Deadly Little Secret: Touch, #1, by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Pros:
Should go over well with Twilight fans.
Short chapters and a fast pace = good for reluctant readers.
Up until the Eleventh-Hour-Heroine-Swans-Off Alone-with-the-Big-Bad moment, I hadn’t positively IDed the villain.
Cons:
Some Twilight fans might find a few of the story’s elements a little too familiar: Ben saves Camelia from an out-of-control vehicle in the school parking lot, they are science lab partners, AND he pulls the you-touched-me-omg-I-hate-you thing on the first day. (Followed up by the super friendly thing the next day.)
Twilight non-fans will find the hero’s Tortured and Brooding/I’m Too Dangerous For You/I Actually Physically Injure You On Occasion attitude/trait unattractively familiar.
While an attempt was made to explain the heroine’s decision NOT to tell her parents about the stalking issue, it, given the circumstances, was SUCH A COMPLETELY BONEHEADED DECISION that I found it hard to buy. [SPOILER] The baddie keeps sending Camelia photos of herself and calls her a bunch and also BREAKS INTO HER HOUSE and messes with her room. That third thing? About someone breaking into the house? Is when you stop being stoic and ask for some gd help. [/SPOILER]

Deadly Little Secret: Touch, #1, by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Pros:

  • Should go over well with Twilight fans.
  • Short chapters and a fast pace = good for reluctant readers.
  • Up until the Eleventh-Hour-Heroine-Swans-Off Alone-with-the-Big-Bad moment, I hadn’t positively IDed the villain.

Cons:

  • Some Twilight fans might find a few of the story’s elements a little too familiar: Ben saves Camelia from an out-of-control vehicle in the school parking lot, they are science lab partners, AND he pulls the you-touched-me-omg-I-hate-you thing on the first day. (Followed up by the super friendly thing the next day.)
  • Twilight non-fans will find the hero’s Tortured and Brooding/I’m Too Dangerous For You/I Actually Physically Injure You On Occasion attitude/trait unattractively familiar.
  • While an attempt was made to explain the heroine’s decision NOT to tell her parents about the stalking issue, it, given the circumstances, was SUCH A COMPLETELY BONEHEADED DECISION that I found it hard to buy. [SPOILER] The baddie keeps sending Camelia photos of herself and calls her a bunch and also BREAKS INTO HER HOUSE and messes with her room. That third thing? About someone breaking into the house? Is when you stop being stoic and ask for some gd help. [/SPOILER]