WoW: Truly Devious + Top Ten

July 12, 2017 // Posted by Lisa in Waiting on Wednesdays // 3 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.


Lisa’s Pick:

WoW: Truly Devious + Top TenTruly Devious
by Maureen Johnson
Series: Truly Devious #1
Release Date: January 16th 2018
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genres: Mystery, Young Adult
Find It: Goodreads

Something is wrong at Ellingham Academy: Its murderous past won’t stay in the past.

Ellingham Academy is an American institution. Students can’t buy admission, they have to earn it: these are the brightest of their generation, the thinkers, inventors, artists, dreamers, and schemers who will change the world. Ellingham is the brainchild of philanthropist and tycoon Edward J. Ellingham, who happened on a remote, idyllic spot outside of Burlington, Vermont in the 1920s, the perfect setting for his “dream school of the future.” For Ellingham, the dream ended a decade later, when his wife and child were kidnapped, then murdered, in what would become the crime of the century. Ellingham pledged everything to find the killer—he ended up giving his life.

It was an empty sacrifice: For years, the killer remained at large. He taunted the police, signing his letters Truly, Devious. Eventually, someone was caught, found guilty, and executed for the heinous crimes… but questions lingered. Why, for example, did Ellingham write these words on the day he died?

Where do you look for someone
who’s never really there?
Always on a staircase
but never on a stair.

Every institution has its ghost stories; every school imagines itself haunted. Ellingham Academy is, officially, beyond such silliness: it is devoted to greatness, and everyone accepted achieves it.

This includes Stevie Bell, who gained her fame by solving a murder when she was thirteen years old. Clever murders don’t happen along very often, and Stevie has been struggling to find her place in the competitive atmosphere of Ellingham. Then she finds out about the decades-old Ellingham riddle: Problem solved. She’ll solve the riddle, name the real killer, and prove herself exceptional. True Ellingham material.

Her investigation into the cold case is interrupted by a fresh one. When one of her classmates, internet superstar Hayes Major, turns up dead, Stevie is the first to question the official explanation. An accident? Really? Everyone else is convinced that Ellingham’s murderous past is just that, which leaves justice up to Stevie.


Why I’m waiting: Sounds like a fun YA mystery to me!


Becca’s Pick:

WoW: Truly Devious + Top TenTop Ten
by Katie Cotugno
Release Date: October 3rd 2017
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Find It: Goodreads

Ryan McCullough and Gabby Hart are the unlikeliest of friends. Introverted, anxious Gabby would rather do literally anything than go to a party. Ryan is a star hockey player who can get any girl he wants—and does, frequently. But against all odds, they became not only friends, but each other’s favorite person. Now, as they face high school graduation, they can’t help but take a moment to reminisce and, in their signature tradition, make a top ten list—counting down the top ten moments of their friendship:

10. Where to begin? Maybe the night we met.
9. Then there was our awkward phase.
8. When you were in love with me but never told me…
7. Those five months we stopped talking were the hardest of my life.
6. Through terrible fights…
5. And emotional makeups.
4. You were there for me when I got my heart broken.
3. …but at times, you were also the one breaking it.
2. Above all, you helped me make sense of the world.
1. Now, as we head off to college—how am I possibly going to live without you?


Why I’m waiting: Top Ten sounds like such an adorable and fun read! I love friendship to more stories and this book has that and so much more! Sounds like my kind of book!


What are you waiting on this week?



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  • Jessica @ a GREAT read

    Sooo can’t wait for Maureen’s book! Loved her Shades of London series!!

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    Have a GREAT day!

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  • Top Ten is one that I have on my list too! I can’t wait to read that one. I hadn’t heard of the first one before now but it sound really good too! Thanks for putting it on my radar! Great picks!

  • I’m looking forward to reading Top 10. I haven’t read anything by the other author before. I hope you both enjoy your picks this week.
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