{Bee Reviews} Every Breath by Ellie Marney ~ Yup, I Should’ve Read This Sooner

Posted July 7, 2016 by Bee in Reviews / 10 Comments

{Bee Reviews} Every Breath by Ellie Marney ~ Yup, I Should’ve Read This Sooner

Every Breath

by Ellie Marney
Series: Every #1
Published on September 5th 2013
by Allen & Unwin
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Amazon | Goodreads

Rachel Watts has just moved to Melbourne from the country, but the city is the last place she wants to be.

James Mycroft is her neighbour, an intriguingly troubled seventeen-year-old who's also a genius with a passion for forensics.

Despite her misgivings, Rachel finds herself unable to resist Mycroft when he wants her help investigating a murder. He's even harder to resist when he's up close and personal - and on the hunt for a cold-blooded killer.

When Rachel and Mycroft follows the murderer's trail, they find themselves in the lion's den - literally. A trip to the zoo will never have quite the same meaning again...

4.5 Stars

So, when I first saw this book, I brushed past it. I didn’t look at reviews back then and the cover and title just didn’t appeal to me so I just clicked it away. Well, I would like to take my DeLorean, travel back in time, and wack my past self over the head with a big giant book because I’m really really stupid. I should have read this AGES ago. AGES I TELLS YOU. Because this book was freaking AMAZING.

You’re probably wondering what made me pick it up. (Or not, but I’m telling anyways.) Well, I was on Twitter one day and Meg from Cuddlebuggery started explaining why this series is the best thing of ever and it made me curious. So I looked it up again. I recognized the hideous cover and this time I read the blurb and went over friends’ reviews. Which were all overwhelmingly positive. So I got myself a copy and started reading. And then I fell in love. And I will tell you why. Because that’s why you’re here after all.

While, yes, the story was awesome and I loved it, that’s not the main reason why I adore this book. Nor is the fact that this is set in Australia, though that is also fantastic. Nope. The reason I loved this book to the moon and back is the characters. They are the stars of this book, as they should be, naturally. These characters were real. They jumped off the pages and their dynamics were out of this world awesome. All of them, not just Mycroft and Watts. Even the side characters were like that. But of course Mycroft and Watts are the best ones. They were flawed and real and I loved them and their chemistry was off the charts. I loved their friendship and how it blossomed over the course of the book. And might I add, this author knows how to write a good kiss. Holy smokes.

There are, however, two tiny things that kept me from giving this the 5-star stamp. One is that this book is, in fact, set in Australia. And while that is not a bad thing in the least, for me it took some getting used to because this book, the narration and dialogue especially, are very Australian and I’m not super familiar with it. So that was a bit weird at first. And the second thing is that Mycroft and Watts get off a little easy sometimes for the things they pull? And they’re both REALLY smart and yes, it’s YA and fiction so whatever, but still. Sometimes it was all a bit too convenient.

BUT I adored this book to bits and I can’t wait to continue reading the rest of it because I adore these characters. And I want to know what’s in store for them. So yes, you should read this. Don’t let the cover fool you in the least. Pick up this book and read it asap.


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10 responses to “{Bee Reviews} Every Breath by Ellie Marney ~ Yup, I Should’ve Read This Sooner

  1. I FREAKING ADORE THIS SERIES SO MUCH I COULD CRY. *hugs it forever* Although I’m laughing that you rated it lower because it was Australian and all the slang…ahhahhaha. IT WAS SO HOMEY FOR ME. <3 Although I honestly don't talk like that, but I read a lot and have a weird vocabulary. XD But anyway. Watts + Mycroft = my OTP.
    And please someone rebrand these covers omg they're horrendous.

  2. Oh, Bee you have convinced me! I was JUST like you- seeing it pop up, but being like “meh, looks dumb” without really giving it much thought. Even though lots of people I know loved it, I haven’t really seen much about it (other than some 4 and 5 star Goodreads ratings from friends!) but yeah, I think I need to read it! I actually bought the first two from a friend- for just shipping!-so I will be reading them. I love the sound of the romance (!!) and that the characters are so well developed! Plus, I totally need to read more books set outside the US, so that is a big plus! Great review 😀

  3. You’re so right Bieke, the characters really are the stars of this book! I fell in love with Mycroft and Watts at once and by the end I was blown away by them. I’m dragging my feet reading the sequel right now because I just don’t want to get to the third book and have it be over! And from someone that rarely reads contemporaries, THAT is saying something LOL! Glad you enjoyed this too 😀

  4. YESSS! I love that you loved it too! 😀
    I have mad love for these books and especially these characters. And yes to the chemistry! Holy moly does Ellie know how to write a passionate kiss. Book 2 has even more amazing ones. I have them all highlighted and I re-read them from time to time. 😀
    I can’t wait for you to read more, Bee. I guarantee you’ll fall harder for them.

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