ARC Review: Every Word by Ellie Marney

ARC Review: Every Word by Ellie Marney
Every Word
Every #2
by Ellie Marney

Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Young Adult
Publication date: September 8th, 2015
by Tundra Books

Format: ARC


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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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

I read and loved Every Breath last year and I was really looking forward to reading Every Word.  I am happy to report that this book was every bit as awesome as Every Breath if not more so and it reminds me why I love Aussie lit so much!

Going into this book, I was a little worried about how Rachel and James’ relationship would fare given that he just hopped on a plane and left but I needn’t have worried because Ellie knows what she is doing.

First of all, can I just talk about the amazing dynamics of Rachel’s family? I absolutely adore reading about them. They are a complex family and things are not always happy dandy but they make it work. Rachel’s parents are realistic. They adore Rachel but don’t always let her get off the hook for things she does. Also Mike, her brother, is a fantabulous creature. I love how supportive he is of Rachel and I love their bond. HE IS SO ADORABLE.

Rachel is also a great female lead to head the show. I love her determination. When she flies half way across the globe to help James, she knows he won’t be happy but she doesn’t let that stop her because she knows that whether or not things will be okay between them, James does need help getting through this. I also love that her intelligence is not downplayed when she is with someone like James. She can pick up on things he cannot. Rachel is a very realistic character and I love that while she is brave, she is not abnormally so. When it comes down to it, she’d rather live than die. LIKE MOST PEOPLE.

James was a little bit of a douchecanoe in this instalment but he gets his shit together and then he becomes the same old lovable James. The thing is that his actions are understandable, and Rachel knows that he needs time. Visiting the past that has haunted him for years is hard for him. He is, quite understandably, a wreck. So I decided to forgive him. Plus, he totally redeems himself at the end of the book.

Rachel and James have a fantastic relationship. They, like most teenagers, are full of hormones and therefore tend to have a tendency to make out at inappropriate moments (NOT THAT I AM COMPLAINING.) But their entire relationship is not based on the fact that they are attracted to each other. They are a good couple. They work together as a team and always support one another.

This isn’t the end of it though. Ellie also manages to write amazing mysteries. The plot was amazing and I love that it isn’t too farfetched. When Rachel decides to hop onto a plane, it isn’t completely unrealistic. Things like Visas are mentioned (because you cannot always just hop onto a plane and travel last minute.) The mystery is well thought out and I love how things come together. I love that this book isn’t just a bunch of teens deciding to investigate and that there are people in charge. Also that bit towards the end of the book gets gruesome but I enjoyed that! It upped the stakes and really highlighted that this book isn’t some fluffy mystery, things can get bad REALLY quickly!

Before I conclude my review, there is one very important thing I’d like to discuss. I want to discuss breath that smells like the minty toothpaste someone used over 12 hours ago. WHERE CAN I PURCHASE THIS MAGICAL EVERLASTING TOOTHPASTE? I want my breath to smell nice all the time without having to pop mints or gum!

Silliness aside, this was a fantastic read. Ellie Marney has proven herself yet again. She knows how to weave stories that will capture your attention and make you desperate for more.

Note: I recently read some reviews for Every Move that mention a love triangle-y situation. I was pretty annoyed, but I do think that if anyone can make me get behind this, it would be Ellie. Hopefully everything will be a-okay!

Rating Report
Overall: 4
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  1. says

    Oh look at me going all Dr Seuss.

    I absolutely adored this series too Rashika, regardless of the magical toothpaste. I didn’t even pick up that when reading, that’s how immersed I was. The family dynamics and that Watts is held accountable for being reckless is what adds so much realism to the characters, that no one is perfect, but their flaws is really what adds to that likability too. I think you’ll absolutely LOVE book three as well, it really ups the ante and the romance isn’t at all as it seems too (wink wink). Brilliant review hun, reminds me why I loved this one so, so much <3
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    • Rashika says

      BAHAHAHAA I wasn’t nitpicking when I mentioned the toothpaste, just so you know! :D I’ve just noticed that in a lot of books so I was curious. HOW DO PEOPLE HAVE BREATH THAT SMELLS LIKE THEIR MINTY TOOTHPASTE ALL THE TIME? They should teach me their ways ;)

      Yay, also glad to hear about the romance in book 3! :) I am actually more curious now because if it isn’t what I think, then what is it? ;)

      Thank you, hon <3

    • Rashika says

      YAY!!! Glad to hear that!! :D I don’t like love triangles but I feel like Rachel and James are such a solid OTP that it would be surprising if things didn’t continue the same way!


  2. says

    I think it’s entirely possible that you read more Aussie YA than I do, Rashika! I am so ashamed. This title sounds fantastic especially the family dynamics that isn’t all sunshine and love! I also need to get me some of that everlasting minty toothpaste — I spend wayyy too much money on gum lol.
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    • Rashika says

      Cracking up because you said that ;) I am sure that isn’t true, but if it were, I WOULD BE HAPPY.

      Also, same… i love me some gum… :DDD

  3. says

    I haven’t read Every Breath yet Rashika, but this sounds absolutely amazing. I love the sound of the romance and the family dynamics here. And, of course, I’m a huge sucker for a mindblowing and intelligently written mystery, and this sounds like it has just that. Definitely going to have to give this series a try Rashika. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ♥
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    • Rashika says

      Don’t we all love mind blowing, intelligently written mysteries? ;) Ellie really does a good job with her mysteries and I hope you’ll enjoy the books, Zoe! :)

    • Rashika says

      Aussie YA deserves SO much more recognition! I wish more rights were bought so all of the awesome OZ YA could make its way into my hands! I WOULD GOBBLE ALL THE BOOKS UP

  4. says

    I’m so glad to hear that this second book is just as good as the first one. I really liked the family dynamics in the first one too, so I’m happy that it’s just as strong. Can’t wait to see how the relationship develops between Rachel and James!
    Hahaha! Girl, I need that toothpaste too! Let me know when you find it! :D
    Great review, Rashika!

    • Rashika says

      SAMEEEEEE. I believe my body is ready for Every Move! (LOL at that sentence though)

      Also, when i find the toothpaste, I’ll definitely let you know. Until then, THE SEARCH SHALL CONTINUE!

      Thanks, Nick! :)

    • Rashika says

      I think they do suffer but they suffer together rather than apart? Does that make any sense? Like their relationship actually comes out stronger.

      I hope you love Every Breath, Joy! :D

  5. says

    I haven’t continued this series precisely because of the love triangle situation in the final novel so I’ll be waiting to see your verdict on that before picking this book back up. Still, I’m glad to see it worked for you and I’m definitely excited to continue these books. I just don’t want the final piece to ruin the entire trilogy for me! Fantastic review, though, dear!
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    • Rashika says

      I am actually not as worried as I was before because a lot of people have told me that they didn’t find the situation in Every Move to be a love triangle! I’ll probably still be cautious but hopefully Every Move will be every bit as awesome as all the other books in the series and won’t ruin the trilogy for me! :)

      Thank you, Keertana <3

    • Rashika says

      Right? Rachel actually has to deal with consequences of what she does and that makes me happy. Her parents love her but they won’t let her get away with everything!

      I am glad to hear you’re adding the series to your TBR, Lexie!! :)

      I hope you’ll adore the books!

    • Rashika says

      Most people have told me it isn’t something I should worry about so I feel more positive about Every Move than I did before :) Hopefully it won’t be an issue for either of us and we will both love the book!

      I hope you enjoy Every Word!! :)