Apr 28, 2011

Review: Betrayal by Lee Nichols

3 fudgy brownies.

Cover Love: I don't like it as much as Deception, but it fits the series.

Why I Wanted to Read This:
I adored Deception and was excited to read more about Emma. Here's the synopsis from Good Reads:
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 Kept Reading Because:
Despite being slow at the start, it picked up in the middle and finished strong.

Romance?: Yes. But a romance from afar.

What I Liked (& Didn't):
Okay, I have to say it. I am not a fan of Bennett nor of Emma and his relationship. I liked Coby so much more (and still do). I wish what happened to him hadn't happened so there could be more of a triangle.

I saw glimpses of an Emma I could root for, but want her to embrace her powers and be more of a leader.

I liked the addition of her team. Simon and Lukas were good additons to the story.

I didn't like the whole Harry and Sara subplot. It made Emma seem weak. She hardly stood up for herself and she had every right too.

I still love the idea of ghosttkeeping. It is so unique. I like the different powers.

I was satisfied with the action at the end and do look forward to the next book.

To Sum Up: I bought both of these books for my library and have been able to get several readers interested in them. I felt this one was weaker than the first, but will continue on with the series!

Book requested and received from Kate at Bloomsbury. Thanks!!


  1. I have Deception but haven't read it yet. I need to catch up. :-)

  2. Aw, I'm disappointed to see you didn't like Betrayal as much as Deception. I just got a copy of Betrayal through the library. I don't like Bennett either. I thought I was the only one! At the very end of Deception when she got that warning I was very happy.