Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Surrender (Haunting Emma, #3)” as Want to Read:
Surrender  (Haunting Emma, #3)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Surrender

(Haunting Emma #3)

by
3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,476 ratings  ·  119 reviews
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 U.S.A. Children's Books
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.97  · 
Rating details
 ·  1,476 ratings  ·  119 reviews


Filter
 | 
Sort order
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
...more
Hannah
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
...more
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,
...more
Kristin Lundgren
May 23, 2012 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
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
Oct 22, 2011 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
Sabrina
Dec 13, 2013 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
...more
Emma
Jan 26, 2012 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
...more
Emma (BelleBooks)
Aug 15, 2011 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
...more
Page (One Book At A Time)
Sep 21, 2011 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
...more
Evie
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
Stacy
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
...more
Ferdy
Dec 12, 2011 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
...more
Katy
Dec 10, 2011 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
Anny XD smiles forever!!!!
Apr 26, 2011 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
Shelley
*Rating* 3.5
*Genre* Young Adult Paranormal

*Review*

*ARC received from the publisher via Netgalley.com*

Surrender is the last book in the Haunting Emma trilogy by Lee Nichols. 17 year old Emma Vaile has become one of the most powerful ghost-keepers in existence. So powerful, in fact, that Neos, the ancient, repulsive old ghost that has haunted Emma since she was a child, is more than a little determined to possess Emma and use her powers to release his horde of ghosts, wraiths, and ghasts and to be
...more
Liz
Dec 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
4.25/5

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
...more
Sarah
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Surrender is the third and last book in Lee Nichols' Haunting Emma trilogy and it really sends the series out with a bang. The story picks up right after the ending of Betrayal with Emma and the rest of the ghostkeepers all reeling from Neos's latest attack. They know that Neos is gaining power with every day that passes and that Emma has the best chance of defeating him but just how much will she have to give up in order to beat him?

This has been a really enjoyable series and as much as I'm a l
...more
Katja Berger
Åh, jeg forelskede mig hovedkulds i Emma i den første bog. Jeg knuselskede hende, og var dybt grebet af historien. Derfor smertede det mig også at se at serien afsluttes så vattet og tyndt, som den desværre gør, i mine øjne. Meget af den ros, som jeg har hørt andre give dette tredje bind, er slet ikke noget jeg kan genkende. Æv.

Overgivelse starter umiddelbart efter sin forgænger. Emma og de andre er vendt tilbage New York, og er fast besluttede på at få hævn over Neos og slå ham én gang for alle
...more
Mariam
Jun 06, 2011 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
Lauren
Mar 08, 2011 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.

Sur
...more
Lisa
Dec 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Originally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me

After three books, this much loved series has finally come to a close. The previous book ended with Bennett being addicted to the drug, asarum, and Emma trying to prevent it from tearing apart their relationship. Neos continued on his rampage to destroy the ghostkeepers but the final battle is now just around the corner… I felt that Surrender lacked something I can't put my finger on in the character department, but it still delivered on the humour
...more
Rebecca A
This book was a great end to an outstanding series, but at the same time? It was a little too convenient in some ways. Everything was wrapped up neatly with a little tiny bow. Our characters didn't really have to suffer real losses in their battles, but whatever. It was still a thrilling conclusion.

I'm going to do this review a little backwards in the sense that I have to say the "final battle" was riveting. You genuinely didn't know how Emma was going to win and how she did was definitely a sho
...more
Sophie Riggsby / allthingsequilateral
*Review published on Mundie Moms on 12/5/2011*

How do you end a trilogy where you are anxiously awaiting an epic showdown? We’ve all read those books and I won’t name them here, but you know the ones I’m thinking of, Mundie Moms. Those do or die endings that we all love to read. Lee Nichols has written such a delicious, believable series ending story that I am going to have to be extra cautious about not spoiling a thing.

For me, there’s nothing better than a character driven story and from the be
...more
Wee Shubba's World
Apr 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Surrender is book 3 and the final book in the Haunting Emma Saga. And it the best one out all 3 books. I adore these books and Surrender was nothing short of amazing. It's fast paced, action packed with just the right amount of romance that keep me hooked.

Now usually here is where I do a small plot summary but I feel if I do it would end up spoiling the whole series. So I'm leaving it out. If you have read my previous reviews on this series you already know my feelings towards the main characte
...more
SJH (A Dream of Books)
I'm a massive fan of the Haunting Emma series by Lee Nichols and have eagerly followed Emma's battle to defeat Neos and win the heart of the gorgeous Bennett. She may have achieved the latter but she still has a fight ahead of her to find Neos's ashes and end his reign once and for all.

Emma's story has had so many ups and downs. She's had to deal head on with tragedy, death and loss and has coped with discovering who she really is, as well as being left by her family and learning how to deal wit
...more
Kash
Aug 21, 2014 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
...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

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
...more
Paola
Jul 18, 2012 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
...more
Sarah Simone
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
So I really enjoyed this Saga for the most part, Lee Nichols is good at developing characters. In this book I really grew to like Natalie and Lukas even more as well as Coby, Sara, & Harry. Craven and Moorehead were involved as always and there was a lot more action in this book.

Obviously since this was the end of the trilogy we had to deal with Bennett's drug problems, his parents, Emma's parents, killing Neos, Natalie & Lukas' budding relationship, and every other problem in between. T
...more
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
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Dare (Greystone, #2)
  • Shinobi Life, Vol. 03
  • The Vanished (Roswell High, #7)
  • Wild Ones, Vol. 4 (Wild Ones, #4)
  • Beyond the Grave (Past Midnight, #3)
  • Tsubasa: Those with Wings, Omnibus 1
  • A Killer First Date  (Drake Chronicles #3.5)
  • Indelible (The Yara Silva Trilogy, #2)
  • Gravity (The Eclipse, #1)
  • The Evil Within (Possessions, #2)
  • Speed Demon (Kenzie Sutcliffe, #2)
376 followers
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/

Other books in the series

Haunting Emma (3 books)
  • Deception (Haunting Emma, #1)
  • Betrayal (Haunting Emma, #2)
“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?”
5 likes
More quotes…