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(Gwen Sparks #2)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,542 ratings  ·  91 reviews
The vampire drug, brew, nearly ruined Gwen Sparks’ life. Just when things started to get back to normal between her and Aiden, she is summoned by the North American Witches Council to their central city of Moon. A war is imminent between vampires and witches, and Gwen’s experiences with brew are being used to fuel the fire. She is about to discover just how powerful she is ...more
Kindle Edition, 318 pages
Published December 21st 2011 by Everdark Publishing
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Dec 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Adults
So many paranormal fantasy end up with love triangles as a central problem. I have said on many occasions that I am not a fan especially in adult fiction. While I tolerate them in YA, I feel that adults should be able to recognize the difference between physical attraction and actual love. I am happy to say that Stephanie Nelson handles this issue with brilliance.

Gwen Sparks is still reeling from her encounter with the vampire Ian Despereaux. He manipulated her into bonding with him and now he h
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Ok, I'm still voting for Aiden. Not because he's a vamp but because he's painted as the more caring of the options available :). Call me shallow!

Too bad I haven;t waited for the books number 3 & 4 before reading the series. Now I have to wait.

Easy reading, somehow it turned out to be emotion-inducing, which is a rare case with easy reading.
Jul 02, 2012 rated it liked it
I want to give it another star but this book needs editing. It got worse as it went along. I do like the story and I will get the next book but I hope the editing was done with more detail.
Phaedra Seabolt
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
After reading Craved, I wasn't really sure what direction Deceived would take other than the obvious insinuation that Gwen Sparks would be betrayed in some sense. What I discovered shocked me. Poor Gwen is betrayed more than once and her life is turned upside down. In Craved, she had learned that she was actually part Spirit Walker, which meant she had a connection with ghosts. At least that's all she thought it was. In reality she has a connection with the entire world of the dead including bei ...more
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book was amazing. I have to agree that it was better then the first. That's hard to believe because the first one was so good! I loved the new characters, especially Dorian. The book has so many twists and turns its hard to anticipate whats going to happen next, but those are the kind of books you can't help but love because you can't put them down. I didn't even sleep and read right on through the night till I was done. Can't wait till the next one! Stephanie is an amazing writer and I am ...more
May 15, 2012 rated it liked it
This book was quite a bit better than the first one. I'm not sure if it's because:

a)I now know the characters good enough.
b)The manipulation of the characters were intense.
c)The book was just written better.

Either way this book was a lot better, it grasp my attention. However I'm still not feeling that emotional link with the characters like I do with other novels similar to this. I really hope I will because I absolutely abhor not being able to have that connection. It's like 50% of the reason
Jeana Green
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the story and character development. Introduction of new characters was a plus and I am excited to see the series grow. I love the friendship between Gwen and the "angel of death" Dorian and am anxious to see what happens there; tho I still love the relationship between Aiden and Gwen and pray that continues as his love for her is amazing. There are a lot of twists and turns in this book that keeps it very interesting.
Jess (the cozy reader)
Dec 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Jessica Gibson
Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
All I can say is wow, this book was so good. It took the characters to a whole new level. The story line was genius, and I loved the new characters that were added. I read the book in a day, I couldn't put it down. Everyone needs to buy and read this book immediately! Stephanie Nelson is my new favorite author.
Cyndia Rios-Myers
May 09, 2012 rated it liked it
I don't like the whole Gwen/Aiden/other guy love triangle. But still, it was entertaining.
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really good read.

Love books about witches,warlock &vampires. This was a good read. Lots of action and mystery. I would suggest this book to others.
Beth The Vampire
Mar 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of vampires, witches, paranormal, Gwen Sparks series
Actual Rating 3.5 stars

Deceived is the second book in the Gwen Sparks series and follows from where Craved left off; where vampires have learned the secret of drinking the blood of witches, called brew, that allows them to adopt the witch’s power. At the end of the last book witch and newly discovered spirit walker, Gwen, was bound to a vampire who started the whole brew obsession, saved her vampire boyfriend from his brew addiction, and managed to get herself in trouble with the witch’s council
Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)
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Just when Gwen thought her life was as insane as ever, she is contacted by the NAWC (North American Witches Council). The NAWC want to initiate a war against the vampires since they won't do anything to stop vampires from using Brew, witches' blood. So things are worse for Gwen since none of the witches trust her since she is dating Aiden who is a vampire. But they need her since she has a
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Dorian Hade..... and that is all I really need to say.....nah just kidding I can say more. Well, if Dorian didn’t swoop in and steal my heart?

I must have a thing for reapers, I am Team Tod in the Soul Screamers series and I am waving Dorian’s flag like a fan girl. I LOVE the way Stephanie writes this guy. I love the angst and the tense moments. I really enjoy the moments Gwen and Dorian are together as it’s not about bonking, it’s much more. Gwen and Dorian just ‘feel’ suite
Novels On The Run
Apr 04, 2012 rated it liked it


Dorian Hade..... and that is all I really need to say.....nah just kidding I can say more. Well, if Dorian didn’t swoop in and steal my heart?

I must have a thing for reapers, I am Team Tod in the Soul Screamers series and I am waving Dorian’s flag like a fan girl. I LOVE the way Stephanie writes this guy. I love the angst and the tense moments. I really enjoy the moments Gwen and Dorian are together as it’s not about bonking, it’s much more. Gwen and Dorian
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Today's review is on Deceived by Stephanie Nelson

Deceived is the second book in Nelson's Gwen Sparks series and all I have to say is OMG! Sex, Lies, and danger await the reader in this FANGTASTIC book. Nelson doesn't hold anything back, and continues to write a story that has me on the edge of my seat, neglecting my household chores, and keeping me up all night as I just could NOT put this book down.

Even though Aiden's addiction to Brew is gone, and he and Gwen are able to begin to get their rel
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Gwen's been called to Moon, the city where the NAWC make their home, as the Witches Council decide to take matters into their own hands over Brew (a highly addictive vampire "drug" which puts witches in harms way since it's their blood that's the drug). Head of the Council, Holly, has decided it's time for Gwen to come into her power so she can be the Council's "secret weapon". This means Gwen must train with the Angel of Death, Dorian, to fully discover what it means to be a spirit walker.

If yo
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Two things we can learn from this book: One, nothing is as it seems and two, trust only yourself. Yeah, that’s right, Gwen is going to be really surprised in this book and you will love it! “Deceived” is the second book in the Gwen Sparks series by Stephanie Nelson and it’s a book I enjoyed.

Witches and vampires are going to war. Now that vampires know that witches’ blood gives them power, the witches believe that they have to stop them from taking it. Gwen is in a very difficult position because
Franny (The Reader's Edge)
Dec 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Gwen has been summoned to Moon by the NAWC to train for the possible war with the vampires. Witches are being murdered by vampires so the witches blood can be sold as a highly addictive drug to vampires called Brew. Although the NAWC has requested the Vampire Counsel take action against the offending vampires the VC has made no move to rectify the situation. The NAWC has no choice but to declare war against all vampires for the secret of the witches blood is out and could mean the end of their r ...more
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A lot was revealed in this second installment of the Gwen Sparks series. New characters were introduced and some faded away. It looks like Gwen and Fiona may not be friends for much longer. I rather like Dorian. Glad to see him sticking around a while. I still like Aiden, so I wonder what's going to happen there after the secrets have been revealed.

Gwen learns more about her spiritwalker abilities through training with Dorian. She also sees just how much she is everyone's pawn. Seriously, this g
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Love me some Gwen Sparks, the modern day witch that everyone who enjoys YA paranormal should welcome into their home! Not only is she witty, but her sassy tongue in cheek humor and her take no crap demeanor gets me every this follow up to Craved (which I loved just as much by the way) she is pursuing her relationship with Aiden, the sexy vampire who has pursued her since the first book, Craved, and he is still trying to help her figure out a means to an end on discovering how to destro ...more
Shy The WidowMaker
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
The colors on this cover were so pretty. The colors just popped aganist the dark background. I loved this book a lot. Gwen was such a great heroine. She was no pushover at all. I love for my heroines to be strong and take charge.

We start this story out by learning Gwen has to help the witches in a war aganist vampires. Gwen is conflicted because she is currently dating a vampire named Aiden. Aiden was such a great character. He was so willing to to do anything for her. He also allowed Gwen to be
Rae Ryans
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Nov 12, 2015 rated it liked it
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Amber I.
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-reads

Wow, I love when a second book is even more better then the first, its not something I get to say often!! But Deceived was just that, I loved it!!!

This book we learn a lot more about Gwens power, and there is a lot to learn. Then in walks this sexy Angel of Death who had me saying screw Aiden and lets have some fun with (man I am so loyal.) Don't worry Aiden fans he is still around and we get many many fun and sexy scenes with him, but by the end of the book I think you will all by on
Jen Rattie
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am a HUGE supernatural fan and up until the past year was NOT a fan of paranormal romance. The main reason for this is most of the paranormal romances I read were more romance than story. I like a good story with a side of romance. One of the stories that changed my mind was Craved by Stephanie Nelson. This is a good story. Deceived was no different. Gwen is just as hot in this book and Aidan is EVEN hotter (he is tied for me with C.G Powell’s character Tam). Gwen has been thrown into another ...more
Main Character: Gwen Sparks (age 26)
Love Interests: Aiden and Dorien
Plot: Taking down Ian, preventing war between witches and vampires, mastering being a Spirit Walker

Heroine: 4/5
- the only issue i have with her in this book is some of her decisions are slightly idiotic, however they are justifiable in her situations.
-i'm also not a fan of criers, but thankfully they are never drawn out into crying rants about how unfair life is.

Romance: 3/5
-i love how loyal she stays to Aiden but I wish the
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The long awaited, highly anticipated second book in Stephanie Nelson's "Gwen Sparks series" does not disappoint. In fact, I had a very hard time putting it down after I began reading it.

We see Gwen develop more in this installment; discovering what it means to be a spirit walker and training to use her powers. Enter new character, Dorian, Angel of Death, and hot guy extraordinaire (see Teaser Excerpt above if you need a small refresher!)

The witches are still being hunted and killed by vampires
Gwen is still dealing with the consequences of her accidental bonding with the evil Ian when she is summoned to Moon by the Witch's Council. Holly, the Council lead wants a war with the vampires. She says it is the only way to effectively end the consumption of blood and Gwen is her secret weapon.

Gwen is a spirit walker and a steamy Angel of Death, Dorian, is called in to train her. Meanwhile, Aiden is working to break the bond with Ian, but that means dealing with the nasty Vampire Council. Th
Mar 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-on-2012
War is brewing and the witches are called in to start training for it.

Somehow Gwen is tasked to be the secret weapon. (even after the story, I wondered what that really means)... Anyway, with her rare abilities, an Angel of Death is called in to train her.

Trying to discover and accept her new abilities, Gwen also has to participate in politics. If that isn't enough a new triangle is introduced too.

One thing I noticed is that there is a strong note of betrayal in both books. This second one isn'
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Stephanie Nelson resides in Illinois with her husband and their furry children. She began writing five years ago as a hobby and quickly fell in love with storytelling. She’s been teased about being a vampire due to her night-owl ways. However, she claims to only write about the fanged and not be part of their ranks. When she’s not working on the next Gwen Sparks or Anna Avery adventure, she enjoys ...more

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