I'm into ghosts this week. Now, I've never had much interest in ghost stories. When a most lovely publicist at Bloomsbury USA Children's Books, offered to send me an ARC of the first book in the series, I figured I didn't have anything to lose. I had never heard of the author and figured I'd give it a shot. Am I ever glad I did. Deception, the first book in the Haunting Emma series was awesome (see 6/10/10 post). Some of you may have read my WoW post of a couple of weeks ago where I talked about a series I want to read (The Devouring), but am kind of chicken to do so. What surprised me with Deception was how well the author, Lee Nichols wrote scary.
I wasn't expecting the level of creepiness I got in the story and I loved it. Looking at the cover, it looks more mysterious than scary, but there were genuinely scary, downright horrific moments. The ending took a surprise turn that left me definitely hungry to continue the saga. I have to know, I tell you!!
Let's look at the blurb of Betrayal right from the authors site:
Emma Vaile is the most powerful ghostkeeper in centuries. Which is great for battling the wraith-master Neos and horrible for her social life. Emma knows fellow ghostkeeper Bennett Stern is her soul mate, but when ghostkeepers fall in love, the weaker one loses all power. And until Neos is defeated, Bennett and Emma can't risk it.
When the temptation of being with Emma gets to be too much, Bennett disappears, pursuing a dangerous path to increase his powers. Heartbroken and alone, Emma tries to lose herself in school. But when the Knell, a secret ghostkeeping society, sends two new ghostkeepers to Echo Point—one a snarky teen guy, the other a British scholar—Emma throws herself into training to battle Neos. But as the team grows stronger, so do the ghosts. And worse, one of their own will betray them. One Emma never suspected. . . .
Emma certainly looks a lot more devilish and snarky than she did on the first book. I hear it's a hotter, scarier read too. I say bring it on, baby!
Anyone else started the series? Read any other good ghost stories I should know about, preferably scary...lol...
Betrayal releases March 1, 2011.