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Deception (Haunting Emma #1)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  5,368 Ratings  ·  504 Reviews
When Emma Vaile’s parents go missing while away on a mysterious business trip, she’s left all alone in her creepy old house. But her brother’s very cute best friend, Bennett Stern—Emma’s knight in J. Crew armor—arrives unexpectedly to whisk her away to New England. There, Emma settles into his family’s museum-like mansion and enrolls at an old-fashioned private school. She ...more
Kindle Edition, 330 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Sep 08, 2011 Nic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Favourite Quote: "He really was perfect. If only he was perfect for me."

Wow! What an impressive start to an awesome new series! I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Deception.

Deception was so easy to get into with it's engaging writing and perfect pacing. It is a slightly eerie tale that never has a dull moment. At the beginning I thought the plot was going to be a little predictable (but in the enjoyable sense) but there was quite a few completely unexpected twists. I like the fact that Nichol
May 26, 2012 Audrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Suspenseful, adorable, and creepy. Deception is the perfect novel for anyone with a fascination in the paranormal. In this book, a young woman named Emma Vaile experiences something otherworldy. Ever since "The Incident," she's been seeing things not a lot of people can. Is that's not enough to handle, her parents go missing and she gets shipped off to Massachusetts to live with Bennett, a family friend. Here, she learns the truth. She is a ghostkeeper. Not just any ghostkeeper. Emma has the ...more
First off, I HATE this cover! It almost made me not read this story, I know don't judge a book by its cover right??!?! Then I noticed that #1 in the title... and thought "oh no, not another series book".
Well, my instincts were wrong on this one. I loved this. I was so interested in the story. I loved the character and the ending was genius. I want #2 NOW!

Brief summary.... slight spoilers

Emma is not like other girls. She can summon ghosts and communicate with them and now she can dispell them. S
The BookWhisperer
May 26, 2010 The BookWhisperer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
Modern Young Adult Ghost story that will keep the reader guessing through the entire story. Emma is a very likable character that is about to discover she has abilities beyond her wildest imagination. She soon finds herself amidst a world where she is not only gifted, but hunted for her powers that sets her apart from all the others. [return][return]Deception is set in a very intriguing world where Ghostkeepers are constantly at work to keep the balance between the living and the dead. This ...more
Wow. This book sucks.

Big time.

Honestly I never finished it. I got halfway through and was like "What the hell!" And slammed it shut, angry.

First things first: The plot.

This book sounded like it was written by a child. Litterally, I couldn't help picture myself reading this off of FanFiction by some ameteur writer. It sounded like a first draft, something that never should have gotten published.

So Emma's parents go to visit her brother is God knows where, and suddenly they dissapear. Gone. No
May 10, 2011 Penny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sorry Kristi, I want to like this book as much as you, but I just can't. The last 70 pages or so make me want to ultimate punch baby dolphins or club baby seals. For the record, I did like the first three-quarters of this book.

Full review will be posted soon.
Steph Su
There are some book synopses I really, really hate, and this book had one of them. It mentions private schools, absent parents, a hot preppie guy, and the eerie paranormal (insert spooky sounds here). How utterly mundane. Can we get a “hasn’t this setup been done before?”

What the synopsis fails to mention, however, is just how smart, interesting, and different DECEPTION is from the rest of the pack. DECEPTION is an entertaining, funny, and touching read that had me caught up in a fictional world
Oct 05, 2011 Alexandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am really surprised this turned out to be a four star book for me, when in the beginning, I loathed it. Sometimes it does pay to keep reading.

Increasingly lately, I've been getting super annoyed with all the young adult books out there that have "Dissapearing Parent Syndrome", where there are no parents to be found and the kids all run amok getting into all kinds of crazy shenanigans for the simple reason that it's just so unrealistic. Yes, I know that parents can't be around all the time brea
Jun 11, 2010 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
Even days after reading Deception, it is hard to put into words the feelings that I have towards this remarkable novel. When I picked up Deception, I was not too sure what I was getting myself into. But what I definitely was not expecting was how much this novel would draw me in.

Nichols deserves high praise for Deception for a number of reasons. First of all, she includes translations with her usages of foreign language. Now this may not seem like a big deal to many of you, but for me, this alon
Reading Vacation

Deception is a story of survival. Emma finds herself abandoned. Her parents never return from a business trip, her best friend ignores her, Social Services are called, and she is shipped off to New England to live with a guardian. I loved how the suspense grew as Emma navigated through these events.

Deception is also a story of love. Emma’s guardian is a hot guy named Bennett. There is an attraction between these two, but they struggle with those emotions. Should Emma pursue romance with he
Oct 01, 2016 Christie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
Deception is a real page turner. I managed to read it in just a few hours. The characters were interesting and well developed. I found protagonist Emma easy to connect with. After spending most of her life feeling like second best she finds herself abandoned by everyone she thought cared. I really felt for her, and could imagine the pain she was feeling.

Deception contained an interesting ghost story that kept me reading late into the night. It also has a romance that promises to invoke warm fuzz
Mar 18, 2012 J.Elle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Brace yourselves. I was off work for the entire month of July and I read 30 books. Yes, 30. I thank the swimming lessons that I signed my son up for because he was so worn out after them that he took very long naps. It's becoming clear to me that I need to start jotting down my thoughts about books as I read them so that I don't read 30 in a month without doing one review and then must try and think back 30 days and 30 books ago. However, I will do my best. Without further ado, July Book #1: ...more
I enjoyed this. There are so many YA books that take place in a private school setting and it can get redundant so I was happy that I enjoyed this. Emma is very likable and funny. In this world, people whom have some powers have just one power. Not Emma. She is a forced to be reckoned with. Romance fans will like the romance between Emma and Bennett. Hooked me from the beginning and was a nice read. I recommend this.

Liked: The plot
Disliked: Not too much mystery
Favorite Character: Emma
Least Favor
Dark Faerie Tales
Jun 16, 2010 Dark Faerie Tales rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick & Dirty: A completely compelling and suspenseful read.

Opening Sentence: Six weeks ago, my parents disappeared.

The Review:

Emma Vaile plans to live it up and break all the rules while her parents are gone on a business trip, but naturally things take a turn for the worse. Emma’s appointed guardian leaves her all alone to be closer to her own daughter. Now, Emma is stuck with running her parents store, as well as maintaining her school duties. To make matters worse, Emma’s best friend is
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Reviewed for MM's by Sophie-

A few days ago, I was in one of those moods, where I was re-ordering the TBR pile on my nightstand (okay, and around it as well) and I picked up Lee Nichols’ DECEPTION. I remembered that a few of my friends, who are never wrong, recommended it to me and I thought hey, I might as well read it.

HA. Might as well read it? Let’s just say that I read it in a day, mostly thanks to my 5-year-old daughter who woke me up at 2:30 a.m. to tell me that there are ghosts in her room
Aug 11, 2010 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, read-in-2010
I must say that I was shocked by how much I enjoyed this book. The book starts with Emma who is living life alone after her parents leave for a business trip. At first she is thrilled to have this opportunity to have fun and enjoy the silence but after a while Emma begins to get worried that they may not be coming back. Then once she begins having visions, she wonders if she is completely losing her mind.

Soon social services is notified that Emma is alone and she realizes she may be in for a rou
Sara Grochowski
Jun 03, 2010 Sara Grochowski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deception has reminded me that it has been entirely too long since I’ve read a good ghostly mystery. When I picked up the novel I thought it looked good, but I wasn’t prepared for how much I would end up enjoying it! I found myself furiously flipping pages and, when I found myself on the last page, lamenting my wait until the next installment.

At first, I wasn’t sure how well I was going to like the author’s treatment of the dialogue. It seemed almost inconsistent: casual one moment and formal th
Sep 05, 2016 Star rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emma saw ‘imaginary people’ from the time she was very young – until one day one of them tastes her blood – and she’s sent off to the mental hospital by her parents. Years later, her antiquities dealer parents go on a business trip, disappear, and she is left alone not knowing who to turn to anymore.

Bennett Stern shows up with guardianship paperwork after Emma is picked up by Child Protective Services. She goes off to Massachusetts with Bennett and comes to realize that all of the imaginary peop
Looksie (At Looksie Lovitz: Books and Wits Blog)
At first, I didn't want to read this book because the cover seemed very Middle Grade-ish. Yeah, this is one of those occasions where I wish I had not judged the cover. I was hooked by page one. The story is short but to the point. No filler. Every page had something that had my mind trying to work out the mysteries and romance.

Emma is left home alone by her parents but they seem to have gone missing. Girl is on her own until Bennett comes to the rescue. Bennett used to be a friend of Emma's brot
May 11, 2010 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit that there's going to be nothing but love for this one in my review, because quite honestly this novel was nearly a prefect combination of mystery, suspense, and romance, along with some very awesome ghost keeper skills.

Emma is a someone I'm sure that nearly anyone can see a bit of themselves in. Since she's still dealing with the backlash of an ended friendship (Who hasn't been there?), she's crushing on someone who she shouldn't (or there?), and sometimes she feels that she tr
Sarah BT
Jun 19, 2010 Sarah BT rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Ghosts, romance, mystery, a Gothic feel, a mysterious private school, secrets-this book has everything a reader wants in a paranormal mystery. When I received my copy for review there was a note that said set time aside to read this one in one sitting-and it was right. Once I started reading Deception, I didn't want to stop!

Emma is a strong character and I loved her voice. She just felt so normal-even when she discovers her supernatural powers, she never stops being a normal t
Savannah (Books With Bite)
What I really like about this book is the plot. No only was it gripping but really intense. Emma is faced with so many challenges it is unbelievable that she still stands.

Th paranormal was good and one I enjoyed. I like how she was unique in her ability and was able to do many things. This of course lead to more dangerous things since she is the most wanted.

The love interest was very interesting. I enjoyed watching Benette and Emma pawn for each other from far away. And when they finally came t
Aug 21, 2014 Kandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I honestly did not expect to like this book! I thought it was going to be another teen romance with a supernatural twist or whatever, but I was pleasantly surprised with this book.

At first, I got a bit annoyed with the beginning of the book; it was fast paced, and I felt like it wan't really all that intriguing or exciting, but then it got better. Halfway through the book I was really excited about all that was happening, and the whole ghost stuff actually sounded pretty cool and somewhat b
Nov 24, 2010 A&E rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
3.5 Stars: I was looking forward to starting this series as soon as I heard about it, so I was more than excited when it arrived in my mailbox last week. This book actually really surprised me because Nichols delivers an exciting ghost story that left me wanting more. It’s definitely a great way to kick off a new series.

When Emma Vaile’s parents go on a business trip, Emma does what any other normal teenage girl does when their parents leave them at home alone; she throws a party. What Emma does
When Emma's parents go abroad on a business trip Emma finds herself home alone and in charge of looking after the family business. It isn't really that unusual for her parents to go away but it is strange that she hasn't heard from them in weeks and they aren't returning her calls. After someone reports the fact that she is home alone to Child Protective Services Emma is given two choices, to go into foster care until her parents return or to go and stay with her guardian Bennett. It isn't a ...more
Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)
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4.5 stars - Deception had me hooked from the first page right until the last and let me tell you that last is a shocker!! Please remember I go out of my way to remain spoiler free in my reviews, so don’t worry about me giving that HUGE cliffhanger away.

Nichols has a knack for writing a great ghost story full of rich likeable characters and a plot that’s so full of mystery I didn’t want this book to end. Wea
Jessica Saylor
Dec 01, 2010 Jessica Saylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own

Quick Overview: With a fast-paced plot, lovable characters, great writing and mystery with every page turn you cannot help but to devour Deception word for word and beg Bloomsbury to move up the sequels release date.

I'm not going to lie, I wasn't too excited about picking this book up. I figured it would be an okay read, one that dragged mostly and had a few funny lines before tying up its mediocre story with an expected ending. Boy, was I wrong.

Deception pulled me in from its first pages with a
Jul 19, 2012 Tanya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Its one of the best paranormal books I've ever read!

Honestly, I am not a huge fan of supernatural scares, family secrets, and what not...but seriously speaking this book will not let you put it down - ultimate page turner!

The spine - chilling page turner starts out when Emma Vaile's parents leave on a mysterious business trip -- the perfect excuse for Emma to rebel - throw some parties, get a tattoo or just maybe a belly piercing, and simply just enjoy the first few weeks of junior year.
Lisa (Badass Bookie)
The Short Story? – A very filling read! Nichols has written a wicked novel with everything from forbidden romance to murder mysteries! With a ghostly twist, Nichols has developed a very interesting plot filled with adventure and action. Very well developed character with good depth and personality, it’s one for all the enjoy!

The Long Story? – It was one of those books that you read and enjoy but it doesn’t really sway one way or another. An inbetweener, the books you read and enjoy but can’t re
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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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