Friday, 9 September 2011

Review: Betrayal by Lee Nichols

Betrayal by Lee Nichols
Published by Bloomsbury
Series: Haunting Emma #2
Source: Review copy

  
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. . . .


***
Betrayal is the second book in the haunting Emma series, picking up from where book 1 ends.

I enjoyed this book more than book one because it didn't need all the introductions that book one demanded meaning there was more time from all the action to take place which was good. It meant the book as a whole was more fast paced and therefore more engaging as you got to know even more about the world Emma now lives in and the ways in which are abilities could be used.

As it book one there are loads of twists and turns as the book goes along and as the title suggests Emma is betrayed by one of the people she thought she was closet to. The story also gives you a chance to get to know a wider range of ghostkeepers better as less time is focused on Emma's time at school as she is not at all popular after the incident at the end of book one.

This book also starts to give you a few more answers about both the Knell, Neos and Emma's parents which was good as it meant I finally started to feel I was getting somewhere with the story which was a complaint about book one.

There is a big gaping Bennett shaped hole in the book which is the main (and probably only) thing I didn't like about this book. I had hoped to see more of him and Emma together and I loved the relationship between them.

All in all a nice sequel to book one. I am looking forward to book three and hope that the series finishes well.

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