Review: Every Breath by Ellie Marney

Saturday, 7 March 2015

18080011Every Breath by Ellie Marney
Released: 1st September 2014
Series: Every #1
Published by: Allen and Unwin
Genre: YA Mystery
Source: Bought
Pages: 335
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
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Rachel Watts is an unwilling new arrival to Melbourne from the country. James Mycroft is her neighbour, an intriguingly troubled seventeen-year-old genius with a passion for forensics. Despite her misgivings, Rachel finds herself unable to resist Mycroft when he wants her help investigating a murder. And when Watts and Mycroft follow a trail to the cold-blooded killer, they find themselves in the lion's den - literally.

A night at the zoo will never have quite the same meaning again...
Every Breath takes a fresh new spin on crime solving, with two teens who sure are good at being a Sherlock and Watson team. I'm so glad that I've finally gotten around to starting the 'Every' series, and I can say with confidence that I really did enjoy this book. With just the right amount of intelligent detective work, suspense and a relationship building - I can definitely see why people are praising this series, and it sure does deserve it.

He might think he's on some dark quest to find a murderer, but in reality he's just looking for the same answers that everyone who loses somebody looks for.

What's makes up half the fun in this book is the banter between Mycroft and Watts - the two of them have such an interesting friendship, and all the sleuthing going on just strengthens that. On their hunt to find out who killed James's friend 'Homeless Dave', the pair get up to some mischief, but more importantly some smart deducing to figure out who the murderer was. From interrogation techniques to investigating the crime scene, these two teens definitely know how to be bona fide dedectives.

There's also the matter of their personal lives though, which added another dimension to the story. Mycroft doesn't have the best stability with his aunt taking care of him, and Rachel is having a hard time adjusting to a city lifestyle after living on a farm. The fact that these tensions are underlying just add to the depth of the characters, and Ellie Marney did a wonderful job at that. 

Live or die - Every breath is a choice.

As with any good crime novel, you're going to want a twist that you don't see coming, and I liked the way the author orchestrated this one. I'm not going to give too much away, but aside from the mystery being solved itself, it was interesting how much of the action took place in the zoo as opposed to some other cliched setting like with underground mafia and the like. Having it set in Australia also makes that much more relatable, and bravo to Aussie authors like Elli Marney writing books like this which are so successful!

And finally - the romance. I SHIP IT. (and I so thought they'd be good together). Let's face it - we'd all see it coming from the very beginning, but it just works. It's realistic, there's no insta-love, and the way that these two look out for each other all the time and have that slow-burning sort of relationship brewing is nice to see.


I'm so happy to be reading some great YA mystery novels this year, and I can't wait to continue with this series. Every Word, here I come!

PS. Don't forget to check out my giveaway for the whole series on now! (ends 26th March 2015, AU only)


  1. haha the romance is definitely insanely shippable. I gave this book four stars as well, but I feel like I could have given it five stars if my expectations of it hadn't been so ridiculously high lol. So many people just completely loved it that I expected to too, but it felt like it was missing that little something to give it the full five stars. It was still pretty good though!

    1. Same here - there was so much hype, but I still loved it :)

  2. YAY YAY YAY so glad you're liking it. They get better and better so hold onto your hat :)

    1. Ooh this makes me even more excited for what's to come in Every Word :)

  3. So glad to hear you enjoyed this book Genie, I've had it recommended to me so much! I have the first book on my shelves and I'm looking forward to experiencing the relationship between Mycroft and Rachel. Fantastic review!

    1. I'd definitely recommend reading it Jeann - it really is worth the hype!

  4. I've heard really good things about this series recently, it's most definitely on my radar. I'm glad to see you enjoyed it too, it's just convincing me even more I need this in my life lol

    - Wattle @ Whimsical Nature

    1. Yes you definitely should check it out - the hype is worth it!

  5. I hadn't heard of this book until a few days ago, but it sounds like an amazing read. I actually want to try it now! And I do like crime solving books as well :D

    1. This sounds like just the right book for you then, it's popular for good reason :)


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