Friday, September 16, 2011

Review: Deception

Title: Deception
Author: Lee Nichols
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Page Number: 310
Series: Haunting Emma Series - Book 1
SYNOPSIS VIA GOODREADS

  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.

 MY RATING: 
Mostly Hooked!

MY THOUGHTS:

With an intriguing plot and mystery and suspense chasing you around every corner, Deception is the perfect book to give you goosebumps in the middle of the night.

Emma's given the perfect chance to be a rebellious teen when her parents leave her unattended to go on a mysterious business trip. Before she gets the chance, Emma's whole life changes, and she's brought to New England to live with her new guardian, Bennett Stern. She settles in, makes friends, and starts to feel like her life may not be so bad after all. But she's being haunted by visions, and she no longer knows who she can trust. Especially after Bennett reveals a secret that might explain everything... or make it so much worse.

Emma was a spunky and likeable character. She was relateable, and I sympathized with her despite the fact that I've never experienced a lot of what she went through. I think my favorite thing about Emma was her relationship and interactions with the ghosts. They have a really endearing relationship, the ghosts and Emma. It's amazing to read. I also really liked Coby. He was sweet and amazing. What happened should NOT have happened. That's all I'll say.

I think my main problem with this one was the relationship between Bennett and Emma. Bennett was very hot and cold. He spends most of the book being distant but then swings around and becomes a completely different character. I don't trust him at this point, and, to me, for a character we are really supposed to like trust's important. I do like Bennett. I do. I just need more of the real him. *realizes that might only be understandable to people who've read the book*

So, overall, this is an exciting and mysterious read for the ghost lovers out there. I'm thoroughly hooked and ready for the sequel!

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