Title: Every Word
Author: Ellie Marney
Publisher/Date Published: Allen & Unwin/June 1st 2014
Category/Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary-Mystery-Thriller
Source: Won in Sunny’s blog competition — thanks Sunny and Allen & Unwin!
Description: James Mycroft has just left for London to investigate a car accident similar to the one that killed his parents seven years ago…without saying goodbye to Rachel Watts, his ‘partner in crime’.
Rachel is furious and worried about his strange behaviour – not that Mycroft’s ever exactly normal, but London is the scene of so many of his nightmares. So Rachel jumps on a plane to follow him…and lands straight in a whole storm of trouble.
The theft of a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio, the possible murder of a rare books conservator, and the deaths of Mycroft’s parents…Can Watts help Mycroft make sense of the three events – or will she lose him forever?
4/5 stars —
What. A. Follow. Up.
Wow. Honestly I wasn’t sure what I should be expecting from this novel — sequels can sometimes bit a bit hit-and-miss, you know? But I ought not to have worried about this one, it was fantastic. Marney once again proves that she excels in crafting a well-written mystery-thriller with romance that will leave you breathless. Absolutely loved this one. Just with the first, I stayed up very late finishing it, and read it all in one sitting. That was how good this novel was.
This book was explosive.
Um, literally, actually, but anyway… From start to finish, I was hooked. I’d already been looking forward to this book after I finished the first, so when I found out that I’d won a copy — I was pretty dang ecstatic. I sat down on my bed, thinking, Oh, I’ll just read the first couple chapters, I should probably be sleeping soon… And then, the next thing I knew, it was twelve o’clock of night, and I was already more than half-way through the novel. (At that point I realized that sleeping would just be futile.) Back to the novel, though, I loved that we had a change of setting here. I loved the fact that the first novel was set in Australia, but in Every Word, Rachel races off to London to join Mycroft in solving a car accident reminiscent of the one that killed his parents.
Just as in the first novel, there was that same awesome teen sleuthing.
So here’s a book weakness of mine: I love stories that have teens trying to solve crimes. It shows that hey — guess what — maybe teens aren’t as useless as you all thought, anyway! In book one, James and Rachel worked together to solve the crime of the homeless man. In this one I felt like Rachel stepped up a lot and did quite a bit of the sleuthing by herself… which ended up getting her into a lot of trouble.
Ellie Marney does fantastic romance.
I loved the way that this novel further developed upon Rachel and Mycroft’s romance. No love-triangles, no unneeded teen drama, just simple (well, maybe not simple, but you get what I mean), wonderfully engaging romance that will make you smile, laugh and cry. Mycroft is a seriously great character. He’s damaged and flawed, yet realistically so, but also still likeable at the same time. He’s the sort of character that sometimes, you’re going to want to shake, but at the end of the day you’re going to be rooting for Rachel and Mycroft. His witty conversation and banter added a layer of lightness to the story — even in the most dire of circumstances — which I loved in this novel as much as the first.
Every Word has to be one of the best sequels I’ve read all year.
Aaaaand on another note, this is me waiting for Every Move: