Hello readers! I'm (Rachel) so excited to be part of the Blog Tour for Every Breath the first in Ellie Marney's YA Mystery/Romance series because I adored this story! As part of my tour stop I have my review. For a complete schedule of tour stops which include fun guest posts, reviews, & interviews, click HERE.
Every Breath (Every #1) by Ellie Marney
Publisher: Tundra Books
Publication date: October 14th 2014
My rating: 4 stars
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When James Mycroft drags Rachel Watts off on a night mission to the Melbourne Zoo, the last thing she expects to find is the mutilated body of Homeless Dave, one of Mycroft's numerous eccentric friends. But Mycroft's passion for forensics leads him to realize that something about the scene isn't right--and he wants Watts to help him investigate the murder.
While Watts battles her attraction to bad-boy Mycroft, he's busy getting himself expelled and clashing with the police, becoming murder suspect number one. When Watts and Mycroft unknowingly reveal too much to the cold-blooded killer, they find themselves in the lion's den--literally. A trip to the zoo will never have quite the same meaning to Rachel Watts again...
My first obsession in reading was mysteries, with a little romance, of course! So when I heard the premise of Every Breath, a sort of teenage Sherlock Holmes genius, I was completely excited, and I’m happy to report it lived up to my high expectations! Mystery, romance, danger and even well placed humor made for an awesome start to this addictive series! I need book two, STAT!
Rachel Watts has had to move from the country to the crowded city of Melbourne, and the change wasn’t a welcome one. She pines away for the country as she adjusts to the harsh realities of city life. Cramped living spaces and a hardly seeing her family, all working hard to make ends meet separately instead of the team they once were on the farm.
James Mycroft, Rachel’s neighbor, is one of the bright spots in her life, even if his genius mind seems to get them into quite a bit of trouble. She’s never bored hanging around him, and her growing attraction to him is hard to ignore. When Rachel and Mycroft stumble upon their murdered friend, Homeless Dave, “the game is afoot” as they try and piece together the clues and get justice for Dave.
This story was a pure joy to read. The aspects of the mystery were fun and exciting. I felt like I was right there with Rachel and Mycroft deciphering clues, sizing up potential suspects, and trying to figure out a motive. There was plenty of danger, and at the end, that “light bulb” moment where everything comes together was wicked thrill ride! I liked the fact that even though these were teenagers trying to solve a crime it didn’t come off as unbelievable, as can happen sometimes in YA crime/mysteries.
But that was just part of the story. I enjoyed gradually getting to know both Rachel and Mycroft and see their relationship develop into more as they sleuthed about. Each had struggles, Rachel was adjusting to city life after financial crisis forces her family to move, and she’s understandably sad and bitter because she loved her life on the farm. Mycroft struggles with the loss of his family, and their love, often with self-destructive behavior. Rachel and Mycroft provide support and understanding for each other and grow closer as they do. It’s apparent to everyone around they’re more than just friends even if they’re the last ones to admit it. I loved their slow burn romance! This may be YA, but let me tell you their chemistry was off the charts once they finally get a clue!
There was a well developed cast of secondary characters: their awesome friends, Mai and Gus, as well as Rachel’s family make this the story come alive. I like that Rachel had caring, albeit imperfect, parents that were present and aware of their children’s actions and mental state.
Every Breath was a breath of fresh air. As you may know I’ve had a struggle enjoying YA lately, but Ellie Marney’s talented writing captivated me with multi-layered characters, a twisty mystery and a swoon-worthy romance! Even though Every Breath wraps up nicely, I still can’t wait to pick up Every Word!
About the author: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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