The Box In The Woods! #bookreview

Don’t Look Inside…

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Book: The Box In The Woods
Author: Maureen Johnson
Pages: 400
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller

Thank you Harper Collins for sending me The Box In The Woods. This book is a companion to the Truly Devious series. You don’t need to read the other three books to read this one. But, personally, you should not miss the awesome trilogy (so read it :D)! You can find my review for the trilogy here>> Truly Devious Trilogy.

Stevie Bell is back at her home after solving the infamous Ellingham Case. But she receives a message from the owner of The Camp Sunny Pines formerly known as Camp Wonder Falls. In 1978, four camp counsellors were killed brutally in the woods and left in a box written SURPRISE. Jumping to the present, the owner of the camp wants Stevie to work on a true-crime podcast with him on the Box In The Woods case. Stevie comes to the camp with her friends to solve the case, but evil has returned to the town again and this time Stevie has to solve the case to make out alive…

This book blew my mind! In comparison to the other three books, this one was grittier and in-depth in the case this time. When I had almost reached the ending, I kind of guessed the killer, but the writing style definitely confused my suspicion. This is a quick read, I didn’t even realize till the end that I had consumed 400 pages of awesomeness! There is an aspect about the Nutshell Studies, which was so interesting to read. I am in awe after reading the ending, so precise didn’t leave any loose ends, it hit directly to the bull’s eye! The characters have developed and are mature. The best part is that there are chapters that talk about the past, where the murder is happening and then we jump back to the present, where Stevie is trying to solve the case. Higher risks are being taken by Stevie and her friends this time, which can also cost them their life. So many secrets are coming out about the town and the people. Things are continuously happening in this book, so it was not boring at all! I love the mysterious writing and would love to read more books in the Stevie Bell series! This book is very addictive and I highly recommend reading it!

Happy Reading!
Rabhya.

Truly Devious Series! #bookreview

Author: Maureen Johnson
Books: Truly Devious, The Vanishing Stair & The Hand On The Wall

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This Series Shook My Life!!

Summary:

This series is about a school named Ellingham Academy that was founded by a business tycoon named Albert Ellingham in the 1930’s. The Ellingham Academy is a famous school in Vermont for inventors, artists and thinkers. The school provides free education with no tuition fees. Albert made the school with twisting pathways, tunnels, useless doors and games. But, when his wife and daughter and a bright student named Dolores Epstein gets kidnapped, Albert does everything to find them. In addition to that, the school receives a threatening letter signed by a named Truly Devious. The Ellingham becomes an infamous case. The FBI and many people try to find the culprit, but it is suppressed when someone confesses that he did the crime, but everyone are aware that the person is not the killer.
Fast-forwarding to the present, Stevie Bell loves to study true crime. She wants to solve the Ellingham case. Stevie’s first year at Ellingham has a plan to solve the cold case, with her new friends. Death revisits the Ellingham academy and now Stevie has to find the person behind all of this…

My Review For All The Books:

This series left me shook and gave me goosebumps! The story build-up is very solid. Maureen Johnson’s writing is addictive and it will make you read every line and every page! The characters are awesome and unique. Some chapters take us to the past where the Ellingham case is happening, and then we jump back to the present where these teens are trying to solve the mystery. I definitely could not predict anything in the story. The best part is that at the end all the dots connect and there aren’t any loose ends left. I could not believe that an author could write something like this. Normally, the sequels are a flop show (from what I have experienced), but the books get better and better in this series! This series is very addictive and now I have a desperation to study in the Ellingham Academy XD. 

The Fourth Installment:

Released on 15th June

Yes! There is a fourth instalment in this series! Stevie Bell is back with another case to solve! The fourth book is a companion instalment, which means that you don’t need to read the other three books to read this one! But, I suggest reading the other three cause why miss out on an awesome series?! The characters of the Truly Devious series are back in a different setting to solve the Box In The Woods case! I am currently reading the Box In The Woods and so far, I am loving it! My review for the fourth book will be coming soon, so watch out for it!
Happy Reading!
Rabhya. 

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This book is about a girl name Jule who is a spy. She has a best friend named Imogen. Both of them are orphans, but nobody knows what Jule is. She changes her style so that people can’t recognize her. She has many names, passports, and ID. To some, she is Jule and to some she is Imogen. Jule has murdered many, was in a relationship with two or three. But, what is she escaping from? Does Imogen exist? Read this book to find out!

So, I’m kind of disappointed with this book. The plot was strong and interesting, but the story kept revolving around the past. The suspense and mystery were great. But, the past and present were not even connecting! There were many loose ends in the story. The main character, Jules is shown great, but if the story would have revolved more around the present it would have been a hit! The thing I LOVE about E. Lockhart’s writing is that she expresses emotions and feelings in a metaphoric format!

With Malice by Eileen Cook.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This book is about two best friends, Simone and Jill. They had gone on a trip to Italy with their batch mates, but when Jill wakes up, she is in a hospital. She doesn’t remember anything about the trip and she is severely injured due to a car accident. Her parents are tensed and there is a lawyer who is trying to help. Jill does not see Simone and the lawyer has told her that there are murder accusations on her. Jill is totally blank and she doesn’t know what has happened…

If you are pursuing psychology, then this book will be very useful to you. I adored this book, it is written in-depth, hence it is slow. In the first eight chapters, they had not even reached one percent in the murder case. It is a very serious and dark story, as Jill is struggling to remember things back and her treatments are also going on. I enjoyed the book but I didn’t like the fact that it was slow because, when a book is full of suspense and mystery, I didn’t want the story to go slow!

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book is about the beautiful Sinclair family. They are a happy family who is crazily rich and live on a huge island. But, are they pretending and it is a lie? A huge secret is behind this Sinclair family. Read the book to find out!

I really love the writing style of this book! The author has described emotions very beautifully. The writing style is such that it is written very hazily and I loved that part. I could not connect to the characters at first because no one is trustworthy at all. But, towards the end, I could connect to the main character. Full of mystery and unimaginable story!