Deception (Haunting Emma Series #1)

Deception (Haunting Emma Series #1)

by Lee Nichols


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9781599904214
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 06/08/2010
Series: Haunting Emma Series , #1
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 5.16(h) x 0.94(d)
Lexile: HL630L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Lee Nichols was raised in Santa Barbara, California-the setting of her adult novels Tales of a Drama Queen, Hand-Me-Down and True Lies of a Drama Queen. She attended Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she studied history and psychology. She now lives in Maine and is married to novelist Joel N. Ross. Deception is her first novel for young adults.

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Deception (Haunting Emma Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
Vivacie More than 1 year ago
I simply loved this book. Loved it. Not like, love. L. O. V. E. Thank you Lee Nichols for writing such an amazing book! Deception reminds me of The Mummy in so many ways. If you've ever watched The Mummy, you know it has a lot to do with old antiquities, Brendan Fraser, cool reincarnations, Brendan Fraser, mummies, and well, just really awesome things (did I mention Brendan Fraser?). In Deception we get antiquities, mystery, spooky urn/ash scenes, and overall freakin awesomeness! It really combines all the things I love most into a book that's hard to put down. Meet Emma, daughter of antiquity sellers and lovers of possessions of the dead, she's 17 and home alone after her parents disappeared and they haven't been in contact since. Sounds like the start of some horror movie, right? Who in their right mind leaves a 17 year old in a house that's a mausoleum, and you only have one employee? Apparently, these parents do. While Emma is home alone she starts having these weird things happen to her. Shadows moving. Reliving other peoples memories. Just thinking about it sends chills up my arms. Emma is an decent character. She can be annoying at times, like when she's whining (later on in the book) or obsessing over Bennett. It was a little unbelievable that she up and moved across the country with Bennett when her parents couldn't be found. She didn't even question his judgement, hell, she didn't even know him that well. BUT, when Emma interacts with things-I-shall-not-name, it's gold. I can't get enough of her interactions with them. Learning about Emma, learning about her past, learning about, well, everything is just engaging. I am a little disappointed that she fell into the category of heroines that are just too special, specialer that the rest types. I am glad, that she wasn't the only one that could do what she did though, that saved a bit teeth grinding for me. Speaking of Bennett, he just doesn't do anything for me. Don't get me wrong, he can be sexy at times, but compare him to the Rake (you'll know who if you read the book) and there is no competition. Bennett is just sort of there. I didn't really get his 'voice' and he didn't have much page time to compared to other minor characters. He is definitely a mysterious characters and one those types that says, "We can't be together." and avoids confrontation- to give him the benefit of the doubt though, he has a really, really, good reason for being that way. I honestly loved the storyline. It's constant and continually moves so you don't get bored. However, I am disappointed that some scenes weren't more...well, more. I felt that some of the most important scenes could have been fleshed out and expanded. With the way a few of them go by so quick it almost makes you do a double take. Not that they aren't good, it just could have been better, more drawn out, with added dialogue. The flash backs scenes were amazing though and very, very creepy (as are tons of other scenes and it's a very, very good thing). My warning to to those reading Deception- have book two on hand! That ending was absolutely CRAZY! It sent chills up my arms and made me question a certain persons actions. Yes, it's a cliff hanger. Yes, you will want to pull out your hair. And yes, you will want to immediately find out what happens. Pick this one up, you won't regret it.
Tali Look More than 1 year ago
This book is so amazing. It took me about two hours cause i couldn't stop flipping the page!
GretaJ More than 1 year ago
I bought this for an easy, quick read and I was not disappointed. The book is well written and presented a nice change from vampire fantasy. The characters are engaging, the setting helps to draw the reader in and I can't wait to read further books in this series.
acsimps More than 1 year ago
I was very pleased with this book. Lee Nichols delivered an excited page turner. Emma was a heroine that I could relate to and root for. Some of the best aspects of this story are center around the relationships that Emma has cultivated and even lost. Her best friend who no longer speaks to her, her brother who is also not returning her calls, the ghosts she befriends, and her complicated relationship with Bennett all add to Emma as a character and the plot of the story. Emma Vaile's parents have left on a business trip which gives her the perfect excuse to cut loose. She gives into pressure from her new friends and throws a huge party at her museum of a home. And everything is great..until the cops show up. Her parents have been out of communication for weeks and Emma is not the only one who has noticed. So now Emma is handed over to Bennett Stone, a former friend of her brothers who her parents recently named as her legal guardian. Emma finds herself uprooted and moving to New England to live in Bennett's home. Why is Bennett Stone, who is only a few years older (a long time crush of Emma's), the one taking her in? As soon as she arrives, Emma is enrolled at Thatcher Academy. She quickly settles into a new group of friends and then the visions start. Emma suddenly finds herself taken back in time to experience things she can't explain. How can this town feel so familiar when she has never been here before? Why does Bennett seem to steer clear of her as much as possible? Murders similar to one from her past keep happening and she may hold the key to the mystery surrounding them. There is so much that Emma has yet to learn about herself, her past, and her future. With everything going on in her life, being a ghostkeeper is the least of her problems. I think that the Haunting Emma series is going to be fantastic. I definitely recommend Deception! The next books in the series are Betrayal which is set to release March 2011 and Possession, which will be published late 2011.
DeeDee10 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was ok. I'm curious to see what will happen to her in the next book as well as who she can trust. After reading the book I was expecting something a little different, but it was fine. I found myself skimming through the book instead of reading the book word from word. I often skipped any interactions with Emma and her new friends. I really just wanted to get to the mystery of her parents disappearance and her strange visions even her feelings for Bennett didn't excite me. I hope that since it is the first book in a series that the next one will be better. However, I would say give it a try.
JRlibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This reminded me strongly of Kelly Armstrong's Awakening and Summoning novels, which is great because neither book stays on the shelves, and I don't think this one will either. Deception has a perfect blending of mystery (where are Emma's parents and why haven't they contacted her), tension (what trouble happened between Bennet Stern and Emma's brother Max), romance (two very different, very attractive possibilities) and suspense (what are the black shadows that seem to be threatening Emma?). I think the motherly Martha was probably my favourite character, but I also enjoyed the playfulness of Nicholas. I pictured the Rake looking like Antonio Banderas, in Take The Lead, and Bennet to my mind looks like Taylor Lautner or a very young Pierce Brosnan. It's a fast read and fans will be delighted to know that a second book, Betrayal, is on the way. I love a book that leaves me with questions so here are just a few: How did Bennet know to show up at the police station when he did, does he have anything to do with Emma's parents disappearance, what is the power behind the amulet and is the amulet gone for good, and why did Emma's mom send the photo.
VampiresAndTofu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I ended up really liking this book! And why am I excited about that? Well, for the first hundred pages or so, I wasn¿t really sure I was GOING to like it. Don¿t get me wrong, it was very readable and I found myself tearing through the pages BUT I had a couple of issues. First of all, the story is told in first person point of view which amounted to a whole lot of ¿I did this and then he did and then I did this and then he did that.¿ And the sentences were very short. You know how in elementary school you are taught that a sentence needs a noun and a verb? That¿s all a lot of these sentences amounted to so it took me a while to get used to the writing style.Secondly, the way Emma ended up ¿in the hands of a new guardian¿ seemed a little bit forced to me. It was a a big convoluted mess of a way for her to get there that could have been handled a heckuva lot easier and a lot more believably by the characters involved. I¿m asking for believability in paranormal fiction? Well, yeah! If I¿m gonna get into a story involving ghosts or anything else supenatural, I wanna believe in the world that¿s being created. And if the characters are doing stuff that just doesn¿t make sense then it¿s kind of hard.Anyway¿on to the good stuff¿like I said, once I got past those first hundred or so pages, I found myself really hooked in the story! I was dying to know what was gonna happen! The cool thing about this book is that it didn¿t give itself away¿I couldn¿t predict what was gonna happen and was surprised several times! Deception is the PERFECT name for this book, because you get the sense while reading that you can never be sure exactly who Emma should trust. Almost everyone is suspect at times, even her missing parents.Deception has a great ending (one of my favorites of late actually) that leaves you wanting more and I definitely can¿t wait for the next book in the series!
idroskicinia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I saw for first time this book on Goodreads, I fell in love with it. I love stories about ghosts so I was really exited about reading this one. And the best part is; I just loved this book!Before I started reading it, I was worried about reading a a bad fanfic of The Mediator Series by Meg Cabot, which I love, but "Deception" surprised me a lot. It's a completely different story. Emma is a girl who is spending a bad time, her family left her without any info, and she is alone, by herself. Until her "guardian" comes... But there is a lot of secrets, and she wants to know what is happening with her and with her family... The plot is, like I said before, amazing and different. Even though, she starts in a new school, something that is usual in all YA books, which BTW I hate it, I didn't find too many cliches. There is a lot of mystery and some spooky scenes. The characters are really nice, including Emma, who is not an annoying girl. I really like her. And I just loved Celeste, Nicholas and Anatole. Bennett was OK. You need to read the book to understand why.Of course, there is romance. Not so much, something I like it, because sometimes I got bored with so much kisses and that stuff. But I think it's going to be more in the next books. BTW Deception sometimes made me remember The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, so if you liked it, reading this one is a good idea. I also recommend The Mediator series by Meg Cabot. What can I say? I loved Deception by Lee Nichols, I just can't put it down, (I read it in one day) and I'm really happy I have the second book here next to me, waiting to be read. 5/5 stars
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Emma Vaile has stopped hearing from everyone she loves¿her antiques-collecting parents, her older brother, her best friend¿and a supposed friend of hers calls social services on her. To her disbelief, her brother¿s best friend, the handsome Bennett Stern, ¿rescues¿ her and brings her to his New England mansion, where she enrolls at the elite private school Thatcher.As Emma makes friends and gets into the flow of private school life, life would be great, were it not for three things: Bennett¿s elusiveness, her family¿s continued silence, and the disturbing return of her childhood visions. Only this time Emma learns that the visions are actually ghosts, and she can see them because she is a ghostkeeper. As if learning the responsibility for her new role isn¿t enough, Emma also needs to juggle high school, a romance that could kill her, and an otherworldly being with the terrifying power to possess and even kill humans.There are some book synopses I really, really hate, and this book had one of them. It mentions private schools, absent parents, a hot preppie guy, and the eerie paranormal (insert spooky sounds here). How utterly mundane. Can we get a ¿hasn¿t this setup been done before?¿What the synopsis fails to mention, however, is just how smart, interesting, and different DECEPTION is from the rest of the pack. DECEPTION is an entertaining, funny, and touching read that had me caught up in a fictional world I normally don¿t take to.After an admittedly bumpy start, DECEPTION brings us Emma Vaile¿smart, sassy, strong, romantic¿and an equally lively and engaging cast of characters. Perhaps this was just my experience, but Emma is not someone you can really relate to: rather, you just really, really want to be her. She handles her bad luck with an appealing modern sensibility that will have you nodding along in agreement to her reactions, decisions, and quips.Likewise, the other characters are equally strong and memorable. Emma¿s school friends don¿t feel like hollow shells of what high school students should act and sound like. Instead, they are endearingly flawed, jaded, sweet, irritating¿you name the emotion, you¿ve probably got it. Bennett, too, is far more than a hot, well-dressed love interest. He has his own deeply rooted passions, insecurities, and worries, too. (And thank goodness, or I might¿ve inflicted injury upon the nearest wall.) You could think of reading DECEPTION almost like watching a CW TV show: it¿s not exactly realistic, and some of the scenarios are a bit unbelievable, but the dialogue is snappy, the teen actors are top-notch, and you just can¿t stop yourself from coming back for more.I thought that the ghost element of DECEPTION was also very well done, familiar enough to attract readers, but original enough to keep the more critical of us on our toes. The paranormal conflict in this story had depth and history. It is a conflict that spans centuries and dimensions, all in a reasonably believable and definitely enthralling way that I can see smoothly carrying over into future installments.DECEPTION is a book that defied my expectations. I was expecting clichéd paranormal-romance-mystery drivel; I got an engaging and snarky read with fantastic characterization. Overall, a paranormal mystery read that is a cut above mere wish-fulfillment fun. I will definitely keep an eye out for the sequel.
HeatherLeah on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I can't recall reading any paranormal book that was focused on ghosts but now Lee has me wanting more. This is Lee's first YA novel, she does have a several adult novels published as well. In this book Emma his haunted by visions, visions that scare her. Her parents are out of town and unreachable and she ends up living with her guardian who is also the guy she loves, Bennett. She starts a new school, has to make new friends, and deal with her visions at the same time she has caught the eye of the quarterback, Coby.The first fifty pages are so really threw me for a loop. What teenager would agree to move across the US with a guy who claims to be her guardian, a guardian her parents never told her she had, without asking more questions or demanding answers? I know she loves the guy but that part really bothered me. If my parents were on a business trip I would definitely get a hold of them before moving and attending a new school, I don't care what the circumstances were. In the end her decision to go with Bennett was expected and made for a great story. I hate that I have to wait till March 2011 for the sequel, the ending was a cliffhanger and I have several unanswered questions. In the end I really enjoyed this book. It was full of mystery, just the right amount of romance, and ghosts. I think Lee really hit the mark with this YA series. Kudos!
YAaddict on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of ghost stories, so I was excited to read DECEPTION. I was pleasantly surprised to see how different this one was. The whole new idea of "ghost keepers" was very exciting and suspenseful. The beginning was a little slow, but once the scene moved to New England, I was completely engrossed.Emma was a realistic and likable character. With her parent's disappearance and her best friend abandoning her, I found it easy to feel for her and wish for a better outcome from her. I loved the fact that she had a mysterious past with ghosts. I got excited every time I learned a little more. Ooh, Bennett. He was a great character. I don't blame Emma, I found myself falling for him. It was one of those things that you kept waiting to see if or when these two would get together. I absolutely love the described scenes in this book. The New England setting was beautiful and haunting. It really made the story come to life for me. The idea of ghost keepers and how the "power" worked was awesome. Nichols has a likable writing style that is captivating, but easy to read at the same time. The best part for me by far was the plot. It kept twisting and changing where you had to keep reading to find out what happens. I am a sucker for that kind of suspense.The ending was a surprise to me. A cliffhanger that made me really wish the next book was out already! I can't wait to continue this series and find out the rest of Emma's story, because it is for sure not over yet. DECEPTION was a gripping supernatural story. An awesome start to a very promising series.
thehidingspot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
DECEPTION has reminded me that it has been entirely too long since I¿ve read a good ghostly mystery. When I picked up the novel I thought it looked good, but I wasn¿t prepared for how much I would end up enjoying it! I found myself furiously flipping pages and, when I found myself on the last page, lamenting my wait until the next installment.At first, I wasn¿t sure how well I was going to like the author¿s treatment of the dialogue. It seemed almost inconsistent: casual one moment and formal the next. Eventually, I either stopped noticing or started to like it, I¿m not sure which. As I read, it started to flow very realistically and it was easy to imagine that Emma was sitting next to me narrating the story. I really enjoyed Nichols¿ portrayal of ghosts and Emma¿s powers. I¿m impressed that each YA ghost novel that I¿ve read brings something new to the table. It seems almost easy to differentiate paranormal creatures like vampires and weres, but ghosts require a bit more creativity. Now that the scene has been set, I¿m excited to discover what Emma will face in the next book and to see a greater exploration of her powers. I have mixed feelings about DECEPTION¿s romantic plot line. At the beginning of the novel, Emma was extremely immature, which had me worried. I thought that her relationship with Bennett would turn out to be only a school girl crush on her older brother¿s friend. Thankfully, Emma morphed throughout the novel. By the end, I could definitely see how a relationship between the two could develop. Nichols throws readers for a bit of a loop at the end of the novel, so I¿m desperate to see how Emma and Bennett will find a way around the complication presented. And holy cliffhanger! I raced to that last page, only to find a cliffhanger of epic proportions! I adore cliffhangers.
fayeflame on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Deception is one of those books that will have you on the edge of your sit/nail biting mysteries. Its by far one of my favorite ghost(while besides Shade) novels.We meet Emma who has nothing but drama going on through out the book. She is a strong character/normal teen minus the whole powerful ghostkeeper thing, and missing parents. But she handles the drama....well like a teen. She has her questions, still learning about her powers, and her attraction to Bennett. I didn't quite get Bennett...i mean he was charming, but distance. He leaves Emma alone in a BIG house/museum, there relationship is forbidden, full of secrets and you have the age issue. I wanted to know more about him. I liked how some of the ghost were friendly it was funny because Emma would confuse ghost with normal people. She would be like "your alive." Martha was my fave too. She's motherly and caring. I loved when Emma moved to New England! new school with cute British guys. Sara, Harry, Coby are Emma's new friends, she has trouble trusting them after what happened back at home. But like Coby alot! Nichols ghostkeeping world is captivating. I was even a little scared at times. Only when the wraiths would whisper neos and pop up in scary dark places. You'd be surprised at what happens in this book. There are questions to be answered i can't wait to read the next book!
C.Ibarra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Deception is a real page turner. I managed to read it in just a few hours. The characters were interesting and well developed. I found protagonist Emma easy to connect with. After spending most of her life feeling like second best she finds herself abandoned by everyone she thought cared. I really felt for her, and could imagine the pain she was feeling.Deception contained an interesting ghost story that kept me reading late into the night. It also has a romance that promises to invoke warm fuzzies, as well as a little love triangle for those that dig that type of thing. I¿m a fan of warm fuzzies and love triangles so that was a definite win-win for me. I didn¿t find anything about this story predictable. The conclusion was a real shocker, and left my heart feeling a wee bit bruised. It all ended with what I¿d consider a cliffhanger as well as several unanswered questions. Frustrating for me yes, but also a guarantee I¿ll read the next book. Deception is a promising start to a new young adult trilogy.If you like ghost stories and the paranormal check this one out. Deception does contain some adult language, and sexual predicaments. You may want to keep that in mind when recommending it to the younger teens and tweens.
DarkFaerieTales on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Quick & Dirty: A completely compelling and suspenseful read.Opening Sentence: Six weeks ago, my parents disappeared.The Review:Emma Vaile plans to live it up and break all the rules while her parents are gone on a business trip, but naturally things take a turn for the worse. Emma¿s appointed guardian leaves her all alone to be closer to her own daughter. Now, Emma is stuck with running her parents store, as well as maintaining her school duties. To make matters worse, Emma¿s best friend is no longer speaking to her and she doesn¿t understand why. Alone and feeling isolated, Emma turns to her new friends. Wanting to be accepted into the group, Emma agrees to throw a party at her house. The party comes to an abrupt end when the police arrive. One of Emma¿s so called friend¿s reports her to Child Protective Services. Betrayed, Emma finds herself facing some pretty bleak options. Become a ward of the state or enter the foster care system. Luckily, Emma is saved in the nick of time by Bennett, her brother¿s friend. He takes Emma to New England and enrolls her at Thatcher Academy.Deception is set in a rich, imaginative world that blends mystery, suspense, and romance. Emma is funny, strong and driven. She went from being immature to accepting major responsibilities head on. Some of the scenes are a touch melodramatic, but Emma is a very sympathetic character. Emma is lonely and worried about her family. She¿s essentially been abandoned. Emma can¿t seem to get a hold of them and she¿s battling danger at every turn. Emma discovers that she has powerful abilities, and battling evil ghosts is just the beginning. She¿s a Ghostkeeper, which means that she can communicate with ghosts. I¿m definitely intrigued by the Ghostkeeper mythology.I¿m not really sure how I feel about Bennett. I never established a connection with him and he didn¿t come off as a particularly likable character. He¿s a bit too mysterious, suspicious, and I¿m not sure what his real motivations are.Overall, Deception is a great gothic ghost story. Deception has plenty of twists and a number of intriguing events. Strongly drawn characters and plenty of conflict help draw the reader deep into this genuinely spooky tale. The result is a wonderfully creepy, well-written story. Readers will eagerly await Betrayal, which is the next book in the series.Notable Scene:I smelled and felt the cold salt wind as it rose from the ocean and heard the waves rippling against the rocks below. The soft glow of the house fell into the darkness over the cliffs, as a thread of spectral fog thickened in the air and crept toward us.As we watched, the fog morphed into a shape that looked nothing like other ghosts I¿d seen. It had a skeletal, malformed body and wore tattered clothing. Except that it wasn¿t clothing. It was skin. Its bones were joined in the wrong places somehow, making it look more insect than human.FTC Advisory: Bloomsbury provided me with an ARC of Deception. No goody bags, sponsorships, ¿material connections,¿ or bribes were exchanged for my review. In addition, I don¿t receive affiliate fees for anything purchased via links from my site.
AdonisGuilfoyle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love reading 'young adult' novels, which are marketed at teen readers but well written and creative enough to appeal to all ages. Yes, the characters and storylines can become slightly formulaic, as with most genres - Emma and her ghosts in Lee Nichols' novel could easily be switched with Rose in Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series, for instance - but I can almost guarantee a fast-paced, entertaining read whatever the subject.Deception is exactly that - an imaginative introduction to the 'Haunting Emma' series, about a sixteen year old girl who discovers that she is a 'ghostkeeper' when she moves to the New England town of Echo Point. Told in the first person, Emma is a quirky, witty and youthful narrator, who has to come to terms with her supernatural role - and the fact that her parents have been lying to her all these years. The two love interests are both appealing, although Coby is too good to be true, and the ending pulls no punches. I did find the 'community' of ghostkeepers, controlled by an organisation called The Knell, to be slightly convoluted - nearly everyone in Emma's life turns out to be just like she is - but I'm sure that these unlikely coincidences will start to make sense in the sequels.Nichols' world-building is typically imaginative for this genre, from the ghostkeepers' abilities to summon, compel, communicate with and dispel ghosts, to the varied types of spirits - ghosts, ghasts, ghouls and wraiths - and I can't wait to read more of this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I give this book and the whole series five starts! As soon as I picked up Deception I couldn't put it down. When I finished this book I had to get my hands on Betrayal and Surrender because I wanted to, no, I needed to continue my journey with these amazing characters. I read this book when I was 16 years old. Now at age 20 I recently reread the series and am still obsessed with it. By far the best series I have read. Ok so why am I so blown away by Deception and the rest of the Haunting Emma series? I have five reasons why: 1. The Character development is to die for! ;) Lee Nichols has made it so you can identify with the characters in this book and made it so you will be continuously cheering on the good guys and personally wanting to jump in the book yourself to help them fend off the bad guys. Love the Characters! 2. It keeps you guessing. Usually I can see what's going to happen next but when it came to these books I was kept in the dark. I like that! This book is not very predictable which is amazing and new for me. 3. It gives you the feels! I cannot count the amount of times I felt my heart drop for the characters, cheered out of excitement excitement, or even feel complete fear. As I said before, you truly feel for, and with the characters. 4. It's not too long. If I can remember right the book has maybe about 300 pages which isn't too small that there isn't enough detail and isn't too big that it's intimidating. This book is the perfect size. The series does not drag on like you may find some books to do. It tells you the story and doesn't put in the unnecessary fluff that some authors have an act of doing. Thank you Lee Nichols! 5. The romance isn't too over bearing. Don't get me wrong, this series has an extremely cute and sometimes even a tad sensual type or relationship going on, but the whole book is not centered around it. The main character in this book Emma Vaile is more than capable of taking care of herself which I really appreciate. She is no damsel in distress and Bennett Stern is not some overbearing love interest. There is a perfect balance of romance in this series. All in all this book is sure to be a fun read for anyone looking for a suspenseful, supernatural, mystery that shows you not everything is at is seems and also shows the strengths of friendship, family, and love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will always be in love with this book, seriously. It's funny how I randomly bought this book, the cover caught my eye. I can honestly say I've read it atleast 10 times in the past two years. I will never get tired of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deception is about a girl named Emma Vaile, she struggled through alot of things. But, she managed to fix them. She is a ghostkeeper. She sees things, which are ghosts. Her name I from someone else's life and she's renewing it.
SpartanReading More than 1 year ago
Deception is about a seventeen year old girl named Emma Vaile who lives in San Francisco with her parents. She has a brother, named Max who’s in college. While her parents are on a business trip, they suddenly disappear and nobody knows where they are. Emma soon learns that she needs to have a guardian and when she discovers who it is, she is shocked! It’s her brother’s 20 year old friend, Bennett Stern. Oh… and did I mention he’s cute!! Emma refers to him as her knight in shinning armor. He drags her from her hometown in San Francisco, all the way to Boston where he lives. She is forced to go to a new school, in Boston called Thatcher Academy. In the first couple of days she finds herself fitting in well, especially with the popular kids. But strange things begin to happen. She begins to have memories of Thatcher and her new town that she can’t remember. Bennett is about to reveal a big secret that will explain all her weird memories and will make her scared for her life. I really recommend this book to girls ages 13-18 because if you’re that type of person who loves a page turner, you’ll love this book! I give this book 5 stars because it was very well detailed and I absolutely couldn’t stop reading this book! I love those romantic, mystery books and that’s exactly what this book was.
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I liked the whole series a lot but I almost didn't make it passed the begining of the first book. Having Emma leave with Bennett to go to the east coast because she has a crush on him just seemed unbelievable and wrong to but in a YA book. Especially with everthing she knew that stacked up that this guy most likley is not safe. I know about the bond in the past life you learn about at the end of the first book but still I think the writer could have found a different reason for her to go with him.
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ComaCalm More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this from Bloomsbury and as I hadn't heard if it before, it was pretty intrigued! After seeing other bloggers positive comments I decided to read it as soon as possible, and I'm really glad I did. I couldn't stop reading! I read 100 odd pages before I went to bed and then read the rest of it the next afternoon. You do have some stereotypical elements - main character has stronger powers than everyone else, forbidden love, etc - but I enjoyed them just as much as the rest of the book as they were well written and fit in really well with the story. I enjoyed the potential romance between Bennett and Emma a lot and found myself enjoyably frustrated every time there was a potential kiss and then something else happened! Bennett is a great love interest, all moody but with a sweet side too. The addition of ghosts with actual personalities was really appreciated as there doesn't seem to be many YA ghost books with a real presence of ghosts these days. I loved the little boy with the Tetris obsession the best, he was really sweet. Second favourite had to be the Rake, Although I found it a shame he couldn't be a potential love interest too as I found him rather appealing! Emma herself is one of my favourite main characters, she's really goofy and hilarious when drunk. A particular conversation about catapults had me showing my OH the paragraph! This book does remind me a lot of Hourglass by Myra McEntire, which I think is great as I loved that one too. I'm really looking forward to reading the next book so I can find out what will happen with Emma and Bennett next, and see if her parents turn up, as there were some interesting events that happened at the end of the book...