Author: Maureen Johnson

WoW [97]

Posted February 22, 2017 by Lizzie in Meme / 1 Comment

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday (aka: WoW) is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, spotlighting releases we are waiting for eagerly.

This Week’s Victim Pick….

WoW [97]Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
Series: Truly Devious #1
Published by HarperCollins on 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Buy on AmazonBarnes & NobleThe Book Depository

Something is wrong at Ellingham Academy: Its murderous past won’t stay in the past.

Ellingham Academy is an American institution. Students can’t buy admission, they have to earn it: these are the brightest of their generation, the thinkers, inventors, artists, dreamers, and schemers who will change the world. Ellingham is the brainchild of philanthropist and tycoon Edward J. Ellingham, who happened on a remote, idyllic spot outside of Burlington, Vermont in the 1920s, the perfect setting for his “dream school of the future.” For Ellingham, the dream ended a decade later, when his wife and child were kidnapped, then murdered, in what would become the crime of the century. Ellingham pledged everything to find the killer—he ended up giving his life.

It was an empty sacrifice: For years, the killer remained at large. He taunted the police, signing his letters Truly, Devious. Eventually, someone was caught, found guilty, and executed for the heinous crimes… but questions lingered. Why, for example, did Ellingham write these words on the day he died?

Where do you look for someone

who’s never really there?

Always on a staircase

but never on a stair.

Every institution has its ghost stories; every school imagines itself haunted. Ellingham Academy is, officially, beyond such silliness: it is devoted to greatness, and everyone accepted achieves it.

This includes Stevie Bell, who gained her fame by solving a murder when she was thirteen years old. Clever murders don’t happen along very often, and Stevie has been struggling to find her place in the competitive atmosphere of Ellingham. Then she finds out about the decades-old Ellingham riddle: Problem solved. She’ll solve the riddle, name the real killer, and prove herself exceptional. True Ellingham material.

Her investigation into the cold case is interrupted by a fresh one. When one of her classmates, internet superstar Hayes Major, turns up dead, Stevie is the first to question the official explanation. An accident? Really? Everyone else is convinced that Ellingham’s murderous past is just that, which leaves justice up to Stevie

My Thoughts

Set in the 1930s “dream school of the future”? YES. I’ve never read anything by Ms. Johnson (correct me if I’m wrong but I believe she’s mostly known as a contemporary author) but this one sounds so cool. Every institution does have its ghost stories, and I am so excited to read about Ellington academy’s haunted past. This really reminded me of a grown up Nancy Drew meets Mean Girls. I LOVE things that have a large historical influence, particularly in mystery, and I haven’t seen any YA books like this one in quite a while! Can’t wait!

And now…over to you: what book are you waiting to release? Link me up and I’ll try my best to drop by! 🙂


Review: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

Posted January 19, 2017 by Lizzie in Review / 1 Comment

Review: Tales from the Shadowhunter AcademyTales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Robin Wasserman
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on November 15th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 672
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Buy on AmazonBarnes & NobleThe Book Depository

Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. But the events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. He knows he was friends with Clary, and that he convinced the total goddess Isabelle Lightwood to go out with him…but he doesn’t know how. And when Clary and Isabelle look at him, expecting him to be a man he doesn’t remember…Simon can’t take it.
So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. His new self. Whomever this new Simon might be.
But the Academy is a Shadowhunter institution, which means it has some problems. Like the fact that non-Shadowhunter students have to live in the basement. And that differences—like being a former vampire—are greatly looked down upon. At least Simon is trained in weaponry—even if it’s only from hours of playing D&D.
Join Simon on his journey to become a Shadowhunter, and learn about the Academy’s illustrious history along the way, through guest lecturers such as Jace Herondale, Tessa Gray, and Magnus Bane. These ten short stories give an epilogue to the Mortal Instruments series and provide glimpses of what’s in store in the Dark Artifices.

Holy molly she’s at it again. If you’re a fan of the Shadowhunter world, I am not kidding when I say this was seriously SO GOOD! As per usual, books I love get something short and sweet: here go’s!

This collection of short stories was literally EVERYTHING a die hard Cassandra Clare fan could have wanted. Clare, along with her fellow author helpers, gives her darling readers Simon’s journey through the Shadowhunter Academy along with SO MANY AMAZING mini back stories of the characters we already love. (hint hint HINT: there is a story with a certain Herondale and Ms. Gray that features their children. Papa Herondale ladies and gentlemen!) I just about combust. I read this is probably three sittings, it’s massive, and full of some many feels and little cinnamon roll sweet hearts Clare fans kill for. Everything about this collection was perfect, I have zero complaints! If I was already dying for Lord of Shadows, being back in the shadowhunter world has only lit a hotter fire under my fangirl belly. If you’re looking to open and book and feel like you’ve come home. Go. Pick. IT. UP!