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(The Vale Hall #2)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  75 ratings  ·  37 reviews
The series that began with The Deceivers continues in this second twist-filled installment.

The stakes are higher. The cons are riskier. And nothing is what you think it is.
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Tor Teen
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Karen’s Library
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley, tbr-2020
4.25 stars. In this sequel to The Deceivers, believe it when the synopsis says "The stakes are higher. The cons are riskier. And nothing is what you think it is."

The story continues with Brynn at Vale Hall, an elite high school which is really a school for con artists. The gang is back and I was thrilled to get more of Brynn, Charlotte, Henry, Caleb, and Sam. But Grayson is also back (not so thrilled about him, and neither is Caleb!)

The twists and turns are crazy and, dang, I need book 3 right
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
This book, unfortunately, suffered very much from second-book-itis. It's nowhere near as twisty, tightly plotted, or even comprehensible as the first book.

The series revolves around Brynn Hilder, a girl who's been recruited into spy academy Vale Hall under the aegis of its headmaster Dr Odin. (Yes, it's based lightly off Norse mythology, though Gallagher Girls is the one that really comes to mind). Following on from the events of the last book, she's trying to help Dr O get justice for the
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1) The Deceivers: 4 stars
2) Scammed: 5 stars

Scammed is a deliciously twisty follow-up to The Deceivers and I read the second half of the book in one sitting! Could NOT put it down. The pacing is fantastic and in Vale Hall, you can never be sure who to trust. Set at a school for con artists, we continue to follow Brynn on her journey. Having been plucked out of the slums in book 1, she now discovers that everything may not be as it seems and she is becoming increasingly dependent on the
Erin Arkin
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, read-in-2020
Ahhh Soo good!

Scammed is book two in the Vale Hall series by Kristen Simmons and if you haven’t picked this series up yet, you definitely need to change that. Simmons not only has a page turning story in this second book, but I was so invested in the characters that I couldn’t stop reading because I needed to know what was going to happen next. No spoilers here – it is a book two though so if you haven’t read The Deceivers yet, proceed with caution.

Brynn is our main character but at Vale Hall
Samantha (WLABB)
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Brynn felt fortunate to have the opportunity to attend Vale Hall, even if it came at a cost, and she was determined to maintain her place there. When complications arose from her previous assignment, she found herself unable to determine, who she could and could not trust, when picking the wrong allies could result in some serious consequences.

I have to commend Simmons on the name of this book. It was quite appropriate, as just about every character got scammed at some point.
Probably one of my most anticipated reads of this year. But the cover change didn’t make me happy.

Brynn is still at Vale Hall, but this time the stakes and cons are higher. I loved this book just as much as the first one, I was shocked the whole time.

It was awesome to see the other characters I hadn’t seen before in depth, and I liked them to be actual people instead of just fillers. I’m sad there wasn’t more with her friendship with Charlotte, I think the series would be stronger with a female
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5; i love the vale hall family excited that the final instalment will finally have them all working together again rather than being all at odds with each other,,, honestly kind of a stressful read but a worth it ending ...more
Amanda (MetalPhantasmReads)
Well well well now THAT was a surprise! I cannot wait for book 3! I didn't know who to trust but I love how things are coming together. Review is now on the blog!
Jaime Arkin
Holy crap that was quite the ride! I totally didn’t see those twists and is it too early to ask for book 3?!?

I love these characters and this story and I can’t wait to see where Kristen takes us in book 3!
Caryn - iam.caryn
As I mentioned in my review for The Deceivers, Simmons’ writing style is outstanding. She sets tone and scenes in such a way that you feel like you’re right there in the book. It starts to feel like this isn’t even a book any more, it’s an experience.

I do wish it was more widely known that Vale Hall is inspired by Valhalla in Norse mythology. This is definitely something that should be pushed more. Simmons is so incredibly clever in how she’s telling the story of Brynn Hilder in Vale Hall. It’s
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So too much of this was going to be a spoiler and well I don't want to do that to you. So this book was so freaking awesome I could not put it down!! Is it to early to ask for a copy of book three!? February is so far away for this one to come out so I will have to wait for about two extra months over that year or so to read book three and that I can say with confidence that it might kill me. In this one we learn about the characters more and the story unfolds I need a finished copy of this one ...more
Cecily Wolfe
I had a really hard time putting this one down! I loved book one, but wow, this one went more in depth so we get to know the characters even better, and by doing that, the author has sucked me in even more. Fast-paced and so very rewarding - I can't wait for book three!
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A great sequel that was just as fast-paced as the first book. Brynn and her classmates are smart and fun to read about and their actions, while they try to complete their assignments, was a delight to read.
Molly Lavenza
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I need the next book now!!!
Joanna Bennett
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the publisher for sending me an arc. All opinions are my own.

I was excited to get approved for this sequel but also a bit hesitant. For some reason this year has been the worst when it comes to a continuation of a series as they have been really letting me down. I’m so glad that this wasn’t the case for this one!

This book follows the same characters as the first. Brynn, Caleb, and the rest of the students are back but this time there is more at stake for them. There isn’t much
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received an eARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Further disclaimer: This review will continue some spoilers for the first book (The Deceivers) but no spoilers for Scammed.

Brynn Hilder had her life turned upside down when she was taken into Vale Hall, a boarding school for con artists. For the first time in her life, her skills that she learned in Devon Park, a poor neighborhood, had great value. She made friends that became almost like family, and she became
Shawna Oakes
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's less than two weeks before this book gets released, so it's time for my review.

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me review this book.

Scammed is the second book in the Vale Hall series that centers around a school for con artists. This book has even more twists, shocks, and romantic scenes than the first book, which left me wanting more.

Kristen Simmons has a way with words that makes me completely immersed in the world and unable to put the book down. All the
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
I received a copy of Upright Women Wanted through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Scammed is the second novel in Kristen Simmon’s Vale Hall series. This is a school that teaches – and expects – students to be the ideal con artists. All the principal asks in return, is that the students target the marks he picks.
Brynn Hilder is the newest student at Vale Hall, and her journey has already been a complex one. Her first mission was a major one – and one she mostly did right,
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Scammed was set up so well, and I am in awe of how the author managed to not only remind me of the entire last book through subtle dialogue and memories, but also has me dying for the next one.

I regret to say that this review, however glowing, will have to stay short in fear of spoilers, over ranting and just a generally long post of me going on and on and on about how much I enjoyed this book.

I have three points to make for this review. The
I have really been enjoying the Vale Hall series by Kristen Simmons. I read The Deceivers last year and was so intrigued by the setup and the characters, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the sequel. And when it finally became available, I jumped on it! The idea of students running con jobs for the director in exchange for a place to live and a chance at a new life is a really great set up. So much has happened over the first two books, I really cannot wait to see what’s going to happen in the ...more
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Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, 2020arc
Brynn and her friends find things getting even more complicated in the second of this series.

They're all con artists. That's what Vale Hall is, after all; a school for cons and tricks. But Brynn thought they were honest with each other.
All that changes, though, when her former mark shows up at the school. Dr O is keeping him close as leverage against his father. Unable to take anyone's words at face value, Brynn struggles to find the right path.

I'm always a bit worried about the second book in
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the first book, but this book? LOVED.

The writing is great and the twists and turns? Did not see a lot of it coming! I’ve been conned!

I LOVED that we got to see more of the secondary characters (Henry and especially Charlotte who I love x3 now) and I hope even more of the other students get some screen time in the third book. Beyond Charlotte, I was surprised to see how attached I got to Moore! More Moore! Lol

Some of my only problems with Scammed were that a lot of the events that
Karen Voitik
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
>Book Review – Scammed
>I am an independent reviewer. This book is the 2nd in the Vale Hall series and ends in a type of HEA for the relationship, but a cliffhanger for the plot. Brynn and Caleb decide to hide their relationship because Brynn’s mark is hiding out at their school. Grayson is hiding from his dad. Dr. O is hiding Grayson in order to protect him until he can testify against his dad. Brynn has to pretend to still like Grayson, which causes a lot of strife and jealousy with
Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)

To gush about this book would mean spoiling things, so I'll try my best to keep my excitement level at the minimum. First of all, I want to thank the publisher for providing a copy. I was thrilled when I won a copy of this book and it went so much better than expected! The sequel was better in a way that I could not have anticipated. I just wish the main character stop telling the reader her name and where she's from. WE GET IT. YOU'RE BRYNN AND YOU COME FROM DEVON PARK. Basically, take a
Britney Dillon
Jan 17, 2020 marked it as to-read
***I was provided an eARC of this book from Macmillan-Tor/Forge via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!***

Welcome back to Vale Hall! (Where you think you know what's going on, and then find out you have no idea; where you think you know the characters, but don't at all; where you think you have the plot figured out, but are just absolutely wrong.)

I loved this follow-up to The Deceivers. It takes the events set up in that book and twists and complicates them in ways you'll
I had no idea that The Deceivers would have a sequel until a couple months ago. i was hesitant at first to read this, but DAMN! This is definitely a worthy sequel that builds off of the first book. We get more in depth with the characters, especially Brynn, and the plot moves in a direction I wasn't expecting. The ending of this book sets a strong base for book 3, which i assume will be the final book. Anyways, if you read book 1 and were questioning on picking up the sequel I'd say go for it! ...more
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
#Scammed #NetGalley
Thank you to Tor Teen and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review the E-arc copy of Scammed.
Kristen Simmons has a wonderful way of bringing the reader into her novels. I really enjoyed the tricky aspect of the plot and the scam artist, Brynn, she is a fascinating character. I enjoy the fast paced plot and the major twists of book two. Simmons flushed out her characters which is why I think her pace so well.
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Scammed by Kristen Simmons is the 2nd book in The Vale Hall series, and another great story. Brynn Hilder is a very smart teenage girl who is an expert at conning people, when she is recruited to attend the elite Vale Hall, a school for con artists, she jumps at the chance. At Vale everything is provided for, education, food, clothing, etc, as long as you do your assigned job. This book is a continuation of the first book, The Deceivers, I suggest you read them in order. Nothing is what it ...more
Jan 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you MacMillan for the free arc via edelweiss. I liked this book but felt it moved slowly. The romance was still good. It just felt dragged out. It feels like this could have been a duology instead of a triology. I will read the next one.
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Brynn Hilder is just starting to get used to life at Vale Hall when everything changes. Brynn is sent on a mission to investigate the disappearance of an intern from Senator Sterling's campaign at the same time her last mission Greyson Sterling resurfaces. Everything Brynn knows is changing and her loyalties are being tested. Should she trust Dr. Odin, the man who has given her amazing opportunities for a new life, or
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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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The Vale Hall (3 books)
  • The Deceivers (Vale Hall, #1)
  • The Measure of Risk (Vale Hall, #3)