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The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson
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bookshelves: ya-thriller-horror-to-read, 2019-releases


Dear Maureen Johnson,

How dare you?

It was truly devious of you to slay me with yet ANOTHER cliffhanger ending!

I had many thoughts whilst reading this.
There was this:

Followed by this:

Wrapped up by this:

I still love you but you hurt me.

Kindest Regards,


Okay, y'all, let's try an actual review:

That ending!?!?

I really wasn't expecting that, even though Ms. Johnson has played me like that before.

I was totally invested in this. I loved being back with Stevie and the rest of the cast at Ellingham Academy. We got to meet some new folks and have a few puzzle pieces filled in as far as the Ellingham cold case went.

I really enjoyed that aspect of the story again. Alternating timelines between past and present is an aspect I always seem to enjoy in a story. I feel like it keeps me more engaged than sometimes a single, linear storyline will.

If you enjoyed the first book, I think you will continue to do so with this. Honestly though, I did not love this quite as much as the first book.

I think part of my swooning over book 1 was being new to Ellingham Academy and learning about the place, the history and all of the people. We had less of that excitement in this one, at least for me.

Does this book suffer from the dreaded 'middle book syndrome'?
Maybe a little.

Calm down.
Not much, just a teeny-tiny bit.

I can tell you that I am completely stoked for the conclusion to this trilogy and will definitely be ordering it to add it to my bookshelves!

Side Note: Really hoping the cover is a nice, deep green.
That would make my Slytherin heart so damn happy.

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Reading Progress

July 2, 2018 – Shelved
July 2, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
August 9, 2018 – Shelved as: ya-thriller-horror-to-read
November 29, 2018 – Shelved as: 2019-releases
April 19, 2019 – Started Reading
April 19, 2019 –
page 30
April 21, 2019 –
page 116
30.21% "I wish I could go to Ellingham Academy...

April 22, 2019 –
page 133
April 22, 2019 –
page 143
37.24% "Hi.
Hello, Hunter...

April 22, 2019 –
page 176
April 23, 2019 –
page 205
53.39% "I can't wait for Halloween.
I wish Halloween was every month.
In my 🖤 it is."
April 24, 2019 –
page 288
75.0% "NO, LARRY!
Stop, right now, Mister!"
April 24, 2019 –
page 315
82.03% "...I kind of feel like this is wrapping up.
What is this cliffhanger ending going to be...

April 24, 2019 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Misty (new)

Misty Definitely watching for the review! Awesome teaser. ;)

megs_bookrack Misty wrote: "Definitely watching for the review! Awesome teaser. ;)" Thanks so much, Misty! I am hoping to get to it later today! Cheers~~

message 3: by Aisling Zena (new)

Aisling Zena Fab review Megs! :)

megs_bookrack Aisling Zena wrote: "Fab review Megs! :)"

Thank you so much!!! I appreciate your kindness ❤😚

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