OKAY!! The first book was a bit dull, I will admit. But The Two Towers changed my mind about the series, and here's why.
As a religious fan of Buzzfeed Unsolved, I love a good mystery. But it's been forever since I've read an actual mystery book that wasn't coupled with other genres like fantasy (throwback to me reading as many Enid Blyton books as I could get to). That's why I was pretty intrigued by this book; I also found it interesting that Truly Devious is also part of a trilogy, because most of the mysteries I've read (see above) usually cap it off in one book. So I'm curious to see where Johnson goes with this series.
This book got a ton of hype in the media when it first came out - actually, even before it came out. And I don't blame people for being excited! As a POC myself, representation (especially in fantasy) is so so hard to come by. And I'm writing this while the BLM protests are going on (as they SHOULD) which makes it so much more important to support Black writers, artists, small businesses, etc. That being said, I'm still obliged to give an honest review on whether this book did or did not live up to the hype it was given in terms of quality.