>Tween Review: Deception by Lee Nichols ARC
A Haunting Emma Novel
By: Lee Nichols
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 parents vanish, 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.
Since her parents are missing, Emma must settle into a new school, 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.
When I first skimmed through DECEPTION, I instantly thought “great just another book about seeing ghost, how many times has that happend?” But, truth be told I was completely wrong. There is a reason they say “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”, though this cover is very nice (I really want the necklace on the model) it just led me to believe I already knew this story.
It had a gradual pace at the beginning that seemed to stretch across the pages building the foundation to the series. I enjoyed that it was like that because I could read it at a leisurely speed and stop in the middle to take care of some small task and be able to pick right back up where I had stopped. Not many books are like that these days. They are either so boring you fall asleep, or non-stop action that make you lose sleep. DECEPTION blended several different themes into its pages and did it so smoothly that it allowed me to really think about what I was reading. Without a doubt it is a spooky thriller, but it is done in a way that it doesn’t overpower the book. I also found that it was easy to relate to the characters and that the way they interacted and spoke jibed with the way real life teens speak to each other. There was definitely a romantic flair to the story which was good. I was torn between Emma’s possible love interests- Coby, Bennett and actually…I really liked Harry and all of his natural charm.;*) I teared up a little when one of the characters was (*sniffle*) killed.
There are some questions left unanswered but since it is the first in a series, I am hopeful that they are just future plot developments. I will definitely be reading the next book in the series. Lee Nichols did a great job! If you like ghost stories with teenage drama and romance then I suggest you give this series a try!
Peace & Love-