Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Deadly Little Voices by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Deadly Little Voices by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Release Date: December 6, 2011
Publisher: Hyperion
Pages: 352

Camelia Hammond thought her powers of psychometry gave her only the ability to sense the future through touch. But now she has started to hear voices. Cruel voices. Berating her, telling her how ugly she is, that she has no talent, and that she'd be better off dead. Camelia is terrified for her mental stability, especially since her deranged aunt, who has a suicidal history, has just moved into the house. As if all of that weren't torturing enough, Camelia's ex-boyfriend, Ben, for whom she still harbors feelings and who has similar psychometric abilities, has started seeing someone else. Even her closest friends, Kimmie and Wes, are not sure how to handle her erratic behavior.

With the line between reality and dream consistently blurred, Camelia turns to pottery to get a grip on her emotions. She begins sculpting a figure skater, only to receive frightening premonitions that someone's in danger. But who is the intended victim? And how can Camelia help that person when she is on the brink of losing her own sanity?

Deadly Little Voices is the fourth book in the Touch Series by Laurie Faria Stolarz, and just as I expected, it did not disappoint! I purchased and finished the book in a couple of hours! When that happens, you know it's a good read. I could never recommend this series enough to friends and fellow reviewers. If you haven't had the pleasure of picking up the first in this series and reading it, then what are you waiting for? You won't be disappointed.

Camelia, the main character throughout the series, has a special ability--one that has put her in dangerous situations on more than one occasion. This so-called ability is known as psychometry, or the ability to sense the future through the touch. She is an avid sculptor and it's through her works of art that she sees clues to the future. In this book, she starts to create things that lead her to believe a girl from her school is in trouble. As if trying to convince this girl that she's in trouble isn't enough, Camelia is also hearing voices that degrade her so harshly, and she's seeing things that aren't there.

She finds herself wondering constantly if she's going crazy like her aunt--who just so happened to move in with her family. At times like these, she falls back on her support system: her two friends: Kimmie and Wes. If things were different, she'd also look to her main love interest, Ben, for help as well, but because of things that happened in the last book, the two aren't exactly on speaking terms. Enter: Adam. (Actually, Adam was introduced as a new character in the last book, but I'm just catching any of you who haven't read the series up to date without spoiling anything!) He's another love interest of Camelia's and he's always there for her. He should be the guy she wants more than anything, but her thoughts keep going back to Ben, especially when he seems to know something she doesn't.

Whoa, did this book throw a fast one on me. I really like Stolarz's books for that reason. She likes to write in a little mystery into each book of the Touch series, and the outcome always ends up being something I didn't expect. The ending has such a twist, and we get to read something about Ben (who I'm rooting for by the way) that helps give more understanding to his complex character. I wish he was in this book more. He's probably my favorite character, because what girl doesn't love a girl with a little mystery?

I'm really excited for the next book. It's too bad that this one only came out this month! Now I'll probably have to wait another year! Definitely worth it, though.



Busy Bookblogger said...

I hadn't planned on picking this one up but after your review I want to read the whole series! :) Thanks for sharing! Happy Reading!

curious blogger said...

I just finished reading the third book and I was so disappointed that ben and camellia didn't end up together! I just want to know if they do end up together un the fourth book and if there is a fifth book on the series!