by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Average Star Rating: 3.88
Paperback: 252 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Book Summary From Goodreads:
"Some secrets shouldn't be kept....
Up 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 an art studio downtown. But when Ben, the mysterious new guy, starts junior year at her high school, Camelia's life becomes anything but ordinary.
Rumored to be somehow responsible for his ex-girlfriend's accidental death, Ben is immediately ostracized by everyone on campus. Except for Camelia. She's reluctant to believe the rumors, even when her friends try to convince her otherwise. She's inexplicably drawn to Ben... and to his touch. But soon, Camelia is receiving eerie phone calls and strange packages with threatening notes. Ben insists she's in danger, and that he wants to help--but can he be trusted? She knows he's hiding something... but he's not the only one with a secret.
From the best-selling author of Blue is For Nightmares comes a story of paranormal romance that's sure to be a thrilling and chilling teen favorite."
I do have to say that the beginning of this novel reminded me a bit like Twilight. For example: Camelia encounters a near-death accident (involving a car) and our mysterious guy pushes her out of the way. They are science lab partners. And a few other similarities. However, it exceeded my expectations greatly. I liked it more than Twilight. Ben is not a vampire and when first reading, you're wondering where the paranormal stuff is. Don't worry, it's there. Ben has a gift and it's called psychometry. It's where he can see images or feelings and stuff like that when he touches people and things. Which comes in handy when Camelia starts being stalked and threatened.
There's a lot of art within this book as well. She works at an art studio and she loves to sculpt. Reading this book, made me want to try sculpting. (Beware for this book to burst some creativity into you).
Within the novel you get to read her stalker's journal entries and this is where the creep-tastic adventure comes from. While you're reading her stalker's journal, you are creeped out, get the spine-tingling shivers, and you constantly keep a look out. However, you keep wanting more. I did. I could not put this book down.
This novel is written well. Laurie Faria Stolarz knows how to tell a story and make it interesting. There is quirkiness, romance, and thrilling suspense. All-in-all, a great combination.
"You need to screw up to learn. You need to experience to create greatness."
"If it were up to me, all boys would come with a warning label: Failure to take in small doses may result in irrational behavior, poor judgment, and estrangement from one's friends."
"Love isn't rational, it's instinctive."
And.. for a creepy part (just to get you all a glimpse of the 'bad' guy):
"I saw that lingerie still in its box. How ungrateful is that? And so I ripped the material to shreds. I imagined it was her there, and then I angled my body over the clothes, teasing the fabric with the tip of my knife right before I slashed it up."