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Sunday, February 5, 2012

I would like to inform you ahead of time that if you have not read the other three books in the series, things will be spoiled within the summary and potentially in my personal review of the book. I am sorry for any spoilers. However, if you have not read the other three books, you should do so! It is a fantastic series and such a good read. They are fast paced and will keep you on the edge of your seat!

My Overall Rating:

Age Recommendation:
Again, as with the rest of the series, I would have to recommend an age of at least 13. I've said it before, it's a dark series.

Cover Art:
Normally I rave about the cover art for this series. Now, I now that a lot of authors have no say in what covers will look like, but so far, her covers have been pretty good at actually having something to do with the story. This one however, keeps throwing me off. The colors? It just stands out against the other three books in the series. It still leaves me questioning things throughout the book but I don't think this one has any relevance.


High school junior Camelia thought her powers of psychometry only gave her the ability to sense the future through touch. But now she’s started to hear voices. Mean voices. Berating her, telling her how ugly she is, and that she’d be better off dead. It’s a troubling development that has Camelia terrified for her mental stability, especially since her deranged aunt with a suicidal history has just moved into the family house. More torturing, ex-boyfriend Ben, who has similar psychometric abilities, has been spending more time with their classmate Alejandra.
With the line between right and wrong fraying, Camelia turns to pottery to get a grasp on her emotions. She begins sculpting a beautiful figure skater, only to receive frightening premonitions that someone’s in danger. But who is the victim? And how can Camelia help them when she is on the brink of losing her own sanity?

My Thoughts:
In the midst of losing your own sanity, would you be completely absorbed in protecting someone else? Every time I read about Camelia, I'm baffled. This girl either has a hero complex or she is just so amazingly genuinely good-hearted that she simply wants to save everyone. However, I'm leaning more towards the hero complex. No matter what, this girl just can't stay away from helping someone she THINKS could be in danger.

Laurie Faria Stolarz wowed me again with the second to last installment of her TOUCH series. When it comes down to it, this series is very reminiscent of her Blue is for Nightmare series. Although it is geared toward a slightly older audience within the world of Young Adult fiction. It seems like in the third book, Deadly Little Games, that she really fell into the groove of having us get to really know the characters. No more am I forgetting who is who and what has been going on. I finally feel like I know the characters. Even if it did take a couple of books. I love the thrill of all of the anticipation of what will happen next.

This book is a page turner, just like its predecessors. I read it in one go and couldn't put it down. And like the others, it is so much fun to read alone at night. It's just enough suspense to give you that thrill while still ensuring a decent night's sleep. If you don't pick up another book, that is. The writing of the book is very fast paced making it an extremely easy and fun read. Laurie keeps you on the edge of your seat guessing and wondering what will happen next as Camelia and crew continue on their journey to understand the strange power of psychometry.

As where the last book left off, I'm really glad that we get to really know Aunt Alexia in this installment. Her connection to Camelia has been one of the biggest driving forces that has kept me hooked on this series since her introduction. I can't wait to see how the story unfolds and wraps up in the final book in the series, Deadly Little Lessons, on December 12, 2012.

Deadly Little Voices by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Pages: 352 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Hyperion
Release Date: December 6, 2011
Purchased from store

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