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Surrender (Haunting Emma #3)

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After a devastating battle at headquarters in New York, the ghostkeeping world is in shambles. When Emma and Bennett return home, they are determined to defeat the wraithmaster, Neos, forever. But it's not going to be easy. Bennett's parents kick him out when they realize he is still using drugs to enhance his powers. Emma is convinced her aunt has come back from the dead ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Donna {Book Passion for Life}
I’ve been a huge fan of Lee Nichols’s Haunting Emma series since the start and I have to say, finishing this book – Surrender; which is the third and final book in the series, was a sad moment for me because, even though this book was so, so good I’m still not ready to leave these characters behind but of course, Lee Nichols’s ends it with a bang and it was PURE-AWESOME!

This time around we see Emma and the gang trying to deal with the aftermath after the battle at the Knell; the ghost-keepers h
Originally posted to Once Upon A Time.

Surrender was never released in the UK and as such, we Brits had to accept that our Haunting Emma collections would look something like this:

Thankfully, it is a trilogy worth making do with mismatched covers as it’s a delight to read. And I did spend a fair while making bets with myself over the colour of book three. I think I went with orange but I guess we’ll never know!

It had been a long while since I’d read Betrayal, book two of the trilogy, and so it to
Experiment BL626
Book 3 concludes the Haunting Emma series, and what a boring series it was. Truthfully, it shouldn’t have been a series at all. The story had some good things but they were very diluted by scenes that often went nowhere and conflicts that were extended way, way beyond their shelf life.

The beginning of book 3 was slow, so slow that it should have been condensed to a few chapters and started towards the middle of the book. The middle was better but useless chapters still plagued it. Consequently,
Kristin Lundgren
May 25, 2012 Kristin Lundgren rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-paranormal, ghosts
This series, of which this book is the last, is charming, warm, sweet and funny. Spoilers ahead if you haven't read the others!! This last book starts out with Bennett, her one-time "guardian" and boyfriend hooked on Asarum, an herb that boosts ghostkeeper's abilities. Two ghostkeepers can't be together, as one, the stronger, will drain the other's powers. Emma mother's gave up her powers for her father, and Bennett's dad for his mom. But Bennett believes he needs to be at his most powerful to h ...more
Mar 30, 2015 Sabrina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Denne serie har virkelig korte beskrivelser, hvilket egentlig er lidt ærgerligt, fordi det giver ikke en lyst til at læse serien. Tilgengæld er de danske covers meget pænere end de originale! 2’eren var jeg ikke lige så vild med som den første, så jeg var ret spændt på hvordan jeg ville have det med denne. Jeg blev dog en smule skuffet, desværre.

Emma ændre sig ikke rigtig, hvis hun gør har jeg i hvert fald ikke opdaget noget. Bennett er ikke blevet bedre, tværtimod. Derfor er jeg stadig ikke vil
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
Nov 05, 2011 Damaris (GoodChoiceReading) rated it it was amazing
Surrender is the third and final book in Lee Nichols series, Haunting Emma, and it does not disappoint! If you have read the first two books in the series, Surrender will answer all of your questions that were left unanswered. I was literally biting my nails with the suspense. I found that Surrender was a lot less predictable than the first two books in the series. I had no idea where the story would go, and how Bennett and Emma would end up. There were times I felt bad for Bennett and wished ev ...more
Page (One Book At A Time)
Jul 25, 2014 Page (One Book At A Time) rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013

I think this will be short and sweet. It's been way to long since I've read it (the one downfall of a blog hiatus). I'll give it my best shot though!

Bennett was the most interesting character for me. I could not figure out the purpose behind his drug use even if it enhanced his powers. It just didn't seem to fit the character I knew. However, when we finally learn what his true intentions were and how the powerful drug use aided in that, I understood the bigger picture. Nothing he did was for hi
Emma (BelleBooks)
Jun 01, 2012 Emma (BelleBooks) rated it really liked it
It's been a while since I read the first two books in the Haunting Emma series but when Bloomsbury UK offered me a review copy of Surrender I jumped at the chance! It took me a couple of chapters to get back into the plot and remember who everyone was, but it soon all came flooding back to me!

This is the last book in the series. I put off starting it for a while, because I hate when a book series ends, it's like moving to a new city and leaving friends behind.

This time around Emma and her fellow
Dec 16, 2011 Ferdy rated it liked it
Shelves: ghosts
Emma and her fellow ghostkeepers are back in Surrender, the third book in the Haunting Emma trilogy. Surrender starts with the arrival of Bennett's parents who are not pleased to find out that their son is addicted to Asarum (a drug which can increase a ghostkeeper's powers), so they promptly pack him off to get clean, leaving Emma alone.
Emma now under the supervision of Bennett's parents tries to balance school, friends and finding a way to end Neos once and for all. Emma does step up in this
SURRENDER is the conclusion to The Haunting Emma Trilogy. Emma started the series thinking she was normal not knowing anything about her powers or the world that she was born into. Throughout DECEPTION and BETRAYAL She has grown into a powerful Ghostkeeper. She has had loyal friends and family behind her, has lost people she cared about and has fought on the side of good.

Emma has been a great strong character throughout the series. She was easy to follow along with and connect to. Emma grew into
Wow. Just wow. This is one of the best serieses I've ever read! I'm so sad to see it end but it was a great ending. And beginning. Because I know the end of Neos is just the beginning of the rest of their lives. Lee Nichols wrote one of the best casts of characters ever in this series. I loved them all so much. Sara, Natalie, Lukas, Simon, Max, Harry (oh my gosh Harry really came through in this book! Page 139. That's all I'm gonna say.), Coby (I cried), Edmund, Moorehead, Craven, the Sterns, Em ...more
Jan 31, 2012 Emma rated it really liked it
Please bear in mind that this is the third book in the series and may therefore contain spoilers for the previous books.

I love this series so much that I couldn't wait for it to be distributed in the UK in April so I bought the US copy. I am so glad I didn't wait.

Surrender picks up from the end of Betrayal perfectly. The ghost keepers are trying to put their world back together following the massacre at The Knell. The shock and despondency of the ghost-keepers at their defeat can be felt from wi
Dec 11, 2011 Katy rated it it was ok
For a rather short read, this book felt SO long. I really struggled to finish it. I was a bit disappointed there wasn't more action. The book was mainly drama - Emma and Bennett, Emma and her parents, Emma and his parents, Nicole and Lukas, etc. I understand Nichols was trying to build up the suspense until the big blowout, but I was really bored until the last three chapters or so. I figured she would drop a piece of action here or there other than just ghost sightings and short-lived possessio ...more
Jun 29, 2014 Neha rated it liked it
This is the last installment of the Haunting Emma series by Lee Nichols.
I have mixed feelings for this series. I will start off with the positive features.

The important thing I liked about this series is that (view spoiler)
I also liked that it has some funny characters who are carefree and fun to be with.

Now to the annoying parts:
I did not like that all the characters are beautiful etc. It is unrealistic.
I do not like the cover

Aug 22, 2014 Kandi rated it liked it
I devoured this in less than 12 hours. I was pleasantly surprised with this series, and admire Lee Nichols for his/her work on these books. Fabulously written, funny, exciting and wonderful characters created with lots of thought.

This book was the least favorite of mine out of the three. That being said, it was not at all bad...just less exciting and much longer than the predecessors.

I love the plot twists, I love Coby, I love Sarah and Harry and Lukas and Natalie and Simon and all the good gho
Apr 12, 2014 Sammy rated it really liked it
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The series has finally come to an end. I was skeptical about the ending of Surrender since I wasn't a big fan of the second book but, this book took me by surprise.
Emma and her friends are dealing with the aftermath of the battle at Knell; the ghost-keepers headquarters in New York. Everyone is confused and hurt trying to figure out what to do next. However, Emma is now more determined than ever to banish Neos once an
Apr 10, 2014 Dkur rated it really liked it
Emma Veil and Bennett Stern are ghostkeepers who are in love. The problem is, when two ghostkeepers date, the stronger one takes the others powers away. Neos is a very bad ghost who is killing ghoastkeepers. Bennett’s sister, and many others were his victims, and he is getting stronger. Neos starts possessing kids at Emma’s school to get closer to Emma. He wants to take over Emma’s body…forever. After many fights with ghosts sent by Neos, Emma, Bennett, and their friends and family have to face ...more
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Jan 10, 2012 Anny XD smiles forever!!!! rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!from ALL the books i've EVER read THIS ONE IS THE BESTEST!!!!!!!!!!!I love the way it ends how the story goe and everythign in between. Its pretty sad what happens with coby and some other ghost but this book is DEFINATLEY WIHTOUT A DOUBT AMAZING!!!!unputdownable
Sammee (I Want to Read That)
I've really enjoyed reading Lee Nichols' Haunting Emma series and the final instalment is a brilliant conclusion to the saga.

The story picks up from where we left off in Betrayal. Neos is still a threat and gaining power, Bennett is using desperate means to gain the power he believes he will need to beat him. And, of course, there is still the problem of ghostkeepers losing their powers if two are together...

One of my favourite aspects of this story is the romance between Emma and Bennett so I r
All Things Urban Fantasy
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With SURRENDER, Lee Nichols concludes her spooky and romantic Haunting Emma trilogy, which overall is one of the better YA ghost series I’ve read due to it’s rather gothic approach to ghost mythology and the fact that it never shied away truly scary elements.

It’s been quite a few months since the previous Haunting Emma book was published so I had forgotten who most of these characters were when I started SURRENDER, and unfortunately there were no helpfu
Nov 05, 2011 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalleybooks
After reading both Deception, the first in the Haunting Emma series, and Betrayal, the second, I’ve been dying to read Surrender, the third and final one. I couldn’t wait to see how everything would end. Would Emma and her friends and family finally beat Neos? Would Emma and Bennett find a way to salvage their relationship before it was too late? There were so many questions swirling around in my head, and thankfully, Surrender was able to provided satisfying conclusions to every one of them.

Philippa (Tea in the Treetops)
This review was originally published at Tea, Daydreams & Fairytales on 29th July 2012.

Actual Star Rating: 3.5/5

I absolutely loved the first book in this series and subsequently devoured both Deception and the sequel Betrayel in a weekend. Unfortunately it was a good 12+ months until I got onto this final installment and I found it much harder to get into. I’m not to sure if it was simply because I couldn’t remember so much of what had happened at the end of book 2 or if it was just a weaker
Nikki Carman
Feb 11, 2012 Nikki Carman rated it really liked it
Surrender is the 3rd and last book in the 'Haunting Emma' series. I was a bit disappointed in this book. It still is good, but just not as good as the first two. For such a short read it felt so long. Okay, well maybe not the whole book, but the first 50 pages for sure. It just seems like it was playing out really slowly and it wasn't getting to anything. For the first two books that had so much going for them, this was a let down. I did like how the story ended and felt satisfied, but to reach ...more
Mar 23, 2012 Kaitie rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
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Dec 05, 2011 Karen rated it really liked it
Surrender is the third and final book in the Haunting Emma series. The ghosts are getting stronger and Neos is more dangerous than ever!

It was great to be back with Emma and the gang and I am happy to say that I loved everything about this book. It was a humorous and exciting end to an enjoyable series. As soon as I delved into the book it became obvious that Neos was building in strength and this final battle was going to something major.

I loved Emma more than ever in this final phase of the st
Dec 09, 2011 Aydrea rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommended
I have really loved this series and the ending did not disappoint! I am glad that everything came to a nice resolution and that Emma's life finally calmed down. I thought I wasn't going to be happy with the ending, but I did really like it. Emma was BA! And I am going to be super vague because I do not want to ruin anything! Neos' attack did surprise me though!

I have always liked Emma because I think she is easy to connect to. I also loved that she stepped up to the plate when she needed to, bu
Jul 19, 2012 Paola rated it it was amazing
5 stars out of 5
Oh. My. God! This was definitely the best book of the series. I just can't even begin to describe how awesome it was. I couldn't stop reading it.
Even though I was dying to know what would happen between Emma and Bennett and if they could finally dispell Neos, it was so sad to finish these series because I'd started loving all the characters and their personalities. Besides I couldn't ask for a better ending, Lee Nichols gave us exactly what we wanted and more.

Surrender, the thir
May 04, 2012 Liz rated it really liked it

Surrender was a great conclusion to the Haunting Emma series. While I wasn’t entirely happy with the ending, I enjoyed it overall, and I’m a little sad the series is over!

Emma was under a lot of pressure in Surrender. Everyone was relying on her to defeat Neos when the time came, and she wasn’t sure she was powerful enough to do it. She kept doubting her abilities and wasn’t confident at all. On top of that, Bennett was getting more addicted to Asarum and was refusing to get off it no matt
Dec 11, 2011 Mariam rated it liked it
Surrender by Lee Nichols is the final novel in the Haunting Emma series. I read the last two books- Deception and Betrayal in March so I had a little trouble remembering what was going on in Surrender. Becuase I didn't want to spend my winter break re-reading books in lieu of the hulking pile of my TBR list, I had to rely on Surrender's back story. Unfortunately, whereas it seems like all these other books have lengthy (sometimes too lengthy) back story, Surrender barely had any. I had to rely o ...more
Jan 18, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-sequels
SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t read the first two books in the series, Deception and Betrayal, Stop! I don’t want to ruin the series for you.

In the aftermath of the deadly battle with Neos at the Knell headquarters in New York, Emma Vaile and Bennett Stern are the only two ghostkeepers with enough power to defeat Neos. But when two ghostkeepers fall in love, the weaker one slowly loses their powers. In an attempt to keep this from happening, Bennett has begun taking the ghostkeeper drug Asarum, e
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Lee Nichols is the author of five novels for adults, including the bestselling TALES OF A DRAMA QUEEN. She'll be making her YA debut in 2010 with DECEPTION: A Haunting Emma Novel. Follow her on Twitter at LeeXNichols or Friend her on Facebook at Lee Nichols.
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“Well, something's wrong," Max said, his brow knit with concern. "After twenty minutes alone with Bennett, she's still wearing her shirt.” 6 likes
“He crossed toward me, a grin curving his mouth-then he stopped. "Should I get the other blade?"

I looked at the sword in my hand. "I'm waiting for the Rake."

He raised a brow. "The Rake?"

Oh, right, we'd never talked about him. "He's a ghost. Your ancestor. The Bennett you're named after."

"What?" Bennett laughed in surprise. "Here? When did he show up?"

"Um...a couple days after you brought me here from San Francisco."

"Why didn't you tell me?"

:He's private. And you're both Bennetts. It'd be like...I don't know. Traveling back in time and meeting yourself."

"And you call him 'the Rake'?"

"Well, he's all swagger and devilish charm," I explained.

"In that case, how can you tell us apart?”
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