Deadly Little Games Novel Quiz Essay Question Vocabulary

  • abate

    become less in amount or intensity

  • abnormal

    not typical or usual or regular

  • abode

    any address at which you dwell more than temporarily

  • abrupt

    exceedingly sudden and unexpected

  • accelerate

    move faster

  • acclaim

    enthusiastic approval

  • acknowledge

    declare to be true or admit the existence or reality of

  • acquire

    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

  • aspire

    have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal

  • acrid

    strong and sharp, as a taste

  • addict

    to cause to become dependent

  • adjacent

    having a common boundary or edge

  • admonish

    scold or reprimand; take to task

  • affliction

    a cause of great suffering and distress

  • agitate

    move or cause to move back and forth

  • ajar

    slightly open

  • akin

    related by blood

  • allege

    report or maintain

  • annihilate

    kill in large numbers

  • anonymous

    having no known name or identity or known source

  • antagonize

    provoke the hostility of

  • apathy

    an absence of emotion or enthusiasm

  • arbitrate

    act between parties with a view to reconciling differences

  • astute

    marked by practical hardheaded intelligence

  • authentic

    not counterfeit or copied

  • avert

    turn away or aside

  • Bellow

    United States author (born in Canada) whose novels influenced American literature after World War II (1915-2005)

  • beseech

    ask for or request earnestly

  • bestow

    give as a gift

  • bewilder

    cause to be confused emotionally

  • bigot

    a prejudiced person who is intolerant of differing opinions

  • blatant

    without any attempt at concealment; completely obvious

  • bleak

    unpleasantly cold and damp

  • braggart

    a very boastful and talkative person

  • brawl

    to quarrel noisily, angrily or disruptively

  • browse

    feed as in a meadow or pasture

  • bystander

    a spectator who does not participate in some event

  • candid

    openly straightforward and direct without secretiveness

  • canine

    a dog or related mammal

  • canny

    showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others

  • capricious

    determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity

  • capsize

    overturn accidentally

  • casual

    without or seeming to be without plan or method; offhand

  • casualty

    someone injured or killed in an accident

  • catastrophe

    a sudden violent change in the earth's surface

  • cater

    give what is desired or needed

  • chorus

    actors who comment on the action in a classical Greek play

  • citrus

    a tropical tree cultivated for its juicy edible fruits

  • clamber

    climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling

  • climax

    the highest point of anything

  • compromise

    an accommodation in which both sides make concessions

  • concur

    happen simultaneously

  • confront

    oppose, as in hostility or a competition

  • congested

    overfull as with blood

  • conjure

    summon into action or bring into existence

  • consult

    seek information from

  • corrupt

    not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive

  • counterfeit

    not genuine; imitating something superior

  • covet

    wish, long, or crave for

  • customary

    commonly used or practiced

  • debut

    the act of beginning something new

  • deceased

    someone who is no longer alive

  • dependent

    a person who relies on another person for support

  • despondent

    without or almost without hope

  • detach

    cause to become separated

  • devour

    eat immoderately

  • dishearten

    take away the enthusiasm of

  • dismal

    causing dejection

  • dismantle

    take off or remove

  • distraught

    deeply agitated especially from emotion

  • docile

    easily handled or managed

  • downright

    complete and without restriction or qualification

  • drone

    make a monotonous low dull sound

  • dumbfound

    be a mystery or bewildering to

  • emblem

    special design representing a quality, type, or group

  • endure

    undergo or be subjected to

  • ensue

    issue or terminate in a specified way

  • enthrall

    hold spellbound

  • epidemic

    a widespread outbreak of an infectious disease

  • erode

    remove soil or rock

  • exuberant

    joyously unrestrained

  • fathom

    a linear unit of measurement for water depth

  • feud

    a bitter quarrel between two parties

  • figment

    a contrived or fantastic idea

  • firebrand

    a piece of wood that has been burned or is burning

  • flabbergast

    overcome with amazement

  • flagrant

    conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible

  • flaw

    an imperfection in an object or machine

  • fruitless

    unproductive of success

  • gaudy

    tastelessly showy

  • geography

    study of the earth's surface

  • gratify

    make happy or satisfied

  • gravity

    the force of attraction between all masses in the universe

  • grim

    harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance

  • grimy

    thickly covered with ingrained dirt or soot

  • grueling

    characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion

  • gruesome

    shockingly repellent; inspiring horror

  • haggle

    an instance of intense argument (as in bargaining)

  • headlong

    with the upper or anterior part of the body foremost

  • hilarious

    marked by boisterous merriment or convulsive laughter

  • homage

    respectful deference

  • homicide

    the killing of a human being by another human being

  • hospitable

    disposed to treat guests and strangers with generosity

  • hurtle

    move with or as if with a rushing sound

  • hybrid

    a composite of mixed origin

  • illiterate

    not able to read or write

  • impede

    be a hindrance or obstacle to

  • implore

    call upon in supplication

  • incident

    a single distinct event

  • incredulous

    not disposed or willing to believe; unbelieving

  • infamous

    known widely and usually unfavorably

  • infuriate

    make furious

  • insinuate

    suggest in an indirect or covert way; give to understand

  • intensified

    made more sharp

  • inundate

    fill or cover completely, usually with water

  • irate

    feeling or showing extreme anger

  • lavish

    very generous

  • legacy

    a gift of personal property by will

  • legitimate

    in accordance with accepted standards or principles

  • lethal

    of an instrument of certain death

  • loath

    strongly opposed

  • lurk

    lie in wait or behave in a sneaky and secretive manner

  • magnetic

    of or relating to or caused by attraction for iron

  • mirth

    great merriment

  • quench

    satisfy, as thirst

  • magnitude

    the property of relative size or extent

  • maternal

    characteristic of a mother

  • maul

    injure badly

  • melancholy

    a constitutional tendency to be gloomy and depressed

  • mellow

    having a full and pleasing flavor through proper aging

  • momentum

    the product of a body's mass and its velocity

  • mortify

    cause to feel shame

  • mull

    reflect deeply on a subject

  • murky

    clouded as with sediment

  • narrative

    an account that tells the particulars of an act or event

  • negligent

    characterized by undue lack of attention or concern

  • nimble

    moving quickly and lightly

  • nomadic

    migratory

  • noteworthy

    worthy of attention

  • notify

    inform (somebody) of something

  • notorious

    known widely and usually unfavorably

  • nurture

    provide with nourishment

  • obnoxious

    causing disapproval or protest

  • oration

    an instance of formal speaking

  • orthodox

    adhering to what is commonly accepted

  • overwhelm

    overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli

  • pamper

    treat with excessive indulgence

  • patronize

    assume sponsorship of

  • peevish

    easily irritated or annoyed

  • pelt

    the dressed hairy coat of a mammal

  • pending

    awaiting conclusion or confirmation

  • perceived

    detected by instinct or inference

  • perjury

    criminal offense of making false statements under oath

  • permanent

    continuing or enduring without marked change in status

  • persist

    refuse to stop

  • perturb

    disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried

  • pique

    a sudden outburst of anger

  • pluck

    pull lightly but sharply

  • poised

    marked by balance or equilibrium and readiness for action

  • ponder

    reflect deeply on a subject

  • potential

    existing in possibility

  • predatory

    living by preying on other animals

  • presume

    take to be the case or to be true

  • preview

    an advertisement with short scenes from a motion picture

  • prior

    earlier in time

  • prowess

    a superior skill learned by study and practice

  • radiant

    emanating or as if emanating light

  • random

    lacking any definite plan or order or purpose

  • rant

    talk at length in a noisy, excited, or angry manner

  • recede

    pull back or move away or backward

  • reprimand

    an act or expression of criticism and censure

  • resume

    take up or begin anew

  • retort

    a quick reply to a question or remark

  • robust

    sturdy and strong in form, constitution, or construction

  • rupture

    the act of making a sudden noisy break

  • saga

    a narrative telling the adventures of a hero or a family

  • sequel

    something that follows something else

  • sham

    something that is a counterfeit; not what it seems to be

  • shirk

    avoid one's assigned duties

  • simultaneously

    at the same instant

  • snare

    a trap for birds or small mammals; often has a slip noose

  • species

    taxonomic group whose members can interbreed

  • status

    a state at a particular time

  • stodgy

    excessively conventional and unimaginative and hence dull

  • substantial

    real; having a material or factual existence

  • subtle

    difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze

  • sullen

    showing a brooding ill humor

  • supervise

    watch and direct

  • tamper

    alter or falsify, usually secretively or dishonestly

  • throb

    pulsate or pound with abnormal force

  • toxic

    of or relating to or caused by a poison

  • tragedy

    an event resulting in great loss and misfortune

  • trickle

    run or flow slowly, as in drops or in an unsteady stream

  • trivial

    (informal) small and of little importance

  • uncertainty

    the state of being unsure of something

  • unscathed

    not injured

  • upright

    in a vertical position; not sloping

  • urgent

    compelling immediate action

  • utmost

    highest in extent or degree

  • vengeance

    harming someone in retaliation for something they have done

  • vicious

    having the nature of evildoing

  • vindictive

    disposed to seek revenge or intended for revenge

  • vista

    the visual percept of a region

  • vocation

    the particular occupation for which you are trained

  • void

    an empty area or space

  • wary

    marked by keen caution and watchful prudence

  • whim

    an odd or fanciful or capricious idea

  • wince

    draw back, as with fear or pain

  • wrath

    intense anger, usually on an epic scale

  • yearn

    desire strongly or persistently

  • Sixteen-year-old Camelia Hammond is looking forward to some
    downtime. After two intense situations involving kidnapping and
    stalking, she’s ready to concentrate on her artwork and her
    relationship with Ben Carter. Unfortunately, the extrasensory
    perception of psychometry never takes a vacation, and both she and
    Ben are blessed with this unique talent.

    Psychometry is the ability to sense things through touch. Ben
    can foresee the future just by touching a person or object.
    Camelia’s talent works a little different in that her
    psychometry comes through her pottery. And this time it’s an
    image of Adam who pops up, along with the words “You deserve
    to die.” When Adam begins receiving mysterious crossword
    puzzles with threatening clues, Camelia feels impelled to try to
    help Adam figure out what’s happening. Ben, however,
    isn’t happy about the situation. For one, he’s worried
    about Camelia’s safety. But he also senses something bad; he
    won’t tell Camelia, which leads to an argument.

    Camelia is also concerned about her aunt, who is in a mental
    institution. From reading her aunt’s old journal, Camelia is
    convinced she isn’t crazy, but that she has psychometry
    through her artwork as well. Upon visiting her, Camelia is shocked
    to see her drawing of Adam along with her muttering the words
    “You deserve to die.” Camelia feels they are running
    out of time but are no closer to finding the truth. What good is
    having the gift of psychometry if Camelia can’t save her
    friends in time?

    Laurie Faria Stolarz cleverly alternates chapters of the main
    characters with transcripts of the doctor/patient therapist
    sessions, creating creepy “whodunit” drama. She also
    includes the crossword puzzles in a series of stages, which offers
    a good punch of foreboding with the twisted clues. The relationship
    between Ben and Camelia adds some turbulent romantic tension to the
    story, especially when Adam stumbles in the way. And once again, a
    bit of humor lightens the ride with Camelia’s friend Kimmie
    and her unique taste in fashion, and with Camelia’s mom and
    her unique taste in cuisine.

    Fans will be excited to learn that Stolarz is hard at work on
    the fourth novel in the Touch series, DEADLY LITTLE
    VOICES, to be released in November.

       -

    Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman on October 18, 2011

    Deadly Little Games: A Touch Novel
    by Laurie Faria Stolarz

    • Publication Date: December 28, 2010
    • Genres:Paranormal, Romance
    • Hardcover: 304 pages
    • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
    • ISBN-10: 1423131606
    • ISBN-13: 9781423131601

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