Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (June 8, 2010)
Series: Haunting Emma #1
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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.I have had this book sitting on my shelf for a very, very long time. And honestly, I may have never picked it up (never-ending TBR pile) if it hadn't been for the glowing recommendation of Sophie Riggsby on Twitter. She was reading Surrender, the third book in this series, and raving about it. So, I decided to give it a shot!
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.
The thing that I really enjoyed about this book was Emma. She was so funny! Don't get me wrong, there were times when her boy-craziness really made me want to scream, "Take it down a notch, chick!" But mostly, I found her just adorable and laughably snarky. She reminded me of Frankie, and Evie, and Sophie, all those girls that I wish I could be friends with!
Deception was a mix of ghost-story, mystery, thriller, comedy, and romance. The lore that Lee Nichols created was incredibly fascinating, and I have a feeling that it will get more detailed and interesting as the series goes on. There were a lot of things that Emma had to learn in this book, about her abilities to see and interact with the ghosts that have come into her life. There are lots of mysteries that still need to be solved, like where are her parents? What's up with Bennett? How will her powers manifest themselves in the future? And quite a few other things that were left unsolved.
Deception was a quick fun read. It started off pretty light and easy, but as it progressed got a little deeper and more involved. I think it will be interesting to see where the next books take us. Especially after the cliffhanger, and completely unexpected ending that we are left with. If you enjoy books about the world of ghosts, I think you'll like this book.
Book Doppelgangers: Past Midnight by Mara Purnhagen, Intrinsical by Lani Woodland, The Soul Screamers Series by Rachel Vincent.
Sexual Content: Moderate
Other Notables: Underage Drinking, Some scary/intense moments
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