Thursday, June 5, 2014


By: Ellie Marney
Published By : Allen & Unwin
Released : Available Now
Details : Paperback from publisher for honest review, 340 Pages


Blurb: Goodreads

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?

Sparks fly when Watts and Mycroft reunite in this second sophisticated thriller about the teen sleuthing duo.

BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:


Loved this installment.

Holy mac and cheese, it has everything.

Every series is set in and around Melbourne, Australia, but in this installment we head off to London. We get to see the true UK version of Mycroft. He is in his natural habitat. I did laugh at his views on how to pull the wool over an English persons eyes.

Mycroft, bless him, he was simply brilliant in Every Word. There are many layers to this lad. I loved him in Every Breath, he is even more, in this installment.

He’s wearing jeans and his black T-shirt, he’s stripped off his red trackie jacket and tied it around his waist, and his hair is like a riot in a rubber band factory. His jaw works furiously as he chews on a tab of nicotine gum -- he hasn’t had a cigarette in eight weeks, so it must help somehow -- but he’s grinning at me.

This is what I wrote in my Every Breath, Every # 1, review about Mycroft :

He is quite an addictive character. He is a different YA male lead that we can crush on.

He is quirky, eccentric, a wild card, spontaneous, a contradiction sometimes, observant, sometimes manic, passionate, seventeen, kind hearted, lonely, curious, angry and a genius. You want to see what he does next.

He is a rule breaker. He sees the inside of a jail cell.

He is interesting.

All of the above, still stands. Mycroft, is just such an addictive character. Ellie writes him so well. I have a fictional crush on him. She gives him highs and she gives him his lows.

He might need to just ... crash and burn a bit before he’s ready to accept support.

He has a tendency to be quite theatrical with his passionate dialogue.

“This is all you get, Rachel -- a pile of fucking debris. The rest of me is just ...smoke.”

But, in the next breath he can be quite the lad.

“Please don’t smoke that in my car,” Walsh says firmly. Actual proof that he sometimes checks the rear-view mirror.

“It’s a rental,” Mycroft complains.

“I’m not renting these lungs. They’re mine.”

I tap my own chest between the zipper teeth. “And these are mine.”

“The boobs?” Mycroft gives my chest an appraising look. “Well, they’re certainly not fake.”

“Mycroft, stop talking.” Walsh says.

There was danger.


“Watts.” His whole face relaxes when he sees me. He grins. “Have you been having fun without me?”

Smexi YA moments. * waggles eyebrows *

“Shall we try this again?” Mycroft slides his hands around my waist as I turn.

“Yes.” I grin. “Without the crashing this time.”

“Right. No bump and grind. Slow dancing.” Mycroft pushes gently until my back hits the wall. His eyes flare as he leans in. "Got a bit carried away before, sorry. You’re here.”

“I’m here.” I nod and smile.

“Inside my room.” His lips turn up delightfully.


Ellie did turn the heat up quite a bit with the smexi.

What would it be like with his shirt off, the two of us pressed up against the wall near his bed... What if it was deeper, stronger...

In that instant, I want to know what it would be like.

Deeper. Stronger.

I push him back, yank my T-shirt up over my head.

Mycroft’s blue eyes light with a high, serious burn. He arches and strips off his own T-shirt.

See, now, if you wanna know more, you have to get the book.


All is not smooth sailing.

This was not that. I don’t know what it was. It had a quality about it... A finality.

It’s rattled me to the core. I stand there, staring at the cracks in the hallway paintwork, completely shell-shocked.

I was rattled too. I was spluttering.

My breath catches in my throat. I can’t knock. I can’t break this spell. This boy who makes my heart lose rhythm, whose hands have touched my skin, whose mind is bright as diamond. This boy who cannot let go, whose past is buried in the ground, in another country...

I love me some Pickup. He's really grown on me.

Detective Senior Sergeant Vincent Pickup, of St. Kilda Road Police Headquarters, Homicide Division, looks like a ginger tomcat that was dumped in a hessian sack and thrown in the river, before clawing its way out and drying on the bank.

He’s wearing what appears to be the exact same suit he had on the last three times I saw him, possibly with the same shirt. His nose and cheeks are a knobbled, pockmarked mass and his ranga hair has been flattened with the palm of his hand.

Pickup’s eyes, though, are steady, like pale blue chips off an Arctic glacier. Right now, he’s got them squarely focused on me.

I just reread my review for Every Breath and Ellie has definitely stepped it up. She made this a brilliant five star read for me, because she made it believable that these two kids could pull off what they did in this book. My love for Watts and Mycroft has only grown.

I have Watcroft love or Mywatts. :D

Man, I am excited for everybody to read Every Word. Like, uber excited. Ellie  brought the party to London, she gave them chaperones, so to speak, not that these two used them a lot, but it made how the plot unfolded believable and highly exciting. I was flipping the pages. I was reading until 2.00am. I didn’t want to put the book down.

Mike, Rachel’s brother was a really cool guy in this book. He really has grown on me.

Ellie really cemented these two kids and their abilities as crime solvers. They are only seventeen, and you do tend to forget that when reading. I think to a certain extent Ellie has listened to the readers reviews for, Every Breath.  She totally brought an exciting, believable adventure, that really did have me wanting to be Watts and have a bit of a snog with Mycroft. It brought back all that brilliant escapism of my youth. I just want to be Watts. She rolls her sleeves up, she is tough, she is there for Mycroft.

The villain, was a darn good villain. Ellie meant business with this villain. Oh, yeah! 


I so could see this as a tv series. 

I can't stop talking about Mycroft!

Mycroft is such an interesting, complex guy who we certainly discover more about in this book, with more seeds dropped. Mycroft is not your normal lead guy, he is different, and I so love him for it.

He is cool, without trying to be cool.

Rachel Watts aka Watts is a really great female lead. I loved her whole thought process when it came to Mycroft. They simply work well together. It may not always be easy with Mycroft, but Watts is always loyal and dependable. 

True to Every Breath, Mycroft is the knight in a shining hoodie when it counts.

I really didn’t want this book to end. It was a non stop ride. Strap yourself in for the emotional. The smexi and the peril.

Oh and there are some pretty hot kisses too.

Double thumbs up for Every Word.

Hell. Yeah!

I'm rather bouncy for Every Move # 3 releases March 2015.

I could so read a pile of books in this series, but Every Move is the conclusion. 

* sad face * 



The lovely Allen & Unwin are donating
 1 x paperback of Every Word

For me to giveaway.

You will want to win this!!


Aussie Residents Only

Publisher is posting the prize

Leave comment, and email addy or twitter or facebook so I can contact winner, easily.

Answer Q: What was the last book you read by an Australian author?

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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.


  1. Oh it sounds like a really great series! And it has everything? I should really try it. And it's nice to see all the books are good like that! I'm curious about the 2 charcters too now

    1. Melliane, I really liked Every Breath, but I LOVED Every Word. Ellie really brought it!

  2. Last book I read by an Aussie author was Night Fury by Belle Aurora. That woman is seriously talented! Which will be followed by another amazingly talented Aussie - Miss Pepper Winters and Twisted Together. I currently read more Aussie authors than anything else. - Sarez Tomoan

    1. Sarez, I liked Night Fury too and I have a copy of Twisted Together to crack open. Pepper rocks! We do have some brilliant talent over here :D

  3. The last book I read by an Australian author was The Eternity Gate by Traci Harding.

    1. Kalasyn, I don;t know that author I shall check it out :D

  4. Another new series! I do love books that takes us to different places, those are the best non-trip vacations!

  5. The last book I read by an Australian author was actually "Schindler's Ark" by Thomas Keneally. I had just watched the movie again, so decided it was time for a re-read. Both as potent as ever.


  6. Fantastic giveaway, thank you Michelle & Allen & Unwin. The last Aussie author I read was was Anna Romer. Thornwood House was awesome, a romance mystery that kept me guessing. I read this about two weeks ago. Love Aussie authors.


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