Book Review: Betrayal (A Haunting Emma Novel #2) by Lee Nichols

Title: Betrayal (A Haunting Emma Novel #2)

Author: Lee Nichols
Details: ARC 268 pgs (Published in Hardcover)
Published: March 1st, 2011 by Bloomsbury
isbn: 1599905698 (ISBN13: 9781599905693)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Gift


Note: This is the second book in a series.  There are spoilers from Deception, Book One, in this description, as well as in my review. 



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. As chilling and page-turning as Deception, this sequel will grab readers and hold them to the last page. No one is safe from suspicion as Emma closes in on the traitor.

I think this series is just fabulous.  Lee Nichols has created a unique world full of mystery and suspense.  The characters are all full of life and are multi dimensional.  You never know what twists and turns will be thrown in and your constantly in shock about how far the author is willing to take things.  She’s not afraid to put her characters in tough places, so much so that she’s even killed off characters.  That was in the first one,  and this one picks up immediately after that one ended.

I still really like Emma and she seems real.  She has fears, she has compassion, she’s just an awesome, and a kick a$$ character.  She does plenty of kicking butt in this one and finds out her weaknesses.  She’s a true friend who’ll do anything for her friends, so much so that maybe she’s not cautious enough about who the traitor may be?  It’s in her mind, but she just can’t imagine any of her close friends (or ghosts) betraying her.  I couldn’t imagine it either and I was left guessing through the whole thing.

Bennett wasn’t as present in this one and that was kind of sad, but you’ll have to read it to see where things go.  I seriously can’t really say much about him cause I don’t want to give anything away! 

There are new hotties introduced in this one and I think they rounded out the characters quite well.  They were all kick butt with their own talents, even if their talent was keeping everyone in order and in doing research.

There was a lot of fighting scenes in this book and I tend to skim them.  But for those of you who love that sort of thing, there’s quite a bit of it!  And you definitely get the feeling that Emma really has some amazing abilities.

This book has sexual insinuation without description.  It has little or no bad language and quite a bit of violence.  I would say it’s for the middle to older YA crowd.  Just my opinion.

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