Betrayal (Haunting Emma Series #2)

Betrayal (Haunting Emma Series #2)

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by Lee Nichols, Emma Nicholson
     
 

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Emma Vaile is the most powerful ghostkeeper in centuries. Which is great when she's battling the wraith-master Neos, but terrible when she's flirting with fellow ghostkeeper (and soul mate) Bennett. When ghostkeepers fall in love, the weaker one loses all power, and that's not something Bennett can handle. Heartbroken and alone, Emma tries to lose herself in school

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Emma Vaile is the most powerful ghostkeeper in centuries. Which is great when she's battling the wraith-master Neos, but terrible when she's flirting with fellow ghostkeeper (and soul mate) Bennett. When ghostkeepers fall in love, the weaker one loses all power, and that's not something Bennett can handle. Heartbroken and alone, Emma tries to lose herself in school with fellow ghostkeeper Natalie. When a new team of ghostkeepers arrive-one a snarky teen boy, the other a British scholar-Emma finds solace in training for the battle against Neos. But as the team grows stronger, they are threatened by an unknown force. One they thought was good. As chilling and page-turning as Deception, this sequel will grab readers and hold them to the last page. No one is safe from suspicion as Emma closes in on the traitor.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Janis Flint-Ferguson
Emma Vaile is your typical high school student with goofy friends, Latin classes, and ghostkeeping. Her boyfriend, the very charming and darn good looking, Bennett Stern is also a ghostkeeper and that is where the trouble is starting. Two ghostkeepers cannot be together without the weaker one losing powers—and Emma is not the weaker of the two. So Bennett is doing all that he can to avoid Emma and it is breaking her heart. Emma's power is also attracting Neos, a former ghostkeeper who has twisted into something demented, something demonic. Neos intends to put an end to Emma and Emma has every intention of eliminating Neos. The Knell, an organization dedicated to ghostkeeping, is supporting Emma's work as are some of her friends who are themselves ghostkeepers. In fact, there is a nice little group of teenage ghostkeepers who share one another's adventures. The style is lighthearted and the romance between Bennett and Emma will entice middle school girls to join in the supernatural fun. Neos is deadly, but the teens are typically irreverent yet focused on the serious task of ridding the world of Neos and his deadly cohorts. This is the second in the "Haunting Emma" series so nothing comes to an absolute conclusion. Reviewer: Janis Flint-Ferguson
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—In this sequel to Deception (Bloomsbury, 2010), readers find out more about ghostkeeper Emma and meet new team members. Bennett is sent away to keep from losing his powers, which happens to the weaker of the two when ghostkeepers fall in love. Of course, Emma does a certain amount of pining for him, and she feels guilty for Coby's death—which everyone at school seems to blame her for as well, but there is plenty of ghost- dispelling action to keep the plot moving. Simon, the new leader, trains the team hard as they prepare to meet Neos in what turns out to be not the final battle. The complications include the villain dispatching a siren to weaken Emma's resolve and a betrayal among the team, hence the title. In the end, Neos escapes to the Beyond, weakened by the loss of his amulet, and Bennett returns to the museum house. Emma is not sure about the changes in him as he has become addicted to the power-building herb Asarum. The setup is complete for the next round of superghost fighting. A light read for students who enjoy the paranormal.—Robin Henry, Wakeland High School, Frisco, TX
Kirkus Reviews

This fast-paced sequel reintroduces teen Emma Vaile, who is the most powerful ghostkeeper to be born in centuries, much to the amazement of her counterparts in the Knell, a secret society that keeps order in the ghost world. Unlike other ghostkeepers, Emma can conjure, communicate with and compel ghosts, which provides hope that she will be able to defeat Neos, a menacing wraith master who is drawn to Emma and will stop at nothing to increase his evil powers. Unfortunately, Emma's supernatural powers also present major responsibilities and downsides, including preventing her from getting too close to Bennett, her long-time crush and fellow ghostkeeper. Picking up where series opener Deception (2010) left off, Emma continues to hone her skills in preparation for confronting Neos and joins forces with three other ghostkeepers. However, Emma quickly learns that someone has infiltrated her inner circle of friends and finds herself faced with deadly betrayal. This balances against Emma's very ordinary life as a high-school student. A solid balance of fantasy and mystery together with a well-developed subplot of forbidden love prevent this text from becoming hokey and will keep readers riveted. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)

Kirkus Reviews - Kikus Reviews

This fast-paced sequel reintroduces teen Emma Vaile, who is the most powerful ghostkeeper to be born in centuries, much to the amazement of her counterparts in the Knell, a secret society that keeps order in the ghost world. Unlike other ghostkeepers, Emma can conjure, communicate with and compel ghosts, which provides hope that she will be able to defeat Neos, a menacing wraith master who is drawn to Emma and will stop at nothing to increase his evil powers. Unfortunately, Emma's supernatural powers also present major responsibilities and downsides, including preventing her from getting too close to Bennett, her long-time crush and fellow ghostkeeper. Picking up where series opener Deception (2010) left off, Emma continues to hone her skills in preparation for confronting Neos and joins forces with three other ghostkeepers. However, Emma quickly learns that someone has infiltrated her inner circle of friends and finds herself faced with deadly betrayal. This balances against Emma's very ordinary life as a high-school student. A solid balance of fantasy and mystery together with a well-developed subplot of forbidden love prevent this text from becoming hokey and will keep readers riveted. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599904221
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Series:
Haunting Emma Series, #2
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
296,539
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 7.78(h) x 0.78(d)
Lexile:
HL640L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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