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Monday, 2 March 2015

Aussie Blog Tour: Every Move by Ellie Marney | Series Review

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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Every Breath (Every #1)
Behind  335 Pages
Released: 1 August 2013
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Romance
Publisher: Allen & Unwin Australia
Buy Me: Angus & Robertson  |  Booktopia  |  Bookworld  |  Book Depository  |  Fishpond
At the Other End:
Rachel Watts has just moved to Melbourne from the country, but the city is the last place she wants to be.

James Mycroft is her neighbour, an intriguingly troubled seventeen-year-old who's also a genius with a passion for forensics.

Despite her misgivings, Rachel finds herself unable to resist Mycroft when he wants her help investigating a murder. He's even harder to resist when he's up close and personal - and on the hunt for a cold-blooded killer.


When Rachel and Mycroft follows the murderer's trail, they find themselves in the lion's den - literally. A trip to the zoo will never have quite the same meaning again...


A brilliant and fantastic novel with little hints of Sherlock here and there, packed with mystery and a touch of romance; a one of a kind combination for a perfect book.



 
Eeeep! Can I say how much I loved this book! I finished it in a day..... One day. I loved everything, I loved Mycroft and Watts and everything. I loved how the book even referenced to Sherlock and yet didn't try to copy it. The mystery was tantalizing and kept me on my toes until it was all revealed. Oh and that romance, all I can say is FINALLY

I know some people didn't like the Sherlock aspect to this book, but it was absolutely brilliant for me. It made me think of what the modern Cumberbatch would have been like as a teen (despite the parents thing and all other details). I absolutely love everything Sherlock so if course I had to love this book. I couldn't stop reading it, nor did I want to. It was a unique take on Sherlock and it was refreshing that it was set in Australia and it even had our lingo included as well. This book made me feel like I was just reading for the sake of it (not that I don't always), but it made me get into the story a lot quicker that other books. It just felt easy to fall into and to read. I didn't have to think about anything but the mystery, and even sometimes I laughed because of the things that they said or just the classic Aussie lines that were said.

Mycroft and Watts are a brilliant pair. Even though we don't see how they first met (which surely would have been interesting), you get the feeling that you already know them and that they are familiar. You connect with them instantly and you understand their motives. 

Before I get too carried away, let me just talk about the one little tiff I had with the book. I could easily put it down. Even when it was getting into the thick of things, I knew I would have been able to put it down if I needed to. I don’t know what it was, especially because of how much I loved the book. I guess it’s just one of those things that just… are.

I loved the supporting characters, Mai and Gus. They were brilliant and I loved Mai’s t-shirts, it just added that little bit extra spunk in the book. I also loved just how multi-cultural it all was. You don’t realize it, but it’s great to see such diversity.

I loved the mystery. It feels like this could have been how Sherlock (once upon a time) when he came to his first murder case. The mystery swallowed me, and I didn’t exactly care about much else (except when Mycroft and Watts would get together, which, by the way, came about in such an unexpected way for me). I was so involved in the mystery, and I had a gut feeling when we first meet the person of who it was, but then I put it at the back of my head because of other ideas. I realized too late, not sure if before Mycroft realized, but I knew it. 

This is a fantastic book, for both Sherlock fans and those who aren’t (crazy people). The mystery will keep you up all night, and you just want to know what happened! Cannot wait to start the second book to see what they get up to next.
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Every Word (Every #2)
Behind  340 Pages
Released: 1 May 2014
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Romance
Publisher: Allen & Unwin Australia
At the Other End:
Rachel is still getting used to the idea of Mycroft being her boyfriend when he disappears to London with Professor Walsh. They're investigating the carjacking death of the rare books conservator, which appears to be linked to the theft of a Shakespeare First Folio from the Bodleian Library. 

Worried about similarities between the conservator's accident and the death of Mycroft's own parents, Rachel follows Mycroft to London ... 

And straight into a whole storm of trouble.

Another captivating and steamy book in this fantastic Sherlock-y series. Even more fast paced and completely jam packed full of action, you won’t be able to put this one down.



 
I’m going to get my small problems out of the way first so I can get onto swooning. You know how I said about the previous book that it felt like I could put it down easy? Well, with this one, I didn’t have that problem... much. Ok, I still had it, but it wasn’t as bad as the first one was. The last half of the book was completely un-put-down-able. The only other small, teensy tiny, problem I had was that it was a bit too.... drastic? I’m not sure if that’s the right word for what I’m thinking/feeling at the moment, when she randomly took off for London. Ok, she did explain her feelings at the time and exactly why she was going over, but it still just felt weird to me. 

I felt a lot more connected to this book. It was absolutely brilliant and it gave me more of a Sherlock-y vibe... was it because it was set in London? Who knows, not this girl. Sorry, but that Sherlock museum just made me so completely jealous I was probably making evil eyes at the book. You can probably tell that London is my #1 place that I want to travel to.

Let me just say, that this book is steamy *fans self* and they don’t even go all the way! Wow, those kisses are explosive, and definitely made me swoon more than once in the span of one page. These two definitely need to catch a break, and hopefully they do in the next book (which I’m going to start tomorrow, excited much!), I really want these two to get together. I would ship Mycroft and Watts until the end of time! I absolutely fell in love with Mycroft more when he was finally opening up to Watts and understood why she was there.

So. Much. Action. I’m not even talking about mind blowing, explosive, fast paced action (which there still was), but there was nothing in the way and every single day something is going on;  a new lead, or a new theory or going to find out about something to help with the case. Then there was the mind blowing, explosive, fast paced action that I know we all love to read, and it was brilliant. What happened at the end and the situation they had themselves in, as well as how they got out of it was really well done, and it was exactly how it should be. It was perfect, not too easy, and not too hard. 

I’m really curious as to what is going to happen in the next book, especially how this book ended the truth could finally reveal itself! This series is a definite read, and I absolutely cannot wait to start the final book. A perfect series to binge-read anytime.
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Every Move (Every #3)
Behind  340 Pages
Released: 1 February 2015
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Romance
Publisher: Allen & Unwin Australia
Buy Me: Angus & Robertson  |  Booktopia  |  Bookworld  |  Fishpond
At the Other End:
Rachel Watts is suffering from recurring nightmares about her near-death experience in London. She just wants to forget the whole ordeal, but her boyfriend, James Mycroft, is obsessed with piecing the puzzle together and anticipating the next move of the mysterious Mr Wild - his own personal Moriarty.

So when Rachel's brother, Mike, suggests a trip back to their old home in Five Mile, Rachel can't wait to get away. Unfortunately it's not the quiet weekend she was hoping for with the unexpected company of Mike's old school buddy, the wildly unreliable Harris Derwent.

Things get worse for Rachel when Harris returns to Melbourne with them - but could Harris be the only person who can help her move forward? Then a series of murders suggests that Mr Wild is still hot on their tails and that Mycroft has something Wild wants - something Wild is prepared to kill for.

Can Watts and Mycroft stay one step ahead of the smartest of all criminal masterminds? The stage is set for a showdown of legendary proportions...


A thrilling and completely satisfying conclusion to such a fantastic trilogy. This is definitely a series worthy of a future re-read.


 
I cannot believe it! It’s over *sobs uncontrollably* I feel like I’ve only just started this trilogy and it’s already over. How can I live without more Mycroft and Watts! I really really want to know how they met; this is like a seriously bad craving. I’m dying over here people.

Now that the whole book and trilogy has sunken in, I really liked the ending. It was brilliant and it kind of set up how their lives are going to be in the future. It really was fantastic, and the ending wasn’t simple. Although, I’m surprised that they didn’t think of some things that I had thought of while it all happened. 

This is so hard to write, I want to talk about what happened in the book, but I can’t because of spoilers and GAHHH!

I know there wasn’t a love triangle in this book, and that it was definitely avoided. But STILL, if Mycroft was gone for longer than one week, it could have definitely been a thing. When we first met Harris, she spoke about what kind of a person he was and how he basically ruined her trip home with her brother. The next minute they are dancing together at the school dance, and she doesn’t hate him anymore, and is thinking about how good he looks and how his lips look. Mycroft has only been gone for ONE WEEK! Plus, she only hit Harris because he blew a raspberry on her, if he kissed her then it would probably be a different story. Don’t even get me started on that kiss at the end, I could so see that coming since the dance at the start. Sorry for the ranting, you all should know how I get about these almost/possibly yes love-triangles.

Other than that, I really enjoyed this book. It wasn’t as steamy as the other two (depressed much), but I still loved every minute of it, and the ending had me on the edge of my seat. I actually had to make myself stop at chapter 16 on the weekend because I had this feeling that if I start, then I wouldn’t be able to stop... I was right, it was brilliant and everything I wanted from the ending to this duo’s story. 

Definitely going to be on the lookout for more of Ellie’s books, I’m completely hooked. Once again, I’m going to say that this is a must read trilogy, and perfect for binge-reading. The only complaint you will have is that you want more! I know I certainly do. 
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These novels were received for review via Allen & Unwin. These reviews are entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of these novels.

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