Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Blog Tour: Surrender by Lee Nichols & My POV

Thanks to Lee Nichols for providing a singed copy of Surrender for review. 
A Teen Book Scene Blog Tour Stop
Paperback, 288 pages
Expected publication: December 6th 2011 by Bloomsbury USA Children's Books 
After a devastating battle at headquarters in New York, the ghostkeeping world is in shambles. When Emma and Bennett return home, they are determined to defeat the wraithmaster, Neos, forever. But it's not going to be easy. Bennett's parents kick him out when they realize he is still using drugs to enhance his powers. Emma is convinced her aunt has come back from the dead to warn her of a new threat. And worst of all, Neos is using wraiths to possess the students at Thatcher Academy. If the ghosts manage to take over the entire school, even Emma won't be strong enough to stop them. But if either she or Bennett sacrifice his or her powers, they might be able to save the ghostkeeping world once and for all-and break the "ghostkeepers lose their powers when they fall in love" curse. The question is: who will be the one to surrender all power?
Fast-paced and romantic, this conclusion to the Haunting Emma trilogy will thrill readers as it brings the ghostly mystery to a close.--Goodreads

So the second battle at the Knell (the ancient ghost keeping society) headquarters against Neos which takes place in the second book (Betrayal) was devastating to the Ghostkeeping community. This book picks up not too long after that with Emma, Bennett and her fellow Ghostkeepers picking up the pieces of what is left behind after the attack and try to find another way to defeat the evil Neos.  This is not an easy task since everything seems to be falling apart and everybody seems to be going their own way. Then of course  when they decide on a plan they always seem to be a day late and a dollar short of figuring out what Neos next move is.

In this book the top priority is to find Neos ashes which are located in Thatcher the school in which Emma, Natalie, Lukas, Sara, and Harry attend. The pressure is on and they are adamantly searching for the hiding spot of the ashes when the situation goes from bad to worst as the students at the school start getting possessed by ghost. This just adds to Emma’s never ending list of worries. So know she not only has to watch out for any possessed friends at school, she must deal with the realty that she may lose the love of her life to the addiction he has to a Chinese herb Asrum, the fact that Natalie and Lukas seem to always be preoccupied with each other, her parents and brother never being around, and living with The Sterns (Bennett‘s parents) who seem to blame her for their daughters death and their son’s addiction. Poor Emma is just overwhelmed with loneliness, grief, guilt and most of all responsibility. 

The thing I like best about this book are the characters and the interactions between them. I find Emma inspirational with how strong, independent, and caring she is. I have to say that Bennett has worried be from the beginning but he totally redeems himself at the end of this book. Natalie has so much spunk and sassiness to her its hard to believe she has any insecurities. Lukas is one powerful hottie I can’t get enough of. Coby is a sweetheart with no end to his selflessness. Sara is someone you can always treasure and count on as a friend. And then there is Harry. Harry is my favorite. He always makes you laugh when you want to cry. Always around when you need him. He’s witty. He’s gorgeous. He’s rich. He is absolutely freakin hilarious. I’m totally in love with him!

The ending was such torture! My eyes are going to be puffy for days. I’m never good at good byes and one in particular had me sobbing. If you are looking for a unforgettable ghost story with not stop action make sure to put this on your TBR pile. You won’t regret it!

"Told you she'd be all right" Dad said. "She's a Vaile, isn't she?" 
"Well, something's wrong," Max said, his brow knit with concern. "After twenty minutes alone with Bennett, she's still wearing her shirt." 
"Jerk," I muttered..

"Tell me you're kidding! A French maid? Does she wear a little skirt and fishnet stockings?"
"She's a real maid , Harry, not a strip-o-gram."

"You've been acting evne freakier than normal, so we wondered what you were up to."
"I have not been acting freakier than normal."
"So you admit you normally act freaky?" Harry asked
"No, I--shut up."

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  1. This series has caught my eye lately I keep seeing it! I love the premise and it really sounds like a story I would like!

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  2. Cool review. I may have to get this one.