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Review: Deception by Lee Nichols!

Overall Rating: 4.7 out of five
Characters: 4.6 out of five

Plot: 4.8 out of five
Cover Art: 3.9 out of five 
(I would like it much more if the necklace wasn't glowing.)
Originality: 4.5 out of five
Concept: 4.4 out of five

Favorite Line(s):

"'I never bite,' she purred at him. 'I only nibble.'
So I hated her already."- The voice, oh the VOICE. Love it.

And this next one wins for funniest nameless character:

"'What are you?' I asked a guy from Trig, wrapped in a mass of pink foam speckled with little dots.
'An amoeba.'
'Wanna pet my pseudopod?' he asked. Then he blushed and giggled and oozed away.-Am I the only one who cracked up?!


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 "knight in J.Crew armor," Bennett Stern—and on a plane to his museum-like mansion in New England.

After enrolling at Thatcher Academy, Emma settles in by making friends with the popular legacy crowd. But she can't shake the strange visions that are haunting her. She has memories of Thatcher she can't explain, as if she's returning home to a place she's never been. Emma doesn't trust anyone anymore—except maybe Bennett. But he's about to reveal a ghostly secret to Emma. One that will explain the visions . . . and make Emma fear for her life.

Deception is one of those books that make 'huh' an abundant word in your vocabulary... 
Honestly, I didn't know who was the mastermind behind anything. First I suspected Max, then Bennett, then Martha, then Harry, then Coby, then Sara. I never actually had a theory, because the possibilities seemed endless. That, my friends, is truly the main reason I loved this book so much. It keep me guessing.

I was on the edge of my mind's seat throughout the entire novel. Always suspecting everyone and everything of trickery. 'I'm on to you lamp! I know you come to life in Emma's sleep and clean the house!' I was becoming oddly paranoid for Emma and the other characters while simultaneously suspecting them all of being the one wreaking havoc on the others' lives.

Another thing that really pulled me in was Emma herself. The voice, oh the VOICE. I still imagine Emma struggling to get out of the book she somehow got locked into. Nichols has composed one of the most real characters I've ever read about. Her reactions are genuine. Her emotions are laid out for all to see. She stands up for herself and she ACTS LIKE A TEENAGE GIRL. (Sorry about the CAPS, but this was a very big reason why I love Emma.) She gets jealous, she gets frustrated, she sometimes takes her emotions out on the wrong people, she wants friends. She's real, and I love that.

The storyline was also very well developed and the book was paced to perfection. Nichols employed the perfect amount of twists and turns to keep me interested while allowing for character development as well.

Summing it up:

Loved this book! I definitely recommend to any fan of YA.

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