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(Haunting Emma #2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  2,539 ratings  ·  189 reviews
Emma Vaile is the most powerful ghostkeeper in centuries. Which is great when she's battling the wraith-master Neos, but terrible when she's flirting with fellow ghostkeeper (and soul mate) Bennett. When ghostkeepers fall in love, the weaker one loses all power, and that's not something Bennett can handle. Heartbroken and alone, Emma tries to lose herself in school with fe
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Oct 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to get my hands on an advanced review copy. LOVED it. I love the way Lee Nichols writes--one minute I'm laughing and the next I'm scared, on the edge of my seat.

"Here's the thing about ghostkeepers. When we die, we die. There's no coming back like other people. But people like Coby could be summoned. Or at least their ghosts could."

And then she summons him, even though she's blamed for his death in the first place . . .

Could not put this book down!
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Reviewed for MM's by Sophie:

I picked up Betrayal right as I finished Deception (see link for review) and let me tell you, Mundie Moms, I was filled with anxiety (in a good way). We know by now all about Emma’s strength and her legacy. But, Deception ended with such a reveal that I was left thinking, “Oh boy, how will this work out?” Those are the best kind of endings, aren’t they? A reveal not a cliff-hanger. I think so.

So, on to Betrayal and my non-spoilery thoughts. We all know, as readers, th
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

If there's something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? – Emma Vaile! She may be only seventeen, but she’s the most powerful ghostkeeper in generations. She can summon, communicate, and dispell ghosts back to the Beyond. She’s like the Buffy version of a ghostbuster, minus all the punning, though she does have a brooding boyfriend and in BETRAYAL, even gets a Giles-like teacher.

Buffy comparisons aside (always a good thing), BETRAYAL does
Reading Vacation
Mar 09, 2011 rated it liked it
I fell in love with ghostkeepers Emma and Bennett in Deception, the first book in this series. They wanted to be together, but Bennett would lose his power to the more powerful Emma. I enjoyed how they innocently struggled with their feelings.

This time around, Bennett goes missing for a good part of the book. While he is gone, Emma is sad, but she hooks up with some new ghostkeepers and her loyal friend Natalie. When Bennett finally returns, Emma realizes that he has changed and it’s not for the
Apr 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Emma Vaile is a high school student and something called a Ghost keeper and she is the most powerful one in centuries. She has to defeat Neos who is the master of wraiths. Will she and her allies win or will Neos? Only time will tell.
Lyndsey O'Halloran
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I loved, loved, loved the first book in this series, Deception, and as soon as this book came through my door I started reading until I was at the very end.

Due to Emma now knowing what she is and what she can do, there was a lot more action in this book compared to Deception. The fight is on to finally get rid of Neos and Emma and her new gang of ghostkeepers are on the case of figuring everything out. The other ghostkeepers are much more experienced than Emma though so when things begin to go
Aug 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Ever since reading the promising start to this trilogy, I've been dying to know what will happen to next to Emma, Bennett, and all the other ghostkeepers and their friends, family, and enemies I came to love and even hate in some cases. Thankfully enough Betrayal was a fabulous continuation to this rock solid series. I'll even go so far to say this was even better than the first one- something I thought would be nearly impossible!

Betrayal starts shortly after Deception ended with Emma picking u
Looksie (At Looksie Lovitz: Books and Wits Blog)
Betrayal picks up right where Deception left off so if you haven't read the first book, this review might not make any sense so back up and read the first. It's a cute and short series and it's a serious page turner.

Emma had to deal with a missing family, the discovery of becoming a ghostkeeeper, a strange past, and a hot/cold relationship with the ever addictive Bennett. Oh and there is this evil ghost thing called Neos. Emma must over come it all. Bennett has finally admitted his feelings for
Nov 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommended
I loved Deception (the first book) and I have been waiting to read Betrayal and it did not disappoint. There were some great twists in this one & I wasn't sure what I believed. The thing I love best about this series is Emma because she is such a great character. She has things thrown at her and she has taken everything in stride. She has grown to be very kick butt, however she still has issues. Emma is a strong person but you can still relate to her. I was glad that Natalie, Coby, Sara, Harry, ...more
Mar 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was really excited for the continuation of Emma’s story. The plot was still amazing in this book as Nichols has brought a whole new concept to the paranormal genre. I love the world that she has created with the different types of ghostkeepers. The reason Emma is so impressive is that she has all the powers that everyone else has independently and then some. In the second book her powers continue to grow exponentially and she proves what a loyal and protective person she is.

There are several
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
Dec 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing

"As chilling and page-turning as Deception, this sequel will grab readers and hold them to the last page."

I agree one hundred percent, Deception was a great read and Betrayal is just as good if not better. Things are quickly changing for the ghostkeepers. Everything they thought was impossible is all of a sudden possible, and everything they believed to be rumored is real after all.

As Emma learns to deal with her friend's death and the weird relationship she has with Bennett, she has to also lea
Emma (BelleBooks)
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copy
Betrayal is the second book in the Haunting Emma series by Lee Nichols
Betrayal starts up right where we left Emma in the first book Deception and she is still coming to terms with the loss of two of her close friends. She is confused about her and Bennett's relationship, they both want to be together but can't as they are both ghostkeepers and Bennett will lose his powers. So until they find a way to defeat Neo's they both have to keep their distance and their feelings under control.

The story pr
Dec 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Emma is dealing with a whole lot of issues - some more normal than others. She's in love with a boy she can't be with; she doesn't know where her parents are; her friends blame her for Coby's death ... As well as all of this, she's one of the most powerful ghostkeepers there is and so it's down to her to stop Neos, the wraith-master.

This second book continues pretty much right off from where the first one finished. I liked that there was only a small amount of recapping and that the story got go
Kathryn (Beastie Books)
I thought this was a good continuation of the series, but I didn't like it as much as Deception and I wasn't left with very strong feelings about it.

The summary makes it seem like the entire plot is dedicated to finding out who the traitor is, when really that happens in only the last few chapters. The ending itself was a little too rushed for me. I felt like so much was happening in such a short amount of time. I didn't have time to process everything that had been learned and that had happene
Karen & Gerard
Betrayal by Lee Nichols continues from where Deception left off and is just as good, if not even better! There is a lot of action fighting ghosts in this book and also her love life with Bennett heats up. Her friendships at school fall apart but then when she finally tells the truth about Coby, they are restored. There is a lot of ghost fighting action in this book and Simon and Lukas are assigned by the Knell to help Emma. The fun and humor continue with Coby in ghost form continuing to hang ou ...more
Sammee (I Want to Read That)
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Having really enjoyed Deception I picked up this one as soon as I'd finished the first one.

Now that Emma knows she is a Ghostkeeper and understands what it means she throws herself into her role. This installment is much more action packed than the first and there is still the romance and mystery element to keep me hooked!

The characters really develop in this one too. Emma becomes much stronger - and more accepting of her abilities. Her relationship with Bennett is still a driving force of the s
Mar 19, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a fun, fast read. I am learning about the difference between great YA fiction and just fun stories. My favorite YA books - Hunger Games, Matched, Delirium - tell stories of young girls figuring out who they are and usually involve some kind of romance. This series does too. The difference, though, is that the really good ones also hold up a mirror to our culture and offer some kind of social commentary, whether it's about our taste for violence, the slippery slope of reality television o ...more
Nov 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
ARC review.

Betrayal is a fantastic installment in the Haunting Emma series. In this second outing Bennett pops up here and there but there are compelling reasons for his absence. His absence gives the reader a chance to get to know the other people in Emma's world and to view the real bonds she is forming with her new "family". (Right now her "real" family's actions and motivations are so confusing and unclear.) I found myself questioning and doubting everyone right along with Emma and this book
Crazy for Books (Stephanie)
It was good. Not as good as the first. I seemed to have forgotten a few things, because I wasn't clear on a couple of things that were happening. I didn't like how Bennett was so absent in this book, how the parents seemed to creep in for a moment or the brother sent a cryptic message that barely warned of anything. If you're going to help her, help her. I felt like all of it was to drag the story on. With no real result at the end.
I liked Betrayal better than the first one Deception, someone Emma trusts and loves is deceiving her and honestly I kept guessing this person, no that person, and back around again until the end and I suprised at who it was...not gonna say though no spoils. I really liked the new guy Lukas and the jock ghosts were hilarious and Harry as always. Looking forward to reading Surrender, hopefully Emma will get the bad guy and also get Bennett too!!
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Book 2 in this series, even better than the first! Loving this series, quick easy reads but very interesting and entertaining too. Love the bits of humor. All the characters are great. This book shed light on who Neos is and why he is so evil and power hungry. I still haven't fully understood about Emma's parents and brother.... But I guess some things had to be left for the third book, :).
Bring on book 3! Becky, hurry up and order it, lol. :D
Vee_Bookish // YA Book Blogger
As with Deception, the title of Betrayal fits perfectly with the story, which I think is a brilliant idea. The plot is just as strong and made me giggle a lot throughout! My favourite moments are when the characters talk in a different language to each other - and the translations are in the footnotes!

The story introduces two new characters, Simon and Lukas, and they're great additions. Simon is the strict father-figure, who has them up late training and eating rather bland food and Lukas is yo
Jun 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Lindsey Rojem
I read this book for the "A Book With The Letter 'Y' In The Title" part of my 2018 reading challenge. It was a bit confusing at first, having not read book 1 but it was ok after a couple chapters. The plot moved quickly and didn't seem to have a realistic timespan, also the battles seemed to take 20 seconds. Reminded me a lot like City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series just gets better and better omg I am starting the third one now !! I don’t want it to end.
Oct 19, 2020 rated it liked it
I completely agree with Reading Vacations review of this book.
Aug 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Betrayal is a brilliant sequel to the Deception, and the Haunting Emma series is fast become one of my favourites! The book begins soon after the end of Deception, with the funeral of Emma’s friend Coby. Coby’s friends Harry and Sara blame Emma for his death, and refuse to speak to her anymore, and Emma becomes a social outcast in school. Worst of all, things with Bennett, the guy Emma would do anything to be with, are not working out – Bennett doesn’t want to lose his ghostkeeping powers u
Apr 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Rating* 4.0
*Genre* YA Paranormal


Betrayal is the second installment in the Haunting Emma series by Lee Nichols. The story, told in the POV of Emma Vaile, picks up pretty much where Deception left off with Emma mourning the death of Colby Anders. Her friends, Sara and Harry, have turned their backs on her because they blame her for Colby’s death. She is also dealing with the fact that Bennett feels uncomfortable being around Emma since two ghostkeepers can’t be together without one of the
Dec 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me

My favourite thing about this series is how the Lee Nichols always manages to weave light-hearted humour in amongst the tense action and suspense. No longer is Emma having fun discovering her powers, but forced to train like a warrior in order to defeat Neos before he overthrows the Knell. As she visits the Knell HQ with Bennett, the two find themselves under a surprise attack and realise everything they've ever believed was false. Not only is the
Jul 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-5-stars
Plot: 3 Stars
This novel picked up right where Deception left off, but it could've used a bit more recap considering almost a year passed between each book being released. It felt kinda like when you miss a days worth of notes in class as I was reading the first couple chapters. It felt like I was missing something because I hadn't read the first book since last summer. Usually I can jump right back into a series without much of a problem. But after a couple more chapters, it all started coming b
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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. ...more

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