Book Review: Every Breath by Ellie Marney

Posted October 10, 2015 by Lori in Books, Reviews / 1 Comment Tags:

Book Review: Every Breath by Ellie MarneyEvery Breath by Ellie Marney
Series: Every #1
Published by Tundra on 2014-10-14
Genres: Love & Romance, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Rachel Watts is an unwilling new arrival to Melbourne from the country. James Mycroft is her neighbour, an intriguingly troubled seventeen-year-old genius with a passion for forensics. Despite her misgivings, Rachel finds herself unable to resist Mycroft when he wants her help investigating a murder. And when Watts and Mycroft follow a trail to the cold-blooded killer, they find themselves in the lion's den - literally.

A night at the zoo will never have quite the same meaning again...

This is one of those books I found only because I saw other bloggers talking about it. And since everyone was loving it, I had to have it too so I could find out if I would love it as much as everyone else. And I’m so glad I did! This book turned out to be different than I originally thought it would be but I enjoyed it so much more.

When I first picked this book up, I thought it was a Sherlock/Mycroft retelling. But it turns it’s more of a completely new story with mentions of Sherlock. Mycroft has no actual relation to Sherlock and it’s really only coincidence that his name is related at all. But because of the familiar name, he makes references to Sherlock a lot and of course calls his friend, Rachel Watts, his Watson. This is also a murder mystery story, so they have that in common as well. But it isn’t a retelling. And I actually really liked that about it. I liked hearing Myroft mention Sherlock and I liked the little jokes about it. I liked that I wasn’t always on the lookout for things that were similar or different. Especially now that retellings have become so popular in the YA book world, it was refreshing to see a different kind of take on it.

Another thing that surprised me about this book was the characters’ backgrounds. Since I knew almost nothing about the book (I avoid detailed reviews of books I want to read and I don’t usually read most details in the synopsis either), so just based on my own ideas of what the book would be, I was surprised at how different from that the characters ended up being. I don’t know why, really, I just did. So when I read about them, I loved them even more. They’ve both come to be where they are because of difficult circumstances they experienced earlier in life and discovering what had happened and how they were dealing with them was one of the best parts of this book.

Of course, I can’t really talk about this book without mentioning the relationship between Mycroft and Watts. Since I don’t want to spoil anything, I’ll just say that I loved it. It was not at all what I expected but I loved how they were together, how they understood parts of each other, and how everything ended up. I can’t wait to read more about them! Also, don’t read the synopsis for Every Word if you don’t want to be spoiled.

I highly recommend this book. Especially if you’re a fan of Sherlock and murder mysteries and want that feel in a young adult book. Also, if you’re a fan of romance being the main focus, you should know that you won’t find that here. There are relationships and things do happen and I loved the romance but it isn’t biggest theme of the book so you’ll be disappointed if that’s what you want. I really enjoyed this book and bought Every Word as soon as I finished it because I needed more Watts/Mycroft as soon as possible!

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