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Review of Every Breath by Ellie Marney

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By: Ellie Marney
Release Date: October 14th 2014
Publisher: Tundra Books
Format: E-ARC
Source: NetGalley

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Rachel Watts is an unwilling new arrival to Melbourne from the country. James Mycroft is her neighbour, an intriguingly troubled seventeen-year-old genius with a passion for forensics. Despite her misgivings, Rachel finds herself unable to resist Mycroft when he wants her help investigating a murder. And when Watts and Mycroft follow a trail to the cold-blooded killer, they find themselves in the lion’s den – literally.

A night at the zoo will never have quite the same meaning again…

My Rating:

My Thoughts:
Nikki from There Were Books Involved was the first person I saw mentioning this book. After she linked to it I knew I had to request it because “what if Sherlock Holmes was the boy next door?” Can we say, dream come true? So, I requested this without much thought at all.

Soon after that glorious email saying I had access to the book I started to think…Mycroft….

I got a tad worried. I love Mycroft but I wasn’t so sure I wanted him to be that boy next door.  I went into this wanting Sherlock, not the older Holmes. So I was a bit apprehensive. Ok, not too much but a tiny bit.

No need to worry! James Mycroft was swoon-worthy, complex, compelling and incredibly original in his own right. I was pleased that the characters of Watts and Mycroft were a fun play off the Sherlock mythology but not a carbon copy.  You can easily see the author’s admiration for Doyle’s classic characters.

I was instantly swept up into Jame’s character and watching him develop through the eyes of Rachel Watts was a complete pleasure. Their chemistry was perfection and Rachel was likeable and relatable. I thought that each of these characters held their own but shone while together. And the secondary cast was not forgotten either. Mycroft and Watt’s friend group was wonderfully represented and equally engaging.

The mystery Marney created was fun to ponder though it wasn’t overly complex to guess who the villain was. I felt that she utilized the suspense and mystery very well and the final showdown was action packed. This was a quick read that kept me highly entertained and glued to the pages. The real driving force for me in this book was the relationship between Mycroft and Watts. I absolutely loved their interactions, pining and anything related to the two of them.

Once finishing Every Breath I was distraught that I could not continue the series immediately. The book ended in a great place, no horrible cliff-hangers or anything but I was so invested in the characters I wasn’t ready to say goodbye just yet. I’ve since ordered Every Word because I must have it.

Final Thoughts:
I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted when I started Every Breath other than a complex relationship between the lead characters and a smart, hard to know main character to fall in love with. I got all of this plus a fun and entertaining book that left me wanting much more.


Okay. I am SO EXCITED to be part of the Every Word Blog Tour. I adore these books and the author, Ellie Marney. I decided to read the first book, Every Breath, after hearing praise and seeing it was a play on Sherlock . The Every series was the first YA themed Sherlock/Watson/Mycroft book I read and I was immediately hooked.

Today I’m featuring Ellie here on the blog. She tells us a bit about herself, Australia and her writing space and method. I loooove getting a peek into my favorite author’s lives so I’m thrilled to share this with you today. I had hoped to have a Lego version of the cover to go with this but my compact flash reader decided to break at a very unfortunate time.

Enough from me…let’s hear from Ellie….


Hullo!  Salutations for the Every Word blog tour, and here’s me waving from Australia! *waves both hands*


EllieMarneyI’m not a glamour person, by any stretch of the imagination.  I’m a track pants-and-Tshirts kinda gal (or, if I’m out of the house and trying to look presentable, a jeans-and-Tshirts gal), and I scrape my hair back into a ponytail most days, and spend a lot of time hunched over a computer.  Actually, I’m trying not to do so much hunching – I’m trying this standing-up thing that a few other writers have urged me to do, because apparently hunching over a laptop all day gives you back pain, who knew? (me – yep, that’s right, I knew this, cos I get back pain, joy).

I have a large family – four kids, all boys – so our house is kind of smelly and messy a lot.  When I’m not writing, I work as a teacher – I do a lot of relief subbing in all grades, from kindergarten to high school (my partner is a teacher too).  So yeah, I know teenagers, and I have a lot of respect for them.

I spend as much time as I can in school libraries, because BOOKS! and also I like to stay up with what’s being read.  I write YA cos I loved it as a teenager and I never really gave up that love.  I also do a lot of speaking engagements in schools, where I get to talk about writing and YA fiction and spread the YA love – it’s a pretty cool part of my job.


I live in a rural part of Australia, about two hours away from the city of Melbourne – so yes, kangaroos and possums and sheep and eucalypt trees.  Also bushfires in summer, floods in the spring, and because I’m in the south, very cold winters (not much snow, though – in the mountains, sure, but not where we are, which I’m glad for cos I’m a warm-weather gal) so we run a woodfire stove.

We live off the grid – solar power, tank water, septic tank, no WiFi, no postal service, and until a few months ago, no garbage collection.  We chop our own wood, keep our own chickens, generally get by pretty well, but like everybody who lives in the country, we do a lot of driving.

EchidnaBut not all of Australia is like this!  In fact, the vast majority of the population lives in the cities, which are mostly along the coast.  Once you go inland, things start to get very dry and desert-y.  We have great beaches, though.  Australians are also fairly renowned for having a laid-back attitude and a very dry, take-the-piss sense of humour.  And okay, the ‘deadly animals’ thing is true – we live with snakes and spiders and stuff that can kill you every day.  There was a brown snake caught at my kids’ school earlier this year that was four or five feet long.  But we have a ‘don’t bother me, I won’t bother you’ policy with that kind of stuff generally, and there are lots of cute animals too – see the cute echidna?

I said I live a long way from Melbourne, which is true, but I lived in the city for many years so I know it reasonably well – that’s how the Every series is so Melbourne-ish.  It’s not my hometown, though – I was born and grew up in Brisbane, about 3000kms to the north, where it’s semi-tropical.  But I love my adopted city – its full of nooks and crannies and odd little laneways, and a fantastic mix of ethnicities.

Every Word

Every Word is the second book in the Every trilogy, about a wannabe Sherlock and his Girl Watson, getting hot under the collar together and investigating murder most foul in London.  The book is set between Melbourne and London, but the London part was the most fun part to write.  Mainly cos I got to go to London for research!  Ah, the perks of being a writer…

I think the first book, Every Breath, is the book I’m most proud of, but Every Word is definitely the book in the series I had the most fun with.  It was also the book that was written most quickly – in a white-hot flash, in about three months.  I felt as if the story was carrying me along – it had its own momentum, and that momentum was fastEvery Word really wanted to be written.

A lot of the time I felt like I was channeling spirits or something, the words came so easily.  Not all books are like that (actually, the majority of my writing is not like that, at all).  But when I finished Every Breath, I was still very caught up in Rachel and Mycroft’s world.  It was easy to start daydreaming about what kind of things would happen next…

The book was actually halfway written before I got the green light from my publisher that we’d have a series.  I was very glad to get that green light!  But to be honest, I probably would have written it anyway – like I said, Every Word sort of demanded to be written.


EllieMarneyDeskI work in a tiny, untidy, cramped little office that I share with my partner – we take turns on the internet.  With all the paper and books in there, it’s a terrible fire risk.  It’s hot in summer (I have a little desk fan) and freezing in winter (I have a goose-down jacket), but I love it.

I have a very workman-like attitude to writing – I don’t wait for the muse to strike or anything, I don’t really believe in that.  I believe that if you sit down (or stand up) in front of your laptop every day and start typing, eventually words start to come out that sound okay.  It’s about hard work and routine and just making it happen.

I often edit as I go, but not at the start.  At the start I just give myself permission to write whatever comes.  You have to get it out of your head and onto the page first – that’s the clay.  You end up with this big ball of clay, and then you can smooth it and shape it and pretty it up, until you have something that’s half decent.  But you’ve gotta have the clay in front of you to start with.  My advice, if you’re just beginning this writing gig: pour it all out of your head first.  Without that, you’ve got nothing.  Most of your best writing will come in the edits.


Find Ellie and Learn More About the Every Series

Twitter: @elliemarney
Instagram: @elliemarney
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By: Ellie Marney
Release Date: September 8th 2015
Publisher: Tundra Books
James Mycroft has just left for London to investigate a car accident similar to the one that killed his parents seven years ago…without saying goodbye to Rachel Watts, his ‘partner in crime’.

Rachel is furious and worried about his strange behaviour – not that Mycroft’s ever exactly normal, but London is the scene of so many of his nightmares. So Rachel jumps on a plane to follow him…and lands straight in a whole storm of trouble.

The theft of a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio, the possible murder of a rare books conservator, and the deaths of Mycroft’s parents…Can Watts help Mycroft make sense of the three events – or will she lose him forever?

 Check out my review of Every Breath, book 1 in the series.


Tundra Books has been kind enough to offer a giveaway of a copy of Every Word to one of my US/Canada readers. I highly suggest you get into this series so ENTER. If you’ve not read book one it’s well worth the read so do that.
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Review of Every Word by Ellie Marney

EveryWordEvery Word
By: Ellie Marney
Release Date: June 1st 2014
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Format: Paperback
Source: Allen & Unwin

My Rating:

Check out my review for Every Breath here.

James Mycroft has just left for London to investigate a car accident similar to the one that killed his parents seven years ago…without saying goodbye to Rachel Watts, his ‘partner in crime’.

Rachel is furious and worried about his strange behaviour – not that Mycroft’s ever exactly normal, but London is the scene of so many of his nightmares. So Rachel jumps on a plane to follow him…and lands straight in a whole storm of trouble.

The theft of a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio, the possible murder of a rare books conservator, and the deaths of Mycroft’s parents…Can Watts help Mycroft make sense of the three events – or will she lose him forever?

Sparks fly when Watts and Mycroft reunite in this second sophisticated thriller about the teen sleuthing duo

My Thoughts:
I read Every Breath recently and became distraught to learn that the sequel wasn’t available in the US yet. Nikki (There Were Books Involved) saved me by telling me of the Australian book seller to purchase from. After about two weeks I was able to dive into this book. I can’t wait for the US version to come out because I need both the Australian and US copies of all of these books.

Okay, I’m a total fan girl for Mycroft and Watts. They are the perfect mixture of tension, passion and friendship. I adore their interactions and how they bring out the best and sometimes most raw aspects of each other. I really loved Every Breath but this sequel was even better.

Marney’s writing was addictive and compelling. Once you crack this book open you aren’t likely to stop reading. You’ll be gripped by the suspense and mystery but the slow burning romance will also pull you along. It’s the right balance and hits all the perfect notes for a thriller.

The story in Every Word focused on a case that was very similar to Mycroft’s parent’s death which takes him, and Watts, to London. The change of scenery was beautifully done and felt completely natural. For this being a play on Sherlock Holmes it felt right for the duo to be in London finding answers. I enjoyed that the mystery in this one involved a very valuable book, Shakespeare’s First Folio (yay books!). Marney’s descriptions were crystal clear and easy to envision which helped to up the tension and transport me not only to Australia where the story begins but also London.

As with the first book the relationship between Watts and Mycroft was the real driving force. These two are so wonderful together- I can’t imagine someone not loving their interactions. The secondary cast of characters weren’t nearly as present but still there and in character. This book dealt with Mycroft’s personal journey so had a good amount of sadness. I loved seeing more of what makes him tick and also for us to learn about his past a bit more, though it was heartbreaking.

Final Thoughts:
Every Word was able to provide the perfect blend of tension, romance and mystery to keep me turning the page and completely riveted. These books are addicting and this sequel was even better than the first.

Top Ten Tuesday- Underrated Books

I love today’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday- Underrated books- each of these books I’m sharing have less than 2000 ratings on Goodreads. I thought each was well worth the read so CHECK THEM OUT.

I chose books that are first of their series or stand-alones. Each of these books is available right now too so don’t hesitate to buy or borrow.  I found that a lot of my fave sequels had less than 2000 ratings but that’s a post for a different day.

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke an the Bookish. Each week a different question is posed and gives us bloggers an opportunity to share our top tens on all different types of bookish topics.

Top Ten Underrated Books

Steampunk Fun

22811807This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee

In 1818 Geneva, men built with clockwork parts live hidden away from society, cared for only by illegal mechanics called Shadow Boys. Two years ago, Shadow Boy Alasdair Finch’s life shattered to bits.

His brother, Oliver—dead.

His sweetheart, Mary—gone.

His chance to break free of Geneva—lost.

Heart-broken and desperate, Alasdair does the unthinkable: He brings Oliver back from the dead.

But putting back together a broken life is more difficult than mending bones and adding clockwork pieces. Oliver returns more monster than man, and Alasdair’s horror further damages the already troubled relationship.

Then comes the publication of Frankenstein and the city intensifies its search for Shadow Boys, aiming to discover the real life doctor and his monster. Alasdair finds refuge with his idol, the brilliant Dr. Geisler, who may offer him a way to escape the dangerous present and his guilt-ridden past, but at a horrible price only Oliver can pay…

My Review

22718701Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson

A sixteen-year-old governess becomes a spy in this alternative U.S. history where the British control with magic and the colonists rebel by inventing.

It’s 1888, and sixteen-year-old Verity Newton lands a job in New York as a governess to a wealthy leading family—but she quickly learns that the family has big secrets. Magisters have always ruled the colonies, but now an underground society of mechanics and engineers are developing non-magical sources of power via steam engines that they hope will help them gain freedom from British rule. The family Verity works for is magister—but it seems like the children’s young guardian uncle is sympathetic to the rebel cause. As Verity falls for a charming rebel inventor and agrees to become a spy, she also becomes more and more enmeshed in the magister family’s life. She soon realizes she’s uniquely positioned to advance the cause—but to do so, she’ll have to reveal her own dangerous secret.

My Review


21936937Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.

Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.

Why You Should Read Blackhearts

23495112The Imposter Queen by Sarah Fine

Sixteen-year-old Elli was only a child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic in service of her people. The only life Elli has known has been in the temple, surrounded by luxury, tutored by magic-wielding priests, preparing for the day when the queen perishes—and the ice and fire find a new home in Elli, who is prophesied to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.

But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.

Disgraced, Elli flees to the outlands, home of banished criminals—some who would love to see the temple burn with all its priests inside. As she finds her footing in this new world, Elli uncovers devastating new information about the Kupari magic, those who wield it, and the prophecy that foretold her destiny. Torn between her love for her people and her growing loyalty to the banished, Elli struggles to understand the true role she was meant to play. But as war looms, she must choose the right side before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.

My Review

Sherlock Inspired

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In modern-day London, two brilliant high school students—one Sherlock Holmes and a Miss James “Mori” Moriarty—meet. A murder will bring them together. The truth very well might drive them apart.

Before they were mortal enemies, they were much more…

FACT: Someone has been murdered in London’s Regent’s Park. The police have no leads.

FACT: Miss James “Mori” Moriarty and Sherlock “Lock” Holmes should be hitting the books on a school night. Instead, they are out crashing a crime scene.

FACT: Lock has challenged Mori to solve the case before he does. Challenge accepted.

FACT: Despite agreeing to Lock’s one rule—they must share every clue with each other—Mori is keeping secrets.

OBSERVATION: Sometimes you can’t trust the people closest to you with matters of the heart. And after this case,Mori may never trust Lock again.

My Review

18080011Every Breath by Ellie Marney

Rachel Watts has just moved to Melbourne from the country, but the city is the last place she wants to be.

James Mycroft is her neighbour, an intriguingly troubled seventeen-year-old who’s also a genius with a passion for forensics.

Despite her misgivings, Rachel finds herself unable to resist Mycroft when he wants her help investigating a murder. He’s even harder to resist when he’s up close and personal – and on the hunt for a cold-blooded killer.

When Rachel and Mycroft follows the murderer’s trail, they find themselves in the lion’s den – literally. A trip to the zoo will never have quite the same meaning again…

My Review

Diverse Contemporary

23399267Anything Could Happen by Will Walton

When you’re in love with the wrong person for the right reasons, anything could happen.

Tretch lives in a very small town where everybody’s in everybody else’s business. Which makes it hard for him to be in love with his straight best friend. For his part, Matt is completely oblivious to the way Tretch feels – and Tretch can’t tell whether that makes it better or worse.

The problem with living a lie is that the lie can slowly become your life. For Tretch, the problem isn’t just with Matt. His family has no idea who he really is and what he’s really thinking. The girl at the local bookstore has no clue how off-base her crush on him is. And the guy at school who’s a thorn in Tretch’s side doesn’t realize how close to the truth he’s hitting.

Tretch has spent a lot of time dancing alone in his room, but now he’s got to step outside his comfort zone and into the wider world. Because like love, a true self can rarely be contained.

ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN is a poignant, hard-hitting exploration of love and friendship, a provocative debut that shows that sometimes we have to let things fall apart before we can make them whole again.

My Review

Help Recommend Me a Book


I just watched The Fall with Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan and was surprised by how addicted to it I became. It was horrifying and I had to fast forward through a good amount of Jamie’s scenes but I really loved watching the process the authorities took in trying to locate the killer.

I’ve always enjoyed a good serial killer/detective story either in book or film/TV. I’ve seen Red Dragon and Silence of the Lambs and a whole slew of other detective type movies. I watched a few seasons of Dexter (before it got too dark for me) and tried Criminal Minds (a bit on sensationalized side for me). I watched one episode of Hannibal and was thoroughly creeped out and didn’t tune in to any other episodes though I’ve been promised it is an amazing show.

I’m looking for more detective type stories especially in YA. So far, over the years, I’ve read some adult fiction, non fiction and YA about serial killers and or detectives but wondered if you had any recommendations?

Here’s what I’ve read…

Adult Fiction:

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The Bone Collector by Jeffrey Deaver, Along Came a Spider by James Patterson, Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay, The Silence of the Lambs (Hannibal Lecter #2) by Thomas Harris, The Collector by John Fowles

Adult Non Fiction:

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Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit (Mindhunter #1) by John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker, The Anatomy of Motive: The FBI’s Legendary Mindhunter Explores the Key to Understanding and Catching Violent Criminals by John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker, Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer–America’s Deadliest Serial Murderer by Ann Rule, The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy The Shocking Inside Story by Ann Rule

YA Fiction:

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The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson, The Naturals (The Naturals #1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, The Body in the Woods (Point Last Seen #1) by April Henry, Every Breath by Ellie Marney (this sort of fits?)

Currently Reading:


I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

Do you read crime type books? If so, I’d love to hear your recommendations!