Publisher: HarperCollins

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
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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! 🙂


Blog Tour: The Thousandth Floor [Review & Giveaway]

Posted August 22, 2016 by Stephanie in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 4 Comments

Blog Tour: The Thousandth Floor [Review & Giveaway]

Blog Tour: The Thousandth Floor [Review & Giveaway]The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
Published by HarperCollins on August 30th 2016
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 448
Format: ARC, eARC
Source: Publisher
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New York City as you’ve never seen it before. A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible—if you want it enough.
Welcome to Manhattan, 2118.

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. But people never change: everyone here wants something…and everyone has something to lose.
Leda Cole’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.
Eris Dodd-Radson’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.
Rylin Myers’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will her new life cost Rylin her old one?
Watt Bakradi is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy by an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.
And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.
Debut author Katharine McGee has created a breathtakingly original series filled with high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, where the impossible feels just within reach. But in this world, the higher you go, the farther there is to fall….

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed this book because it reminded me so much of a futuristic Gossip Girl story. And I love Gossip Girl! I like how this story started with the end: a girl falling off the 1000th floor on the Tower. I like the mystery behind it and how we don’t know who it is at the beginning.

I loved the 5 main characters that the story is told from:

Avery – was genetically made to be perfect and she hates it.

Leda – has a secret addiction.

Rylin – mother died and she has to take care of her and her little sister.

Eris – her life just falls apart throughout the story.

Watt – a genius who gets hired to spy on one of the upper level girls.

They are all so different yet they bring so much to the story. A lot of which could be spoilerific. So, there isn’t a whole lot to say about them or the plot without giving anything away.

I loved every complication that was within this story: love, betrayal, backstabbing, secrets, and all those typical drama you would get in the everyday life. You really just gotta go in blind with this one. And I hope you liked it as much as I did! 🙂

About the Authorkatahrine mcgee

Katharine McGee is from Houston, Texas. She studied English and French literature at Princeton and has an MBA from Stanford. It was during her years living in a second-floor apartment in New York City that she kept daydreaming about skyscrapers . . . and then she started writing. The Thousandth Floor is her first novel. You can visit her online at or on Twitter at @katharinemcgee .

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Posted August 5, 2016 by Lizzie in Review / 0 Comments

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Posted March 30, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 0 Comments

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