Review of Every Word by Ellie Marney

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

My Rating:
star

Check out my review for Every Breath here.

Summary:
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.

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.

Summary:
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:
star

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….

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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.