Betrayal by Lee Nichols

Almost a year after I read Deception I finally got to read Betrayal.  And….  I loved it as much as I loved Deception .  The story picked up from where Deception left off.  Hmm…  and this is where I always struggle with writing my thoughts about sequel books – do I say what happened or not?  For those of you who haven’t had a chance to read Deception yet will be let down if I spill the beans… so…  I’m taking the easy way out and copying the abstract from Goodreads:

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 fellow ghostkeeper, Natalie. When a new team of ghostkeepers arrive—one a snarky teen boy, the other a British scholar—Emma finds solace in training for the battle against Neos. But as the team grows stronger, they are threatened by an unknown force. One they thought was good.”

If you love ghost stories – this is perfect!  If you love a little love and intrigue – this is a perfect read!  There’s also the element of surprise… A member of Emma’s team will betray them … and you don’t know who it is until the end.  Even then, Lee Nichols has you convinced that it is one person and at the last minute you learn that he was always on Emma’s side but that the betrayer is someone you’d never imagine.  Ahh….  Wonderfully done!!  Looking forward to the next installment in the Haunting Emma series, Surrender.  Will Bennett and Emma pervail?  Will Emma destroy Neos?  So many questions….


Ages: 14 and up

Favourite quote:

“…Guys are supposed to be the straightforward communicators, but they’re not.  They have no idea how they feel, what they should say or not say….”           p. 121

Nichols, Lee.  (2010). Betrayal.  New York, NY:  Bloomsbury.


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