The Deceivers

The Deceivers (Val Hall Book 1) by [Simmons, Kristen]


By Kristen Simmons

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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Rating: 9.0/10 (8 votes cast)

3 thoughts on “The Deceivers

  1. I honestly didn’t think the book was as good as the summary made it sound. I thought that the book was going to be more of a science fiction, action, or mystery. However, it seemed to have more romance than action. I strongly dislike romance, so I didn’t enjoy the book as much. The book moved at a fast pace with little description- in my opinion-except for the romantic scenes. It was still a good read, but not my favorite out of the FTR books.

  2. I really enjoyed this book because it showed that anyone can change some from good to bad, others from bad to good. it also shows that anyone can change the world and make it a better place. there is a quote from a show I watch that says ” at this moment there are 6,470,818,671 people in the world. some are running scared, some are coming home, some tell lies to make it through the day, others are just now facing the truth, some are evil men at war with good, and some are good struggling with evil. six billion people in the world. six billion souls. and sometimes, all you need is one.” I feel like this quote really fits into the theme of the story because a lot of the characters went through this stuff. You had the con students who lied to get information so that they can make the world a better place, you had Brynn who was a con artist but also started to realize that what she was doing wasnt honest and truthful and wrong but decided to keep doing it the help put bad people away in jail or prison

  3. Originally hearing about this book I was hesitant to read it, as it seemed like it would be cheesy for me to read based on the description, but after reading I thought it had a really fun concept to it. The author was creative in creating suspense for the reader and using situational irony for some outcomes that I definitely did not predict coming while reading. I liked the characters that were introduced throughout the story too, as there were so many different social classes shown from the bum neighborhood that Brynn and her family lives in, to the regal school, and all the way to the upper class citizens with wealth. Overall, I thought it was a thrilling book to read, and I’m glad I did.

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