Saturday, March 17, 2012
Review: Deadly Little Voices
by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Published December 6th 2011 by Hyperion
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 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, even as her own feelings for Adam grow stronger. Still, the bond between Camelia and Ben is palpable.
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?
This book, or rather this series, is like my unhealthy little addiction. What can I say? I just love reading books about creepers and stalkers....
This latest installment was good..... but, hmm, I just don't know... It's sad to say but I think that I feel like the author is just trying to squeeze out as many novels as possible. The basic plotline is pretty much the same in all the other books. There's a definite helping of creepiness, which is part of the appeal of the series, but.... it's just a little repetitive, you know?
It's not that I didn't like this book, I did. It's just that I felt like the whole plot line was nothing new. Okay, sure, so Camelia starts hearing voices, a new development, but overall, nothing's really different.
And if anything, I felt like this book dragged on too long. It definitely could've been shorter, and unfortunately, midway-ish through, I kind of started losing the drive to keep reading. But fear not! I really did finish the book! And, luckily, the ending redeemed my somewhat iffy feelings regarding the plot.
Actually, in terms of the mystery itself, this one was probably one of my favorites out of the series. It was rather new.... possibly a little creepier, too! And I liked it!
The characters were still all quite lovable--I adored the humor Kimmie and Wes added to the novel, and I totally wish I could know them in real life! Adam is quite present in this novel, which could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you feel about Ben, who, unfortunately, was not as present as I would've liked him to be! To be honest, Ben frustrated me a little in this book. The whole time, I just wanted to scream at him to just be with Camelia already!!! But no.... although, he definitely redeemed himself at the end of the book.
I was glad to know a bit more about Camelia's Aunt Alexia--he role in Camelia's life definitely wasn't how I thought it was going to be, considering Camelia was quite terrified of her for half the book! But I'm really hoping that there might be more development regarding the psychometric aunt and niece.
Will I be reading the next (and last, i think) book in the series? Heck yeah! If not for the mystery or creepiness, then definitely to see how the love triangle turns out!