Okay, so when I first heard about this book, it was because I was . . . well, because I was stalking my agent. (We all do it, people, no judging!) I'd just signed with her, and back then it had a different title and everything. But later, when I asked Joanna (the poor, stalked agent) about Lee Nichols's YA book, she eagerly told me the plot - and I instantly wanted to read it.
DECEPTION is the first in the HAUNTING EMMA series. It's about 17-year-old Emma Vaile, who has been abandoned by her traveling parents and her college-student brother. But when Emma can't get a hold of said parents or brother, she begins to fear something bad may have happened. Worse, she's having creepy dreams and visions, reminding her of strange occurances that happened years ago, when she was a little girl. Occurances she had forced herself to forget.
Then enter Bennett (insert swoon here!), her brother's ex-best friend. Bennett is rich, handsome, intelligent, in California to whisk Emma away to Boston to stay with him until her parents can be located. But something is going on. Emma starts school at the prestigious Thatcher Academy with questions - why did Bennett show up? Where are her parents and brother? And why, most of all, is she suddenly seeing people no one else can see? Oh, yeah. Emma soon learns she's seeing ghosts, and her life just gets more complicated.
Let me just say, I wanted to read this book ASAP because it basically reminded me of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with ghosts. And you know? That assessment proved accurate. Emma has a great voice, she's funny and interesting to read. And Bennett . . . Gah, the distant and brooding thing so works here. I kept turning pages, dying to see what was going to happen to these two characters next!
Nichols has a fun voice that she blends well with the mystery and often sorrow of this story. Emma is lonely and lost, but she puts humor into her thoughts. Some seriously creepy stuff happens, but the novel stiill keeps a tight pace. It's full of action, romance, creepiness, and humor - what more could a girl ask for?
I definitely think everyone needs to read DECEPTION. There's just no way not to like it!
And you know . . . hmmm . . . since I think you should read it, I think perhaps I shall giveaway a copy!
Okay, here are the rules for entering.
1. You MUST be a follower of this blog.
2. Leave a comment with your name to enter.
3. Get a bonus point if you tweet or blog about this post.
4. Get another bonus for telling me your biggest childhood fear in the comment. Emma had a scary childhood experience. What did you fear when you were 8 or 9 years old?
5. Please include your email so that I can contact you when the winner is picked.
The winner will be picked on SATURDAY MORNING. This means the contest closes at midnight Friday, EST. No late entries accepted.
Okay, go at it, kiddies!
(Trust me, you WANT this book!)