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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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Nic
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...more
Kristy
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...more
Audrey
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 abi...more
The BookWhisperer
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 allo...more
Penny
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.
Laura
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...more
Christie
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...more
Kate
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...more
Alexandra
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...more
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...more
Reading Vacation
REVIEW

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...more
J.Elle
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: Hig...more
Rosey
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...more
Lauren
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...more
Sara Grochowski
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...more
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...more
Sarah BT
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...more
Jessica
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...more
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...more
Wicked Walker
4.5 stars

The Quick and the Dirty...A fast-paced, enthralling, gothic ghost story with awesome characters.

Why I was tempted to read this...I had read a few glowing reviews on it and immediately added it to my wish list.

Cover thoughts...It's pretty spooky and gothic, I like it!

Romance Meter...the romance was suspenseful because you just didn't know who to trust and who was telling the truth. I would give it a 4 out of 5.

Character and Plot...Emma was a completely likable character that handles a lo...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Kira M for TeensReadToo.com

When her parents leave her to go on a mysterious vacation, Emma finds herself alone in San Francisco. Unable to reach her big brother, Max, she starts to worry about her family. Instead of finding freedom from being on her own, she finds loneliness and betrayal.

After being ratted out to Child Protective Services, Max's ex-friend and Emma's crush, Bennett Stern, shows up claiming to be her guardian. Whisked away to Boston, she finds herself enrolled in Thatc...more
Star (The Bibliophilic Book Blog)
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...more
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...more
Natalie
My Thoughts

Deception had been sitting on my shelf for a few weeks, but when I heard great things about it from Lisa @ A Life Bound by Books, I decided to pick it up and give it a shot.

I was immediately drawn in by the prologue, which began in media res. After the prologue, Deception laid out the background and plot exposition quickly but sufficiently, which was refreshing. There was enough information so I wasn't confused, but not so much that I got bored.

I really liked the main character, Emma....more
Katie
Wow! I honestly don't know how to start this review. Deception was absolutely brilliant and I know that whatever I say about it won't be enough. I can't even put into words how much I loved it!

Emma Vaile's life is perfectly fine. She is living alone at home while her parents are out of the country and she is finally making progress with her crush. All that changes when a friends tells social services about her being left alone. She gets shipped off to New England with her older brother's friend,...more
Lyly
I Love this book. It was really amazing. It is so great that i want to read the second book now.!! This book is about a girl named Emma. Her parents went to a trip so she was left alone by herself with a housekeeper. But after Emma's parents left, the housekeeper decided to quit the job. Now she was all alone in her house. She also have to manged a store that was open by her father. She made new friends at one point and after they heard about her parents being gone, Emma was going to have a part...more
Page (One Book At A Time)
I have to admit this book didn't make much of a blip on my radar. I liked the cover, but the description didn't do much to make me want to add it to my to-read list. But, I was intrigued enough to enter a contest for an ARC. I was shocked that I won, but more than happy to read the book.

I was extremely surprised by this one. After the rocky start where I had no idea what was going, Emma moves to New England. While, I still don't understand anything, and neither does Emma, I thoroughly enjoyed ho...more
K
When the SFPD finds Emma living it up sans parents, her ‘choices’ are either to become a ward of the state or a ward of a college-aged, onetime family friend. She agrees to Bennett’s custody as the lesser of two evils. She hasn’t seen him since his falling out with her older brother years before, but is now moving cross-country to settle into his family home-slash-museum. Life in well-to-do New England brings lonely mansion wanderings, school uniforms, wealthy friends, and ghosts.

It was a little...more
Dark Faerie Tales
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...more
Lauren
Probably 2.5 stars. I didn't love it, but was entertained.

What I liked -
The New England setting
Especially the fall. The fictitious Echo Point reminds me a lot of Marblehead, minus the weird pond with the water-boarding witch chair. The location made me happy that I live here.

Emma
I liked her chatty inner dialogue – and outer dialogue too. I enjoyed that I never knew what she was going to say, and she actually had me laughing out loud at several points.

Things that bothered me -
Emma’s abandonm...more
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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. http://www.leenicholsbooks.com/
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