The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnston – Spoiler Free Review

Title: The Vanishing Stair
Author: Maureen Johnston
Series Name: Truly Devious
Genre: YA Mystery
Publication Date: January 22nd, 2019
Pages: 369 (Hardcover)
Publishers: Katherine Tegen Books
Rating:

Goodreads Synopsis

All Stevie Bell wanted was to find the key to the Ellingham mystery, but instead she found her classmate dead. And while she solved that murder, the crimes of the past are still waiting in the dark. Just as Stevie feels she’s on the cusp of putting it together, her parents pull her out of Ellingham academy.

For her own safety they say. She must move past this obsession with crime. Now that Stevie’s away from the school of topiaries and secret tunnels, and her strange and endearing friends, she begins to feel disconnected from the rest of the world. At least she won’t have to see David anymore. David, who she kissed. David, who lied to her about his identity—son of despised politician Edward King. Then King himself arrives at her house to offer a deal: He will bring Stevie back to Ellingham immediately. In return, she must play nice with David. King is in the midst of a campaign and can’t afford his son stirring up trouble. If Stevie’s at school, David will stay put.

The tantalizing riddles behind the Ellingham murders are still waiting to be unraveled, and Stevie knows she’s so close. But the path to the truth has more twists and turns than she can imagine—and moving forward involves hurting someone she cares for. In New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson’s second novel of the Truly Devious series, nothing is free, and someone will pay for the truth with their life.

Writing

These books just get better and better! This series is extremely addictive. The Vanishing Stair is very fast paced and will keep you guessing the entire time. This is definitely one of those books that you will hate the author just a little bit at the end because while a lot of your questions from book 1 were answered in book 2, you will have 1000 more. Which can be a good thing, because its addicting and you are super keen, or bad because it makes you feel like slapping a bitch.

Plot

Lets just say the plot is insane. You have literally no idea what to expect next and you can guess all you want about who did what, but you will be wrong 99% of the time! I just love how unpredictable this plot is.

Characters

The Characters in this book will never be fully developed but that is just one of the aspects of this book. If you know too much about them it would be easier to figure out motives. So I’m not really mad about not connecting with any of the side characters.

As for Stevie, our main character, she is awesome. She is extremely intelligent and very realistic. She show weakness, she shows fear and that makes her super relatable in this book.

Overall

I LOVE this series. It has been added to my Top 5 favourite series of all time. It is addictive, action packed, mysterious and just fucking awesome. This is definitely a book I will always recommend.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Throwback Freebie

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Top Ten Tuesday is a monthly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can find all the info and upcoming prompts Here.

Okay, so I haven’t been doing the Top Ten Tuesday or Top 5 Wednesday posts for a while. One of them did take a break but I was also really busy during all the ReadAThons and didn’t want to be wasting reading time to write these. So I am finally back doing them however you may realise that I will be posting both my Top Ten Tuesday & Top 5 Wednesday today! That is because when I went to write a blog post yesterday for some reason I thought it was Monday… So I wrote the Liebster Award post instead and then today I went to write the Top Ten Tuesday and realised it is actually Wednesday!
I think what has thrown me off was that I went out to a Rodeo on Saturday night and usually I only go out drinking on Friday nights, so now I’m like a day behind! But anyway! Here is my Top Ten Tuesday!

Prompt: Throwback Freebie -: Ten Books I Loved During The First Year I Started My Blog, Favorite Books Published 5 or 10 or 15 Years Ago, Ten Older Books I Forgot How Much I Loved, etc. etc. Tweak however you want!



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1. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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This was actually the first book I ever reviewed and I’m pretty sure it was also the first post I ever made on my blog!

You can find that review HERE! It’s probably pretty bad but it was my first one so don’t judge! It’s also NOT SPOILER FREE!

2. You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour & David Levithan

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You can find the review for this one HERE! A really awesome diverse book that I didn’t hear talked about anywhere near enough!

3. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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You can find my spoilery review HERE! Still a favourite series!

4, 5 & 6. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Hollow City & Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

You can find my Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children spoiler free review HERE, Hollow City HERE & Library of Souls HERE! This is definitely still a favourite series! I really want to reread this one.

7. Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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You can find my spoiler free review HERE! Another favourite series! Can’t wait for Obisido to release!

8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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You can find my spoiler free review HERE! Absolutely beautiful but sad story!

9. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

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You can find my spoiler free review HERE. The review contains a review of the script & movie. I need book/movie 2 NOW!!!

10. Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs

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You can find m spoiler free review HERE! I love these fairy tale type books based in fantasy worlds!



Well, that is all guys! My Top 5 Wednesday will be up in an hour or so!

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