Monday, 5 December 2011

Book Review: Surrender by Lee Nichols

SURRENDER by Lee Nichols

Released:  6th December 2011
Publisher:  Bloomsbury
Review Format:  e-arc
Source:  Netgalley/Bloomsbury with thanks!
Series:  Haunting Emma #3
Page Count:  288 (according to Goodreads - my copy was an ebook)

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.
Synopsis from Goodreads.
Surrender is the third and final book in the Haunting Emma series. The ghosts are getting stronger and Neos is more dangerous than ever!

It was great to be back with Emma and the gang and I am happy to say that I loved everything about this book. It was a humorous and exciting end to an enjoyable series. As soon as I delved into the book it became obvious that Neos was building in strength and this final battle was going to something major.

I loved Emma more than ever in this final phase of the story - she seemed to grow up and start accepting that she is who she is. Bennett on the other hand had me so worried as he became sicker and sicker. As with the other books in this series, I loved the ghosts. The house ghosts were as awesome as usual and Cody was totally kick-ass. My favourite scenes where the ones he appeared in.

I did kind of guess when the final battle was going to take place earlier in the book than I would have liked and although I wish it hadn’t been quite as transparent, it didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the build up or the actual ‘grand finale’. 

The plot was exciting and full of action, especially towards the end. I definitely recommend that you read this book if you’ve already read some of the series. This book most definitely is the best in the series.

My rating: 4 Stars


Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

I really love when we get to see character growth - that's the best part of reading a series. Brilliant review :)

Small Review said...

YES! This is everything I wanted to hear! You even made me say "Oh no!" out loud when I read that part about Bennett (and I'm not even a huge Bennett fan). I love your review and I love this series. Yay!

Can you tell how happy you've just made me? :)

Cait said...

This is actually my least favourite book of the series but I'm really glad you enjoyed it so much! I agree I did figure out the ending and stuff earlier than I would've wanted too, but I think the characters let this down for me a bit.

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