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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Deception by Lee Nichols

  Title: Deception (Haunting Emma)
  Author: Lee Nichols
  Genre: YA
  Rating: * * * * 1/2
  Publishers Date: 8/10/2010
  Paperback: 336 pages
  Publisher: Bloomsbury
  ISBN: 1599904217
  FTC Disclosure: ARC I won

The intrigue of prep school meets the paranormal as this gripping and romantic series begins
When Emma Vaile's parents go missing while away on a mysterious business trip, she's left all alone in her creepy old house. But her brother's very cute best friend, Bennett Stern - Emma's knight in J. Crew armor - arrives unexpectedly to whisk her away to New England. There, Emma settles into his family's museum-like mansion and enrolls at an old-fashioned private school. She quickly finds friends in the popular legacy crowd at Thatcher and spends her free time crushing on Bennett. But the eerie visions she's been hiding from everyone have gotten worse. Emma has memories of Thatcher that she can't explain - it's as if she's returning home to a place she's never been. Finally, Emma confides in Bennett and learns she is a ghostkeeper, a person who can communicate with ghosts. Bennett brought Emma to Thatcher to protect her, but now he needs her help tracking an other-worldly murderer
I've got to admit I was pleasantly surprised when picking up this book.  I totally enjoyed it, from page 1 to the last page, (and that was only a few hours from when I started it) which totally sucks cause this one just released and the next in the series, “Betrayal” won’t be out until March 2011 but we are supposed to get two in the series next year. WooHoo!.  I loved Emma, she was snarky, independent, compassionate, and needy all at the same time. Her independence and inability to sit on the sidelines is going to make her a kick-ass ghostkeeper as she matures. She is a great 3 dimensional character as were all the secondary characters, too. I love a great mystery. Throw in some romance, sprinkle in some ghosts and you have a recipe for a winning series. Congratulations Lee, you have a Blue Ribbon winner here!
Haunting Emma
Deception (2010)
Betrayal (2011)
3. Possession (2011)


....Petty Witter said...

Sounds interesting, thanks for the recommendation.

Nina said...

I really want to read this book, but I think I have to wait a couple of months before I can buy some more books. :) Emma sounds like a great character and I cannot wait to read this. Thanks for the great review.

Lee Nichols said...

Thanks for the great review! So glad you enjoyed it.