By: Melanie | June 16, 2014 | (23) Comments

Blog Tour: Every Word

Blog Tour: Every WordEvery Word by Ellie Marney
Series: Every, #2
Publisher: Allen and Unwin Australia
Release Date: June 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, YA
Pages: 340
Source: For tour
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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.

Huge thanks to Allen and Unwin Australia for hosting this tour!
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Wow. Every Word was definitely not what I expected. If you are a little unsure about whether you want to read this book–especially if you weren’t a crazy fan of book 1, let me persuade you otherwise. Every Word is powerfully absorbing and possesses just the perfect amount of intrigue, action and romance. If you love crime novels, this book is most certainly for you.

The book starts off not long after Every Breath and we are once again drawn in Rachel’s mind. Within the first few pages, Mycroft has flown to London with Professor Walsh to the scene of a carjacking crime. Rachel, knowing Mycroft’s dark past, is furious that he left without her and immediately takes a flight off to London right after him. One of my few problems with Every Word rose here. I found it really difficult to believe that Rachel managed to grab a flight without her parents permission to London within the matter of half a day. I know Rachel was frantic and needed to make sure Mycroft was okay, but not informing your parents and going off with your older brother’s girlfriend just doesn’t really sit too comfortably with me.

Despite my niggle, I adored Rachel’s character. She’s not perfect, but she’s brilliantly strong minded and determined. She can be helpless and sloppy at times, but that just shows how realistic she is. She may not be kick-ass physically, but she totally is in her heart. Ever more ideal, was Mycroft. We get to know more about his past and demons–things to do with his parents’ death in London when they died in a carjacking accident–I feel like I can connect with Mycroft’s character much better here. He’s an extremely complex and damaged character, and that’s what made me appreciate him so much.

It’s always a relief when the author doesn’t decide to make a wonderfully ideal romance into one with drama and a love triangle. Ellie Marney, I love you. Why? Because Marney doesn’t make us deal with all that crap. The romance in Every Word was kept authentic and it’s love-triangle free and pointless-drama free. I won’t lie and say that there’s no drama but it’s place in the book is believable and necessary to keep things realistic. I think what sold me on the romance was how it really did feel like a teenage romance. Personally, for many contemporary novels I’ve read, the romances just don’t feel genuine. This isn’t the case here. Perhaps the romance did come a little too strongly in some areas, but hey, I’m not complaining.

Equally thrilling and absorbing, Every Word is even better than it’s predecessor. Highly recommend this to fans of crime novels or someone who’s just looking for a series that will capture their attention immediately.

~Thank you Allen and Unwin for sending me this copy!~
4 Stars
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About Ellie Marney

Ellie Marney was born in Brisbane, and has lived in Indonesia,Singapore and India. Now she writes, teaches, talks about kid’s literature at libraries and schools, and gardens when she can, while living in a country idyll (actually a very messy wooden house on ten acres with a dog and lots of chickens) near Castlemaine, in north-central Victoria. Her partner and four sons still love her, even though she often forgets things and lets the housework go.

Ellie’s short stories for adults have won awards and been published in various anthologies. Every Breath is her first novel for young adults.

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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23 Responses to Blog Tour: Every Word

  1. Jasprit says:

    I’ve never heardof this series before Melanie, but I can see the appeak of it from your review. Also the romance in this book sounds wonderful, I’m a huge fan of authentic, triangle free romances! Fab review!
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  2. I love love love this series and Ellie Marney <3 Can't wait til the third one comes out! It definitely doesn't suffer from Middle Book Syndrome, that's for sure. I think it upped the ante quite a bit.
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  3. For some reason the girl’s expression on the cover makes me want to laugh. xD But other than that, this book sounds great! I hadn’t heard of this before now, so thanks for putting it on my radar, Mel. I can’t comment much on your review because I’ve not read the first book, but I love it when the sequel always rises up and exceeds my expectations. Most of the time sequels fall into the second-book syndrome for me and just makes me lose a lot of interest in the series altogether, so I’m glad that it wasn’t the case here.

    It’s always a relief when the author doesn’t decide to make a wonderfully ideal romance into one with drama and a love triangle.” — THIS. I’m loving the sound of this series more and more — I might check it out when I have the time. Lovely review, hon!
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  4. Siiri says:

    Based on the cover, I wouldn’t think that this was a must-read, but your review definitely has me excited. I know that Nick is a HUGE (!!!!) crime novels fan so this is right up her alley. Yeah, the plane ticket thing is a little unbelievable, but whatevr. I’m so happy that you love Rachel’s character πŸ™‚ Perfection is boring, there must be some flaws to the character. Whoop for no love triangle zone πŸ™‚ I’m so glad you enjoyed, Mel! Great review πŸ™‚
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  5. Tanja says:

    Oh we all love when a book surprises us, don’t we? πŸ™‚ I’m really happy to hear you enjoyed this one. I haven’t heard of this series but it sounds really interesting. Great review, Mel :))
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  6. This book… *le sigh* One of my favourite reads this year!! Ellie Marney is some sort of secret super heroine I’m convinced of it πŸ˜‰ Her writing powers are AMAZING!
    Frabjous review!!
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  7. Gah, somehow my comment got eaten. 😐 (Unless I pop up having had commented twice, and in that case…ignore me. xD)

    I hadn’t heard of this series until like a few weeks ago and now I’m really excited for it! I won book #1 and I’m SO reading it asap now. xD I love that the romance is good and not random or too angsty and dramatic. That always wins mega points in my opinion. πŸ˜‰
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  8. Rashika says:

    The first book in this series will FINALLY be available to the rest of us and I am REALLY excited to dive in! I am glad to see that even though you were somewhat unimpressed with the first book, you adored this one! πŸ™‚

    Fantastic review as always, Mel!! πŸ™‚
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  9. I’ve been eyeing the first book recently as it sounds like it could be my sort of read. I’m waiting to order the US copy! I’m glad to hear that the sequel is a strong one. And yay for a lack of drama and love triangles! I always feel like doing a celebratory dance whenever I read those words. πŸ˜‰ Great review, Mel!
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  10. I still have the first book sitting on my shelves waiting patiently for me, so I’d love to win and marathon them both! I’ve heard so many good things about this series, and yay for Aussie authors πŸ˜€
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  11. Sounds great, I recently realised that this was a YA thriller and it’s Aussie YA as well! Rachel sounds like a realistic character that has her moments, and I’m glad you enjoyed the romance because it was done well. Lovely review Mel!
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  12. Fui says:

    I haven’t read this book before, but i will definitely try it out.

  13. Melanie, I am SO happy to hear that the romance drama is kept to a minimum. It’s one of my biggest pet peeves when authors feel like they have to throw unnecessary angst into a relationship, especially when there are other more important things at stake. Can’t a relationship just stand on its own be strong? I love it when couples work together rather than against each other. Anyway, I just read Every Word recently and have this one shipping from Fishpond. I can’t wait to meet back up with Mycroft and Rachel! I’m excited to learn even more about that boy. πŸ™‚
    Great review!
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