Friday, July 1, 2011

Deception by Lee Nichols

Publisher: Bloomsbury
Age Group: YA
Rating: 5/5
Source: 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 fell in love with this book from the opening pages. It was so well written and I had never read anything like this before! But my expectations for this one weren't high, but after I was done reading, they surpassed beyond what I even thought.

Emma was a funny, but strong character. She was a regular girl who was in love with boys, but finds out a huge secret about herself. I couldn't stop laughing with what she would do. It was simply hilarious and when Emma was fighting, she never backed down. That's a strong character and that's what I like to see. I loved Bennett. Who doesn't love a Harvard guy with a secret as well? Not only was this guy charming, but Nichols left him a mystery throught most of the book. I was dying to find out more about him, and still am.

DECEPTION had such an unique plot. There's not many books out there about ghosts and if there are, this one totally knocks them all away. The mystery and romance in this book sizzeled and I kept finding myself turning the pages quickly in order to find out what was going to happen next. And now I'm dying to read the sequal, BETRAYAL.

The ending was a cliffhanger. When I tunred the page and saw there was nothing left, I wanted to cry. I so wanted to know what was going to happen to Emma, her relationship with Bennett, where are her parents, etc. So many questions kept on running in my mind and now I'm dying to know the answers.

I absolutly love the cover. It's simply gorgeous and the girl on the cover reminds me of Emma and the house behind reminds me of the place she goes to live in Boston. And the necklace has a huge meaning in the book. You'll just have to read it to find out....

Overall, I loved this book and don't know any other way to express my love for it. Go now and buy it because it's a great read and I will be rereading this one again!

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