blo Teens Read and Write: Deception Review and Friday's (6/18) Contest for Two ARCS

Friday, June 18, 2010

Deception Review and Friday's (6/18) Contest for Two ARCS




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by Lee Nichols
pub: June 2010/Bloomsbury
Teen Fiction

Summary:
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 teh popular legacy crown. 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. One that will explain the visions...and make Emma fear for her life. 


Review:

Emma's family disappears, her best friend drops her and her new friend betrays her. Now she's in Maine with her older brother's former best friend, Bennett, acting as her guardian. Ba-bam! Instant sympathetic heroine whose charming voice makes her easy to love.


Deception shines as a fun paranormal. Emma's feisty personality comes across in her snappy voice that made me laugh. 

It's revealed that Emma is a ghostkeeper which means she can see ghosts and has a specific connection with them (and she isn't going crazy!). Usually a ghostkeeper has one power but Emma has a multitude. In short she is one of the most powerful types and has an intriguing connection with a woman from the past. 


She makes real friends at school, gets a mother figure who helps train her powers, and also develops friendships with several amusing ghosts.


The paranormal storyline is fresh and interesting - full of humor, adventure and action. Emma's voice is a blast - snappy, snarky - loved it! And I adored the relationships she develops with her human friends, the ghosts, and Martha, the mother figure - really, the secondary characters are among the best I've read. I wanted to invite them all to dinner!

She gets some really cool powers for some action-packed battle scenes toward the end. She's very kick butt!


Romance: Emma has been madly in love with Bennett for years. He's her older brother's former BFF. He's 20 to her 17 years. Okay, maybe he's good-looking but he's rude, arrogant, deceitful and condescending, so I'm not sure why she still has the school girl crush. And while I like Emma, she's a normal fairly immature seventeen-year-old so I'm unclear at to why Bennett has any romantic interest in her.  

Not sure if it's the age difference - I know it's not much but technically she's jailbait and... Honestly, I can't put my finger on it. Maybe it's just the fact that Bennett comes off as such a jerk and I think Emma deserves better. Either way, I didn't get the chemistry.


And then you have Coby, who's her age and a sweetheart. Since Emma thinks she "should" like him and Bennett is being such a donkey's behind, she pursues a relationship with Coby - which doesn't bode well for him. I got annoyed with how she treated the boy.


I loved the paranormal aspect of Deception and the friendships - humans and ghost - and while the romance didn't work for me, I'm more interested in the action and paranormal, so I still enjoyed the story immensely.


There's some underage drinking mentioned (which frankly I didn't think was necessary as it did nothing to move the story along) but no one gets drunk. There's talk of others having sex in the past but no sex going on in the story - just some kissing - and very little swearing. I can recommend this to younger teens. 


The Ending: Mixed emotions here. The fighting sequence rocks, exciting full of action and brings things full circle. I was disappointed in how the relationships end up. I liked that while it's left open for a sequel there is no major (annoying) cliffhanger AND the nifty twist at the very end was a surprising delight!

Bottom Line: Yes, the romance fell flat for me but... Very good writing, full of humor, laced with a generous dose of mystery and diabolical creepy, combined with fantastic secondary characters in this fast-paced original paranormal starring a spunky, sympathetic heroine who rises to enormous challenges. Phew! That was a long-winded way of saying bring on the sequel!

The Cover: I love the Gothic mansion and the smokey spirits. I would prefer to see less of the girl but as you may know that's a personal quirk of mine. Overall, I think it's good.


The Author:
 Lee Nichols was born in Marblehead, Mass., raised in Santa Barbara, and now lives in Yarmouth, Maine. Which is probably why the four years she attended Hampshire College in Amherst, where she studied history and psychology, made her antsy. It was much too far from the ocean.




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72 comments:

Audrey; (AyC) said...

thank you so much for this! ive seen this book everywhere lately ;)

chelleyreads said...

i love books with mystery and paranormal in it. thanks for this giveaway. i really want to read this book.

Sherry @ Flipping Pages for All Ages said...

Sounds very interesting. Thanks for the chance to win a copy! :)

Darlyn said...

Thanks for the contest!

Josette said...

I've been seeing Deception around for a while. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

Blueicegal ♥ said...

same here Ive been seeing this one quite a bit actually looks great!

estereta said...

Yay! Another contest! This book seems really interesting.

Blodeuedd said...

Not much of an age different there, but if he is a jerk then I am sure that that would annoy me

AtenRa said...

Oh, I'd love to read that!

EVA SB said...

Interesting review. I would probably disagree with you on some things and I would definately like to read this book.

Ladytink_534 said...

I want to read this one so bad! It sounds like such a neat story and I love the idea of a ghostkeeper.

Kaya said...

fingers crossed once again

Iffath♥Ahmed said...

Great review! Sounds like a fab book :)

Ekta said...

This book sounds really good. Great review and thanks for the contest!

Rebecca said...

Great contest. Deception looks really good.

Kynhaa said...
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Kynhaa said...

Great contest!!1 I never win nothing!! :( Deception seems be very, very good.

Katie said...

Great review and thanks for the giveaway!!

Aleksandra said...

Great review! I already have this one on my wishlist! Thanks for the contest :)

Stella (Ex Libris) said...

Everyone praises this book, would love to read it and see for myself! :-)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Awesome review. I loved this one.

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Stina Lindenblatt said...

I've heard great things about this book and can't wait to read it. :D

Wicked Walker said...

I have really been wanting to read this. Great review!

MannaB said...

Great review! I really want to read this now!

Kirthi said...

Hmm...Bennett doesn't seem like the dreamy hero I want, but the rest of the story sounds soooooo good! I really SO want to read this! Thanks for the giveaway, you're awesome!

xxsquigglesxx said...

This sounds like a really good book and I love the cover!

Crystal said...

Great review! I look forward to reading it!

Michikit said...

I can't believe that I can enter every day in a different contest, here on your blog. Thank you. (^_^)

bclement412 said...

great contest, great review, and great blog!

misha1989 said...

Thanks for the contest!

angel28140 said...

I can't wait to read Deception! Thanks so much for the contest.

Cleverly Inked said...

I think the cover is Haunting

Anya said...

Great contest! Thanks so much you guys I've wanted to read this book soo bad! You are aweomse!

:)

bookaholic said...

Thanks so much!

Jackie Noel said...

I read an author interview of Lee Nichols, and she is funny. No doubt some of her humor is in this book too! :)
Thanks for the giveaway!

Elizabeth said...

great giveaway!

Mary not so Contrary said...

Great review Alyssa! I love your enthusiasm for this book. I'm like you I'm not into reading paranormal books for the romance. Give me the action!! I have all the romance I need in my life with my husband. Thanks for the giveaway also!

Wrighty said...

Another great review from Teens Read and Write! You guys have such a terrific blog and I'm always so impressed with your hard work and all you've accomplished. And you make it fun too!

This book sounds good - paranormal, humor and interesting characters always appeal to me. And I totally agree with your feelings about the cover. I don't care much for the image of the girl but it does get my attention.

Thanks for the giveaway! I really look forward to this one!

Adriana said...

Thank you for the giveaway! :D

I've heard so many great things about Deception. It sounds like a really fun book.

Khadija said...

i've heard a lot about this book- way cool ^^

Courtney Barr - The Southern Princess said...

wonderful contest! I have heard great things about this one!

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Bookaholic (Jessica) said...

Thanks for the giveaway!! I really want to read this book.

Bunny B said...

I've read good things about this book! Thanks!

Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

Woohoo! Thanks for the contest guys! :)

Becky Boyer said...

Nice :)

lunalila said...

It is amazing! Love it! You really sold it to me. Going right to Goodreads and adding to my wishlist. Thanks for sharing such a blast of books!

Melissa said...

Sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for the contest!

luiloth said...

Paranormal and humor - a great combination! Thanks for the review.

Dazzling Mage said...

Great review. I wasn't sure about this book, but positive reviews have been popping up about it.

Mel said...

Thanks for the great review and the great contest! Looks like a fun book!

Mel said...

I got a server error when I submitted the form and it told me it was resubmitting--if my entry appears twice, can you delete the second one? Sorry about that--the computers here are acting a bit wonky today!

Kathrin said...

Wow! This is a great contest. This book has been on my wishlist ever since I first heard about it...

Katelyn said...

Thanks for the contest, this looks great!

latishajean said...

great contest thank you so much!

Haku said...

Hi I'm in thanks!!!

Tammy said...

Sounds like a must read. I hope I win!!

Sophia said...

Ooh great contest!! Thanks so much!!

P said...

Awesome! Hopefully I can cross this off my to-read list!

Lydia & Sabrina said...

Wow. I love these contests. But unfortunatly, I came a little bit late. But anyways, I'm gonna try to enter this contest. Good luck to the other competitors!

Jemi Fraser said...

Sounds like a terrific book! :)

Jen said...

This sounds like a really great book. I'm so excited! I hope I win.

van_pham said...

great giveaway!

Bhumi said...

Sounds like an exciting read!

Cass said...

Thanks for the giveaway! :) I'm not sure if I'm too late or not, but I'll try anyway.

mariska said...

I've been trying to win this book in all over the blogs ! no luck so far :) count me in.

misskallie2000 said...

Have read great reviews and can't wait to read. Thanks for the awesome giveaway and opportunity to enter.

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Linda Henderson said...

Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.

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Sharli said...

I've heard wonderful things about this book!
Can't wait to read it :D

Thank you for the giveaway!

mbreakfield said...

This book looks really good.

GABY said...

Hopa I'm not to late!

Candace said...

Shoot! I'm so mad I missed this one!!! The ONE day I don't get to check in it's a book I really want!
Oh well. This is a book that sounds great. I love books with ghosts!

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