Sunday, 14 August 2011

A Review for Deception (Haunting Emma #1) by Lee Nichols

Posted by Donna
Expected Publish Date: September 5th, 2011
Finished Date: August 12th, 2011
Publishers: Bloomsbury
Source: Received for Review
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
The Blurb from Goodreads: When Emma Vaile’s parents go missing while away on a mysterious business trip, she’s left all alone in her creepy old house. But 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. She quickly finds friends in the popular legacy crowd at Thatcher and spends her free time crushing on Bennett. But the eerie visions she’s been hiding from everyone have gotten worse. 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. 

The Review: 3.5 Stars: I was looking forward to starting this series as soon as I heard about it, so I was more than excited when it arrived in my mailbox last week. This book actually really surprised me because Nichols delivers an exciting ghost story that left me wanting more. It’s definitely a great way to kick off a new series.

When Emma Vaile’s parents go on a business trip, Emma does what any other normal teenage girl does when their parents leave them at home alone; she throws a party. What Emma doesn’t expect is for the police to turn up and try to send her to a half-way house because she hasn’t had any communication with her parents for a few weeks. When her brother’s best friend Bennett turns up to save her, he makes Emma move to New England. It is there she finds out she’s a ghost keeper, someone who can see and communicate with Ghosts. As Emma goes on a whirlwind journey trying to find out about her new powers and also crushing on Bennett hard, she finds out danger a waits for her and she is in the middle of it all.

Most of you know, I’ve tend to struggle with Ghost stories other than the odd few but this book has left me with a little bit of hope that Ghosts are just as good any other supernatural creatures. Deception is full of adventure, action, mystery and even has some very creepy scenes. I honestly don’t scare very easily and even though I wasn’t REALLY that scared reading this, it still left me with a teeny tiny scared feeling because Nichols descriptions are so imaginable and believable. It honestly gave me the chills in some scenes.

The characters are amazing! Emma is such a fun, lovable and quirky person. She has a fantastic personality and I loved the relationships she develops with all the other ghosts in the house. I also really loved her human friends too; Coby of course being my favourite but then Harry came in at a close second. I loved his sense of humour and literally had me laughing out loud. I have to say I’m a little disappointed where the author took Coby’s character. It’s a shame and I’m still trying to figure why it had to happen but I’m interested to see where it leads.

Now even though I enjoyed the overall story, the reason I rated it 3.5 is because you all know I’m a romance girl and there was only a little bit of a romance between Bennett and Emma. I honestly found it quiet hard to believe where their love came from. I felt there wasn’t much interaction between the two characters on the romance side and when something did finally happen, they were suddenly declaring their undying love for one another. To me, it just felt very rushed. Maybe the author intended it this way but I felt Nichols struggled capture their relationship and for that reason, I didn’t connect with them as much as I would have liked.

Overall, I did really enjoy this book and I’ll look forward to seeing where the author now takes this series. 


Mel said...

I've been so curous about this book - and the fact that there is only a little romance is more appealing for me! Thanks! :)

Braiden said...

I just received this in the mail today from Bloomsbury to review today.