Review: The Vanishing Stair

The Vanishing Stair (Truly Devious, #2)

The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I checked this out of the library before was even half way done with the first book, Truly Devious, and I am not sure how I will survive the wait for the third installment. Like the first, this book is hard to put down, and answers some questions and raises many more. The characters are complicated and likable and quirky, the setting is creepy and mysterious, and the story, well, the story is a mystery that needs to be solved, I have to know. 5/5 stars.



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Review: Things You Save in a Fire

Things You Save in a Fire

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish this book. I got within the last 100 pages and I just couldn’t put it down. It was a pretty quick read and I really liked the characters and found Cassie to be very relatable. She’s a “tomboy” firefighter, who is a natural hero, tough, smart, driven and one of the best in her department in Texas forced to leave the station she’s always known and felt welcome, and move across the country to Massachusetts to care for her estranged mother. She ends up in a good-old-boys type station where the men are not particularly welcoming and think their station is no place for a “lady” fireman. There is a lot of great detail about the life of firefighters, especially from the perspective of a woman who isn’t welcome by the men on her crew.
There is a little will-they-won’t-they attraction between Cassie and “The Rookie” who started at the same time she did, and is the one person who she feels like she can actually trust.
I really enjoyed this book, Cassie’s struggle to find acceptance in her work, which is so entwined with her identity she can’t really separate herself from the job. The Rookie is charming and kind, and they are great together. 5/5 stars



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