Thursday, June 24, 2010

Review: Deception (A Haunting Emma Novel) by Lee Nichols

Deception (Haunting Emma)
Title: Deception
Author: Lee Nichols
Hardcover: 336 pages
Reading Level: YA
Published: June 2010
My Copy: Around the World Tours
My rating: 4.5 out of 5 wicked hearts

Blurb from

When Emma Vaile's parents leave on mysterious business trip, it gives her the perfect excuse to be a rebellious teen. Throw some parties, get a tattoo (or maybe just a piercing), and enjoy the first few weeks of her junior year. Then her best friend stops talking to her, the cops crash her party, and Emma finds herself in the hands of a new guardian—her college-age "knight in J.Crew armor," Bennett Stern—and on a plane to his museum-like mansion in New England.
After enrolling at Thatcher Academy, Emma settles in by making friends with the popular legacy crowd. But she can't shake the strange visions that are haunting her. She has memories of Thatcher she can't explain, as if she's returning home to a place she's never been. Emma doesn't trust anyone anymore—except maybe Bennett. But he's about to reveal a ghostly secret to Emma. One that will explain the visions . . . and make Emma fear for her life. 
My quick wicked thoughts...A fast-paced, enthralling, gothic ghost story with awesome characters.

Why I was tempted to read this...I had read a few glowing reviews on it and immediately added it to my wish list.

Cover thoughts...It's pretty spooky and gothic, I like it!

Romance Meter...the romance was suspenseful because you just didn't know who to trust and who was telling the truth.  I would give it a 4 out of 5.

Character and Plot...Emma was a completely likable character that handles a lot of responsibility and drama.  She takes up the reins when her parents leave her unexpectedly, the adult that is supposed to watch her resigns, and she is left to her own devices managing their antique store, unable to get in touch with anyone.  When she gets in trouble and Bennett rushes in from nowhere and saves her, she's off to another part of the country with a new school and living in a museum.   Her only contact is Bennett and he is often MIA so she does a lot of fact finding on her own when she figures out she is a Ghostkeeper.  The characters are engaging and the plot is dynamic and keeps swiftly moving from one thing to another.  I inhaled this book and didn't want to put it down.

The Ending...A perfectly executed cliffhanger that will have you eagerly waiting the next book in the trilogy!  Who to trust?? Who to trust??

Sequel...yes of course! Word is Betrayal will be out sometime early next year...not sure I can wait!!
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