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(Haunting Emma #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  5,704 ratings  ·  509 reviews

When Emma Vaile's parents leave on mysterious business trip, it gives her the perfect excuse to be a rebellious teen. Throw some parties, get a tattoo (or maybe just a piercing), and enjoy the first few weeks of her junior year. Then her best friend stops talking to her, the cops crash her party, and Emma finds herself in the hands of a new guardian?her college-age
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Aug 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
So I picked this one up because a student was like "HAVE YOU READ THIS? IT'S PRETTY GREAT, YOU SHOULD READ IT" and occasionally I like to make slightly foolish forays into what the kidlets are reading and see just how terrible their taste really is.

In this case? Moderately terrible.

The main character, Emma? Yeah, she's a little bit of a special snowflake Mary Sue. Changes schools and is suddenly instapopular. Discovers she has powers and has The Most Impressive Powers Of Ever. All the boys are
May 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Aug 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
The BookWhisperer
Apr 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
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 ...more
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.
May 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
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.
Steph Su
May 17, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Sep 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2010
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
Reading Vacation
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing

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
May 13, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
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
Aug 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
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: ...more
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
Deborah Ideiosepius
This was a pleasant, supernatural-ish young adult novel. Not an amazing book by any means, but it had a couple of good characters, a couple of good scenarios and a very decent world building concept going for it.

Emma has visions and sees ghosts - that is kind of a spoiler as ghosts don't feature until you are somewhat into the book, but not really a spoiler, as the reader is aware of it long before Emma is.

While I did enjoy reading it and the descriptions are fun, I can't quite rate it as three
Dark Faerie Tales
May 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jul 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own, read-in-2010
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
Sara Grochowski
May 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Feb 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Sarah BT
Jun 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Feb 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wow! I honestly did not expect to like this book! I thought it was going to be another teen romance with a supernatural twist or whatever, but I was pleasantly surprised with this book.

At first, I got a bit annoyed with the beginning of the book; it was fast paced, and I felt like it wan't really all that intriguing or exciting, but then it got better. Halfway through the book I was really excited about all that was happening, and the whole ghost stuff actually sounded pretty cool and somewhat
Mar 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Emma's family disappears, her best friend drops her and her new friend betrays her. Now she's in Maine with her older brother's former best friend, Bennett, acting as her guardian. Ba-bam! Instant sympathetic heroine whose charming voice makes her easy to love.

Deception shines as a fun paranormal. Emma's feisty personality comes across in her snappy voice that made me laugh.

It's revealed that Emma is a ghostkeeper which means she can see ghosts and has a specific connection with them (and she
Mar 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
When her parents leave for a business trip, Emma Vaile revels in the idea of three weeks freedom. Well, until she realises that freedom isn't so much fun when her best friend has moved away and won't speak to her anymore. But when her parents are gone longer than they promised and Emma can't reach them via phone, she starts to grow worried. She's coerced into hosting a party by one of her new friends, Natalie, which the police soon crash. They realise Emma's been home alone without parental ...more
When Emma's parents go abroad on a business trip Emma finds herself home alone and in charge of looking after the family business. It isn't really that unusual for her parents to go away but it is strange that she hasn't heard from them in weeks and they aren't returning her calls. After someone reports the fact that she is home alone to Child Protective Services Emma is given two choices, to go into foster care until her parents return or to go and stay with her guardian Bennett. It isn't a ...more
Donna {Book Passion For Life}
3.5 Stars: I was looking forward to starting this series as soon as I heard about it, so I was more than excited when it arrived in my mailbox last week. This book actually really surprised me because Nichols delivers an exciting ghost story that left me wanting more. It’s definitely a great way to kick off a new series.

When Emma Vaile’s parents go on a business trip, Emma does what any other normal teenage girl does when their parents leave them at home alone; she throws a party. What Emma
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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.

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