**beware, whilst I do try and be as careful as possible this review will contain SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST BOOK IN THE SERIES: DECEPTION**
“It’s not easy watching a friend get buried, especially when you were responsible for his death.
'We are here today to mourn the untimely passing of Coby Jameson Anders. Sixteen years old, honor student, high school quarterback, beloved son and friend.'”
Following the death of one of her best friends, Emma is an outcast around the school. With the impending loss of his powers if he and Emma get closer, Bennett decides to leave Emma and Natalie in Echo Point and go of on his own. As minors The Knell, ghostkeeper headquarters, send two ghostkeepers, Simon and Lukas, to help the girls train for any issues now that Neos, an evil spirit, is after Emma. With all this mess how will Emma cope when she finds out that she has been betrayed by the last person she thought would betray her?
If you follow this blog you will know that on Monday I posted a review of the first in the Haunting Emma series, Deception, and loved it. Betrayal is the follow on from that and I have to say that it is just as good as the first!
I loved just how perfect the titles are in this series, I can get a feel for exactly what’s going to happen just from them but it’s not in a way that’s too spoiler-y or too revealing. Betrayal obviously includes a lot of misery following the death of Coby but at the same time the death actually made me like Emma more.
Emma character actually felt real and not annoying in Betrayal. When I read Deception I got really annoyed at her, it was all about boys and stuff, and yes there was quite a bit about Bennett in this one but still... I can let her off that! I loved the two new additions to the story too, Simon and Lukas, they were awesome!
The story was immense and I don’t want to say too much about it as I don’t want to spoil anything. Emma is an outcast as Harry and Sara are convinced she played a part in Coby’s death... that she was the reason he killed himself. Emma has all this to deal with whilst also knowing that Neos, the big bad evil guy, is after her too. This makes it exceptionally hard for Emma to trust anyone. This book is all about trust and development, not only for Emma but for others too. I also have to add that although there is another coming from this series I really like the way they don’t actually end with really huge cliff-hangers. I think I would have cried into next year if this one finished too dramatically!
I said it last time but the setting for this series is perfect and Nichols’ writing is amazing. I can visualise everything so clearly because of the way she writes and there’s one specific part in this book that I could feel myself wander through right next to Emma.
The Haunting Emma series is a brilliant ghost story that makes you shiver and cry out all the way through. However with the addition of brilliant characters you also get a bit of light-heartedness and I have to say there are a fair few laugh out loud moments in this book. I would really recommend this series to anyone who enjoys paranormal stories, especially when dabbled with a bit of romance!
The first two books in the Haunting Emma are out now, published by Bloomsbury. The third will be released next year under the title Surrender. My copy was sent to me for review by the publisher.