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The Deceivers

(The Vale Hall #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  206 ratings  ·  109 reviews
Pretty Little Liars meets Ocean's 11 in this intrigue-filled contemporary drama from acclaimed author Kristen Simmons.

Welcome to Vale Hall, the school for aspiring con artists.

When Brynn Hilder is recruited to Vale, it seems like the elite academy is her chance to start over, away from her mom's loser boyfriend and her rundown neighborhood. But she soon learns that Vale ch
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by Tor Teen
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Olivia (The Candid Cover)
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The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons is the kind of book I knew I would enjoy the second I read the summary. For starters, the story is about a school for con artists and is filled with secrecy. I especially the unique and twisty plot and the strong main character. Fans of Ally Carter will definitely enjoy this suspenseful drama.


This book tells the story of a mysterious school of elites which is actually grounds for creating young con artists.
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley and Macmillian-Tor/Forge for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review

I rarely (if ever)would state this in a book review, but the whole concept of a group of teenagers at an elite con artist school would be electric on television,but failed to initiate any type of feeling during my reading experience. I am putting this at a 2 star because I felt as if I was wading through mud to reach the end of the book. However as I am way below the average rating of the book, it's possib
Vicky Who Reads
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars

I really enjoyed The Deceivers, just as I enjoyed reading Pacifica last year! Kristen Simmons is wonderful at creating enjoyable, unputdownable YA that’s entertaining and well-plotted enough that it keeps you on your toes!

This book was just a really great book at keeping you entertained and engaged and invested, while also keeping things real. I mean, Kristen Simmons is a wonderful author for getting really great mixed race rep (and it’s not for diversity points) and she also touches on
Katie McGarry
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rachel Strolle
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Honestly, Kristen gets better with each book and holy fork this kept my attention
I really need to stop reading book that aren't The Foxhole Court.


You can also read my review here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress....

I was super excited for this one. As soon as I got my hands on a review copy I had to read it. I love novels about con artists, thieves and criminals and this novel combined that with a boarding school setting. Immediately upon picking this up I was reminded of Ally Carter and Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I had such high expectations for this novel, and while it was really good, it fell short in places for me. The idea was great,
Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it

I absolutely adore Kristen Simmons, you guys! I always enjoy everything she writes and this book was no different. Well, it was very different for Kristen, but I enjoyed it all the same! This is her first contemporary - everything else has been sci-fi. And she rocked it! I loved the idea of the book - a school for con artists! It was oh so fun and unlike any other contemp I've ever read.

Brynn was such a relatable character. She comes from nothing, basically, and has to scrape and steal to get b
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, audio-book-2019
What a fun read! I cannot wait to write my review.

I already want more Vale Hall books.
Paula  Phillips
She has brought to the Modern world this contemporary version of the Valhalla story. We have Brynn Hilder who is surviving as well as she can grow up in the rugged Devon Estates. She has learned to become a good con artist to raise money to go to college as her job cleaning the libraries won't get her there as fast as she planned. Her mother's current boyfriend Pete is the local drug dealer, and when he steals her savings, Brynn needs a new plan quickly. This leads her to follow a boy who has be ...more
Stacy Fetters
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
"But careful isn’t an option. Careful is a luxury you have when your baseline isn’t chaos. When every decision isn’t determined by a calculated risk. In lives like ours, you grasp onto those who understand you, or you face every obstacle alone."

This is the first book by Kristen Simmons that I’ve ever read and it won’t be the last. I own books by her but I’m not sure why I haven’t read them. This book is going to make me bump those up my tbr list.

Ocean's Eleven meets Pretty Little Liars in this
Lindsi (Do You Dog-ear?)
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, possess
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.

The Deceivers makes you question what's right and what's wrong. "The starving child who steals bread to survive, is he wrong? The man who kills his wife's murderer, does he not have that right?" I know that I would do anything to keep my family safe, and if our circumstances were different, that might me
Samantha (WLABB)
On the surface, this does not appear to be my usual cup of tea, but Simmons incorporated several elements, that had me chomping at the bit to read this one.

1. Based on Norse mythology
2. Shades of Ocean's 11
3. An elite, top-secret boarding school

And let me tell you, these elements were combined in such a way, that I could NOT stop flipping the pages.

When I first met Brynn, she was living in a rundown part of town, Devon Park, with her mother's drug dealer boyfriend. All she wanted was a way out
Shalini | Book Rambler
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was such an entertaining read! This is the first time I've read a Kristen Simmons and I wasn't disappointed in the least.

The Deceivers is about Brynn Hilder who lives a hard life but her luck soon changes when a boy begins following after her. Soon, Brynn stumbles upon a private party which is actually a game organized by a couple of teenagers. These teenagers go to a private school for con artists in the Vale Hill Estate and they have organized this game to recruit a new student. Brynn is

What an entertaining read! I've always enjoyed Kristen Simmons books and she continues to write stories that are very easy to sink into.

I was drawn to The Deceivers primarily because of the premise of a mysterious elite school, but what kept me glued to the pages was the heroine, Brynn. Before being recruited to Vale Hall, she had had a challenging upbringing, especially with her mother's skeevy boyfriend. She got through life by essentially scamming people and saving up for college. She was a r
Really loved this! A school for con artists, with a very clever twist on Norse Mythology. There are no gods and goddesses, but mythology lovers will certainly have a good time picking up on all the references peppered throughout. Full review to come.

*ARC received courtesy of the publisher.
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Thriller, Suspense
*Rating* 3.5


The Deceivers is the first installment in author Kirsten Simmons Vale Hall trilogy. 16-year old Brynn Hilder has always had to be quick on her feet, to keep her safe for her mother’s drug dealing loser boyfriend Pete. However, he isn’t completely useless, he did teach her all about conning, both the long and short one. Brynn has been performing short cons in the ritzy neighborhoods to earn enough money to move away fr
Erin Arkin
Loved this and everyone should read it!
Sarah (The Clever Reader)
OMG! Where do I sign up for Vale Hall! I’m ready to start my conning classes!

This book was so good! It was a perfect mix of intense situations and family/friendship dynamics! You spend most of the time not trusting anyone and when everything comes together in the end you are left speechless! I hope there are more books because I am not ready to leave these characters!
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't been introduced to a Kristen Simmons book I didn't love and The Deceivers was no different. With nonstop action and intriguing characters, I basically finished The Deceivers in a day. I loved the different layers of this con story; there was Brynn who was trying to escape an abusive drug lord and a mysterious private school that had secrets of its own. Overall, I'm impressed with how much information Simmons was able to include a 300-page book while maintaining balance. I can't wait to ...more
Disclaimer: I received this ARC courtesy of Tor Teen through NetGalley. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book.

A book about a school for teen con artists. I might have squealed internally when I saw the summary, I definitely squealed externally when I saw I was approved for a review copy, and it’s up for debate how many times I paused in my readi
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: need
Felicia Mathews (Bookishly Slytherclaw)
I received an ARC of this story through Netgalley. All opinions of this story are my own. 

The Deceivers is my first book by Kristen Simmons and I've got to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. Kristen Simmons has many prior publications and I look forward to reading them when I can.

Possible trigger warnings for implied parental abuse and mention of child sexual abuse.

This is a story of Brynn, who doesn't have the easiest of lives. Her father was shot at work and died suddenly and her mother then got int
Warnings: implied parental abuse, mention of child sexual abuse

The Deceivers makes good use of its long-game-con premise, delivering twist upon twist as Brynn, a girl from a poor background and a small-time con artist, gets a chance to attend a private school that assures her better things in life. The only caveat - Vale Hall is actually a school for con artists, and when they are not getting an education, they are working on different cons as per the wishes of their vigilante benefactor, Dr Odi
This is a page-turner! It had me glued from the beginning and questioning everything.

I'm a fan of boarding school books and mysteries so I really enjoyed the idea of an elite school for con artists and loved the scenes in class and on field trips and hope we can maybe get into more of that in the sequels because they were just a lot of fun. As far as characters go, I'm very intrigued by them. Brynn is smart and deceiving and interesting and independent and I really liked getting to know her but
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good!

Once my brain got over being sick and I was able to dive back into this one, it didn't take long for the story to completely pull me in.

Usually I have some idea of where the plot is going to go, but this one kept me guessing all the way to the end, and turning pages as fast as I could to see how it all worked out!

I loved the whole idea of teenagers being chosen to attend a school where they're trained in the art of conning, and though I wasn't expecting it to be more of a
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Copy provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Deceivers is a story about a girl named Brynn who gets recruited by a school for aspiring con artists. She decided to give it a chance because she's desperate to get out of her rundown neighborhood and the promise of a full scholarship is too tempting. She quickly finds herself in a situation she's not sure how to control. I won't go into details because it's was so fun to experience as you read it! This story is r
Susan's Reviews
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Brynn is saving up to go to college - by pulling "Robin Hood" scams - stealing from the rich. She is recruited to Vale Hall school as a result of her larcenous gifts. There, she meets Caleb, who may not be all he seems to be. This is a twisted ride of a story, which is very well written and will keep you interested right up to the end. Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Mindee Arnett
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Clever and twisty, this is easily my favorite Kirsten Simmon's novel to date. I want Bryn Hilder as my new BFF, and I'm eagerly hoping for an invitation to attend Vale Hall. Only, I'm not sure I'm cool enough or smart enough to hang with these awesome characters.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A school for aspiring con artists?  That's all I needed to know before requesting this title from NetGalley.

Right away, Brynn tugged at my heart strings.  With a rough home life and a less than promising future, she's committed to her education, works a part time job, and is determined to claw her way out of Devon Park.  Running cons on unsuspecting victims supplements her meager income.  All the supporting characters are exceptionally well-developed, with their own complicated backgrounds and v
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Kristen Simmons is the author of the ARTICLE 5 series, THE GLASS ARROW, METALTOWN, PACIFICA, and the upcoming DECEIVERS. She loves her family, Jazzercise, and chocolate cupcakes. She currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

For more updates on Kristen and her writing, follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @kris10writes.

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