Truly Devious (Truly Devious #1)

Truly Devious (Truly Devious #1)

Author Maureen Johnson weaves a tale of murder and mystery in the first book of a new series. Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. "A place" he sa Author Maureen Johnson weaves a tale of murder and mystery in the first book of a new series. Ellingham Academy is a fa...

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  • Kristy
    Nov 21, 2017
    Stephanie "Stevie" Bell is very excited when she is accepted to Ellingham Academy, an elite private school in Vermont for free-thinking junior and senior high school students. Ellingham was founded by wealthy Albert Ellingham as a place where students can learn in their own ways, and w...
  • Rincey
    Jan 12, 2018
    3.5 stars. Was a solid 4 star book for me until that ending. Those last few pages will make it or break it for people Watch my full review: https://youtu.be/5rAqNG12JKM ...
  • Shaun Hutchinson
    Feb 07, 2018
    I really enjoyed Truly Devious, but it wasn?t a complete story. There?s not a single story arc in this book that comes to a conclusion, and that?s frustrating as hell. The book simply ends mid plot. I should have known better because the same thing happened with the Shades of Lon...
  • Dayla
    Jan 06, 2018
    I received an advanced reader copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review WHAT DID I JUST READ?! How did that ending happen? Vague answers, hints at something conclusive, but left with almost...nothing? I?m so confused and kind of pissed off. What did I just read? Was I tr...
  • Kristin Hackett (SuperSpaceChick)
    Jun 19, 2018
    That cliffhanger though ...
  • Jen Ryland
    Sep 24, 2017
    lol is this the longest synopsis ever???? UPDATED: I think they shortened the synopsis a little? I read this and there were definitely things I enjoyed, like the whole Ellingham mystique. But I'm sort of concerned about where things are going. And that reveal at the end was not ...
  • Sue (Hollywood News Source)
    Jan 18, 2018
    I've never really liked any of Johnson's previous books so I was a little unsure about Truly Devious. However, I wanted to like it because the premise is all about MURDER! and boarding school which are two of my favorite things. I anticipated the quirkiness of the characters and it...
  • Stacee
    Dec 11, 2017
    4.5 stars I am a huge true crime fan, so I was all over this story. Love love loved Stevie and this cast of characters. She?s smart and maybe a bit odd and socially awkward, but I loved being in her head. The rest of the cast is just as equally intriguing and I immediately did...
  • Michael
    Sep 25, 2017
    I didn't know this would have a sequel I AM SHOOK. With most books that switch back and forth between timelines, there is usually one I like more than the other. That wasn't the case here. Between present day and the past, we were presented TWO intriguing murder mysteries to solve. Tho...
  • Kassidy
    Jan 18, 2018
    Um what?!?! I need book 2 right now. The end was such a teaser, things were just starting to come together. I need answers! Haha ...
  • Lily ☁️
    Apr 02, 2018
    This book was intriguing. That cliffhanger, though? Not so much a cliff as a gentle slope. (rtc) * me: I don?t read books with sequels that I?ll have to wait more than a year for, do I look like I enjoy torturing myself? me [actually holds book #1 in my hands]: ? never m...
  • jessica
    Jun 07, 2018
    i swear, there is no better feeling in the world than getting to a big reveal in a murder mystery and being able to shout, ?I KNEW IT!? maybe that makes the story too predictable and easy, but wow, what a confidence boost and what an enjoyable book! for a plot revolving around a...
  • bran (brandonthebookaddict)
    Jan 09, 2018
    a YA mystery/thriller?? Hmmmmmm......we'll see... ...
  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    Dec 01, 2017
    4.5 Stars Going into Truly Devious, my expectations were pretty high, since it seemed like exactly my kind of book: boarding school thriller. I don?t have much experience with Maureen Johnson?s books, but after reading this one, I will definitely have to check them out. This boo...
  • Christian
    Mar 26, 2018
    !MISSING! The answers to the endless amount of questions I have after finishing this book. They were last seen I have no idea where. Any help is greatly appreciated and of utmost importance. RTC (unless it goes missing too.) ...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    May 11, 2018
    I enjoyed this, but I feel like the audiobook was definitely the wrong way to go for me. It was too hard for me to keep details straight and I was mostly just confused. Definitely going to re-read this one in physical form before the next book comes out so I can be better prepared! ...
  • Peter Monn
    Jan 30, 2018
    Omg!!!!! So good. But the ending. Literally screaming out loud. My full review will be on my booktube channel at http://Youtube.com/peterlikesbooks ...
  • Amelia
    Apr 24, 2018
    Full spoiler free view is now up. I talk about all the things I loved about it!! Link: https://amelianamora18.wixsite.com/am... ...
  • Stephanie Anze
    Feb 07, 2018
    2.5 stars Stephanie (aka Stevie) Bell just been admitted to the prestigious Ellingham Academy. Ellingham is a different sort of school where tuition is free, learning is a game and everyone learns at their own pace. Being a true crime junkie, Stevie is set on solving the kidnapping ...
  • Emma Giordano
    Feb 03, 2018
    I LOVED THIS BOOK. If you need a new YA mystery novel, this is the one for you! Truly Devious totally took me by surprise. I had no idea I would love this book as much as I did! Cw: murder I loved our main character, Stevie. I wish this book existed in high school so that I co...
  • Laura
    Jun 30, 2016
    Schools may be famous for many things: academics, graduates, sports teams. They are not supposed to be famous for murders. Albert Ellingham created a school that knows no limits. He wanted learning to be a game for those who attended. Tuition is free and everyone learns at their ow...
  • Erin
    Mar 09, 2018
    3.5 Stars I don't think I'm suppose to like this book. I mean I should like it and I did like it but I don't know why I liked it. The plot sounds great Stevie is a True Crime fanatic (something we share in common) who's bookcase is filled with the great detective novels, such as...
  • Xavier (CharlesXplosion)
    Jan 31, 2018
    A well-written mystery that clearly has more to offer, but chooses to unwisely save it for its subsequent sequels. ...
  • April
    Feb 18, 2018
    That cliffhanger though. ...
  • Abbie (boneseasonofglass)
    Apr 22, 2018
    Ughhhh cliffhangers are the worst I really enjoyed reading this, I have more questions than answers right now, and I need the next book ASAP pls I really loved the setting and Ellingham Academy and the flash backs were a brilliant touch! ...
  • Zoe Wilson (yerabooknerdzoe)
    Apr 02, 2018
    4.5/5 I loved this book! It was a bit slow to start, it took about 100 pages for me to really get into it, which is why it's not a 5-star book for me. If the rest of the series continues like this book after those first 100 pages, it'll be a 5-star trilogy for sure. I have such high...
  • elle ☼
    Jun 26, 2018
    all the stars | ok.... w h a t w a s t h a t e n d i n g??? i?m like speechless right now? wow alright first things first: i genuinely, wholeheartedly loved and enjoyed this book. for me, this book just became better with each chapter. i really love forensic/criminal psychology (((i?...
  • Alaina Meserole
    May 21, 2018
    I HATE CLIFFHANGERS PEOPLE! So when I went to the bookstore and saw this book I didn't even second guess when it landed in my hands and I handed over money like a robot buying books. It's like I woke up from my haze the next day and had no idea how many books I bought. I should prob...
  • Fuzaila
    Mar 06, 2018
    What the actual f*** was this??? ???? I wasted a whole night before an exam on this book which ended nowhere???? I'm pissed and I donot usually become pissed. ?? ---------------------- review to come if i survive my pissed-y state by passing my exam and gobbli...
  • Beverly
    Mar 10, 2018
    It took me a whole to warm up to this murder mystery, but the ending is so danged good I can't wait for the second in the trilogy. Why is everything a trilogy !!!?? Teen super sleuth Stevie gets into the elite Bellingham Academy on her letter alone which is about how much she wants ...