Review: Deception Haunting Emma 1 by Lee Nichols

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Title:Deception (Haunting Emma 1)
Author:Nichols, Lee
Publisher:Bloomsbury
Pages:336

From 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.

Deception is a fantastic start to a new series. Nichols takes the lore of ghost hunting and taming and turns it into a well organized secret society that takes care of pesky ghosts.

Emma is your average high school student who is going through some things at school and with her best friend when her parents decide to go antique hunting for an undetermined amount of time. The social services finds out she has been living pretty much alone and take her into custody.

A friend of Emma’s brother comes to take her before she goes into foster care and takes her to his museum house where the servants are ghosts. Freaked out and not knowing what her talents are Emma has a hard time fitting in at her new posh private school.

I loved the elements that Nichols put into the book and the way she used the lore of ghosts and other creepy things. This is a definite must read if you enjoy really fun paranormal with like-able well fleshed out characters.

If you liked Hearts at Stake or Hex Hall you will love Haunting Emma! Check out the blog to win your own copy of Deception, and my interview with Emma!

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14 Responses so far

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    Oh! This sounds like a good one! I’ll definitely be checking it out. thanks for the recommendation!

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    I am starting to get into the ghost stories, and I loved Hex Hall & Hearts at Stake so I am excited to read this!

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    Oh, I want to read it! I’ve heard amazing things about this book.

    I wasn’t a fan about ghost stories until I read Possessed by Kate Cann….and I have been looking for another great book about ghost.

    Thanks for the review! :D

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    This sounds like a good one. Thanks for the suggestion.

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    Really can’t wait to read the book.She is super cool!

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    This sounds like a really cool book. I’ll have to check it out!

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    I saw this book being highlighted everywhere in the past few weeks and now I can understand why. Seems like a very interesting to be read and somewhat original too. And I love that you said fan of Heart at Stake and Hex Hall would love this book. Now I am thoroughly convince this would be a best read for me too =)

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    This sounds great! I have seen it around the blogging world and it seems to be a hit. I liked Hex Hall so it sounds like this one will be a good one too. Thanks for the review!

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    Wooo looks great, Love ghost but the story and all elemets sounds awesome, I hope read deception and know about Emma yeeeiy, thanks!

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    Great review! I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book so I can’t wait to read it :)! Heading over to the character interview!

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    I just finished it like 5 min ago and its AMAZING i was hooked after the first 5 pages

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    Loved the Haunting Emma Book Dexeption. looking forward to the next book

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    I absolutely adore this book! I just fell in love with the characters, especially Bennett (he’s absolutely gorgeous the way I picture him)! I’m reading the sequel to it, “Betrayal” and hopefully its just as good as this one (:

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    looks awesome!!!!

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