Tuesday, July 13, 2010

YA review: Deception

When Emma Vaile's parents go missing while away on a mysterious business trip, her brother's very cute best friend, Bennett Stern—Emma's knight in J. Crew armor—arrives unexpectedly to whisk her away to New England. There, Emma settles into his family's museum-like mansion and enrolls at an old-fashioned private school. Emma has memories of Thatcher that she can't explain—it's as if she's returning home to a place she's never been. Finally, Emma confides in Bennett and learns she is a ghostkeeper, a person who can communicate with ghosts. Bennett brought Emma to Thatcher to protect her, but now he needs her help tracking an other-worldly murderer. (summary from author's site)

My thoughts...Deception was a great read for YA fans of all ages.  The plot moved at a rapid pace and it was really creepy during some parts of the book.  As a ghostkeeper, Emma encounters all types of beings, good and evil,  that leave her in some unpredictable situations.  The mystery of her ability, her new home (as well as her old one), and her new friends kept me guessing and turning pages. 

I thought Lee Nichols did a great job of writing the characters in deception.  Their voices, especially Emma's, were very believable.  Emma is a very strong heroine who is thrown into this mysterious world while dealing with a missing family.  Bennett, her new guardian, is very secretive and full of mystery.  Even after finishing the book, I am still not sure if he is trustworthy.  There are also some unexpected characters that add a element of fun to the story- the ghosts.  Several of them have great personalities that readers will become fond of.  Overall, MOST of the characters were fun to read and very likeable

Deception is a wonderful story.  But, hold on to your bookmarks because it ends with a huge cliffhanger.  Nichols has build a wonderful world of mystery that cannot be fully explored in one book.  Book two in this trilogy, Betrayal, is due in March of 2011.  It is expected to wrap up with Possession due in late 2011.  Great books to look forward to!

For more information, including ordering links, visit Lee Nichols' website.


Betty: Reflections with Coffee said...

Thanks for warning about the cliffhanger!!

Moonsanity said...

Sounds like a cool read, though those cliffhangers are killers, especially when we have to wait for the next one!

Alex (Tales of a Teenage Book Lover) said...

I actually won this from you (thank you!) and can't wait to read it!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I love how the ending throws you for a loop :)

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