Deadly Little Secret
written by Laurie Faria Stolarz
My hopes for this book were not all that great, as I saw it was Disney and also by the author of Project 17, Laurie Faria Stolarz. This book didn't have the greatest writing (I mean, okay, I've definitely read worse, but it could have been better) and a lot of it seemed Twilight-y. Really, did there have to be love at a lab table again? I'd like to let some authors know that we don't all magically pair up at science class. Ben had the same kind of drama with Camelia that Edward did with Bella, the whole mysterious stranger with some kind of power deal. The characters were all pretty flat, too. I did like the eventual reveal of what Ben's problem is, but other than that, it doesn't really pick up from there. The story's pretty predictable and it's easy to see who the culprit really was. I do like that it had a supernatural element other than supernatural creatures. That part was reminiscent of Meg Cabot's amazing 1-800 series and I did enjoy seeing that. So plotwise, the book's not a complete failure, though it does try and fail to succeed at setting up a good secondary plot with Camelia's parents and her Aunt Alexia. Was there any point to that? Did I miss it? There's also a really pathetic easy-way-out explanation for Debbie's role in the story. I'm still wondering why there even was a sequel, when this could have worked wonderfully as a stand-alone with a happy ending. Overall, much better than Project 17, but still in need of some work.
See also: Project 17
I got this book from...:Barnes & Noble