New Australian YA romantic crime from the author of the award-winning Every series...
Boozer, brawler, ladies' man - nineteen-year-old Harris Derwent is not a good guy.
His one attempt to play the hero - helping out his old flame, Rachel Watts - has landed him in hospital. Now injured, broke and unemployed, he's stuck back in the country, at his father's mercy. Harris needs to pay off his dad's debts, and fast. But working as a runner for a drug cartel is a dangerous path - especially if Harris agrees to narc...
Eighteen-year-old Amita Blunt is the perfect police sergeant's daughter - practical, trustworthy, and oh-so responsible. Getting involved in Harris's case was never part of the plan. But working at the hospital, she's invisible - which makes her the ideal contact for a guy feeding information back to the police...
Harris and Amie's connection is sizzling hot - but if the cartel finds out about them, things could get downright explosive. Backed into a corner, with everything at stake, it's time for Harris and Amie to find out if love really has no limits...
Ellie's books are published in eleven countries and have been optioned for television. She’s spent a lifetime researching in mortuaries, talking to autopsy specialists, and asking former spies how to make explosives from household items, and now she lives quite sedately in south-eastern Australia with her family.
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Feeling like a dickhead after telling Rachel Watts he had the hots for her, Harrison Derwent has pissed off back to Ouyen. His leg is cactus after being banged up at the quarry. Harris may be a hot spunk but he's had a pretty shit life, his old man is a shitfaced bastard who knocked him around after his mum nicked of with the ankle biter. So the dunny rat offers him a deal. He'll tell Harris where his mum pissed off to and Harris will put up with his abuse and fuckery. The old prick is sick and Harris being a bit of a softie, says why the hell not.
Big mistake son.
Amita Blunt is a top chick. The daughter of the local copper, it's been Amie and her old man since her mum died. Amie works at the Ouyen hospital mending brawlers, guys knocked about after a night on the piss and the odd ice addict. She's heard the rumours about Harris, a knockabout guy who likes to get his kit off but no one prepared her for the shit that's gonna go down. It'll be fucking epic.
Amie and Harris are a goer. She's treating his leg and he's trying hard not to pitch a tent. Harris needs cash. His old man owes a shitload in gambling debts and bar tabs and being the dickhead that he is, Harris will have to clean up after the fucker. The local weed drongos are offering cash to move up to Mildura and run ice to the junkies. Harris is tempted but he's sweet on Amie and dobs to her copper dad instead.
That Marney chick is sick mate. The eye rooting and pashing is bang on. Amie is an Indian Australian chick and it was a corker seeing a biracial sheila thrown in. Australia's a massive country and we've all mates who migrated here. Even Harris being a bit of a knob at times, Amie's nanna had the hots for him too. When you're sex on legs like that piece of man candy, can't blame a woman for wanting him to put his shoes under her bed.
Look mate, you don't need to read Marney's Every series to give these two dags a fair go but I reckon she'll be right. You'll remember Harris from Every Move when he as trying to give it a burl with Rachel Watts and deadset he's come a long way. Ellie Marney is a fair dinkum Aussie icon. Like Acca Dacca, moccos and flannies. I love this sheila.
Trigger warnings: parental abuse, drug addiction, drug overdose, violence, murder, kidnapping, gun violence, descriptions of wounds and dead bodies.
2/1/2020 I had great intentions of rereading this last year after rereading the Every trilogy and then somehow it didn't happen. But it DID mean that I got to kick 2020's rereads off with a bang! This is a really dark story, but the characters are PHENOMENAL and the romance (which, I have to say, happens way later in the story than I remembered) is A+. And I stand by what I said last time about the ending giving me feelings omg so many feelings. Okay I'm done now bye.
1/8/2017 This did NOT disappoint. It picks up for Harris basically where his story left off in Every Move, with Harris recovering from a gunshot wound. While there, he comes back into contact with Amie, who he sort of knew in high school. She's in training to be a nurse, and she's the daughter of the local police sergeant.
Somehow, Harris agrees to go undercover in a drug ring with Amie as his contact seeing as they have a legitimate reason to communicate. Let's bullet point the rest, shall we?
- Harris is great. Amie is great. Their dynamic is great. Their romance is great. - THIS WAS SO FREAKING STRESSFUL OMG - Ohgod I had so many feelings - This is peak Straya and I love it - Seriously, so damn good - Go preorder it - It's great - Ellie sent me an ARC and when I finished I sent her an email that literally said "I JUST FINISHED AND NOW I'M CRYING BECAUSE I HAVE ALL THE FEELINGS HOW DARE YOU DO THIS TO MEEEEEEEEEEE" and her response was "*evil laugh*", which tells you pretty much all you need to know
So, I was lucky enough to read this a little while ago thanks to Ellie Marney ... and here's what I have to say about NO LIMITS:
Harris Derwent is the sort of character Aussie YA, and its readers, need right now. He's exactly the protagonist I've personally been calling for, for many years now, to elevate our literature - a complicated male hero full of grey areas and emotions exposed like a bruise.
No Limits is likewise setting standards and pushing boundaries in our YA - for even Marney's small town setting is a revelatory statement, for not being what we've had plenty of before: middle-class suburbia, inner-city dwellers or quaint seaside coastal towns. The setting has a sharp, domino-effect on the storyline - unearthing everything from the scourge of drug-use in these dying towns, to the insidious silence of abuse in tight-knit communities, where everybody knows everybody else's business, but dares not interfere.
This is modern Australia for so many growing up on the periphery right now, picked apart with exquisite and smart insight from one of Australia's best crime and YA writers. A novel of bruising empathy and excitable romance - with so much potential for a subversive new crime series, I'm practically salivating just thinking of the possibilities.
Wow! Just wow! I was a fan of Ellie Marney's 'Every' series and have to admit when Harris Derwent was introduced I was gunning for him to hitch up with Rachel. I loved his character and was rapt to read that Ellie's next book would put Harris front and centre. No Limits is a meatier, tougher and longer book with Ellie's excellent characterisations of country Australia. No one does it better! The situations and characters are really believable and the writing is just so .... good. I sometimes cringe at romance writing but not here, beautifully wrought passages of attraction - descriptive without being corny. The main storyline was thrilling; tense and taut. And so real .. this is Australia, here and now. Ellie Marney is definitely my favourite YA author and probably my favourite Australian author right now. My only regret is the wait I'll have for Ellie's next book.
This book, This book. Okay to get the obvious out the way, Harris is such a babe and I just want to cuddle him and wipe his problems away- back to reality problems are not solved by cuddles but even without this book tackled them beautiful actually I may be bending the truth a bit there were some pretty epic hugs involved.
Harris was a side character in the last book of the Every trilogy, after being shot he's stuck back in the country, gun shot to the leg meaning hospitals and physio is needed so he has to stay with his abusive father while he's at his most vulnerable.
Harris finds out he's Dads in debt and after all the shit his Dad's done still tries to dig him out of it. Along the way Harris is caught up in some serious shit, dealing with drug dealers, mercenaries, and the cops, every turn he makes is full of danger.
The thing I wasn't expecting in this book was how well the topic of ice was dealt with, ice is a horrible drug and ruins people it's also super cheap and really messing up small and big towns right now, breaking up families, ruining lives and the dealers have become on the same level as heroine dealers.
No Limits deals with substance abuse, ice rage, addiction, ODing, death and how easy it is for someone to get sucked in. Sometimes the more appealing option for people is the idea of easy money selling drugs rather then a shitty minimum wage doing a job they hate that will never pay off the debts they have before the bank come in.
Ellie writes such amazing stories and I stayed awake late into the night to finish this, the tension between Harris and his family, the romance budding between Harris and Amie the cops daughter, the very real risk of death, it all builds up to an epic ending and I had tears in my eyes.
Harris story is so real and it broke me, built me up, and broke me again.
Perhaps reading this back to back with the main Every arc did it a disservice. Because outside of Harris being a character from book three, and a few name drops of characters from the main trilogy, this really has no connection. And the vibes don't quite match, either. Had I given it some space, let it breathe, be it's own thing, would I have liked it more? We'll never know.
But. It's a gritty YA, set in Australia, as opposed to some random US town, featuring something of a redemption story, and there's some intensity and high stakes, plus romance, so if you're into that, by all means! Give this a whirl.
I can appreciate it for all that, and I do, but this won't really stand out. In a few weeks, I'll likely already start forgetting it. When I think back to this series, this world, I doubt I'll include this one in the mix. And I definitely wouldn't reread it. But Marney is a great writer and I'm not mad I spent time with this one; even if it was easy to put down or be distracted from it. I'm glad I made the effort to close the chapter on this series, finish book three, and give this one a whirl, too. But if you're looking to dive into the Every books? You could easily give this a miss. But as a standalone? I can easily see it being a hit.
I received an a-arc of No Limits by Ellie Marney from Ellie Marney in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way influenced my thoughts and feelings about the book.
If you have known me over the last couple of years, then you should know my love for the ‘Every Series’ by Ellie Marney. I can talk about it all day and it’s one of the first #LoveOzYA that I recommend to someone. So when I had the chance to delve deeper into Ellie’s world, I knew I needed to read it.
Quick note, you don’t need to read the ‘Every Series’ before you read No Limits. It just helps with a few things along the way.
No Limits follows Harris Derwent, as he recovers from a not so nice incident. Now in the hospital, in pain and going to have to live with his father, his life isn’t looking that great. But Amita might just change that. She is the sergeant’s daughter, responsible, smart and trust worthy. The last thing she thought she would be doing is helping Harris Derwent. Then things start to heat up and not just between Harris and Amie, but so much more.
I have so many feelings about this book, that I don’t even know how much of this review is going to make any sense. I already had a soft spot for Harris when we meet him in the ‘Every Series,’ that before I even started I was intrigued. And then I started reading and fell in love. Throughout No Limits, it’s like you are holding on tight waiting for bad things to happen – and gosh do they.
Harris, can I please just give him one massive long hug – or maybe multiple. One of the main reasons why No Limits was such a hard book to read was because of Harris. Every page that he was on, I felt that his heart was along with it. I wanted to scream so many times that he isn’t worthless, that he deserves so much more. However, I did love this character arc. I felt that he grew so much that I just feel in love with him even more.
Harris is your bad boy with a lost soul – he is hard to connect with at times, but you know that he is damaged. And as the novel goes on, you just break. Can we also please take a moment to just talk about his tattoo? I am a tattoo girl through and through and my lord did this scene kill me. I just wanted to touch it. Like gosh.
I fell in love with Amie’s character right away. I was able to connect with her love for her family and the way that she wears her heart on her sleeve. While I did love how Amie cared so much for her family, I wanted her to think about herself more. Like Harris, Amie’s character development was just so good that I loved seeing her grow and find out more about herself and the world around her.
Romance time – Ellie Marney just knows how to write a couple that is swoony and makes you melt. I felt this was more mature than the ‘Every Series,’ but you are still able to read this a young adult. I loved how Amie and Harris slowly but carefully fell for each other. They connected in ways that were a whole new level for them.
I loved how much Amie cared for Harris and his well-being before even she realised it. I liked how Harris started to fall for Amie and found out more about himself in the process. It was great seeing this friendship start to turn into something more that pulled at my heartstrings.
Another great thing about No Limits was both the writing and plot. I loved the crime and mystery elements of the book that made everything that more interesting. It was like a car at the edge of a cliff where it could fall at any time. Things defiantly got intense towards the end and gosh it was good. I love how simple yet captivating Ellie’s writing is – I will read anything by her.
Family was a massive theme of No Limits and while I love having great family banter. I liked that we were able to see two sides of a coin in this novel. Harris and his father – these scenes pulled my heart out. I was broken. It was very heart wrenching and difficult most of the time. Like very hard. Family abuse in the country especially is common and goes past people so much.
Amie’s family, on the other hand, was loving and caring. I adored the relationship she had with her father and grandmother – it picked at my heart in a good way. However, I also think that other’s in her family expected way too much from her. I hated the pressure they put on Amie, especially as she is so young. It’s like I can’t stop my life, but hey Amie can.
I’ve talked about this before, but I love how Aussie Ellie makes her books and No Limits is no different. I loved how it was set in the county, how there were things that only Aussies will know. It just makes such a good #LoveOzYA. We are able to see our beautiful country in a young adult book with no frills involved.
Overall, please pick No Limits up. It takes you on an incredible journey that you never want to stop. The characters are layered and have amazing development. You fell for them with every fiber in your body. You are on the edge of your seat, you understand, you feel. The reader will go on this emotional ride that is really hard, but gosh does it hit you. The characters are likable, the writing is just so damn good. All I say is give this #LoveOzYA a try, trust me you won’t be disappointed.
No Limits by Ellie Marney is about second chances, falling in love and finding yourself. It’s about friendship and falling. You are taken on a ride that both tears you apart and then puts you slowly back together. It’s heartbreaking and breathtaking. No Limits made me cry, break and fall in love.
Oh there's just something about Aussie YA/NA. Maybe it's the actual inclusion of families (unlike the mysterious nowhere to be found parents and siblings in many USA YA novels)? Or that the boys more often than not act like real life complicated boys not cardboard cutouts of Edward Cullen at the mall? I dunno. But I do know this - Aussie YA will always have a special place in my heart and this book is no exception. Yes, like Every Breath (although not nearly as ridiculous) some of the criminal enterprises these young'ns get caught up in are brow-raising to say the least. But like Every Breath the character chemistry and relationship building are just wonderful. Speaking of Every Breath, you don't HAVE to read that series first, but it's fantastic as well, so please do!
This was so great...Do I like it more than the Every series....??????
I don't know!!! At first, I thought it was just going to be a sweet and complicated story about the two of them being stuck in this small town that they sort of hated. She was nursing him back to health...la la la...of COURSE, I forgot I was reading a book by Ellie Marney, and she would never be that lame. I agree that this one seemed more new adult than young adult, but I read those all the time, so it wasn't a bother at all. AT ALL.
Harris Harris Harris...poor freaking Harris. Gets shot in the leg and doesn't even get the girl. I'm not gonna lie. I was KIND of pissed at Rachel and Mike for just leaving him there and assuming he was going to be okay. Or even that he wanted to stay there when he tried so hard to get out! She beat herself up for not noticing what had been going on in his family, you would think she would have been around more. (But also, her and Mycroft started doing it, so I'm sure that distracted her.) But dang. That abuse situation was so hard to read because Harris's character had been built up so so strong. I hated it. Thank GOODNESS for Amie.
This book was a little different because what they were investigating wasn't really very personal. So even though we did get invested in the minor characters (Reggie <3), I felt like most of the emotions were separate from a lot of the action. I think, in the end, this made me less into the outcome of everything other than the fact that I didn't want them to die or be hurt or anything.
I actually loved seeing into Amie's family. Poor girl is trying to take on everything and everyone. I am glad she has friends to push her and who see what she's doing to herself. Her relationship with her dad was sweet because I could totally see myself doing that.
Harris and Amie were kind of a slow burn riiiiight up until they just burned right up. Hah. Like....I guess we might like each other, maybe we should kiss! Okay now let's just do it. That's a pretty common NA thing for sure! But they were sweet.
I hear Ellie has written another book, but that we can't get it here in the US yet! Lara you must tell me when it's available! I feel like she writes with this certain tone that I could just read all the time. It's not too dark or too sappy. It has the right amount of emotional connections and usually a LOT of family and friends. Oh, and some pretty good parents. That's actually fairly unusual for YA or NA. Conclusion, write more books, Ellie Marney, pleeeeeease!?!?!
Ellie Marney never disappoints me. I didn't know what to expect from Harris as a main character, but I really was pulling for him. I love that he and Amie brought the best out in each other, but also pushed each other to be better. This story does feel complete, but I wouldn't mind seeing Harris and Amie show up again. But basically, I welcome anything written by Ellie Marney and always hope it will be available in the US.
Content Warning: Strong language throughout, drug abuse, physical abuse, sexual content (a little more graphic than I would feel comfortable giving to my mother).
2018 challenge: a book set in a country that fascinates you (Australia)
I knew I'd love it. Does that make me predisposed? I guess. Too bad. I LOVED IT. I love Marney's gritty landscape and the whole rural, working class vibe. I see your chipped Formica table, your fly spotted Venetian blinds with the yellowing cord, your torn fly screen door mate and I totally blimin' get it. I feel you Harris. Your dad is a right royal p&$@%. You've been in the crapper time and time again. And here comes Amita. *cue man swoon* she's a fox, with a whip smart attitude and all the heart you could hope for. I loved the back and forth between gritty drug world and the softness and love of Amita's family. I love Nani. All the fam-bam. Amita's dad. I loved the moments of visceral shock. The detail in those moments that makes take you right into the scene of the crime. The stakes were high, higher, highest, the romance slow, slow, smolder, BLOW TORCH, the pay-off gut wrenching and satisfying. The ending, exactly what I needed. Also: my fav: Marney's writing. Just thank you. Yes, Ellie Marney, you can have all the words because you place them just so and make them do such marvelous things. It just makes my eyeballs, ears, nose, fingers and tastebuds happy. It's late, I'm tired, this review is out of control. Read this book. All the Marney books. You are welcome.
Harris Derwent is what my grandmother might have called "rough trade". He's had a hard life, but he is not hard. He pretends to be harder than he is - and that is why I fell in bookish love with him as I read this novel. Ellie Marney has taken one of the most interesting characters from her "Every" series and given him the spotlight in No Limits. Harris is back in Ouyen following the climactic events in Every Move. He is hospital recovering from a gun shot wound when he meets Amie, a Certified Nursing Assistant he knew fleetingly in school. Amie and the rest of the nursing staff spend a lot of their time trying to stop Harris's Dad, Dennis, from trying to get him out of bed and drag him home. Dennis is hands down one of the ugliest and base characters I have ever read. Abusive and drunk most of the time, Harris just wants to be free of him. When Dennis reveals he not only has cancer, but has racked up some huge debts, Harris knows he will be trapped until those debts are paid. Alongside all the fallout from being shot, Harris also has to work out how to get some cash. He is approached by some mates to be part of an ice distribution racket being run out of Mildura. At first, he wants to say no, but after speaking to Amie's dad Derrin Blunt, the local police sergeant, Harris is convinced to go undercover as an informant. This decision, and the decision by Blunt to use his daughter as the contact cover (for follow up hospital appointments to exchange information) are where the book really takes off. Marney's depiction of Mildura's drug subculture feels disturbingly accurate. There are no punches pulled here. The language spoken and the scenes described are not for anyone who thinks YA writing should be all sunshine and rainbows. It's not all dark, but the light shines through the cracks in the deep shadows of the methamphetamine-soaked recesses of the world Harris immerses himself in. Along the way, Amie finds herself drawn to Harris: first as a concerned health worker, and later as a romantic interest. Harris, for his part, resists because he thinks Amie can do better, that he is bad news. Little by little we see the intimacy develop between them, and it is Marney's precise writing skill that makes it feel authentic. No-one writes a first kiss like Ellie Marney. When Watts and Mycroft got together in the Every books, it sizzled, and in No Limits Marney doesn't disappoint. Make no mistake, there is full-on teenage lust going on here, but also remarkable tenderness and emotion too. And when things start to go wrong and the drug boss looks for revenge, we really care about what happens to Harris and Amie. I devoured this book very quickly. It is a fantastic, page-turning crime story; an insight into a subculture I have no personal knowledge of; a look inside an Indian/Australian family; and a breathless romance too. I hope we see more of Harris and Amie. Maybe "Outer Limits" for book 2? For ages 14 and up (mainly because of language use, esp for school libraries).
Well wasn't this goddamn brilliant. I FELT SO MANY FEELINGS it was most uncomfortable
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... Okay nah there might be something comin on that dear ole blog of ours once Annette's read it too. But mates, you gotta preorder it okay cos preordering is good and you need this book in your life. The links will be available from August 1st so pass it on.
I'M JUST SO HAPPY THAT THE WORLD IS GETTING THIS BOOK. PRAISE BE FOR ELLIE MARNEY
One of my favourite things about Ellie Marney's writing are her characters and how real they feel. The ordinary kind of person that you could meet in real life. Harris is flawed but decent at heart and carrying so much hurt. I adored Nani, she was such a wonderful secondary character. Barb, the charge nurse reminds me of a few nurses I've worked with.
I felt having the book told from both the Harris' and Amie's perspectives worked really well, especially comparing Amie's view of Harris to how he saw himself. I loved watching as Harris slowly opened up to Amie emotionally, and as he did so started healing. But the important thing was that it wasn't all one sided, that he forced Amie to think about her future more.
The plot certainly kept me on tenterhooks as the tension ramped up and the safety of our characters came into doubt. It's a longer book and there's some difficult stuff, but I'm glad that Ellie kept everything in. Some books are all the better for being hard hitting, and this is one of them.
3.5 stars. I can't believe I actually liked Harris (because I hated him in the Every series), but I did. His life, his childhood, was so sad that it made me feel for him. It was great watching him and Amie become closer and I really liked her and understood her struggle, wanting to be there for her family, but having dreams, etc. The pacing was a little slow at times, but the focus was more on the characters so I didn't mind too much. Love Ellie Marney, definitely look forward to whatever she writes next!
I only have one rule when it comes to Ellie Marney’s books: I read them all. We met Harris, the hero of No Limits, in the last book of the Every series, a Sherlock Holmes retelling, and while I was initially quite wary of his character, I grew to appreciate the important role he played in the series, particularly in Rachel’s life. I was very eager when Ellie Marney announced she would be releasing a standalone novel all about Harris. And folks, she’s done it again! She’s crafted a book that’s intricate, entertaining and just gorgeous in every way, and I’m in awe of her incredible talent with words.
First things first, if you’re coming into No Limits expecting it to be like the Every series, then change your expectations ASAP. This book was much darker, more mature and more complex, in my opinion. Of course, it still had all those elements that make Ellie’s books Ellie’s such as the character development, as well as a vivid setting, this time of rural Australia. But this book felt different to me, in a very good way. From the first page on, I was attached to the story and the characters. Harris has always been the sort of character that screamed bad news, but underneath all that roughness he exuded was a genuinely good guy, who has just had a rough upbringing. His character and background are at the heart of No Limits, and we get to know both quite intimately. As you probably expect, it’s not a pretty past, and my heart absolutely broke into pieces finding out just how awful his dad was to him. Despite all that and despite all the murky situations Harris seemed to get into, he had such a kind soul to him that he only exhibited around certain people. I thought Harris really matured throughout No Limits, not that he was immature to begin with, but he finally began to take the steps needed to change his life for the better, and that made me both anxious and happy. Anxious, because he was in the middle of a dangerous situation, and happy, because on his journey he finds someone who recognizes and appreciates the good in him.
That girl was Amie, whose POV we’re also privy to in No Limits. Amie was also a character that I really loved. She was a nursing assistant with bigger dreams, but who has decided to settle in her hometown for the sake of her family. I loved that Amie was biracial – she’s half Indian – and very much in touch with her Indian upbringing and culture through her mom’s side of the family. Amie was also a genuinely kind and selfless girl, who basically decided not to go for her dreams, because she thought she needed to be there to take care of her dad and her grandmother. She was selfless, and genuine and really passionate, especially about photography. She was also a little bit closed off when it came to her emotions, but throughout No Limits, we get to see her personality really shine through. Her romance with Harris was gorgeously written, just as I’ve come to expect from Ellie’s romances. These two were ridiculously perfect for each other, and I loved the slow-burn nature of their relationship here. It begins with Amie nursing Harris back to health after he’s shot in the thigh, and slowly develops into a friendship and then more. I loved seeing the two of them connect with each other in a profound way. It was swoony, and totally made my heart go haywire. And I’ve got to mention the kisses! Ellie Marney writes the best kissing scenes ever.
Besides the amazing characters and romance, I also loved the setting in No Limits. I haven’t read many Aussie YA books to begin with, but this was my first book set in rural Australia. Ellie Marney did a phenomenal job with her descriptions. For me, it was very easy to envision the town of Ouyen, and see the characters there. It was a very dynamic setting, and I honestly feel like No Limits wouldn’t have been the book it was without it. The plot in No Limits was intense. I’m not going to lie, it stressed me out, but I also couldn’t stop reading the book. It revolved around Harris going undercover and acting as an informant for the police in the midst of a precarious drug ring. It sure was brutal, and I liked how the author was able to maintain that whole air of intensity and danger all throughout the book.
No Limits was outstanding, folks! The Every series turned me into a complete Ellie Marney fangirl, but No Limits just about solidified her position in my all-time favorite authors list. If you’re looking for some fine high quality upper YA/NA, then this is an author you need to check out.
Graded By: Mandy C. Cover Story: Hemsworth Relative BFF Charm: Yay x 2 Swoonworthy Scale: 8 Talky Talk: He Said, She Said Bonus Factor: Revisting the Every series Anti-Bonus Factor: Patty Chase Award for Awful Parenting Relationship Status: Third Wheel
I can't say how much I love this book. The characters, story, heart beating thrills, those epic twists and HARRIS.
Oh, how i just love Harris as a character. His witty Aussie feel and how strong he is as a person.
This book takes on aspects of family violence and drugs in rural communities so well. It not only addresses the problems but shows real people living in these circumstances. It's heartbreaking but true.
The spilt point of views between Harris and Amie are so good. Being able to see both of these characters point of views just enhanced the story.
The Aussie slang and feel just makes this book even more special. Not only can us Aussies connect to this story easy, but as have a book that covers our language with ease.
The characters are so easy to connect to, they are real. The way Amie takes photos and looks at the aspects with her own look. The way harris acts tuff but, is also kindhearted and hurt too.
Ellie this book was amazing. I can’t say that enough. You have made a much loved character so much more loved but also invited once again into the world of the every series/ Harris. Not only have you kept Harris for us but also made us love so many more characters; Amie, Nani and so many more.
This book is truly up there with my favorites and will forever be in my heart. A truly amazing story that has you until the very end.
I really enjoyed the Every series from this author Ellie Marney So I was pretty happy to see she had picked up the story of one of her secondary characters, Harris.
I think this has been one of my absolute favourite reads from August. I loved the characters. Harris is handsome, troubled but just so deeply kind and good. I thought Rachel was such a great character too. Strong, caring and at a bit of a crossroads in her life.
I really enjoyed the themes and issues this book explored. Some could be a little triggering, but I felt it dealt realistally with drug addiction and depressed small town communities. I enjoyed the figuring out what you want to do in life and characters just falling in love. It was perfect, I loved it and Marney is a fantastic Australian author you should definitely pick up.
Reviewed @ Thoughts By Tash Review copy kindly provided by the author in exchange for a honest review
Marney has spoilt her Every fans . For those who championed for the story of Harris, thank you. You won’t be disappointed and will fall in love all over again with Harris. Like many other readers out there, I fell in love with Watts and Mycroft the moment , I was introduced to them, a couple years ago. There was something about those characters, their turmoils that made them so relatable teenagers . Yet their adventures that took us cross continents and in to the deep ends of things. It ended with a bang, returning to Five Miles, the beginning, the small country town, the reason why Watts moved to Melbourne. And in that chaotic mess, we met Harris. There is nothing extraordinary about Harris, he was a country boy with issues that were well known around the area for all the wrong reasons. However in one book , he took our hearts and grew on us as we saw glimpses of something more then the boy who stood there . He wasn’t expandable character added in anymore to bring things full circle . He was part of the story, the world that Marney had created and he had a story to tell . No Limits is Harris’s story, a story that doesn’t shy away from what was mentioned in Every Move. It’s a coming of age type of story but that only the beginnings of this story. Picking up the pieces left from Every Move. No Limits leaves no stone unturned. Harris isn’t a knight in shining armour hero . He is broken and destroyed. The moves he made leading to this point have left him in a hospital back home. No girl, no job and back under his father’s reach. Isn’t a pretty sight and Harris is barely swimming above water but it’s Harris. He doesn’t expect anything better and has resided himself to same old life, he tried to escape from . Until his two worlds come clashing together, as hard truths come to light and Harris is left is an position that no one would of saw coming…. A narc and his only contact to his old life is Amita. The sergeant’s daughter. Talk about total flip to his life. Something I didn’t expect to see coming as Harris showed glimpses. He still was young and reckless. He was growing up though and honestly I didn’t know what to do except prepare myself for a story that would be captivating and wouldn’t hold back. As there is no limits when you put yourself into a position like this . A position that opens a world of possilbities and Amita was an interesting addition to the cast of new characters we met in this novel. Amita is the opposite of Harris and was one of the biggest surprises with this book. She provides grounding to this novel. A dose of everyday reality that contrasts with Harris’s life, she is structured . It’s straight forward for her yet she throws herself into this craziness. She is a champion of Harris, she sees those glimpses we fell in love in. She makes the book for what it is. She gives the missing piece and makes the world just a little bit better. Something that Harris needs and No Limits just gave us just what we wanted for Harris secretly . A world where things were things were okay for Harris and gave him what he needed. For someone who adores the this world created . No Limits wasn’t an easy read, Marney chose to use this book to make a stance and platform for issues. I loved how she tied back to Every series. This is wilder, darker look into this world yet it being honest and brutal. A perspective that was welcome and I enjoyed reading. Marney surprised me with the depth and detail she went to in this novel. There so much more then what is alluded to in the blurb and No Limits is a fine piece of writing that you don’t want to miss. You will never be truly satisfied if you haven’t read this book and see Harris get his story.
I don’t say that lightly; I’ve read a lot of books that I’ve adored this year, and this is right up there at the top of the list because it encompasses so many things that I appreciate in books that I read: there’s a hell of a lot of character development, the suspense is on from the moment you start reading, and it’s Aussie as all get-out.
Harris Derwent is recovering from being shot in the leg at the end of Every Move (the third book in the Every series) and during his stay in hospital he encounters Amita Blunt, the daughter of the local police sergeant and current hospital employee. The two strike up an unlikely compromise for the sake of Harris’ recovery, which goes beyond what either originally intended. Amie and Harris’ relationship develops from there, being put to the test when Harris decides to take up a position as a drug cartel runner in order to gather intel for the police.
Harris is an incredible character; when we first met him in Every Move he was a bit of larrikin, in love with Rachel Watts and trying to make it in Melbourne. His injuries see him back home and having to deal with an abusive father and his debts. He’s almost at rock bottom, but there’s a determination to him that drives him to try and make a difference. Amie, by contrast, lives a good life - she’s devoted to her family to the point of putting all her dreams on hold. When she meets Harris, she sees beyond the town’s expectations of him and identifies the strength and kindness and determination to do good that underpins his character. Their chemistry is fantastic and part of the suspense of the book is the will they/won’t they elements of their relationship.
I’ve read a lot of crime novels in my time and it’s genre I genuinely enjoy; there’s a formula that, when done right, throws twists and turns at you that you never see coming and No Limits does that. I also had a personal connection to the places in this book - while I’m not a country girl, I spent some time in my childhood in rural Victoria so the locations were familiar and wonderfully accurate. The Aussie language in the book also sold it; there’s an authenticity to the place that you can’t get without it.
Harris and Amie leapt off the page; they seemed so real, like people I’ve met before and for me, there’s nothing better. I’m so glad that Ellie Marney self-published No Limits because this is a book that I will be revisiting over and over, for sure.
Woah! What an action-packed adventure ride this book was. I loved it. It was fan-frigging-tastic!
Right from the start I was enjoying reading this book; Ellie’s writing, the characters and the prospect of romance and drama. The story reeled me in, fast, and I was happy to be hooked.
Harris’s dad is an evil arsehole. Had to be said! He has subjected Harris to emotional and physical abuse his whole life, making Harris an emotionally closed off hard arse. We meet Harris at an extreme low point. He has no self-worth and a bit of a death wish. Enter Amie.
Amie’s dad is a good man, a man of the law. And Amie has a loving extended family. After the death of her mother Amie can’t bear being separated from her remaining family. So, she plans on giving up her dreams of studying photography and visiting far off places to stay and be near them. Little help here please Harris (and Nani).
Harris and Amie are two extremely different people, but the chemistry between them is undeniable right from the start. Each helping the other heal, let go and move on to bigger and better things – oh and there is a whole lot of criminal activity, dangerous dudes and wrongs righted in between.
Meth, not even once mate! Methamphetamine, Crystal Meth, Crank, Speed, Ice, Poor Man’s Cocaine etc. whatever the hell you want to call it, it’s poisonous s**t. I really liked how Ellie went into detail with her characters drug use without glorifying it. The message of the damage it can do shines through the story, but she’s not preachy. She shows the painful truths, the negative side effects and deadly consequences. She also bothers to show how it feels, and why they do it.
The last eight chapters were a full-on adrenalin rush. I was physically anxious, my stomach was churning as I flew through the words, racing to find out how it all ends. Totally worth it! The ending made my heart sing.
I can see myself reading this book again. I really enjoyed getting to know Harris and Amie intimately, and the rush of experiencing their world.
Harris does feature in the last book of Ellie’s Every series, but you in no way need to read it first. Do yourself a favour, go and buy No Limits and fall in love with Ellie’s story telling awesomeness .
I honestly think that I should have kept a tally for how many times I: 1. Shut this book and just hugged it, because I physically couldn't hug the characters 2. Almost cried (and then actually did cry) 3. Got the shakes or just had to walk away for a bit because THIS BOOK
I have a really bad habit of taking my time with books like this, they're always the ones that I just need more time to process because there's so much going on both in the book and in my head and even though I just want to tear through it I want to appreciate it fully? (Does that make sense? I have no idea)
I'm currently writing a bigger review for my blog but for now, I just need to say that if you're looking for a gritty, well-written book with some brilliant characters and some heart-wrenching scenes, you really, really, 100% absolutely need to read this book