Review: Every Breath by Ellie Marney

Review: Every Breath by Ellie MarneyEvery Breath by Ellie Marney
Series: Every #1
Published by Tundra Books on October 14, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Retelling, Romance, Thriller
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover
Source: Won
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four-half-stars

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.Β 

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...

Not gonna lie, I was scared of this book. I mean, everyone has been loving it and I have been known, very occasionally, to be the black sheep of my little corner of the interwebs. For the record, I hate being the black sheep. Every Breath seemed a bit suspect too, because, while the thrilling word “ship” came up a lot, it came hand in hand with the word “Sherlock.” It’s not that I’m anti-Sherlock of any variety. However, what I know about Sherlock comes almost entirely from the Wishbone version of Hound of the Baskervilles. I did watch the first movie with Jude Law and RDJ, but I don’t even remember it. Until the book reminded me, I couldn’t remember who the heck Mycroft was in Sherlock Holmes. What if Sherlock love was essential for Every Breath love? My fears, guys.

You’ve probably guessed by now that Sherlock love was not necessary to love Every Breath, and I really really do. For a while I was afraid that I would just like it, but not reach the passionate, shouty levels of my dear friends. I’m not sure if took some time to take off for everyone or if that was just a me thing, but either way I ended up in the same location. That location being the docks. Where I boarded a ship. A Wattscroft ship made of science and practicality.

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Every Breath has some of the very best friendship to love romance that I’ve ever experienced. When the novel opens, they’re very firmly friends with scarcely a tension-filled moment. There are some Freudian slips here and there, but mostly they’re cool and comfortable with each other. The thing is that I totally get why they didn’t realize they should be making out. For one thing, Rachel hasn’t been in the city for that long and, for another, she doesn’t want to stay. Mycroft knows that she’s hoping to head right back out to the country, that she doesn’t want to get attached, and they’re both basically resisting messy romantic feelings. People vainly trying to resist attraction is basically my call to ship.

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Throughout Every Breath, Rachel has to weigh her feelings for Mycroft and her feelings about the city. I love how much Rachel loves farming and how much she will not let people disparage it. Along her emotional arc, Rachel says a lot of really mean things to people she loves, the barbs calculated to hurt the most. She also is incredibly loving and sweet and thoughtful, the sort of girl who makes sure Mycroft has enough to eat and will go hang out with Mycroft’s friend Homeless Dave.

Speaking of Homeless Dave, may he rest in peace. The mystery of the novel crops up early. Mycroft and Rachel, who totally have no romantic feelings for each other no sir, go to visit Dave and find his throat slashed. It’s a grisly, painful scene. Mycroft, though fascinated by forensics, throws up; it shows a lot about their dynamics that Rachel actually handles this better in some ways and not in others. The two begin investigating the case together and they’re really such a perfect team. When he’s flagging, she’s got a new idea and vice versa. Their talents and ways of thinking are quite different, so they complement one another well. Also, they trust one another, which is essential.

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Mysteries are not usually my thing, but I actually really liked this one. There’s a bit of Scooby Doo-ness in the meddling kids solving the mystery, but it also really worked. Unlike some YA or MG mysteries, I think it makes a lot of sense for the teens to be the ones to solve the case. The circumstances are such that it truly is unlikely that the police force would look so closely. It’s a sad truth that the murder of a homeless man wouldn’t be looked into as closely.

Back to the romance, because that’s obviously the most important part. I already adored the other half of Mycroft and Watts group, Mai and Gus, but they’re even better for being the biggest shippers on the whole planet. Actually, almost everyone is trying to get those kids to realize the truth, except for Rachel’s parents and the school administration. Both of the latter have pretty good reasons for being concerned, and, in the case of Rachel’s parents, I think it resolves really smoothly.

The first kiss is shippy perfection and holy shit I could barely put the book down from that point on. Basically, it hit one of my very favorite tropes and just yes. Also, the passion and the swoons in this book. I cannot even.

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My reservations are minor and petty. Mostly I just could not handle the character named Gray Jetta. His actual first name is Graham, but he goes by Gray. How does no one comment on the fact that this guy is a car? There’s also a teacher named Mrs. Ramen. Again, students would totally have some nickname for her or snicker about that or something. On top of that, there are way too many comma splices, which hurt my grammar loving soul, at least until I got sucked in enough to not notice anymore. Other than those things, my only issue was that it took a bit of time for the book to hook me, but once it did it did not let go.

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I may have already preordered the second book even though it doesn’t come out until September. Why oh why will it finish in Australia before book two even comes out here? More importantly, why must the Australian covers be so incredibly ugly. Now I have to wait ages and I am sad. Or I’ll give in and buy the ugly covers, but I really really don’t want to. ARGH.

Favorite Quote:

I guess all the zombie T-shirts in the world can’t overcome the terrible power of parental disapproval. I can sympathize.

Tl;dr – Review in a GIFfy:

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35 responses to “Review: Every Breath by Ellie Marney”

  1. MJ says:

    I loved this one too and I’m with you on the covers as well. Plus, I really don’t know a store that will ship Aussie books to the US with decent shipping costs. The ship really had a lot of my favorite tropes in it, though I was a little bit scared about how she was going to pull off since the friendship itself is just so good.
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    • Christina Franke says:

      I believe Fishpond ships internationally free now, at least if you buy enough, though I’ve not ordered from them yet. I will someday, though.

      Yeah, I wasn’t sure about the ship at first either, but it’s realllly well done.

  2. Meg says:

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  3. Meg says:

    *whispers* it’s so beautiful
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  4. meghann m. says:

    I got an ARC of this at BEA and never heard anything about it so it kind of fell to the wayside. Now I MUST read it ASAP!!!!
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    • Christina Franke says:

      DO ITTTTTTTTT. I didn’t even know it was at BEA or ever walk past Tundra books. Mistake. Though I love the hardcover’s texture, so it’s all good!

  5. Meg says:

    “That location being the docks. Where I boarded a ship. A Wattscroft ship made of science and practicality.”

    “Every Breath has some of the very best friendship to love romance that I’ve ever experienced.”

    “Their talents and ways of thinking are quite different, so they complement one another well. Also, they trust one another, which is essential.”

    “The first kiss is shippy perfection and holy shit I could barely put the book down from that point on. Basically, it hit one of my very favorite tropes and just yes. Also, the passion and the swoons in this book. I cannot even.”

    *hyperventilates*
    these gifs
    i can’t

  6. Meg says:

    yes i’m still here i’m never leaving
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  7. Meg says:

    *continues to weep incoherently*
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  8. Gillian says:

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  9. Gillian says:

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  10. Gillian says:

    I’M SORRY GILLIAN CAN’T COME TO THE COMMENTS RIGHT NOW BECAUSE THOU HAST RENDERED HER DECEASED IT’S TOO MUCH I CAN’T GO ON
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  11. Love your review and I’m so glad you loved the book! Luckily I read this after seeing Meg and Gillian’s reviews only, so PRESSURE but not too much! And I felt similarly, I liked it a lot but somewhere in the middle it switched to love. I was thrown by the Aussie slang at first, I didn’t realize how different it was from American and even British slang! Took some getting used to, but I loved the setting. And The friendship-to-love is out of this world! PERFECT buildup. I almost died when he grabbed her ankle omgggg. The Scooby Doo comparison makes me laugh but it’s so apt! I’m too impatient for September so I ordered the second book from the Aussie publisher- it’s cover isn’t terrible but I hate the third book’s cover πŸ™ Good thing Wattscroft is worth it!
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  12. This book just exploded onto my radar recently. One minute I didn’t even know it existed and the next it felt like everyone was talking about it and it’s sequel so I don’t know if I live under a rock or it just gained momentum THAT quickly. But anyway… I am glad that you were impressed by this one. Reading your review makes me even more excited to read it. I’m looking forward to a promising ship and enticing mystery. Great review!
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  13. Denai says:

    Just want to make a quick comment, the Gray Jetta thing, she may not have known. If its set in Melbourne, I’m guessing its Australian. And as an Australian, I have no idea what a Gray Jetta is, although I assume from your review its a car?

    I’m usually a bit out of loop about local authors, so thanks, I’ll try this one out.

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  15. KaiChan says:

    WAIT WAIT IS THAT KISSING GIF REAL BECAUSE I HAVE NO IDEA IF IT’S EDITED AND THAT MY “THE 100” OTP SO IM JUST SOBBING SO HARD OMFG THEY’RE SO BEAUTIFUL TOGETHER COQMDOQMFOQNF

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