Still behind on my reviews for books I got from review places. Got these from the publishers via Edelweiss!
The Truly Devious series continues as Stevie Bell investigates her first mystery outside of Ellingham Academy in this spine-chilling and hilarious stand-alone mystery.
Amateur sleuth Stevie Bell needs a good murder. After catching a killer at her high school, she’s back at home for a normal (that means boring) summer.
But then she gets a message from the owner of Sunny Pines, formerly known as Camp Wonder Falls—the site of the notorious unsolved case, the Box in the Woods Murders. Back in 1978, four camp counselors were killed in the woods outside of the town of Barlow Corners, their bodies left in a gruesome display. The new owner offers Stevie an invitation: Come to the camp and help him work on a true crime podcast about the case.
Stevie agrees, as long as she can bring along her friends from Ellingham Academy. Nothing sounds better than a summer spent together, investigating old murders.
But something evil still lurks in Barlow Corners. When Stevie opens the lid on this long-dormant case, she gets much more than she bargained for. The Box in the Woods will make room for more victims. This time, Stevie may not make it out alive.
I really enjoyed the Truly Devious series as a whole though the second book was a bit of a drag, the trilogy ended well. It must have been popular enough that they decided to extend it from a trilogy to a series and instead of Stevie being at Ellingham she is in a whole new setting which I enjoyed.
She has be pretty famous since her stint at Ellingham and the owner of a camp wants her to come and help him solve a case that happened at the camp years ago. She can bring friends and so she brings some of her Ellingham friends and they go as like camp counslers and try to figure things out.
It was really interesting and pretty good. I had a hard time figuring out who the killer might have been and it was an interesting mystery over all. I think this series is probably one of my favorite YA mystery series.
Recommend! 4 stars
Twelve-year-old Autumn Malog is a servant at the enchanting Inglenook School, where young magicians study to become the king’s future monster-hunters. Along with her Gran and three too many older brothers, she works as a beastkeeper, tending to Inglenook’s menagerie of terrifying monsters.
But when she isn’t mucking out the wyvern stalls or coaxing the resident boggart to behave, Autumn searches for clues about her twin brother’s mysterious disappearance. Everyone else thinks he was devoured by the feared Hollow Dragon, but Autumn is convinced she’s heard–and glimpsed–him calling to her from within the castle walls. But who will believe a lowly servant?
So when Cai Morrigan, the “Chosen One” prophesied to one day destroy the Hollow Dragon, comes to her for help, Autumn agrees on one condition: Together, they’ll search for her brother and uncover the dark truth at the heart of enchanting Inglenook School once and for all.
This was decent middle grade fantasy, though I think I liked the authors other book called The Language of Ghost.
Autumn hasn’t gave up on her twin brothers like everyone else, she knows he isn’t dead. She has found clues that don’t make sense if he was killed by the Hollow Dragon. Then she meets Cai who is a magician from the Inglebrook school and he wants her to help him with something. She is a beast keeper and works with dragons as well as other monsters of the forest. She tells him that she will make a deal with him, that he helps her find her brother and she will help him with his problem.
I liked Autumn and Cai, they were cool characters and worked well together. I liked that Cai helped her even though he wasn’t sure she could find her brother and never really made fun of her for believing he was still alive. I like Autumn’s loyalty to her twin brother and though she didn’t get along with all her other brothers they still helped her at times.
Recommend! 3.5 bumped to 4 on goodreads.
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