Pam:Are you anxiously awaiting seeing your parents and brother again?
Emma:Well … Max … it’s not like we’re best friends, but he is my brother and I am kind of worried about him. And my parents have some serious explaining to do. You don’t disappear for weeks and then drop a bombshell like that note they left me. At least now I know they’re alive, I just have no idea what they’re up to. You know how you’re always wishing that your parents would leave you alone? It’s not as good as it sounds.
Pam:Are you hoping to find a way around the rules so that you can be with Bennett?
Emma:Yes! But it’s not as easy as just breaking the rules. He could lose his powers, and I don’t want to take that from him. What if he’s not the same without them?
Pam:Natalie. Friend or foe?
Emma:Sometimes she bugs the heck out of me, other times I think she’s the best friend I’ve ever had.
Pam:Anxious about your meeting with the Knell?
Emma:A little. Mostly I’m pissed off about the way they’ve treated me and plan to let them know.
Pam:Are you planning to research why you have so many similarities with your ancestor?
Emma:It’s not like I can google it. Believe me, I’ve tried. I’m hoping the Knell will have some answers.
Pam:The end of the book gave us a kind of shocker. How are you processing that information?
Emma:I’ve always had issues with trust. This isn’t helping. Not sure I have processed it yet.
Pam:Did you get a new phone or are you still using the purple dinosaur?
Emma:Purple dinosaur, thanks for reminding me. Praying there’s a new phone in my immediate future.
Pam:Will you be returning to the museum and the prep school or moving on somewhere else?
Emma:Right now, I’m still in Bennett’s museum and at Thatcher. It’s hard to know what will happen next.
Pam:Will you be asking Bennett the hard questions. Like how did he get guardian forms for you?
Emma:The more I learn about the Knell, the less surprised I am Bennett had those papers.
Pam:How does it feel knowing you are like super ghost keeper?
Emma:I feel special, terrified, powerful, and humbled all at the same time.
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!