Truly, Devious by Maureen Johnson

Stevie Bell is weird in the sense that she is obsessed with true-crime, and mysteries in general. Which isn’t my kind of weird, but still endears her to me – because besides being passionate about true-crime she is also smart and ambitious and snarky which are all things I like. She’s excited about being accepted to Ellingham Academy, a private school in Vermont that prides on having the best thinkers, inventors and artists. It was also the site of the kidnapping and murder of founder Albert Ellingham’s wife and daughter – a crime that was never solved. Continue reading “Truly, Devious by Maureen Johnson”


The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi

Okay, first of all I have to confess that past!me gave The Gauntlet a pass because I have read too many samey MG fantasies and I had so many other books on my TBR already. But then, I kept seeing all these good reviews/comments about it from those I follow on Instagram, and I started to think that I must try it out.

In this book, a trio of kids get trapped in a board game called The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand, and have to win in order to save the main character Farah’s younger brother. The board game is set in a steampunk Middle-Eastern city called Paheli, mostly populated by all the people that have previously played and lost the game.

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Monthly Wrap-Up

April’s Books


  • The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame
  • Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
  • The Lost Path by Amélie Fléchais
  • Doctor Strange Vol.5: Secret Empire by Dennis Hopeless & Niko Henrichon

An all-time low? Besides still being on a book slump, I spent a week in London without reading much, and that’s about 10 days including travel time. I brought books with me (and bought books while there), but I ended up minding my niece and watching movies more than anything else.

I did finish reading The Gauntlet in early May, and am now reading Kendare Blake’s Three Dark Crowns, so I am sloooowly starting to read physical books again.