Wow. Every Word was definitely not what I expected. If you are a little unsure about whether you want to read thiSee more reviews at YA Midnight Reads
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 Australia for sending me this copy!!...more
This review is completely spoiler free for the series (and all spoilers are hidden in spoiler tags).
Books like Every Move restore my faith in YA series enders. Why? Because I’ve just had the worst luck with series enders lately. *cough* Ashes to Ashes, In the Afterlight and Isla and the Happily Ever After *cough* But enough of complaining, let’s talk (or just ramble, in my case, as I’m experiencing a book hangover currently) about the fabulousness that is Ellie Marney’s YA romantic mystery thriller series.
I think one of the best things about the Every series is how I had the opportunity to see it grow – slowly – but in large, brave steps. (Now, let me pamper this review with some nostalgia because why not?) When Every Breath (the first book of the series) first arrived on my doorstep back in 2013, I literally had no clue what to expect. The reason why I picked Every Breath up was simply due to this one tag-line: “what if Sherlock Holmes was the boy next door?” Back then, I didn’t even know Sherlock (yes, I know, so tragic) but knowing how popular and well loved the TV show was to my friends, I gave it a go... and found myself pleasantly surprised. (So yes, thank god for Sherlock.) Just reading this last instalment made it so obvious how strongly this series has developed. I admit – I wasn’t the hugest fan of Every Breath, but Ellie Marney totally won me over in Every Word, and Every Move left me thinking of ways to kidnap her so she can write books for me every day. (So… that escalated quickly.) What I’m trying to say is: each book got consistently better than its predecessor, and the success of this series really shows it.
Rachel and Mycroft have a special place in my heart. They’re both (very) stubborn and imperfect, and I love them even more so because of it. Can I also just take a moment to praise Ellie Marney for how well Rachel’s PTSD was dealt with here? I absolutely loved this new aspect that was taken aboard here, and I felt that it was drawn out realistically. Talking about realistic things, Rachel and Mycroft’s romance remains to be one of the most authentic and wonderful teen romances I’ve read about. Too often, romances in YA books are overdone with cheesiness; but nope, this is never the case here. It’s evident how much they care for each other, and the two brought me to the brink of emotional tears so many times in this book. RACHEL AND MYCROFT – I SHIP IT. HARD.
(view spoiler)[Also, EVERY TIME RACHEL CALLED MYCROFT ‘JAMES’ MADE MY HEART CRY. I just… IT’S TOO MUCH. Stop being so amazing, seriously. (hide spoiler)]
Every Move would’ve been 5 stars for me if it weren’t for the love-triangle-that-wasn’t-a-love-triangle. I don’t want to scare anyone off, but there is a new character introduced in this book called Harris and well, he ends up being this potential love interest that just lurks in the corner while PISSING ME OFF. NO ONE TOUCHES MY SHIP, OKAY? It’s never truly acted on, but it’s obvious that there is something there. Okay I’ll shut up now before I spoil anything.
If you want a series to thrill you, if you want a series with amaze you with it's brilliantly flawed characters, if you want a series to blow you away with it's plot line and romance, this is a series I highly recommend.
~Thank you Allen and Unwin Australia for sending me this copy!~
THIS RAGING LIGHT is one of those books where I go in thinking that it'll be my next favourite novel, and come ouSee more reviews at YA Midnight Reads
THIS RAGING LIGHT is one of those books where I go in thinking that it'll be my next favourite novel, and come out utterly disappointed.
Why it went wrong for me:
- Total ass of a best friend aka Eden. So Lucille has been going through a lot of shit - her father is crazy and had to be sent away, her mother left through the front door without looking back and she has a 9-year-old sister to look after and feed while having a job and doing her own homework. The last thing she needs is for her best friend to just suddenly stop talking to her for no good reason. A best friend is supposed to help their best friend through tough times, not just start giving them the silent treatment.
- Too many plot lines for such a short novel. I finished this book in less than 2 hours. In those 2 hours, there were about 5 million plot lines going on at once and none of them were really well dealt with. By the end of the book, I felt really lost because there wasn't any real conclusion given. Of course, if you're okay with books that are just left completely wide open, then you may enjoy this book more than I did; but I wanted a few more strings tied before the conclusion of the novel.
- Weird as romance between Digby and Lucille. I wanted to ship these two so hard but I just couldn't get past how cheesy and cringe-worthy it was.
'Your yard looks nice,' he says. 'So they tell me,' I say. Touch me. Kiss me. I'm yours. Yours. I know he won't though. He would not cheat. I like his shoes. Vans. His long feet.
Da faq? And let's not forget that Digby has a freaking long-term girlfriend and he CHEATS on both of them throughout the book. I don't understand how this guy is likeable.
- An overly dramatic main character. Lucille turns pretty damn insignificant things into these really dramatic scenarios - which is acknowledged in the book but IT BOTHERED ME, OK?
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