Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Howl-O-Ween Hop

Howl-O-Ween Hop
Hosted by The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island


“Jumping between past and present, Johnson’s novel is deliciously atmospheric, with a sprawling cast of complex suspects/potential victims, surprising twists, and a dash of romance. Johnson remains a master at combining jittery tension with sharp, laugh-out-loud observations.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Johnson deftly twists two mysteries together—Stevie’s investigation is interspersed with case files and recollections from the Ellington kidnapping—and the result is a suspenseful, attention-grabbing mystery with no clear solution. The versatile Johnson is no stranger to suspense, and this twisty thriller will leave plenty of readers anxious for more.”Booklist

“The story raises more questions than answers, leaving readers hoping Johnson has another entry up her clever sleeves. A classic mystery that would make Dame Agatha proud.”- Kirkus Reviews
“Stevie Bell is a dyed-in-the-wool true-crime buff. There is a lot to love here. Fans of puzzles, boarding school stories, and true crime will tear through this book and love every minute.” 
School Library Journal

“Told in alternating chapters, Johnson’s finely tuned plot effectively employs classical mystery tropes while maintaining a thoroughly modern sensibility. Stevie’s quirky, ragtag bunch of new friends crosses sexuality and class lines, providing teen readers with a wealth of characters to connect with.” 
 Horn Book Magazine

“Johnson quickly sets the game afoot, skillfully introducing a Clue-like set of characters, laying out various motives, and hinting at long held secrets. There’s a delicious slow-burn element to the locked-room mystery in Stevie’s present, while the chapters on the kidnappings read like a true crime novel.” 
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“An intricately plotted, compulsively readable novel that explores not only fascinating crimes but also the mysteries of anxiety, the creative process, contemporary fame, and so much else.” 
John Green

In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.

Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice—save the woman he loves, or everyone else?—while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she's capable of.

As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel's near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?

Love and hate, revenge and redemption, destruction and salvation all clash in this gorgeous sequel to the New York Times bestseller, Strange the Dreamer.

You can purchase The Vanishing Stair (Truly Devious #2) at the following Retailers:

1 Winner will receive a copy of The Vanishing Stair (Truly Devious #2) by Maureen Johnson.
The Vanishing Stair (Truly Devious #2) will be purchased through Book Depository.


  1. Don't have a costume yet--too early. Maybe I'll be a honey bee.

  2. I'm going to be a middle aged divorced house wife this year.

  3. "What's your Halloween costume this year? Share a picture with me!" Here is a word picture: It's dark, dramatic, and stunning!

  4. We don't dress up much for Halloween here, but I do have a Scaryface costume!

  5. I am a cat this year :)


  6. I dont even know what day of the week halloweens on. If its a week day again like last yr I wont even see trick or treaters as I work til 8:30pm. Thanks for the chance, this book reminds me of the lockwood and co. stories

  7. I'm not dressing up this year, but i'm giving out lots of candy!

  8. I don't dress up for Halloween. Just my kiddos. My son is going as Steve from Minecraft and my daughter as a cupcake Shopkins.

  9. I don't dress up anymore but I do wear a Halloween shirt

  10. I haven't dressed up for Halloween in years.

  11. I don't dress up for Halloween as I will be working.