Review: Every Word by Ellie Marney

Review: Every Word by Ellie MarneyEvery Word by Ellie Marney
Series: Every #2
Published by Allen & Unwin on June 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Pages: 340
Format: Paperback
Source: Gifted
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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.

Before I get started with the review, I should probably thank Meg (Cuddlebuggery) once again for her generosity in sending me Every Word. She didn’t have too, obviously, because I was planning to buy the American edition when it came out…in September. However, Meg does not believe in waiting that long for Wattscroft feels. Or really any feels. Meg wanted the best for me. Either that or she’s a bit of a sadist. Every Word turned out to be bloody brilliant, and now that I know how good it is I scoff at my plan to wait for the US editions and all that self-control I once had.

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Something happened in between Every Breath and Every Word. Now, if you look at my review, you’ll see that I rather loved Every Breath. The ship was amazing and the mystery was good fun. Though there were some tense moments, I wasn’t deeply concerned. When I put the book down, I wanted the rest of the series, but waiting until September was a totally conceivable notion.

In the couple of months since I read Every Breath, I managed to forget a couple of the more minor details, like roller derby and Alicia. Despite this fact, I immediately sensed that Every Word was a whole new animal. Everything about this book is darker, hotter, more intense. This is one of those books that I sped through because I couldn’t help myself. I’ve no doubt I missed a bunch more small details, and rereading will inevitably reveal a bunch of stuff I blew past on the first go-round. In Every Word, I couldn’t pace myself; at times I was pretty close to skimming because I was so desperate to get to the next words, to absorb it all as quickly as possible.

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YES, JASPER, WE WILL FOLLOW THEM ANYWHERE

Except for those times when I had to put the book down in the middle of a chapter so that I could yell at Meg. The mystery and circumstances of Every Breath? Fucking child’s play compared to Every Word. The mystery in book one mostly stands on its own. The larger arc is begun, but nothing happens with it until Every Word. Second book syndrome is not remotely present here; Every Word ramps up the action, driving the series inexorably towards the showdown with the big bad. The plot arcs of these books are so solid, with a strong overarching plot, but enclosed mysteries for each of the first two books.

The mystery of Every Move has to do with a stolen Shakespeare folio. How perfect is that for book nerds? Oh, also, a librarian died. And Mycroft just fucking goes to London without telling Rachel anything. Ahem. I am totally calm about this. TOTALLY CALM. Once again, I marvel at Marney’s ability to make me find the events of the book plausible. Sure, in all likelihood, teens wouldn’t get to be so involved with a murder investigation, but it really just works here.

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Let’s be real, though. What I am most impressed by are the character arcs, because holy shit those character arcs. Great as the mystery is, I wouldn’t give a single shit were it not for how much I care about Watts and Mycroft. When I said that something changed in Every Word, I went from shipping them quite strongly to shipping it like fucking burning. While reading Every Word, I felt physical heart pain for these two. That’s how much I care.

I’ve talked a good deal about a certain kiss in Every Breath, with good reason. Well, Ellie Marney does not skimp out on the kissing here at all. She is a wizard of swoon. Those kiss scenes are so hot, and I really don’t know how she does it. I’m fairly certain that an actual sex scene written by Ellie Marney would cause the book to explode into flames. There’s a lot of passion and attraction between them, combined with the way they bond on an intellectual level. The banter and connection from Every Breath isn’t gone; it’s stronger than ever and now with more desire.

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More important than the mystery by far plot-wise actually (which isn’t to discount the mystery at all) is Mycroft’s emotional development. His plot arc in this book is boss. He has to start dealing with his parents’ deaths. He has to learn to open up to Watts or else let her go. The thing about Mycroft is that as vibrant and passionate as he is, as much as he cares, he’s truly a sparking livewire, ready to flame out at any time. He’s truly dangerous in a lot of ways. He’s not stable, and Watts alone cannot fix him. She does, however, support him as much as she possibly can. Also, just a moment to say that Watts is so cool and wonderful and strong.

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I’m fairly certain I’m not going to make it through Every Move without crying, since it’s obviously going to be even more dark and intense. Without a doubt, Ellie Marney’s going to hurt me emotionally. This is why I’ve preordered an Australian copy, something I actually did at one of the most painful scenes. You guys should get hooked on this series too, because 1) it’s balls to the wall amazing and 2) I’m a bit of sadomasochist like Meg.

Favorite Quote:

A spark nestles like a bird inside our chests, so deep that we can’t find where it lives, but it is everything. It’s what makes us dream and think and feel and laugh and sing. And it is a mystery, and it is mundane, and, above all, it is fragile. Any moment could be our last.

Tl;dr – Review in a GIFfy:

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8 responses to “Review: Every Word by Ellie Marney”

  1. Meg says:

    However, Meg does not believe in waiting that long for Wattscroft feels. Or really any feels. <—what kind of truth. Really, waiting in general is something I am 100% not on board with.

    Meg wanted the best for me. Either that or she’s a bit of a sadist. <— Whatever do you mean I certainly do not engage in ‘who will cry first’ competitions or send friends books with the specific intention of making them feel things until they hurt. I WOULD NEVER.

    now that I know how good it is I scoff at my plan to wait for the US editions and all that self-control I once had. <— SEE I HAD YOUR BEST INTERESTS AT HEART

    BUT SERIOUSLY THOUGH HOW FUCKING INTENSE WAS THIS BOOK? Much like The 100 stepped up it’s game so incredibly much in season 2 I sometimes catch myself thinking of season 1 as a totally different show, Every Word is a thousand times more everything than Every Breath.

    Basically I can pick apart every line in your review and shout YEEEESSSSSS for each one but I feel like that could maybe get tedious so just assume I am nodding and maybe shouting and occasionally fist bumping and also, I cannot lie, petting the screen and crying a little for reasons having more to do with your gifs, the s2 finale and my inability to deal with my own emotions than this review making me sad in anyway (because it doesn’t, it makes me very, very happy)

    (idek if i’m typing coherent english)

    I went from shipping them quite strongly to shipping it like fucking burning. <—— LLKHAJSGFDFSASLYEEEESSSSSSSSSSS

    I felt physical heart pain for these two. <— IT FUCKING HUUUUUUUUUURTS

    I’m fairly certain that an actual sex scene written by Ellie Marney would cause the book to explode into flames. <— AGREE. Idk if Every Move has a sex scene and I honestly couldn’t tell you if I want one or no because I’m pretty sure it would kill me and I say that as someone who has read a lot of sex scenes. (I lied, I want one, bring on my glorious demise) (no, don’t, I have vowed not to die until Bellarke gets together) (I’M SO CONFLICTED)

    The banter and connection from Every Breath isn’t gone; it’s stronger than ever and now with more desire. <—— at this point I whimpered. And then did the crying/petting the screen thing at the next gif) (We’re not even a week into helots and I’ve already completely devolved) (also remember when I said I was going to not go line by line? I sort of lied)

    MASOCHISTS FOR THE WIN.

    SOBBING OVER YOUR REVIEW IN A GIF FOR REASONS BRB I NEED TO GO LOCK MYSELF IN THE BATHROOM AND BANG MY HEAD AGAINST THE WALL UNTIL THE FEELINGS STOP.

    (Seriously though, if I haven’t said it enough, I AM SO SO SO GLAD YOU LOVE THESE BOOKS AND THIS SHIP SO MUCH)
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Oh hey, I’ve been in this comment form for like 6 hours. I am doing excellent blogging. Waiting is the worst. I always wanted that BNL machine that would measure up the distance and eliminate the folks in between.

      NOPE. GILLIAN SHOULD TOTALLY READ IT BECAUSE IT’S MADE OF SUNSHINE AND SHIPPING. Nothing dangerous here at all.

      It really, really was. Minus the lions (which were so off-the-wall as to not really register as truly scary to me), Every Breath was pretty fluffy. Like, edgy-fluff, but fluff. Every Word, is NOT fluff. Not one bit of it.

      (You are totally typing coherent English. I am much impress. Also, I don’t think there’s ever anything you say that’s boring, so I’m not concerned.)

      MY HEART PAIN. UGH. I had to put it down for like twenty minutes because no ow meg why.

      I CAN TELL YOU THAT I WANT A SEX SCENE. ARE YOU KIDDING? (Esp because I’m very much afraid that everyone won’t survive, so give me that at least)

      helots?!?!?! is that like ocelots from hell? helots?

      (How perfect is that gif though? My pain).

      • Meg says:

        my bad i’ve been on cold medication for like 5 days straight and it’s fucking with my brain (actually today is my first day drug free WHEEEEEE)

        helots = my attempt to say hellatus i.e. hiatus but with more hell but the new OS has autocorrect so it did that bc it hasn’t been properly trained yet

        okay now that i’ve re-experienced this review and these gifs i’m going to go cry some more
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        • Christina Franke says:

          Ohhhhh, okay. That was my best guess actually, but I couldn’t figure out how the ots came into it.

          Poor cold medication Megasus. Glad you’re feeling better. Also sorry about the tears.

  2. This book was SO INCREDIBLY INTENSE. I was squirming in my seat and read like a speed demon. Pretty sure I finished it in a day for the same reasons as you- I had to know what was going to happen!!!

    Duuude I really think a Wattscroft sex scene would make me spontaneously combust. There were so many scorching hot moments in Every Word I almost couldn’t deal.

    You are SO right about plausibility! Ellie somehow has a way with words that makes it work. I believe all of it and want mooore. The mystery is always so twisty too, which I love.

    Mycroft (and Watts, but mostly Mycroff) grows so much and despite the whole BYE AUSTRALIA HELLO LONDON, NOT TELLING MY GF thing, they actually communicate a lot which is soooo refreshing. Look at that, a couple that works through shit, AMAZING. I also loved Alicia! She was great. I’m really really scared and excited for Every Move. Eep! I’m glad you ordered a copy 🙂

    • Christina Franke says:

      I was SO UNPREPARED. Every Breath was like “go ahead, safe waters ahead. fun little mysteries, no worries” and then book two bashes you on the feels repeatedly, until you’re a writhing mass of reader.

      GUH. Seriously some of the hottest kisses ever. *fans self*

      Mostly Mycroft. Watts dealt with a lot of her issues in Every Breath, and, let’s be real, her issues were less serious. She’s growing of course, but she’s doing so in a more organic way, if that makes any damn sense. GUH. I YELLED AT THE BOOK SO MUCH WHEN THAT HAPPENED. But they always deal with shit and don’t drag it out for a million pages, so it works. They mostly do this because Watts is kind of like Sam: “And I’m coming with you!” Haha. Alicia was really chill and did her best to help them out. YEAH FOR SHIPPERS.

  3. Kim says:

    Ho.ly. shit. I am fortunate enough to have an ARC of the US version and your review makes me want to pick it up and read it immediately. But also maybe not? Because maybe I should save a reading experience that is promised to be as glorious as this for when I really, really need it.

    Everything you’ve laid out here sounds like perfection. Darker, hotter (!!!!!!), and more intense? Yes please! In London? Involves a stolen Shakespeare folio? Good god, It’s perfect Kim bait. And I cannot wait for the Mycroft character growth. I mean, I loved him already, but let’s be real. Boy is overdue.

    It seems like I felt similarly about EVERY BREATH so I look forward to continuing on this same trajectory as you. Gah, amazingness here I come.
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    • Christina Franke says:

      DO IT. Though I do warn you that you’ll immediately be shelling out money for the much less appealing Australian cover for book three (I’m just assuming the US one will be better), because you MUST. But please SUFFER WITH ME.

      I’m really good at selling books right? Haha. THIS BOOK IS SO HOT, THOUGH. AND ALSO PAINFUL. IT IS LIKE BEING IN THE SUN.

      She goes snooping around the library. SHAKESPEARE FOLIO. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.

      Mycroft very much needs to deal with a lot of shit, and he’s not done yet, but he’s making progress. And this is where you REALLY get to see how good Watts is for him, because most girls would not have put up with him. She’s so great. *stops for a moment to rein in feels*

      JOIN ME.

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