Deception (Haunting Emma, #1) by Lee Nichols

Saturday August 14, 2010

Deception (Haunting Emma, #1)
by Lee Nichols
Bloomsbury
June 8, 2010
Goodreads Summary: 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.

Review: Every teenagers dream is to drop the parents off at the airport, see them fly away and then have the luxury of a house all to themselves...right? That is how Emma started out when her parents left on a supposed business trip, but when weeks go by with no world from mom and pop, things get weird! When the mysterious Bennett shows up to save the day Emma suddenly finds herself in Boston where she will be staying with his family and attending a prestigious boarding school.

As Emma begins to recall scary images from her childhood she finds out that she is a "ghostkeeper". Of course Bennett is involved and so is the legendary boarding school (who knew?) As with any good paranormal story there are good guys and bad guys and Emma is on a quest to find out about her past.

The mystery of Emma's past, some romance and some gruesome memories will keep readers turning the pages. Overall a fairly well paced story and Emma's sense of humor balances out the creepiness factor. I see this as a big hit among paranormal lovers especially those who prefer to read a series. The ending will have fans counting the days until the next book is out.

Appropriate for 8th grade and up!

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