Book Review The Deceivers (Vale Hall #1) by Kristen Simmons

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by Kristen Simmons
Book Review The Deceivers (Vale Hall #1) by Kristen SimmonsThe Deceivers Published by Tom Doherty Associates on February 5, 2019
Source: ARC Trade, Netgalley Arc
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Thrillers & Suspense, Romance, Contemporary, Action & Adventure, General
Pages: 352
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Kristen Simmons, the author of the Article 5 series and Metaltown, brings her remarkable imagination to this intrigue-filled contemporary drama where good kids are needed to do some very bad things in The Deceivers.
An Anthony Award Nominee for Best Young Adult Novel!
Welcome to Vale Hall, the school for aspiring con artists.
When Brynn Hilder is recruited to Vale, it seems like the elite academy is her chance to start over, away from her mom’s loser boyfriend and her rundown neighborhood. But she soon learns that Vale chooses students not so much for their scholastic talent as for their extracurricular activities, such as her time spent conning rich North Shore kids out of their extravagant allowances.
At first, Brynn jumps at the chance to help the school in its mission to rid the city of corrupt officials—because what could be better than giving entitled jerks what they deserve? But that’s before she meets her mark—a senator’s son—and before she discovers the school’s headmaster has secrets he’ll stop at nothing to protect. As the lines between right and wrong blur, Brynn begins to realize she’s in way over head.
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This book was a pure delight in the plot’s twist and turns. Brynn is trying to escape devon park and move on to college. Her mom is with a drug dealer, and he steals all the money that Brynn has saved from working and pulling off small cons. When she is recruited to the elusive Vall Hall, her whole world can change at the drop of a hat. When you leave your past behind, it is not all rainbows and sunshine. It is how you move forward from that past: the rainbow and sun. There is swoony romance, murder mystery, and some very intriguing characters. The author takes the tale of Odin, who would send his soldiers out to steal souls and instead sets in an elusive school where this Odin sends the students out to steal secrets that may just change the world.

“Leaving your past doesn’t equal out to rainbows and sunshine. Your past is a part of you. It how you move forward that matters. Check out my review of The Decievers (vale hall book 1) by @kris10writes Click To Tweet

About Kristen Simmons

Kristen Simmons is the critically acclaimed author of the ARTICLE 5 series, THE GLASS ARROW, METALTOWN, PACIFICA, and THE DECEIVERS. She has worked with survivors of abuse and trauma as a mental health therapist, taught Jazzercise in five states, and is forever in search of the next best cupcake. Currently she lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, where she spends her days supporting the caffeine industry and chasing her rambunctious son.

Rating Report
Overall: 5