The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson
The Vanishing Stair is the second book in the Truly, Devious series. Stevie Bell is pulled out of Ellingham Academy by her parents after the murder of her housemate. They were convinced to let her go back by their favourite politician, and the father of another one of her schoolmates. Stevie keeps trying to figure out the mystery of who is killing students and what happened in the Ellingham kidnappings so many years ago.
I found it a little harder to get into this book than the first one. Once I did get into it, the story moved along nicely. I found myself kind of rushing through it so I could get to the third book and find out what actually happened.
The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson
Stevie Bell continues to investigate the intertwining mysteries at the remote Ellingham Academy in the third book in the series.
Once finishing the second book, I needed to get my hands on the third book. My library didn’t have it, so I did end up buying it. I finished it in one day. I could not put it down. I needed to know what happened! After the first two books ended in cliffhangers, it was nice to get a conclusion in both cases.
I really enjoyed this series. I thought it was a really good YA Mystery series that could be read by both teens and adults. It was a good mystery that didn’t feel too juvenile. The book also never felt too gory or upsetting to cross it into only adult territory. I would absolutely recommend this series.
My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
Millie Morris is a true-crime obsessed university professor with a close group of guy friends that also work at the university. Millie suggests that they join an online dating site to find dates for an upcoming gala a the university. She then *spends the night* with one of her friends, Reid. They decide to keep things platonic, though neither really wants to. Reid meets Catherine online and starts chatting with her. The only thing? Catherine is actually Millie, who created another profile to avoid chatting to the creepers who contacted her on her original profile. You can imagine what ensues.
Another book by the writing duo Christina Lauren, The Unhoneymooners, was one of my favourite books I’ve read so far this year. This book has the same charm. I really enjoyed reading this one as well, and I can’t wait to add more of their books to my ‘To Read’ list.