Saturday, April 16, 2011
Deadly Little Games by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Deadly Little Games:
Camelia and Ben have discovered a powerful bond: They both possess the power of psychometry, the ability to sense things through touch. For Ben, the gift is a frightening liability. When he senses a strong threat or betrayal, he risks losing control and hurting people. Camelia's gift is more mysterious. When she works with clay, her hands sculpt messages her mind doesn't yet comprehend.
Before either teen has a chance to fully grasp these abilities, an unresolved family tragedy resurfaces in Camelia's life, irrevocably changing everything she cares about...
Laurie Faria Stolarz is a truly gifted young adult suspense author, with just a hint of the paranormal to make things really interesting. Her characters are likeable and unique. Laurie pulled me right into the pages with her fast paced and mysterious plot. Camelia and Ben have become almost inseparable, until Camelia begins to have premonitions about Ben's adversary and ex-friend, Adam. Things become strained in their relationship as Camelia spends more and more time with Adam after they discover disturbing notes left in his apartment. Camelia's unwavering need to do what is right causes problems in her personal life, but she is not willing to stand aside while she has the power to do something. But Camelia is not the only one keeping secrets, Ben is hiding things as well, things that might ease the tension in their relationship. To attain some space, Camelia joins her mother in visiting her aunt, believed to suffer a mental illness; but Camelia knows that what she has is the gift of psychometry, a form of extrasensory perception. And Camelia is afraid to share her knowledge and the truth of her own ability with her parents, fearing they might want to institutionalize her as well. During her visit, Camelia discovers that her aunt is sharing the same premonitions about Adam, and that he is truly in danger. In seeking to help Adam she is in way deeper than she can handle, and the danger focuses on her as well; and Ben must use his own gift in order to stop things from progressing too far.