OMG y’all, here’s blog tour number 2 for today! I’m so excited to be a part of the tour for The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson! I loved the Truly Devious books, so reading a spinoff of sorts with all of my favorite Ellingham Academy folks was just what I wanted! Thank you so much to Turn the Page Tours for having me as a part of this tour and to Katherine Tegan books for sponsoring this tour! Also, there’s a (US only) giveaway for this book that’s open until June 22, so make sure you go enter it ASAP, because you really want a finished copy of The Box in the Woods!
The Box in the Woods 4.5/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
After solving the case of Truly Devious, Stevie Bell investigates her first mystery outside of Ellingham Academy in this spine-chilling and hilarious stand-alone mystery from New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson.
Amateur sleuth Stevie Bell needs a good murder. After catching a killer at her high school, she’s back at home for a normal (that means boring) summer.
But then she gets a message from the owner of Sunny Pines, formerly known as Camp Wonder Falls—the site of the notorious unsolved case, the Box in the Woods Murders. Back in 1978, four camp counselors were killed in the woods outside of the town of Barlow Corners, their bodies left in a gruesome display. The new owner offers Stevie an invitation: Come to the camp and help him work on a true crime podcast about the case.
Stevie agrees, as long as she can bring along her friends from Ellingham Academy. Nothing sounds better than a summer spent together, investigating old murders.
But something evil still lurks in Barlow Corners. When Stevie opens the lid on this long-dormant case, she gets much more than she bargained for. The Box in the Woods will make room for more victims. This time, Stevie may not make it out alive.
I’m so excited that I get to post my review for The Box in the Woods today because it’s release day, so y’all should definitely read my review, and then run and grab a copy 😊 I freaking love Stevie, Nate, and Janelle- and I mean David is fine too, but like he’s no Stevie. This mystery was a little crazier and felt more intense than the Ellingham murders- probably because this was one book and those were a trilogy, but I really liked the way the pacing was and I especially liked the fact that the people who were alive during the Box in the Woods murders were still alive during the book. The summer camp setting (remote and in the woods) was even creepier than Ellingham Academy, even without the tunnels. I love the way Maureen Johnson intersperses chapters from the time period when the murders happen into the book so you get a sense of what was happening during that time. I also love how Stevie never cares about the law or getting in trouble or anything like that- getting to the bottom of the murders is the most important thing for her, and in this book, the stakes were even higher than ever before. The murderers/the reason they did the murders was so crazy and the way that Stevie found out about it was so ridiculous, but also so cool, but because this book is a mystery/thriller, I’m not going to say any more about that, just that you need to read the book and see who did it and why yourself! As you can tell, I’m obsessed with this book (and all of the Truly Devious books honestly) so I 100% recommend all 4 of them and I think y’all for sure need to read them ASAP! And if you haven’t read the original trilogy in a while and want to reread it before reading The Box in the Woods, I recently listened to the audiobooks for them, and they were so much better than I expected, so I highly recommend them. No matter which format you read them in though, you won’t go wrong when you pick up any of the Truly Devious books (especially The Box in the Woods)- grab it today! Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository | Indiebound
About the Author: Maureen Johnson is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several YA novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Suite Scarlett, The Name of the Star, and Truly Devious. She has also done collaborative works, such as Let It Snow with John Green and Lauren Myracle (now on Netflix), and several works in the Shadowhunter universe with Cassandra Clare. Her work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Buzzfeed, and The Guardian, and she has also served as a scriptwriter for EA Games. She has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University and lives in New York City.