Author: Laurie Faria Stolarz

Blog Tour: Shutter [Top 10 & Giveaway]

Posted October 20, 2016 by Stephanie in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Guest Post / 6 Comments

Blog Tour: Shutter [Top 10 & Giveaway]

Blog Tour: Shutter [Top 10 & Giveaway]Shutter by Laurie Faria Stolarz
on October 18th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher, Netgalley
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THE FACTS • Julian Roman, age sixteen, is an escapee from the Fairmount County Juvenile Detention Facility.• His parents, Michael Roman and Jennifer Roman, are dead.• Julian is wanted for murder.
THE QUESTIONS • Why is Julian Roman on the run?• Just how dangerous is he?• And who did kill Michael and Jennifer Roman, if not Julian?
Seventeen-year-old Day Baker views life through the lens of her camera, where perspective is everything. But photographs never tell the whole story. After Day crosses paths with Julian, the world she pictures and the truths she believes-neatly captured in black and white-begin to blur.
Julian is not the "armed and dangerous" escapee the police are searching for, but his alibis don't quite add up, either. There is more to his story. This time, Day is determined to see the entire picture . . . whatever it reveals. Did he? Or didn't he?
Day digs deeper into the case while Julian remains on the run. But the longer her list of facts becomes, the longer the list of questions becomes, too. It's also getting harder to deny the chemistry she feels for him. Is it real? Or is she being manipulated?
Day is close to finding the crack in the case. She just needs time to focus before the shutter snaps shut.
Laurie Faria Stolarz is a master of suspense and romance. In this page-turning thriller, Stolarz tackles dark truths with a powerful, contemporary voice. Shutter will keep readers guessing until the very end.

Top Ten Things Needed In Order To Write (can be anything from physical objects, moods, foods/drinks, music, etc.)

  1. My laptop
  2. Black coffee with a sprinkle of cinnamon
  3. Dark chocolate
  4. Popcorn with garlic powder, salt, pepper, and a drizzle of Earth Balance “butter”
  5. Flavored seltzer water
  6. A really good pen that glides across the page
  7. A spiral notebook with no lines
  8. Time set aside to write
  9. Sticky notes for scene work
  10. Self-imposed deadlines so that I meet my writing goals

About the Authorlaurie-faria-stolarz

Laurie Faria Stolarz grew up in Salem, MA, attended Merrimack College, and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston.

Laurie Faria Stolarz is an American author of young adult fiction novels, best known for her Blue is for Nightmares series. Her works, which feature teenage protagonists, blend elements found in mystery and romance novels.

Stolarz found sales success with her first novel, Blue is for Nightmares, and followed it up with three more titles in the series, White is for Magic, Silver is for Secrets, and Red is for Remembrance, as well as a companion graphic novel, Black is for Beginnings. Stolarz is also the author of the Touch series (Deadly Little Secret, Deadly Little Lies, Deadly Little Games, Deadly Little Voices, and Deadly Little Lessons), as well as Bleed and Project 17. With more than two million books sold worldwide, Stolarz’s titles have been named on various awards list.

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Giveaway

3 Finished Copies of SHUTTER (US Only)
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Deadly Little Secret [Review]

Posted October 18, 2012 by Stephanie in Review / 2 Comments

Deadly Little Secret [Review]Deadly Little Secret (Touch, #1) by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Series: Touch #1
Published by Hyperion on December 23rd 2008
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Mystery, Romance
Pages: 252
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars
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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 the 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 is in danger, and that he can 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.

My Review:
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.
Memorable Quotes:
“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 give 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.”


[This was originally posted on my old book blog: Little Red Reads (no longer active)] 
four-stars
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