give her the strength to do so?"

Random Question about Deadly Little Lessons: Does anyone know if Deadly Little Lessons is the last book or not?  

Deadly Little Lessons is the best of the Touch series so far! Deadly Little Lessons is the fifth book in the touch series and is recommended to twelve years old and up. Deadly Little Lessons is about Camelia Hammond, a psychic, who is struggling with her psychic powers and her fears of becoming insane like her Aunt, who is currently locked up and away. Deadly Little Lessons is a relatively short book with about roughly a little more over three hundred pages. 

Deadly Little Lessons is an emotional rollercoaster that just goes up and up until, at the end, goes down in a sudden vertical drop with a touch of danger, love, fire (yes, real fire), and luck. We follow the plot as it twists and twirls in the air, driven by gravity and inertia. The tracks are created by an invisible hand and Camelia's choices in Deadly Little Lessons. 

It's difficult to tell the difference between Camelia's and Sasha's POV. In the beginning we think the side chapters or the 'lesson' chapters are Camelia's POV from the future until we quickly reach the end. Then we realize it is Sasha's story, not Camelia's. Hello author? You should have told us that in the beginning, but the element puts more interest and tone into the book, so it stays. 

The ending is sweet. Even though there isn't a cliffhanger, like many of the previous books, I can't help but wonder if this is the last. Will it be? Or will there be another deadly little book? 


Camelia is probably the best character created in the Touch series. She is intelligent, brave, and knowledgeable. She knows where to find help and knows when there isn't any. She fights despite other people's comments and heartbreaking lies. Camelia is amazing; We have to wonder how does she juggle all these fears and hopes while solving Sasha's disappearance. 

Ben needs to make more of an appearance. For most of this book, Ben is in another place and doing his own solo investigations. I swear if he doesn't get back with Camelia and stay with her, I will... Ugh! Sometimes I really hate Young Adult boys. 

Adam, poor guy, doesn't see that Camelia isn't liking him anymore. He serves as a minor character in Deadly Little Lessons. 

Rating: Five out of Five. 

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