Here are all the books I’ve read so far this year!
P.S. I read pretty much everything. On this list, you’ll find (in all genres) children’s, middle grade, young adult, adult, classic, comic, poetry, and non-fiction books.
This is a young adult mystery novel following crime-infatuated Stevie Bell at her first year in Ellingham Academy, an all-exclusive school in Vermont. It’s a cozy mystery flipping between an old murder and new. Both are tangled. Both are connected. Maybe. Possibly. You’ll find out…
I loved Truly Devious! It was slow-to-unwind, easy-going, and thickly atmospheric. And Stevie is just the most precious little character (I don’t know what this says about me, but I found her deeply morbid obsession with murder adorable).
The parallel storylines were woven beautifully. I never felt like I was taken out of the story, more like I had a giant magnifying glass and was peering at the scenes from different lenses.
Technically, I’m giving this book 4.5 stars. Here’s why:
- The romance. The romance in this book felt uncomfortable, weird, and forced. The two characters plugged together did not have a healthy relationship, but what bothered me more is that they didn’t seem to be moving toward one (or making an effort to). Maybe all of that changes in the next two books (in that case, scratch this portion).
- The cliffhanger. I love cliffhangers, but this one left me without the same satisfying hum that most books with a cliffhanger do. I need SOME closure (it’s just torture otherwise).