Sunday, October 02, 2011

Review: Deception (Haunting Emma #1) by Lee Nichols

Title: Deception
Series: Haunting Emma #1
Author: Lee Nichols
Release Date: June 8, 2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Source: Author (for Review)

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.
Review: I love reading books about ghosts. I love reading about people who can see ghosts even more. This is probably why I really wanted to read Deception by Lee Nichols. I’d heard a lot of good things about this book and I wanted to see what all the hype was about. I began reading this book with high expectations. I ended it by delving straight into book number 2 because Deception out did all of my expectations.

Emma was an awesome protagonist. She had a really funny personality and I liked all the random thoughts she had. She was also awkward and said the wrong thing and she actually worried about it all. I really wished that in some situations, she’d ask for more questions but I got over it quickly enough. Her interest in Bennett, thank goodness, WAS NOT the main focus of the novel. She wanted to know more about herself and her history and what the heck was really going on.

The ghosts were actually a huge part of the reason why I loved this book. Their personalities and some of their pasts were shown in the book and I highly enjoyed reading about them. The rest of the plot, with all the new characters, the elite boarding school were a great additions to the actually story about a girl who can see ghosts. There was much more involved in the plot than I had initially thought and I was a great surprise.

A great protagonist, ghosts, a cute boy, mystery, danger, and so much more make Deception by Lee Nichols an intriguing read. I can’t wait for more!

Overall: 4.5/5
Cover Comments: 5/5—I actually like this cover because the look on the girl’s face and the ghostly, haunted looking house.

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