Deadly Little Games (Touch Series #3) [NOOK Book]

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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, ...
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Overview

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...
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 8–11—Another elaborate setup, another love triangle, another intense but chaste teen relationship—this series desperately needs something to make it stand out in the crowd of paranormal romances, but this installment isn't it. After the events of Deadly Little Lies (Hyperion, 2009), Camelia is happily dating Ben, but her thoughts wander back to Adam despite their messy history. Then she begins channeling menacing messages such as "you deserve to die." Ben has a "psychometric" ability to sense thoughts through touch, and he knows that his girlfriend is hiding something—namely her increasing concern that Adam is the target of these messages. Camelia claims she just wants to protect Adam from an apparent stalker, who ramps things up by scrawling threats on his door and mailing clues to a malicious crossword puzzle. Meanwhile, Camelia's Aunt Alexia is in a mental institution, and the teen believes that what seems like mental illness may actually be a form of psychometry. Chapters alternate with transcripts of therapy sessions between a doctor and an anonymous patient, which builds some tension in the lead-up to the revelation of the stalker's identity. Though Stolarz briefly recaps the events of the first two books, the chain of events may confuse readers who are new to the series. Psychometry is a beguiling premise, but with its lack of real tension or emotional resonance, this novel is essentially Twi-Lite—right down to the supernatural hottie sneaking in through Camelia's bedroom window. Recommend Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver instead (Scholastic, 2009).—Amy Pickett, Ridley High School, Folsom, PA
Children's Literature - Stephanie R. Pearmain
Camilia is a junior in high school who has been through the trauma of being stalked and nearly killed and yet survived with a pretty good outlook. Camilia also possesses the power of psychometry, the ability to see future events through touch. Her boyfriend Ben, once wrongly accused of killing his former girlfriend, possesses the same power. Camilia's insights come to her in pieces, snippets of a scene, words or phrases in her head. She is also an artist who sculpts clay. Often she closes her eyes and lets the sculpting just happen...and this is when her power takes over. The book opens in art class with Camilia sculpting her ex-boyfriends lips as the words "you deserve to die" burst from her own lips. She can't stop thinking about Adam (her ex) which Ben senses and thus begins to pull away. Camilia continues to get clues that warn her that someone close to her is in danger. The mystery unravels and Camilia is given more clues through sculpting, one of which is a crossword puzzle. Soon Adam begins receiving threats in the form of daily crossword puzzles. Stolarz has done a great job at surprising twists. Throughout the book there is always more than one possible suspect. The crossword puzzle is also interactive for the reader. Every few chapters there is a three page transcription of dialogue between a "doctor" and "patient." This is followed by the crossword puzzle. It's an interesting addition to the novel, especially as literature becomes more and more interactive. Also, it is always nice to have a strong female protagonist, though at times I found it difficult to believe that she would not call for help under the circumstances. The supporting cast of characters is also interesting and diverse, each with their own set of troubles that balance out the game of murder and jealousy. The novel is well written, full of tension. I would definitely be compelled to read more in the "Touch" series. Reviewer: Stephanie R. Pearmain
School Library Journal
Gr 8–11—Another elaborate setup, another love triangle, another intense but chaste teen relationship—this series desperately needs something to make it stand out in the crowd of paranormal romances, but this installment isn't it. After the events of Deadly Little Lies (Hyperion, 2009), Camelia is happily dating Ben, but her thoughts wander back to Adam despite their messy history. Then she begins channeling menacing messages such as "you deserve to die." Ben has a "psychometric" ability to sense thoughts through touch, and he knows that his girlfriend is hiding something—namely her increasing concern that Adam is the target of these messages. Camelia claims she just wants to protect Adam from an apparent stalker, who ramps things up by scrawling threats on his door and mailing clues to a malicious crossword puzzle. Meanwhile, Camelia's Aunt Alexia is in a mental institution, and the teen believes that what seems like mental illness may actually be a form of psychometry. Chapters alternate with transcripts of therapy sessions between a doctor and an anonymous patient, which builds some tension in the lead-up to the revelation of the stalker's identity. Though Stolarz briefly recaps the events of the first two books, the chain of events may confuse readers who are new to the series. Psychometry is a beguiling premise, but with its lack of real tension or emotional resonance, this novel is essentially Twi-Lite—right down to the supernatural hottie sneaking in through Camelia's bedroom window. Recommend Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver instead (Scholastic, 2009).—Amy Pickett, Ridley High School, Folsom, PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423147312
  • Publisher: Disney Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2010
  • Series: Touch Series , #3
  • Sold by: DISNEY PUBLISHING WORLDWIDE -EBKS
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 109,873
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Laurie Faria Stolarz is the author of the first three books in the Touch series, Deadly Little Secret, Deadly Little Lies, and Deadly Little Games, as well as the highly popular Blue Is for Nightmares, White Is for Magic, Silver Is for Secrets, Red Is for Remembrance, and Black Is for Beginnings. Her other Hyperion titles include Bleed and Project 17. Born and raised in Salem, Massachusetts, Stolarz attended Merrimack College and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston. She lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts. For more information, please visit her web site at www.lauriestolarz.com.

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  • Posted December 27, 2010

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    The best of the Touch Series novels!!!!!!!!!!

    This book is completely and 100% AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! The first two were amazing, of course, but this one is definitely the BEST! I read it at one sitting because I just couldn't put it down!!! Ahhh!!!!! But be warned: the ending made me wanna CRY!!!!!!! I completely wasn't expecting what was to happen and to have THAT happen! OMG a book has NEVER made me feel like that before! Read it. Read it. Read it. Read it NOW!

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2010

    LOVED IT!

    I was in barnes and noble today, saw the book and was like i thought it didnt come out till the 28th. either way i got it and its amazing i already finished it and absolutly loved it. its keeps you hooked leaving you wanting to read more. the only thing im not happy about is waiting for the next one to come out.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

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    MUST READ! Best in the series!

    It just keeps getting better and better! This book was soooo good. It surpassed all of my expectations. Lots of action and suspense with equal amount of romance. I did not want this story to end and now I am left waiting and anticipating the next in the series. A must read!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2010

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    Can't wait.

    This is definitely first on my "Books to Get" list. The series is beautiful and I loved the first two books. Laurie Stoalarz does excellent with suspense/horror.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2010

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    Can't Wait

    I can't wait for this book. I read Deadly Little Secrets and loved it. Then I read Deadly little Lies and also loved it. Hopefully Adam doesn't come back and Ben won't leave again. Well we'll have to wait and read!!!!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2013

    Do you love mysterious novels? well hers an amazing novel, Deadl

    Do you love mysterious novels? well hers an amazing novel, Deadly Little Games by Laurie Faria Stloraz..Deadly little games is an amazing novel that will have you hanging on to the edge of your seat while reading this.Honestly this book is filled with so much intensity and mystery on every page. Using techniques like flash backs, flash forwards and also verbal irony makes this novel so much more interesting, exciting, nervous and intense. Every page is filled with nerve racking news that keeps the reader hooked. I personal was hooked o this novel, i stayed up late reading chapter after chapter not able to release the book from my hands, i couldn't put it down.This novel was amazing, terrific and highly recommended. Deadly little games, this novel is about high school juniors Camelia and Ben, her boyfriend. Ben and Camelia have discovered a powerful bond. They both possess the power of Psychometry, the ability to see the future through touch. For Ben, this gift is an frightening liability. When Ben senses a strong threat or betrayal, and risks losing control. Camelias gift is more mysterious. When Camelia works with clay, (her hobby) her hands sculpt clues her mind doesn't yet understand. Before Ben or Camelia has a chance to fully grasp their abilities, anew danger arrives, but this time Camelia is not the target like in previous books. Adam is,a familiar face from Ben's past is drawn into a puzzle like game that he cant solve alone.Knowing his life is on the line Camelia knows she needs to to help figure out what is going on here. As all of the clues and messages pile up, Camelia must decide whether to help Adam and risk losing Ben because he doesn't like the idea of his girlfriend helping someone he doesn't like. Camelia knows she has to do something fast, she doesn't want to lose Ben but she also doesn't want to suffer the consequences with feeling so guilt if something terribly wrong does happen to Adam. But in these games, who can be trusted? Laurie Faria Stoloraz did an amazing job with this novel and I rely did enjoy this book. I now can say I have a favorite novel that I enjoyed and mean it. This novel had a lot of detail and thought put into it, one of the things I connected with while reading this is that it takes place in a high school age group. I felt like I wanted to be there to experience what was going on in all the drama and confusion. With in every chapter there was a hook at the beginning that made me never put the book down. Id promise myself to only five to six chapters a night but by the time i would notice, ten chapters had been read already, I just fell in love with this book. Although this novel was a thumbs up, I do have some dislikes. I felt like the ending of this novel could have been a lot better, the way it ended made me feel a little incomplete. After all the drama and confusion was done with, to have an ending like that was sort of a bummer for me. that was pretty much the only down side to this novel, though it was probably the most important part. Other than that i loved this book and it rely did inspire me to keep reading and to know that there are books out there that will catch your interest.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 22, 2012

    I just love the Touch series. I never know what to expect. These

    I just love the Touch series. I never know what to expect. These read really fast, but they are so good you won't want to put it down!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2012

    Camelia is...

    Stupid. I cant tell you how much i hate her... She's lying, and hurting, and complaining. Luckily for us, all the other characters remain the same. Wes and Kimmie are still the same; jokers. Always making me laugh. Ben is still... the same. I used to like Camelia, but now she's a stupid girl who can't make up her mind. (:

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Highly recommended!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is one of the best series I've read in such a long time!...I love Laurie though! I think she is a great author! Let's just say I read all 4 books in this series in 2.5 days!!!! Does that explain how excellent they are!!!! Each one you but you HAVE to immediately buy the next to find out what happens! I can't wait for number 5!!!! Soon!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2012

    Perfet

    LOVED IT!!!!! when Ben talked about the tatto and being soul matess its perfect the best

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2012

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    Touch Fans may want to skip this one.. Brought to you by OBS re

    Touch Fans may want to skip this one..

    Brought to you by OBS reviewer member Annabell

    I have been a fan of Stolarz’s Touch series since the books first came out. Camelia, Ben, Wes, and Kimmie were such great written characters. The mystery behind Camelia and Ben’s powers was a wonderful journey to go on. The suspense throughout each of the books builds gradually and one of my favorite things (from the first book) was the stalker journal entries. I liked the way the antagonists were developed in each book. I had liked the way the story was told from Camelia’s point of view since she was a good hearted and relatable character.

    So you could imagine my excitement at being able to finally have the chance to read the third installment . . . But my joy was soon depleted. Camelia and Ben get lost in Deadly Little Games. Camiela is so unsure of herself and she makes choices that made me really dislike her. Ben isn’t really part of the story and when he is all he does is whine about Camelia getting closer to Adam and act too much like a punk (not in a good way). Wes and Kimmie are still their banter witty selves which I was grateful for. They were the only salvageable part to the book, outside of the creepy psych sessions with the killer.

    The plot was sterile and dragged on to the point of numbing. The entire book basically consisted of Camiela and Adam driving around in his car or hanging out at his apartment (instead of Camiela working her relationship with Ben) discussing the killer who is after Adam, but for some reason they never bother going to the cops even though Camiela keeps saying they should. There was just no point to the plot! The two main characters get completely lost. Adam, the secondary main character, is shallow and has no common sense or brains whatsoever. The revelation of who the villain is, was incredibly anti-climatic and the villain was just so boring and whinny!

    I had to force myself to read and finish the book. I kept hoping there would be a point where the story would liven up but sadly, to the bitter end, the story remained just as pointless from the first page. The ending was disastrous!

    For fans of the Touch series, you may want to skip over this one and wait for the next installment. Crossing my fingers that the author will redeem herself and bring back the characters I once enjoyed reading.

    This review and more at openbooksociety dot com

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2012

    This book is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I love the mysterious and suspenseful nature of it. Laurie Faria Stolarz puts a lot of thought and detail into this. Who doesn't love teens with Psychometry.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Awesome

    This book is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    This is good

    The touch series is the best series ever written. On the edge of your seat excitement. I love these books

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Anonymous

    I loved the first two books and i hope this is just as exciting and just plain amazing as the other books

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    good reaf Good read

    Very descriptive! Great detailing.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2011

    Ben v.s. Adam

    I believe she belongs with ben. They have way more in common. Be rules!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2011

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    Truly Different YA Paranormal

    I read this book awhile ago, not realizing that I hadn't written a review on it until now, so I went back and took another look at the book. The Touch books are a great young adult paranormal mystery series. There is more here than just a romance and the paranormal isn't overrunning the story or overshadowing the characters - it is part of their being, so nothing ever feels forced or tired.

    Deadly Little Games is the third book in the series and the mysteries don't let up. While there is a little less excitement in this installment (I think that is only because it isn't Camelia who is in direct danger the entire time), it still moves with a quick pace. Ben and Camelia's power of psychometry is different from all of the immortal, vampire, werewolves type of paranormal, so for those looking for something completely different from the majority of the reads out there - this is a great choice. Faria also has a series called Blue is for Nightmares, which also falls along the line of being different from the usual paranormal. I can't wait for Deadly Little Voices (A Touch Novel), the fourth in the Touch series, which will be out December 6, 2011.

    Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    Awsome but could be improved

    I love these books so much amd to be honest i have dark sacks under my eyes because of it. But i just hate ho repetitive it s. Its like "series of unfortuat events" all over again. But its still one o the best books ive ever read. Even though im probably the only 9 year old who likes to read this in the dark.

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  • Posted March 8, 2014

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    Better

    Okay whatever I said about the last one, this one was such an improvement, especially with Ben and Kimmie. So four books in and already I was thinking whether to give this a 4 or 5 stars. I figure 4.5 would be better. So yet again, you got Camelia helping out Adam, from the last book, where there's been weird and of course, creepy crossword puzzles. Where in the last one, there was diary entries, in this one you have patient recordings and the like. And it made me like not only that each book has something different while thrown into the story. It makes me like, the way Ms. Stolarz writes and can still have that creepy atmosphere throughout. Whether its slow or fast paced you can't help but keep reading. No wonder shes one of my favorite authors. Anyway, I wonder what the next one will have. And if there will be some things brought up. Very, very good sequel.

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