Review of Betrayal by Lee Nichols

Haunting Emma Book 2

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. . . .


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As with Deception, the title of Betrayal fits perfectly with the story, which I think is a brilliant idea. The plot is just as strong and made me giggle a lot throughout! My favourite moments are when the characters talk in a different language to each other - and the translations are in the footnotes! 

The story introduces two new characters, Simon and Lukas, and they're great additions. Simon is the strict father-figure, who has them up late training and eating rather bland food and Lukas is your typical teenage boy, he reminds me of a less-uptight version of Harry. The obvious attraction between Natalie and Lukas made for even more hilarious moments. Harry, and Sara are in this too - but they blame Emma for Coby's death, and want nothing to with her.
Emma herself is just as awesome as she was in Deception, but you do have to put up with her thinking about Bennett all the time! Personally, I'd tell him where to go if he chose his Ghostkeeping abilities over me. Bennett has more substance in this but I'm not sure I like him as much as I did in the last book. He's less of a protective, sexy-older-guy figure and more of an asshole, to be honest!

There's some great twists and turns too, that kept me guessing right until the very end and the sneak peek of Surrender just made me want the third book even more! Is it December yet?


5/5

Received free from Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review

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