Release Date: June 8, 2010
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
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.
I know what you are thinking. No, I really do! You are thinking “Another boarding school YA?….” You were, right? But don’t worry because Deception is not just another paranormal series to add to the ever growing mountain. I have a feeling that this one will stand out!
Deception is about Emma. Poor, poor Emma! Everyone in her life is disappearing and she’s literally left with no one. That is, until Bennett shows up. Bennett is Emma’s older brother’s friend. And she might just have tensy little crush on him…and of course he shows zero interest in her. Now that she is living with Bennett she has to start a new school. A very elite new school. As if that isn’t hard enough, she is seeing things that aren’t there and she just might be going crazy.
This book was a great start to a new series. It’s packed with everything, action, romance, humor and even some creepy things too! The mystery unfolded at a nice pace throughout the book. There was actually a lot going on in the story but Nichols handled it well. I never felt overwhelmed by the different issues.
Emma was just plain fun. She wasn’t whiny, even though she had every reason to be! She held her head high and took everything in stride. I loved her spunk and dry humor. I couldn’t have asked for a better main character! Her love interest, Bennett, was the perfect amount of brooding mysteriousness. My only complaint about the book was that Emma’s “love” for Bennett seemed a little unfounded, to me. That’s a very minor complaint! It was very easy to get past. This story is filled with very eccentric characters. Weather they be, ghosts or very rich boarding school boys they were all wonderful and compelling.
Deception is fantastic start to a new series. The suspense kept me turning pages and the eccentric characters had me giggling often. This is one that I would definitely recommend. Read it! You won’t regret it!
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