Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Every Word (Every #2) by Ellie Marney

Published: September 8th 2015
Publisher: Tundra Books
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes&Noble / Book Depository
Goodreads: What if Sherlock Holmes was the boy next door? A smart, sexy, fast-paced thriller from new YA sensation Ellie Marney. The second book in the Every series.

James Mycroft has just left for London to investigate a car accident similar to the one that killed his parents ... without saying goodbye to Rachel Watts, his 'partner in crime'.

Rachel is furious and worried about his strange behavior - 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?

I loved the predecessor to this book, Every Breath, so I expected great things from this one as well. And this did not disappoint.

Rachel Watts and James Mycroft are back in Every Word, where the stakes are higher and the case isn't just bigger, it's out of their country. Or to be more precise, in London. The story is darker than the first book, and carries over nicely from the rather morbid turn that the first book took us to. It's something I don't see often in YA mystery books but Ellie Marney does quite well; which is having repercussions and consequences for the somewhat reckless moves that sleuthing teens take in order to get to the heart of things. This book gave me chills in all the right places and the adrenaline rush that rushes as I followed Watts and Mycroft through their antics in this book.

Also, many times, when I read a sequel to a book where a pair have gotten together, the chemistry seems to dull down, leaving me wanting. That was not the case with Every Word. There was, dare I say, even more physical and sexual tension between the two teens, and the scenes between them fairly sparked. It was exactly the kind of material that I wanted from a pair with such great chemistry between them and I definitely swooned once or twice because of it.
I turn his head to get back to his mouth, and these kisses are so deep that he is a part of me, he is mine and I am his. (taken from ARC~5%)
Even with the physical chemistry that they shared, they still have that award-winning banter and camaderie in this book that I loved so much even before they became a couple. They're an ideal pair, and definitely going on my top YA couples list.

And of course, before I get too carried away, about the mystery man himself. Mycroft's dangerous fixation on his parents' death is seen much more clearly in this book, as he jets off to London in order to investigate, leaving Rachel behind. We get a chance to see the broken boy behind the bluster and arrogance of the kid with Sherlock-Holmes-worthy skills and intuition.
"Mycroft's good at acting like a grown uphe's always good at acting. . ." (taken from ARC~16%)
It broke my heart to see just how deeply he was hurt by his past and Rachel's attempts to get past and break down those barriers was a heartache in itself. But at the same time, I liked that she faced the issue head-on, because as I said earlier, it's harder to see books where pairings work out their issues after they've started dating and don't gloss over the difficulties of being in a relationship where one is closed off or dealing with unresolved problems. I was reeled in by the parts of the book where Mycroft lets his barriers down a bit as we learn a little more about his past and seeing the bond between these two characters, how there's more than just the palpable tension connecting them.

Rachel herself is a character that I admire and love. She's not just the foil to Mycroft's brilliance, but she's smart and witty, with revelations and sleuthing skills of her own. She can keep up with Mycroft's difficult train of thought, and her determination and caring for him is what he needs despite his efforts to push her away at times.

There is also a lot more going on in this book than in its predecessor and I was impressed and a little spellbound as I sped through this book and its sharp twists and turns. There are certain moments that I thought the book wouldn't go past a certain point, but then kept going, and I had to remember to take deep breaths as the two main characters shot off into the depths of danger. The mystery they're involved in isn't fun and cute, but very real and intense, which is something that I personally loved.

Between the banter and the chemistry, the high stakes and menacing villains, and my beloved Rachel and Mycroft, this book has everything you could want in a YA thriller and hands it to you on a silver platter. I wholeheartedly recommend both the first and second book, and most likely the third one, whenever I get my hands on it.

Thank you to Tundra Books and Netgalley for the advance copy of this book.

My Rating: ★★★★★