Fate’s Fables by T. Rae Mitchell is an entertaining and adventure riddled fantasy tale that is brimming with magical creatures, powerful individuals and mysterious discoveries.
Fate Floyd has always enjoyed fantasy over reality, but her love of all things fictional is put to the test when Fate finds herself sucked into a book of unfortunate fairy tales alongside a mysterious young man names Finn who is eerily familiar and the only way for them to escape the Book of Fables is for Fate and Finn to change the endings of each of the eight tales into happily-ever-afters. Each tale is more dangerous than the next and with plenty of unexpected forces determined to keep Fate and Finn from altering the tales, Fate and Finn will find themselves on a life changing journey where happiness is far from guaranteed….
T. Rae Mitchell has created a fun and adventure filled fantasy tale with Fates Fables, kicking off the Fate’s Journey series. Unfolding mainly through Fate and Finn’s POV, with an occasional different character thrown into the mix, Fate’s Fables takes you into the heart of eight very different fairy-tales, all sporting the trademark traits that make fairy-tales what they are; good versus evil, romance, monsters, magic and of course good triumphing over evil in the end.
Fate’s Fables focuses on a decent bunch of characters. Fate and Finn were easy to follow and Sithias made me smile on more than one occasion. That snakeman was certainly unique and although he had his own form of a happily ever after in Fate’s Fables, I would love to see him again down the track as his personality really shone as a highlight in the story for me.
I have to say I was surprised by the level of growth the main two characters undertake in Fate’s Fables. Fate and Finn become almost completely different people throughout the story; most especially Fate, who goes from normal teenage girl to a sword wielding, battle capable warrior from what seems like one moment to the next. Don’t get me wrong; I understand these developments within the story and seeing as large levels of time often pass throughout the novel (weeks, sometimes months are jumped) it makes sense that Fate would be drastically altered, but I still couldn’t help but feel it was a lot of change for one novel. It was the kind of growth I’d expected over the course of a series, not just the first book. That being said, Fate and Finn both go through a lot so it’s understandable they would develop because of this.
Overall Fate’s Fables was an entertaining read, perfect for anyone who loves fairy-tales and wants to jump straight into the story. I look forward to seeing what T. Rae Mitchell has in store for Fate and Finn in the next instalment! ...more
Every Move is Australian author Ellie Marney's conclusion to her Every trilogy and is a stellar conclusion to what has been an exciting, passionate and highly entertaining series!
Teenage sleuths Rachel Watts and James Mycroft have been to hell and back after their traumatic experience in London that saw them barely escape with their lives. The physical and mental torture they experienced at the hands of their kidnappers has left Rachel traumatized and experiencing painful nightmares that has seen her relationship with Mycroft affected.
In Every Move, Rachel and James find themselves piecing together the clues to discover the real identity of the mysterious Mr. Wild and as their troubles follows them back home to Melbourne and then to Rachel's hometown of Five Mile, Rachel and James must make a final stand against the man who was responsible for James's parents deaths and who won't stop until he silences Rachel and Mycroft for good.....
To be perfectly honest, for a proud Australian like myself I don't really read enough authentic Australian fiction. With so many fantastic stories out there it's hard to read them all and perhaps because of this I don't read enough books by Aussie authors. And yet it's books like Every Move and the rest of Ellie Marney's series that really makes me think I should!
Author Ellie Marney is a perfect example of home grown talent embracing Australian culture and mannerisms and using them to empower a timely classtic with a contemporary urban twist. As part of a series that has expertly woven the classic tale of Sherlock Homes and his adventures with everyday Australian culture and life, Every Word once more draws readers into the lives of Rachel Watts and James Mycroft as our beloved heroes make their final stand.
Both Rachel and James have been through so much and come so far in this series. They've fallen in love over the course of three books as they took their friendship to the next level and have fought to uncover the truth about what happened to James's parents. They're struggled and fought and managed to survive when all seemed lost and it's still an absolute pleasure to follow them each and every time.
I honestly feel Rachel and James encompass the Australian teenager, whilst managing to be the teen sleuths they are. Obviously most normal teens don't go around chasing criminals and solving murders, but for what they do, Marney has managed to make them very relatable and authentic in today's day and age.
With solid writing, believable characters and a passionate love story, Ellie Marney has managed to stay very true to Australian culture as she explored Rachel and James together, both in the city and the Australian countryside. I loved that she made everything feel real and kept things in the realm of believability even as we saw Rachel and James solve crimes, embrace forensics and work alongside a number of different police forces both in Australia and England.
As Rachel and James face their final battle in this series, Marney manages to keep the excitement, action and romance to the perfect level she always has with this series, and weaves together the themes of family, friendship and discovery as readers join Rachel and James once more.
A great editon and ending to what has been a highly entertaining series and one all Aussie teen readers should read, Every Move will take you from one high to another and leave you pleased as punch with how Rachel and James's journey ends!
Every Word is the sequel to Ellie Marney’s sensational debut Every Breath and is as easily as good as the first! With its rich setting and personable characters, Every Word will easily captivate with its thrilling storyline and the electric chemistry shared by its main characters.
I have to say, this is good Australian fiction, plain and simple. Admittedly I don’t read a lot of it, probably less than I should as a proud Australian, but even I can recognize well written and well told Aussie fiction. Set in the urban setting of Melbourne, Every Word continues to follow Australian teenager Rachel Watt’s and her best friend/neighbor turned boyfriend James Mycroft and sees the two teens jet off to London to help solve yet another mysterious murder.
I truly found myself falling in love with Rachel and Mycroft in the first book and I only love them together so much more after reading the second. Perhaps it’s because I haven’t read a lot of books like this, but I really appreciate the freshness and uniqueness Marney has brought to the page with her characters and storylines. It may seem far fetched—two teens so easily inserting themselves into different murder investigations, but the authenticity of the characters means this is never an issue. At least not for me; I just loved seeing two intelligent and focused Aussie teens doing what they do best.
Whilst the first book was set entirely in Melbourne, Every Word takes readers on a different kind of adventure with Marney taking her readers into the heart of London when Mycroft races off to assist in a murder investigation in his home country and Rachel soon follows. The setting of Every Word brings some authentic English culture and life to the story when our teens experience some every day London life whilst assisting in the investigating.
Rachel and Mycroft really are fantastic characters to read about. And don’t even get me started on the sexual tension that runs rampant between them! Rachel is a typical Australian teen; natural and normal, but she’s also very intelligent and daring, something that makes her the perfect match for Mycroft.
James Mycroft is one of those characters who are incomparable to anyone else. The way he thinks, acts and questions things is uniquely his own and I honestly think there isn’t a character out there like him. Being British and extremely quick thinking and intelligent, the likeliness between Mycroft and the infamous Sherlock Holmes is something Ellie Marney plays with well, and yet she still manages to give him his own distinct personality. Mycroft is a very haunted individual and has a difficult time letting people in, something he and Rachel struggle with throughout the series but he is making process with.
Mycroft and Rachel are, at their base, best friends. Theirs is a relationship built on an extremely strong foundation of friendship that steadily progressed over time into a romantic relationship. The thing I really love about them is that they’re actually really awkward with each other at times, but I can’t help but feel like this only enhances the natural chemistry they share. I adore their romantic interactions and seeing their physical relationship develop. These two are really fun to read about and I very much enjoy seeing their romance continue to blossom. I hope Marney continues to allow them to grow and keeps them strong together.
Overall, Every Word is a superb follow-up to Ellie Marney’s debut and Marney delivers yet another brilliant instalment. This chapter of the series ends wonderfully, but I’m still geared up for the third and final book Every Move! ...more