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Deadly Little Secret (Touch #1)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  18,643 ratings  ·  1,451 reviews

Some secrets shouldn't be kept...

Until three months ago, everything in sixteen-year-old Camelia's life had been fairly ordinary: decent grades, an okay relationship with her parents, and a pretty cool part-time job at the art studio downtown. But when a mysterious boy named Ben starts junior year at her high school, Camelia's life becomes anything but ordinary.

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Paperback, 252 pages
Published November 10th 2009 by Disney-Hyperion (first published December 8th 2008)
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Two stars might be just a little too generous, but that's me, all heart.

At the beginning of the summer, Camelia almost got hit by a car, but a mysterious boy pushed her out of the way and then disappeared without a trace. Camellia spent three months wondering about the boy, wanting to thank him for saving her life. When the new school year started, he was suddenly there, but so were the rumors that he killed his girlfriend and was exonerated due to lack of evidence. What’s worse, when Camelia t
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Kristy
Spoiler-ish:

So the beginning half of this was way too reminescent of Twilight. How you say???? well...
1. It starts off with a near death accident... involving a car
2. guess who comes in to save our girl Camelia? You got it, our creepy guy Ben that she has never met until that moment
3. The have a science lab class together, where Ben acts as if Camelia is repulsvie.
4. Everyone at school thinks Ben is creepy and Camelia shouldn't be hanging around him
5. Ben has a secret.... but he tells Camelia af
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Meg ♥
2.5/5 stars.

When I read about this book I thought it genuinely sounded unique and interesting. I do still feel it was a unique story, but I still felt a bit disappointed by it. The story didn't have much going on at all. What was there flowed quickly and the whole book was read in a few hours so that was one good thing.


Camelia meets Ben when he saves her life. This part and the whole scene as partners at school felt a bit too Twilightish...There were quite a few similarities in the plot as well
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by May A. for TeensReadToo.com

Three months ago, Camelia's life was saved by a mysterious boy. She doesn't see him again, until the first day of her junior year. His name is Ben Carter and everybody in school claims that he killed his girlfriend. Camelia doesn't know who or what to believe, but she does know one thing -- she is irresistibly drawn to him and his touch.

But shortly after Ben's sudden appearance in her life, Camelia begins receiving chilling phone calls, various packages, a
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Idalia
Deadly Little Secret surpassed my expectations. It was suspenful, thrilling, and intriguing all in one book. From the cover you get the impression of ghost, mystery, and a combination between paranormal and romantic. Which, is all this book is about. I am so happy I read it!

One gloomy day as Camelia walked, something unexpected happened, she almost got run over by a car, a mysterious guy reached out and saved her life. She felt his touch and it thrilled he she felt it all over her body, even tho
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Megan
To be fair, my 2-star review comes from the viewpoint of an adult reading a novel meant for kids in their early teens. My 12 year old self would have loved Deadly Little Secret and given it at least 4-stars.

What I didn't enjoy about this book was the lack of depth. I kept feeling that I was reading a book that *really* wants to be a made-for-tv movie. It has a lot of dialouge ~ while it is interesting and keeps the book moving, there is nothing behind it. Camila is not very reflective, and we d
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Cara
This is definitely a suspense novel and it totally delivers on that front. I actually don't gravitate toward this genre (but I am more and more as of late.) For the most part I'm pretty bad at reading them cause I just can't take it! I'll flip to the end and see the outcome like a naughty reader, but I forced myself not to do it this time. I'm glad I did because it would have ruined the story.

Camelia is a normal girl for the most part, but an event happens that changes everything. A guy named Be
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Lucy
May 14, 2009 Lucy rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Twilight fans
Camelia (sounds like Chameleon) almost died three months ago, when she bent down to pick up her earring in the parking lot and nearly got hit by a car. Before she knew what was happening, a mysterious hot guy had shoved her out of the way, saving her life, before running off when she tried to thank him.

She is, of course, determined to find out more about Ben, the mystery guy. But when she confronts him in the hall and tries to thank him, he pretends he doesn't know what she's talking about.

Camel
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Camelia Hammond is starting her last year of school, but instead of looking forward she can't help but look back, to three months ago at the end of the last school year when her life was saved by a beautiful boy who then disappeared. She still tingles from where he touched her.

Yet when, on the first day of school, she sees him, Ben Carter, the new boy with a bad reputation and an even darker history, he pretends he doesn't recognise her and insists he never saved her life. He avoids her until on
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Trinity
This was an awesome book. I really liked this book. It had me guessing every little thing, putting everyone as suspects. I thought this was a really cool read. I am really ready to reach onto the next book to see what holds. The role that Ben plays is unique, I would not have guessed that would be the issue of what was going on until later.

- Camelia
Camelia was a strong character. It's nice to know there a few people who don't care about what others think and what they think of others. She was r
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Marie
So smug I guessed the stalker hehe!
Feel like Nancy Drew ;D
At first I had a lot of suspects but then I finally limited them down to one and I was right!



'She just won’t listen. And so I’ve started a plan. I just hope she appreciates all my efforts—all my work to make her happy. Once and for all.'

God he's crazy!
This book was making me crazy, I needed to find out who it was and therefore I could not put this down.

She was out in front of school this morning, looking for attention. Like a total
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LiteraryLover
So sixteen year old Camelia feels a little like an old lady. She likes things planned out and organized and she doesn't go out much except to work where she creates pottery. This all changes when she meets Ben. Ben is a new transfer student with a history. He was a suspect in his ex-girlfriend's murder and even though he wasn't convicted, in most people's eyes he's good as guilty. He gets harassed at school and no one makes friends with him except Camelia. They've met before when Ben saved Camel ...more
Gabby
Originally posted @ The YA Bookworm


i have seen a lot of reviews that this one is very twilight-ish, i didn't believe it cause does the title Deadly Little Secret sound twilight in the making to you??? i don't think so.

but then this is the first scene of the book




the very famous car saving scene in twilight, so i was still in denial that this one is twilight in the making kind of book. but then the resemblance are piling up like:



camelia and ben became LAB PARTNERS. and Ben has this "cold" touc
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Kristie
For me this book was about 2.5 stars. I wasn't extremely excited that the first half of the book was so much like twilight. I know authors are inspired by books but they should make it their own and the first half was very similar - to similar.

I also didn't like when Camelia's best friends, Kimmie and Wes, were in the dialog. They were very immature and annoying. Wes didn't have a male's point of view and Kimmie sounded like a ten year old.

I also didn't understand how every guy that Camelia tal
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Eugenia
DNF %12

Este libro fue como: Primer capítulo...Ah, interesante..."¿Esta seguro que desea borrar este archivo?" Si, segurisima
Dawn
2.5 stars... I felt rather irritated with the main character throughout this book. The beginning starts in a Twilightesque scenario where she is saved from being hit by a car when the "new guy" in school pushes her out of the way. As she is lying there, he touches her stomach for some strange reason, and what with the weird moment of touching and his saving her life, she is drawn to him despite the rumors floating around school that he killed his girlfriend. At the same time, Camelia begins to g ...more
Renee
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Ela
(This review does have some unmarked spoilers, but these are about general events and do no concern the conclusion of the mystery)

First the heroine was in a near fatal car crash, saved only by a mysterious gorgeous stranger who quickly vanished. Then, said brooding stranger became her reluctant lab partner, who refused to speak to her. Then there were long conversations about how the young couple’s extraordinary chemistry might cause the 'hero' to lose control, resulting in her tragic death.

Wow.
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Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Μαθαίνοντας πως το "Μικρό Θανάσιμο Μυστικό" πρόκειται να κυκλοφορήσει στην Ελλάδα από τις εκδόσεις Λιβάνη, 5 ολόκληρα χρόνια μετά την επίσημη κυκλοφορία του στην Αμερική, ανέτρεξα σε διάφορα sites προκειμένου να επιβεβαιώσω ότι επρόκειτο για το πρώτο βιβλίο της πολλή γνωστής και πολυδιαβασμένης σειράς, "Touch". Με μεγάλη μου χαρά λοιπόν, η αρχική μου εντύπωση επαληθεύτηκε και περίμενα πως και πως να το πάρω στα χέρια μου. Γιατί μπορεί ορισμένοι αναγνώστες να ισχυρίζονταν πως τους θύμισε σε πολλά ...more
Doris
The Deadly Little Series is a string of novels following the life of sixteen-year old Camelia who falls in love with the mysterious Ben, despite rumors of him being responsible for his girlfriend's death. As the story advances, Camelia learns the reason for his strange behavior, and what really happened that fateful day at the cliff. Ben is gifted with a supernatural power, psychometry, the power to 'see' things through touch or interaction with a person or object. When Camelia is targeted by a ...more
Brooke
Ok, so I picked up this book because I am going to get to the meet the author and I wanted to make sure I had read at least one of the books she wrote. I wasn't sure what to expect at all. I didn't know if I would like to story line, and boy was I pleasantly surprised!

Blurb from Goodreads:
Until three months ago, everything about sixteen-year-old Camelia's life had been fairly ordinary: decent grades; an okay relationship with her parents; and a pretty cool part-time job at an art studio downtown
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Haley
Until three months ago, Camelia’s life has been pretty ordinary: two best friends, an okay relationship with her parents, a cool job at the pottery store downtown. But when she’s saved by a mysterious boy who leaves without a name or explanation, all she wants is to see him again for some closure, to say “thanks”.

She actually does see him again- Ben Carter, who, rumor has it, murdered his ex-girlfriend. He becomes the scapegoat to everyone but Camelia, even when her friends tell her to be caref
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Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
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~Tina~
This was an okay book!

There are a few books that have both, thought-process and a healthy amount of dialog mixed in the elements, that I like for a good read, but with Deadly Little Secret, it was a little to much dialog for my liking. It was hard to connect with the characters on a more personal level. I mean, Ben is mysterious-sexy I guess, but something is a bit off. Camilia played the victim well. Kimmie just annoyed me for some reason. And Matt delivered psycho to-a-tee. But I just can't se
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Abigail
From what I'm reading, I was not the only one who though this was eerily similar to Twilight. Handsome stranger magically appears just in time to save your life? Drawn to his touch and his odd colored eyes? He insists that he's too much of a danger to you and needs to stay away? Yup, I think I've heard it before.
However, I really did enjoy Deadly Little Secrets. I've never been one for suspense novels, but I was very intrigued by this one. The passages written by Camelia's stalker had me shiveri
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Sarah
Never ever read this if you're alone or you're easily creeped out.

This book hold the record for scarying me out of my wits while reading it. I was reading it at my dorm alone and I can tell you that, that is very conducive for "hyper-brain" activity. The only time that I could relax was when my dormmates were there. It's not a ghost story. It's more like Pretty Little Liars but creepier.

For me it's new. It's not about vampires, fairies, or sorcerers. The only reason I gave it a 4-star is becau
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 Tina (Fantastic Book Review)
This was my first time reading a Laurie Stolarz novel and I’m excited about the 2nd book titled Deadly Little Lies which is due out November 2009. It's full of suspense and it kept me guessing throughout the book. This was a real page turner and I ended up reading this book in one sitting. I love Laurie's writing style and I can't wait to read more of her books. She has a series called Blue is for Nightmares that I can’t wait to start reading.
Angela
Okay, so it's more of a 4 1/2 stars but I still can't figure out how to do the half thingy. I loved this book. It's not so much that it was amazing just that it was a quick, easy, fun read with a dash of romance, a splash of mystery, and a smidgen of suspense.
Michelle
This book is such a blatant rip off of Twilight, it is funny. She copied the whole plot, several of the scenes, and the characters (badly). However, the guy's "superpower" is ok, but not as cool as a vampire. And the "danger" inherent to his superpower is friggin laughable. Oh no, the heroine might get a bruise. Oh no! Doesn't quite compare to being accidentally killed by your vampire lover. The scene changes and suspense were amateurly written.

However, with all the negatives, the author did tw
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Christina
Dec 07, 2008 Christina rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Christina by: ARC
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Laurie Faria Stolarz grew up in Salem, MA, attended Merrimack College, and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston.

Laurie Faria Stolarz is an American author of young adult fiction novels, best known for her Blue is for Nightmares series. Her works, which feature teenage protagonists, blend elements found in mystery and romance novels.

Stolarz found sales success with he
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