Review: Surrender, Lee Nichols

October 8, 2013 Reviews 0 ★★★½

Review: Surrender, Lee NicholsSurrender by Lee Nichols
Series: Haunting Emma #3
Published by Bloomsbury on December 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 258
Format: ebook
Source: My copy
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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.


I absolutely loved the first book in this series and subsequently devoured both Deception and the sequel Betrayal in a weekend. Unfortunately it was a good 12+ months until I got onto this final instalment and I found it much harder to get into.  I’m not to sure if it was simply because I couldn’t remember so much of what had happened at the end of book 2 or if it was just a weaker novel I’m not really sure but I did finish this book feeling a bit deflated.

Set immediately after book 2, Emma is desperate and determined to finally destroy Neos and save Bennett before his addiction completely destroys both him and their relationship.  In order for Emma to do this she must locate the ashes of Neos which has been hidden somewhere on the grounds of Thatcher.

This finale is quite exciting and this book is wrapped up very nicely giving the majority of the characters a nice rounded happy ever after finish.  By the time this book was coming to a close I did start to really remember how awesome some other secondary characters in this book was and I’m glad that things seemed to work out in a satisfying way for them all.

Now that the entire trilogy is out I do really think they are a great read especially if you have the time to read them all one after another!  This is a fast paced and fun series that I think would suit anyone who likes a good ghost story!

three-half-stars – Nice satisfying ending to a great ghost story.

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Email | Goodreads | | Twitter | Instagram Philippa lives in Brisbane, Australia with her partner and two daughters. She is an avid reader and reviewer of Young Adult literature as well as being a student midwife, closet geek, procrastibaker and coffee addict.

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