I’m so eager to be back with the sequel to Truly Devious, returning with Stevie to the prestigious Ellington boarding school. In the interim between books, our protagonist has been kept at home by her parents (understandable, given it’s a more dangerous environment than Hogwarts 😉). Of course, nothing can keep Stevie from her mysteries for long…
Which, you know, is a relief for us readers who need answers!! Sure, I may be dressed like Holmes, but there’s no way I’m piecing together all these clues on my own. Every time I seemed to get a handle on a case, it slipped away. I thought I was beginning to guess who the Big Bad/Truly Devious was- however it ran away from me lickety-split- the narrative was sneaky like that.
It was also fantastic to be back among the friendly faces- I loved seeing the side characters like Janelle and Nate again (even if Nate is the sulkiest writer in fiction or reality!) And I thoroughly enjoyed the way the romantic subplot was heating up. I’m intrigued to see where that goes.
Most of all though, I found this super satisfying, because this doesn’t hold back when it comes to plot. Not only does it compel you on, but I felt like I simultaneously knew more than when I started… and yet was far from knowing everything! Quite simply, it gives you answers only to throw open more questions.
I really did like the clean writing style as well and am growing increasingly fond of the main character. My only issue was the same as last time- I am never a fan of thinly veiled political references in fiction. But that is becoming pretty standard in YA, so I guess I just have to suck it up.
Overall, this was a very entertaining sequel and I’m very much looking forward to seeing how this all wraps up!
Rating 4/5 bananas
So, have you read the Truly Devious series? Do you plan to? Let me know in the comments!