Review: Every trilogy by Ellie Marney || Where Every Moment was filled with Mystery

  

Title: Every Breath, Every Word & Every Move
Author: Ellie Marney
Series: Every trilogy
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Slightly warm
Format: Ebook
Published: September 1st 2013, June 1st 2014 & February 25th 2015 by Allen & Unwin respectively
Source: Purchased
My Rating:  

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Every Breath:

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…

Every Word:

Rachel is still getting used to the idea of Mycroft being her boyfriend when he disappears to London with Professor Walsh. They’re investigating the carjacking death of the rare books conservator, which appears to be linked to the theft of a Shakespeare First Folio from the Bodleian Library. Worried about similarities between the conservator’s accident and the death of Mycroft’s own parents, Rachel follows Mycroft to London … and straight into a whole storm of trouble.

Every Move:

Rachel Watts is suffering from recurring nightmares about her near-death experience in London. She just wants to forget the whole ordeal, but her boyfriend, James Mycroft, is obsessed with piecing the puzzle together and anticipating the next move of the mysterious Mr Wild – his own personal Moriarty.

So when Rachel’s brother, Mike, suggests a trip back to their old home in Five Mile, Rachel can’t wait to get away. Unfortunately, it’s not the quiet weekend she was hoping for with the unexpected company of Mike’s old school buddy, the wildly unreliable Harris Derwent.

Things get worse for Rachel when Harris returns to Melbourne with them – but could Harris be the only person who can help her move forward? Then a series of murders suggests that Mr Wild is still hot on their tails and that Mycroft has something Wild wants – something Wild is prepared to kill for.

Can Watts and Mycroft stay one step ahead of the smartest of all criminal masterminds? The stage is set for a showdown of legendary proportions.


The thing is… I kept spelling Mycroft as Microsoft in my head while reading. 😂

Anyway, this was a pretty fun and intriguing trilogy. I had heard a lot of good things about this trilogy and it was sitting on my e-reader for a loooong time, so I finally decided to pick it up and daaaaamn, I was so not expecting it o be this good! Also, this was a pretty good Sherlock adaptation.

The Mysterious Plot!

This trilogy follows Mycroft and Rachel as they hop onto solving one mystery to the other which eventually leads to the mystery of how Mycroft’s parents were killed. So many freaking things kept happening, from Rachel being kidnapped to them finding out who killed Mycroft’s parents.

The first book was pretty awesome, a homeless guy who used to be Mycroft and Rachel’s friend is found dead on the streets and eventually, they figure it out that it was not as simple as it looked like. I looooved how involved they got while solving the mystery, especially Mycroft but Rachel didn’t lag behind either. And that ending!! I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry seeing their condition, it was truly a dangerous situation but kind of hilarious at the same time.

The second and third book is more of a link up together as the events continue from the second book to the third one.  A carjacking case brings Mycroft back to his hometown a.k.a London and it’s a case similar to his parents’ death. My poor baby went through a lot but Rachel, oh my freaking goodness, I didn’t think she would survive. I was horrified at the tortures she had to face.

The 3rd book felt a little slow, pace-wise and the first 50% was a little less interesting than the other books in this series but I definitely enjoyed how everything was executed but things definitely took a whole new turn and it felt like everything was on the verge of a freaking apocalypse. It was sooo exciting because the killer was about to be revealed yet the risk was too high. Again, that freaking ending completely freaked me out! Like seriousfreakingly! But, in the end, I was satisfied how everything wrapped up.

Intriguing characters!

I absolutely adored Mycroft and Rachel!! They are best friends and their friendship slowly evolved into something much more as the book proceeded. Mycroft’s past made me so sad, he felt broken and urge to find out his parents killer never left him a moment of peace. But it was only with Rachel he found his sanctuary. The chemistry between them was off the charts!! Holy hell, sometimes I had to fan myself! Ahem! Anyway, they made a pretty good team and despite everything, they managed to support and never lost faith in each other.

The Mystery Aspect!

This was one of the most important aspects of this trilogy and I was constantly on the edge! I didn’t think I would finish this trilogy so fast but once I started it was sooo difficult to put it down because I was desperate to know what happened next. Also, the fact about Mycroft’s parents’ death remained constant throughout this trilogy and was the main focus of the 3rd book,I sooo didn’t see the twist coming and things took such a dangerous turn, and by dangerous I mean suicide mission, I was so scared but it was thrilling at the same time, I definitely enjoyed how everything was executed.

Overall,

Every trilogy was a super awesome read! The plot managed to surprise me throughout the series and I loved the character growth of Rachel and Mycroft. The mysterious aspect was absolutely done well and the writing was smooth and easy to read.

Recommend it?

Yes!


So guys, have you read this trilogy? What did you think about it? Or is it in your tbr?

Review: The Celeritas Files by Ishan Majumder || Edgy yet not riveting enough

Title: The Celeritas Files
Author: Ishan Majumder
Standalone
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, [Adult]
Page Count and Format: 324 pages, Paperback
Published: 5th October 2017 by Notion Press
Source: I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Imagine you have created the most revolutionary technology of the decade… and someone’s greed for it becomes the cause of your best friend’s cold-blooded murder and your son’s kidnapping.
Experience the story of Shaina Desai, who finds herself in the middle of a sinister plot to steal her prized invention, which happens to be the principal subject of valuation for a multi-million dollar cross-border investment in what could be termed as one of the most brutal attempts at intellectual property theft in the history of corporate India.

Will she be forced to give up her dream to save her son’s life? Or will she lose him to the ruthless kidnappers?

A tale of professional pride and the heart-breaking choices forced upon the individual, of love and betrayal, and the dark games ruthlessly played in the corporate world, under the veneer of professional ethics…


First of all, here’s a video trailer, so gooo and watch it here!

Shaina Desai and her team of scientists have managed to do the impossible in the field of technology but soon her future is threatened due to this very reason. Her best friend gets murdered in front of her and son gets kidnapped on the same day. The kidnapper only wants one thing, her invention, a.k.a the Celeritas Files in exchange for her son’s life. Will she be able to give away her life’s most precious work or will she end up losing her son?

The plot of this book was definitely addicting to keep me glued to the pages. It revolves around a group of friends who are also colleagues, Ravi, Shaina, Nandini and Amaan all work under the Bliksem Technologies, among them Amaan has joined the team recently. Shaina’s life turns down on Christmas when Ravi gets shot and her son Rajiv gets kidnapped when they are about to return home after a little bit of celebration. One of the things I didn’t enjoy much about the book was the amount of info-dumping in the beginning, I would have liked it better if it came in slow pieces as the book proceeded.

Anyway, I enjoyed how the suspense was handled throughout the book. The characters were also complex and layered which was a bonus, especially Amaan. Shaina poured her life’s work into creating the Celeritas Files but when it’s her son’s life on the line, she didn’t hesitate one bit to decide what to do. Other than Shaina, this book also revolved around Sivakumar, the owner of Bliksem Technologies, all he wanted was some recognition and he I really felt bad for that guy. The sudden romance between Amaan and Shaina simply felt weird to me and although I liked Amaan, there was something different about the guy from the beginning. I couldn’t even imagine how sinister the plot twist was! Although I kind of guessed who the culprit was but when it’s finally revealed, I still felt disgusted.

Overall, The Celeritas Files was an interesting read. The plot was executed neatly and the ending was definitely shocking, though I hoped for a little bit more but everything was portrayed realistically, I can absolutely see that happening in the real world. Anyway, I enjoyed the mystery and the writing was smooth and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, what do you think about this book? Is it something you want to read?

TV Show Review: Eyewitness || Diverse characters who made my heart leap out with happiness!

Show Name: Eyewitness
Episodes: 10 (Only 1 season)
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Mystery, Suspense, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Slightly warm
Trigger Warning: Cheating (kind of…)
Creator: Adi Hasak
Cast: Julianne Nicholson, Tyler Young, James Paxton, Warren Christie
My Rating: 

Blurb:

Teenager Lukas Hallenbeck seemingly has it all — popularity, motocross stardom and an attractive girlfriend — but deep down is conflicted about his sexuality. Those feelings begin to come to the surface when he meets Philip, a classmate with whom he starts a relationship that the boys try to keep secret. Things get more complicated when the teens witness a murder and fear that they will be found by the person who committed the crime. While they stay silent about what they saw, they realize that it can never be unseen and the traumatic event has changed their lives forever. As he is potentially being hunted by the killer, Lukas worries that his secret will be revealed, he will be outed, and he will lose everything. “Eyewitness” is an adaptation of a Norwegian crime thriller.


Oh my gosh! This show was sooo freaking goood. I’m still not over it!! I sometimes get lost in YouTube. The other day I was watching a lot of video mash up on YouTube, I think I was probably watching a SKAM video when I stumbled upon a “Philkas” video and damn after watching it, I was hooked and I needed to watch it asap, I ended up binge watching all the 10 episodes in a day!

When Lukas and Philip witness a triple homicide in Lukas’s father’s cabin, they decide to keep their mouth shut so that nobody would know they were together. Whereas Philip wants to be with Lukas, Lukas is struggling with coming to terms with his sexuality. One lie leads to a chaos of incidents but the killer is still out there and he is hell bent on leaving no clue behind and that includes the duo.

The plot was seriously awesome! Lukas and Philip were hanging out in their father’s cabin where they first realise they were attracted towards each other. The first kiss was awkward but haaaawt! But they were (rudely!) interrupted when a car shows up thinking it’s Lukas’s dad but then they become the sole witnesses of a triple homicide. They somehow manage to escape but the actual murderer goes free too. Along with Lukas and Philip, the audience knows who the actual villain is but the rest of the people in the show are unaware of the fact and it was a wild goose chase. The mysterious aspect was maintained so well and there were plenty of nail-biting moments which kept me glued to the screen.

Lukas (the blonde guy) was afraid to tell the truth because he thought if he came out in front of everybody, nobody would accept him anymore and Philip agrees reluctantly. And that one lie causes a mayhem! Pretty much. I sometimes hated Lukas because to cover up one lie, he lied more and more and even blamed Philip but after that once incident, it melted my heart because he couldn’t stay away from Philip!! The chemistry between them was so freaking gooood!! And I absolutely adored them together, the romance was off the charts dude!! Although Lukas already had a girlfriend, he did kiss Philip before breaking up with her but it didn’t bother me much because Rose and Lukas didn’t have an actual thing and even Rose acknowledged that.

The were various other sub plots which merged with original plot line in a fantastic way. We have Helen who is an ex-FBI agent with a dark past of her own and who is now Philip’s foster mom. We’ve also got the FBI team who’s working to bust a drug lord where Kamilah is a working officer and her sister is somehow involved in this and she’s trying her very best to get her and her baby out of this mess. Every single thing was linked to the other and I loved how they were tied together in the end. The villain was seriously villainous! (Sorry for the lack of word! XD) He was in plain sight but nobody knew he was the actual guy!! It made everything more suspenseful! Anyway, not only was he a creep but also a paedophile and my heart was in my chest every time he made a move!

Anyway, I couldn’t get enough of Lukas and Philip. I loooved Philip so much. I think he was so smitten by Lukas that he basically agreed to whatever he said (I only hated one particular incident!!), though he did try to convince him to tell the truth about murders but seeing him uncomfortable, he decided to keep his promise. But as much as Lucas tried to convince himself he was not gay, it was him who initiated the kiss most of the time. And omg… they were pretty good kisses guys!! So good! This show seriously made me so giddy with joy. Lukas and Philip made me so happy. I ship Philkas soooo bad! I also loved how they emphasised on consent before taking a step forward in their relationship. When Lukas is attacked by the villain and goes to coma, and Philip is like trying to bring him back by taking about the stuff they used to do together, that scene was seriously heartbreaking. And I was sooo freaking happy, out of the world happy when they decided not to hide anymore! (Is it even healthy to be so happy over fictional characters because I feel it’s still not enough… XD)

Overall, Eyewitness was a fantastic watch! Otherwise, I wouldn’t have watched all the 10 episodes in a single freaking day! I don’t know why it was cancelled, I would have loved to see more of them together and how their life finally moves forward, together. Nonetheless, the plot was executed in a neat way and all the loose ends were tied in the end. I was pretty much satisfied with the ending but I wanted moooore!!! How could I not? The cast was amazing, the acting was amazing, pretty much everything was amazing, especially the romance between Philip and Lukas! I have a feeling I’ll be rewatching this show numerous times in the future.

Recommend it?

YES!!


So guys, have any of you watched this show yet? Do you want to? Oh and has anybody seen SKAM?? Because I loooove Even and Isak!!

Oh and do you guys have any great LGBTQ tv show/movie recs and also books, where the characters don’t die in the end? I would love some recommendations!

Review: The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry || Blog Tour + Giveaway!

THE GIRL I USED TO BE

Welcome to my tour stop of The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry hosted by Fantastic Flying Book Club. You can view the full tour schedule here.


Title: The Girl I Used to Be

Author: April Henry

Standalone

Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 240 pages, Ebook

Published: May 3rd 2016 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley for this book tour in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558511051


Blurb (from Goodreads):

When Olivia’s mother was killed, everyone suspected her father of murder. But his whereabouts remained a mystery. Fast forward fourteen years. New evidence now proves Olivia’s father was actually murdered on the same fateful day her mother died. That means there’s a killer still at large. It’s up to Olivia to uncover who that may be. But can she do that before the killer tracks her down first?


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I definitely liked reading The Girl I Used to Be. I hadn’t read the mystery/thriller genre for some time now and I’m glad I read this book because I enjoyed the ride!

Olivia had lost her mother as a kid. According to the police, her father had killed her mother and ran away. But after fourteen years, new evidence point to the fact that her father was killed on the same day. Now, Olivia wants justice for her parents being taken away from her in such a young age. With a new identity, she returns to her old town. Will she be able to identity the killer before the killer identifies her?

The plot was quite suspenseful. Olivia was waiting for the police to catch her dad but what she learned was quite shocking- her father had been dead all along. Both her parents had been killed on the same fateful day. Olivia decides that she wants to find the killer, so she returns to her old town where she lived with her grandmother for a few years after her parents died. The plot managed to hold my attention from the very first page. I liked how everything flowed out.

Olivia was a nice character. She was strong yet caring and determined to find her parent’s killer. I liked the other characters as well, they all played an important role in the book. But I could never guess who the actual killer was, I definitely liked how it was all revealed, though I was expecting some major ploy behind the murders, nonetheless I was satisfied.

Overall, The Girl I Used to Be was a nice read. The plot was engaging and it managed to hold my attention throughout the book. The writing was simple and smooth and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes.


Author Bio:

AprilI write mysteries and thrillers. I live in Portland, Oregon with my family.

If you’ve read one of my books, I would love to hear from you. Hearing from readers makes me eager to keep writing.

When I was 12, I sent a short story about a six-foot tall frog who loved peanut butter to Roald Dahl, the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He liked it so much he arranged to have it published in an international children’s magazine.

My dream of writing went dormant until I was in my 30s, working at a corporate job, and started writing books on the side. Those first few years are now thankfully a blur. Now I’m very lucky to make a living doing what I love. I have written 13 novels for adults and teens, with more on the way. My books have gotten starred reviews, been picked for Booksense, translated into six languages, been named to state reading lists, and short-listed for the Oregon Book Award.

I also review YA literature and mysteries and thrillers for the Oregonian, and have written articles for both The Writer and Writers Digest.

Author Links:

Website || Goodreads || Twitter || Facebook

Purchase Links:

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Review: Holding Court by K.C. Held

Title: Holding Court

Author: K.C. Held

Standalone

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Mystery, Suspense, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 352 pages, Ebook

Published: March 1st 2016 by Entangled Teen

Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558321867


Blurb (from Goodreads):

Sixteen-year-old Jules Verity knows exactly what’s in store at her new job at castle-turned-dinner-theater Tudor Times. Some extra cash, wearing a fancy-pants dress, and plenty of time to secretly drool over the ever-so-tasty- and completely unavailable- Grayson Chandler. Except that it’s not quite what she imagined.

For one, the costume Jules has to wear is awful. Then there’s the dead body she finds that just kind of… well, disappears. Oh, and there’s the small issue of Jules and her episodes of what her best friend calls “Psychic Tourette’s Syndrome”- spontaneous and uncontrollable outbursts of seemingly absurd prophecies.

The only bright side? This whole dead body thing seems to have gotten Grayson’s attention. Except that the more Jules investigates, the more she discovers that Grayson’s interest might not be as courtly as she thought. In fact, it’s starting to look suspicious…


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If I have to describe this bool in one word, it would be EPIC! Because it was absolutely was! This book was the perfect combination of mystery, romance and hilarity. This book is definitely among my top favourites of 2016!

Jules Verity suffers from “Psychic Tourette’s Syndrome” – where she blurts out prophecies at the most awkward timing and she can’t seem to decipher it’s meaning at all. Meanwhile, her best friend signs her up for a job in a castle-turned-dinner-theater known as Tudor Times where Jules’ unattainable crush Grayson works as well, therefore she reluctantly agrees to go. But things turn upside down for her when she discovers a dead body in a secret passageway which seems to dissappear when she calls the authority. Will she be able to prove her sanity or will the killer escape free?

The plot was unique and refreshing. Jules reluctantly agrees to work at Tudor Times where, ironically she has to dress up as the mad Maid of Kent and utter a few prophesies infront of the audience. That doesn’t seem to be a problem because she’s already blessed or rather cursed with that power which she calls the blurting problem. Now, this aspect was absolutely hilarious. I couldn’t stop laughing throughout the whole book, well except the last portion where things became a bit tight. It was especially funny because the prophecies seemed weird and comical but it had an inner meaning to it which were finally revealed during the last portion.

I absolutely adored the characters. Jules was a fantastic character, I loved her sense of humour and well, basically loved her. She was sweet, a bit insecure and naive but overall a great character. I absolutely loved Cami, Jules’ best friend. She was freaking awsome and I loved how she believed in her and pushed her to do what she was actually capable of. The family aspect was a major bonus because Jules’ grandmother was freaking awsome, oh how I adored her and I loved her mother as well, she was sweet, loving and caring.

There were a few other minor characters as well who played an equally important role in this book as well. Now, Grayson! I didn’t know what to think about him at first but then I slowly started falling for him and when I actually learned the whole truth- my god! He was a seriously such great guy! The romance did not overrule the mysterious aspect which was actually the main factor and it was perfectly executed. I didn’t even think about that person who could be responsible for it! That was an awsome plot twist! Nonetheless, coming back to the romance, the ending was adorably cute and mushily (is that even a word?) perfect! I felt absolutely satisfied after reading this book.

Overall, Holding Court was a freaking fantastic read which I enjoyed reading sooo much. This was really a great debut! The plot was unique and neatly executed. I fell in love with the characters and I absolutely adored them to bits! The romance was soo cute and the mystery was perfectly maintained throughout the book. The writing was beautiful and laced with humour and the pace was fast throughout the book. I’m definitely going to be looking forward to read more books by this author in the future.

Recommend it?

Absolutely yes! Like leave everything right now and read this awsome thing!!


Sooo, how many of you are excited to read this book? Is it already in your tbr or are you planning to read it quite soon? What intrigued you the most about this book? Share your thoughts with me!