The Vanishing Stair
For her own safety they say. She must move past this obsession with ...more
CW: anxiety/panic attacks, murder, death, abduction
I came away from The Vanishing Stair with such a greater appreciation for this entire series. From the impeccable characterization to the flawlessly constructed plot, The Vanishing Stair is everything one would want from a second installment. It’s not as if anything was lacking in Truly Devious, but the seque ...more
Let me preface this by stating that this entire review could be replaced by a footage of me striding down a big hallway in a fancy period gown yelling “fuck fuck fuck” because that would more accurately sum up all my feelings.
So, what’s this book about?
Stevie is cast away from the Ellingham academy by her parents and promptly ordered to push the sour remains of her time in Ellingham to the back of her mind. But Stevie’s m ...more
Time for fun!
Should we use
Some juice or gum?
Scissors are sharp
And gleam so pretty
Which is a pity
Fire is festive
Detergent is a
Soapy way to go
A broken spine
A nasty rip
A book colliding
With a drip
Acid makes a
very jolly look
Such ways to
Punish naughty books
What shall we use
We can't decide
Just like you cannot
Run or hide
Give me an ARC of this book
Or we shall destroy book one
In need of this book
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Dear Maureen Johnson,
First of all, how dare you?
It was truly devious of you to hit me with YET ANOTHER cliffhanger ending!
Nevertheless, I still love you.
I had many thoughts whilst reading this.
For example, there was this:
Followed by this:
Wrapped up by this:
In all seriousness, that ending!?!?
I really wasn't expecting that, even though Ms. Johnson has played me like that before.
I was totally invested in this story. I loved being back with Stevie and the rest of the cas ...more
dont get me wrong. its still a pretty solid sequel and a really good book, but i ...more
Judging by my pre-review (which consists of about one-third expletives and three-thirds surprise), I was shocked by something. I do not remember what that thing was, but considering this is a murder mystery, and also the second book in a series, I’m going to guess it was one part Big Reveal and one part cliffhanger.
How frustrating, presumably, for past me.
The only thing I really remember is finding this book slightly disappointing in compariso ...more
“Where do you look for someone who’s never really there? Always on a staircase but never on a stair.”
🌟 The Vanishing Stair was what I expected it to be; an unnecessary bridge to the third book and this whole series could have been a duology. Yes, this book fell into the second book syndrome with much blabber and not much happening till the end!
🌟 I enjoyed book 1 more than I did with this one because there were much ...more
This was ... WILD. The twists?!?! The turns!!! The REVEALS. I think this is definitely becoming one of my new favourite series?? and I am DYING FOR BOOK THREE ALREADY
Where do you look for someone who's never really there? Always on a staircase, but never on a stair.
The Vanishing Stair starts a few months after the events of Truly Devious. Despite being pulled from Ellingham Academy by her parents, the mysteries of Ellingham Academy and the Truly Devious case ...more
This book’s difference from the first one, we don’t need any introductions about Ellingham academy, its history and past kidnapping, murder mysteries. It started where it left and we have some revelations, more informations, finding important pieces of puzzle.
This is more fast paced, riveting and entertaining book. I even start to empathize Stevie, her techniques, her obsessions, way of thinking, emotional up and dow ...more
This was exactly what I needed at exactly the right time. It basically had everything I wanted from a sequel and, to me, is the perfect second installment in this series. The characters felt more fleshed out and charming, the dialogues felt incredibly realistic and well-written, the suspense was ridiculously well structured and executed and THE REVEALS were quite unpredictable and shocking to me. Once more I cannot wait for the next book. (Also Nate hi I love you.)
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YOOOO THIS TI ...more
Ok, for Nate's sake, how this book made my life incompletely complete:
The second book started with a bang! Each page was so entertaining, except for the David parts, of course. (I still cannot get used to this character nor to the awkward romance. I guess I never will.) I find almost every character really amus ...more
Maureen Johnson is master of ending a book in a way that makes the reader throw it across the room, and demand: I WILL HAVE MY SEQUEL NOW!
Cannot wait for the next Truly Devious novel.
And, you may recall my grumbling about punctuation in the first book "Truly, Devious"...well, I'd be remiss if I did not tell you that my little pet peeve did not appear in the second book.
Now that's what I call a cliff-hanger! So much was revealed in the last 50 pages, and for it to end like that? Bravo, Maureen Johnson.
I definitely enjoyed this second novel in the Truly Devious series more than the first. It still carried all the luscious descriptions of crisp Autumn mornings that I so loved in Truly Devious; I'll never tire of reading about fall in New England.
The characters felt worn-in, in the best way possible. Nate is my favorite, by far. David's still we ...more
Dear readers, may I present you a desperate attempt of a bad poet with a shitty rhyme at expressing her WTF feelings aimed at The Vanishing Stair aka The Torture Device aka one more year of desolation aka nine circles of hell aka-- You get the picture!
Riddle riddle on the wall, who's the wickedest of them all?
You are wicked, there's no doubt.
But the slyest of them all is Maureen Johnson!
Riddle riddle on the wall, how do I survive the fall?
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. THIS IS AS GOOD AS YOU ARE HOPING. Stevie is still great, Ellingham Academy is still the best school ever, murder is still happening, but NOW IT IS PROPERLY FALL so I want to live in this book EVEN MORE than the first one. (Oh, but the mystery, you ask - sure! The mystery GETS EVEN BETTER. I can say no more.)
GUESS WHO FORGOT TO WRITE THE REVIEW!!
Yes, me again, we've been knew. The thing is, that I've read this book a week ago and so many things happened since then that I forgot most of the book due to the fact that I didn't take notes. I was too busy binging The Vanishing Stair to give a fuck.
But here's what I remember.
It's a good book, the writer doesn't take its readers for dumb cunts for a change and the plot was as enticing as ...more
"Where do you look for someone who's never really there?
Always on a staircase but never on a stair."
DID IT SERIOUSLY JUST END LIKE THAT???!!!
Just wow. Someone should seriously congratulate Maureen Johnson with her amazing cliffhangers.
WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW FROM BOOK 1!!!! (spoilers from this book are in tags)
You have been warned............
I thought Truly Devious's ending was bad but no...........this is WAY worse.
(view spoiler)[Again, I never thought George ...more
In the second installment of Johnson’s Truly Devious trilogy, things are getting even more complicated, if that is even possible. Ellie has disappeared and took the only hope Stevie had of finding out what happened to Heyes. However, Stevie found something in Ellie’s room – a box with a picture and a poem, which is actual proof and significantly changes the perspective on the Ellingham case. Stevie is determined to solve the case and motivated more than ever, but the problem is, she is ...more
I should have been done after book one (which, of course, also ended on a cliffhanger), but more-so because of Maureen Johnson’s clearly biased politics. Now, some may find this to be nit-picking on my part, and maybe a bit overblown, but I need to say it:
It takes a ...more
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