Top Ten Books If You Like Meg Cabot

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Okay, I recently read the Mediator series again by Meg Cabot-I binge read it, but will still be reviewing my  reread month to month.  And when I saw this topic-recommending ten books based on a popular author.  I thought why not use Meg Cabot.  I have all of her books, and her stuff overarches on a lot of genres (save for dystopia, but I’m not a dystopia fan so that really doesn’t matter).

Here’s the deal, when I suggest a book I’m going to make a note in my comments what Cabot book it reminds me of.  So, you can go from there.

10)

I still need to read the companion book to this one which features LBGT couple, BUT the first book perfect for fans of Teen Idol.  Dahlia has wit that’s similar to Cabot, and bonus points is that she’s hilarious on Twitter IRL.

9)

If you like Meg’s Princess Diaries or All-American girl book, you should give this book a try.  It’s like if those two books had a baby that was just as awesome as they were.  Bonus points is it’s sort of like that Colin Firth movie, What a Girl Wants.

8)

Rose Hathaway eerily reminds me of Suze Simon.  I think it’s that these two characters are both full of confidence, are into older men, and aren’t opposed to using their fists to get what they want.   Rose’s fashion tastes though needs a little work.

7)

This book oddly reminds me of Meg’s boy books, since many of the conversations take place in email.

6)

Meg’s Pants on Fire involves a beauty competition much like Dumplin’ both books though are more than just beauty contests.

5)

There is just something that is Meg Cabot-y about Stephanie Perkins’s writing.  I chose Anna and the French Kiss for this list because it shares some elements that Meg Cabot’s adult book Queen of Babble has-main character going abroad to France specifically.  Except Anna takes place in Paris not in rural France which is sort of awesome.

4)

If Princess Mia’s wedding wasn’t enough for you.  The Royal We is basically a fictionalized version of Princess Kate’s wedding to Prince William.  Since I love royal weddings even when they don’t involve Mia this is a must read.

3)

Miss Mia’s early days, Holly Smalle’s geek turned model series reminds me of early Mia before she matured.  And I guess Airhead in a sense too that it involves models.

2)

The Abandon trilogy involves Greek mythology as does the Sweet Venom series.  Both of the series involve characters who find themselves in a difficult place and their worlds not surprisingly thrown upside down.  While there is almost a bit of a Greek Mythology sub genre in YA, I chose Childs’ trilogy because there’s a light Meg Cabot vibe to it despite the darkness.

1)

Another book involving royal weddings because when in doubt…

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A Whole New Turd (or Synergy!): A Whole New World by Liz Braswell

Welcome to a new YA series that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways. Each book asks the question: What if one key moment from a familiar Disney film was changed? This dark and daring version of Aladdin twists the original story with the question: What if Jafar was the first one to summon the Genie?

When Jafar steals the Genie’s lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish.To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed Princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war.

What happens next? A Street Rat becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And readers will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again.

Source: GoodReads

If you ever read fan fiction you’ll inevitably come across the practically plagiarized fic where the only thing original about said fan fic from cannon is its disclaimer.

This book is much like that fic.  Okay, it eventually does diverge from cannon but that’s when things get really bad.

It’s too bad that Agrabah doesn’t have an official cocktial because I’d so make myself one now.  I’m thinking for this book I need something pretty strong.  A vodka tonic might do the job.

Or maybe a good sidecar.  Can’t go wrong there.  Taste like battery acid, those do.  And that’s sort of what I need after this book.  Something to get the bad taste of forced synergy out of my mouth.

Currently synergy is a big thing for Disney.  Look at Once Upon a Time-or how many Disney movies that aren’t even fairytales can we stuff into an hour of programming .  I like Once a lot, but sometimes I just roll my eyes at the Mouse doing some very obvious self marketing.

This book was like Once Upon a Time’s infusion of Frozen last season.  Good on paper, but epic fail.  A lot of it was that it didn’t try to deviate from cannon at all. The first hundred pages are basically a novelization of the Aladdin but with horrible purple prose.

Just look at the opening paragraph:

A High White Moon cast its light on the city below as brightly as the sun was said to shine in northern countries.  White mud-brick buildings gleamed like pebbles form a faraway beach.  The golden onion domes on the capital glittered like a dream against the pale dunes and the dark, starry void. (1)

You could’ve condensed this into something like this:The moon cast a light on the city below.  It flickered on the white brick buildings and the dome of the capital.

Okay, you could probably eliminate said paragraph in its entirety to be honest.  But I was trying to be nice here.

Screw this book.

It doesn’t deserve nice.

It is a blatant attempt to cash in on a popular 90’s film and recent broadway show.  However, instead of showing me a whole new world it showed me that Disney could make a whole new turd on once fabulous merchandise.

The cover is wonderful too, really this book does not deserve a cover.

Sigh…

The thing about trying novelize a Disney novel, is that you can’t do a blow by blow play of the movie when the character are pretty flat-to be fair to the movie it was only a little over an hour long and it had Robin Williams as the Genie so that helped some of the flatness.

Speaking of the genie, when the book went AU his lines were probably some of the most painful.  It’s sad how a bad book is yet another painful reminder of how great the late comedian was.  The lines that Braswell wrote were just bad.  I even tried to think of Robin saying them.  And no, just no.

I didn’t stick around to the end.  Mainly because I didn’t see a point.  There was no great deviation from the source material till the AU and once it hit the AU…..well, The Return of Jafar was written better.  And we all know that was a direct to video Disney sequel (which Steve Jobs ex-nayed because they were so bad, BTW).

Overall Rating: A  DNF with an F.  Disney you should think about making sure your synergy is of quality.

 

Elementary Did It Already: Lock and Mori by Heather Perry

 

 

FACT: Someone has been murdered in London’s Regent’s Park. The police have no leads.

FACT: Miss James “Mori” Moriarty and Sherlock “Lock” Holmes should be hitting the books on a school night. Instead, they are out crashing a crime scene.

FACT: Lock has challenged Mori to solve the case before he does. Challenge accepted.

FACT: Despite agreeing to Lock’s one rule—they must share every clue with each other—Mori is keeping secrets.

OBSERVATION: Sometimes you can’t trust the people closest to you with matters of the heart. And after this case, Mori may never trust Lock again.

Source: GoodReads

I enjoyed the book.  The thing is though, it’s not a good Sherlock retelling.

Because this Sherlock does not have a clue.

The mystery also was very easy to solve and not that very difficult either.  I figured it out  at the funeral after the first murder.  And it didn’t take that much skill to figure out.

I could be generous.

I could say that I solved the mystery because all those hours of playing Nancy Drew made me a sassy detective, but no.  It was a fairly obvious mystery.

One that Mr. Holmes should’ve easily deduced.

But he didn’t.

Instead, he acted like a lovelorn teen for most of this book.  Okay, with some oddities about him.  But this wasn’t the Sherlock that I’m used too.

And the thing is, I know retellings can take a lot of different directions, BUT you have to keep some of the core aspects true.  And one of the core aspects of Sherlock Holmes is he doesn’t get moony eyed by a girl.

Or should I say moony eyed in the way where he looses track of a case.

It was really shameful.

All Sherlock comparisons aside though, I did enjoy this one in a guilty pleasure type of way.  Mori was an interesting character to explore and I’m looking forward to her descent into sociopath-dum.   And I did like her relationship with Lock even though Sherlock was acting way OOC.

That’s the thing, for me to enjoy this one, I had to ignore the fact that it was a retelling.

The mystery, as I said before, really wasn’t much.  Maybe this was because it was in Mori’s viewpoint, not Sherlock or Watson’s where the mystery is the primary focus on the story.  Here it was more or less Mori making some choices that are probably going to effect her life later down the road.

Also, I liked the fact that this book focused on an abusive family.  It’s something you don’t see often in YA.  While there were times I was inwardly shuddering, I think Perry did a pretty good job depicting what is an awful situation.  Of course, Mori’s situation is more dramatic than most.’

In the end, I really can’t say what it is about this one.  By all accounts, I shouldn’t like it.  It is a horrible retelling.  However, I do like villain origin stories and was surprising shipping this ill fated couple.  Who knows, maybe it will deviate from cannon and work out for them.

Okay, maybe it’s hopeful thinking that things will go AU from this gif.

Regardless, this is going to probably be a guilty pleasure series of mine.

 

Overall Rating: B-

 

The TBR Pile: October is the Month of Puppies

I’m getting two puppies this month.

Yes, two puppies of the Chihuahua persuasion.  Their names are Pinky and Brainie.  After the cartoon Pinky and the Brain.  They’ll be living with my mother until I take the bar in this God forsaken state.  But I am so excited about flying home and meeting them this month.

Pinky

Brainie

In the meantime here are the books that I currently have scheduled on my reading list or preordered for the next month.

Preorders:

Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown: WWI is a period in history I don’t know as much about as I want and one of the things I love about reading is you learn stuff, which is why I’m interested in picking this one up.

Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch: I was tepid about this series, but I’m willing to continue on.  But something needs to happen in this one that sets it apart from other high fantasies.

Red Girl, Blue Boy by Lauren Baratz-Logsted: A political Rom Com that does NOT star Donald Trump-thank God.  Though, that would be a hilarious YA book if it was about the child of a Trump like character who was embarrassed with all of the offensive things her dad says to the media that she decides to get emancipated and move to Mongolia to live in a yurt.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell: I don’t know why I’m reading this.  I can’t stand Harco  (Harry/Draco) slash, which is what Simon and Baz basically is. Because how Harry and Draco would be together, because Draco is a dick, doesn’t make sense. But I’m curious, okay.

Illuminae by Aimee Kauffman and Jay Kristoff: I read an except of this and I am so interested in finding out more.  It’s told in a series of memos, and notes and stuff.  And I love that sort of format

Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl: Duh.

Spinning Starlight by RC Lewis: I oddly grew to like Stitching Snow a lot more post read, so I am excited about this book.

 A Thousand Nights by Emily Kate Johnston: Another retelling.

Scheduled Reads:

Reunion by Meg Cabot: This is the thrid book in the Mediator series.  It’s more or less another filler book in the series, but I remember having a fondness for it.  And bonus points for me, is that I already finished reading it.

Until You by Judith McNaughtI am going to be reading historicals and adult romance from time to tie.  I’m trying to schedule it out.  So this one is on the list for next month.

Blood and Salt  by Kim Liggett: Because it looks like the perfect book to read around Halloween.

Most Anticipated Read:

Because Black Widow.   She has gotten so shafted in the movie verse.  Hopefully, her book won’t suck.

EW: A Kiss at Midnight Eloisa James

Miss Kate Daltry doesn’t believe in fairy tales . . . or happily ever after.

Forced by her stepmother to attend a ball, Kate meets a prince… and decides he’s anything but charming. A clash of wits and wills ensues, but they both know their irresistible attraction will lead nowhere. For Gabriel is promised to another woman—a princess whose hand in marriage will fulfill his ruthless ambitions.

Gabriel likes his fiancee, which is a welcome turn of events, but he doesn’tlove her. Obviously, he should be wooing his bride-to-be, not the witty, impoverished beauty who refuses to fawn over him.

Godmothers and glass slippers notwithstanding, this is one fairy tale in which destiny conspires to destroy any chance that Kate and Gabriel might have a happily ever after.

Unless a prince throws away everything that makes him noble…

Unless a dowry of an unruly heart trumps a fortune…

Unless one kiss at the stroke of midnight changes everything.

Source: GoodReads

Ew.

Just ew.

I hated this book.

The good news is I got it very cheap, the bad news in the words of the great Gordon Ramsay it sucked Donkey’s balls.

To sum up this book you could make a drinking game whenever any of the following things are mentioned/happened:

  1. Kate tells us how she’s so unattractive because she’s skinny/old/tan/etc. (this happens around  5k times throughout the novel)
  2. Kate slut slams her half sister (about 1k times)
  3. Kate wears a wig (oh, a good three hundred and some odd times).  You can vary shots on this one depending on the color of the wig-the more audacious the color the more fancy the cocktail can be.
  4. Anytime, the prince comes up with a lame excuse why he can’t be with Kate(pretty much anytime save for the last chapter).
  5. A conflict is solved with little to no fall out (the entire book)
  6. Kate becomes miraculously beautiful or is told she’s beautiful and instantly rebuffs it

Based on this impromptu drinking game I made it, it’s very obvious this book was grating to me.

To be fair, I read it in the course of another very boring work day where I had nothing to do because I reviewed my notary chapters and I can’t calculated the figures yet for the report I’m working on.  So…reading time.

Yay!

Until you read crap like this.

I purchased this book because I read somewhere it was nominated for some award and was fairly cheap.  I don’t know how this got nominated for an award because it was awful.  The characters were flat, I didn’t really get the conflict, and any semblance of a plot there was was pretty much resolved with no freaking fall out save for a rushed explanation in the epilogue.

Epic suckage.

The sex scenes even felt lifeless.  Grant it, in historicals I usually skim them anyway-because the imagery is more often than not painful-BUT in this one those scenes were more or less an afterthought.

To be honest, I didn’t think the characters liked each other enough to have sex.

The plot, also was a hot mess.  There was no logic at all holding it together.  I didn’t get how this scheme was suppose to work, or why the sister’s boyfriend was in on it.

It didn’t make sense.  Let alone, why the Idiot’s (hero) approval was needed.

Yes, he was a prince.  But they downplay that a LOT through the novel.

While this wasn’t offensive in a way a old fashion 70’s or 80’s bodice ripper would’ve been, it’s its own brand of offensive.   It’s the sort of book that thinks their readers are raging idiots.  I understand that sometime that you have to stretch you imagination to believe that some things in a book can/have happened, but this was just ridiculous.  The author was just plain lazy.

Look, I’m going to advise you to pass on this one.  I feel like it got way more recognition then it really deserved.

Overall Rating: A big fat F.

Will Stop Being a Bella: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . . until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine— Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.

Source: GoodReads

I think my problem with Dumplin’ was that I expected a different book than what I got.  To be fair, after I got through the first third of this book I was able to enjoy it enough.  Not love it liked I hope, but enjoy it.

The first third though.

There was nothing, that was holding my interest and it was just so boring and blah on so many levels.  I was expecting Willowdean to be this firecracker who didn’t care jack shit about what size her butt was.

But nope.

She whined, moped, and accused anyone of hating her because of her size.  She made judgments about other characters-a.k.a. Millie

She judged.

A lot.

And she judged so much throughout the book, to the point I wanted to punch her.  Though, she did have her moments where I could forgive her (kneeing a certain jerk in the nuts gave her bonus points).

The thing was the blurb advertised a self confident character, and this character really didn’t have much-if any-self confidence.

All her actions rooted from being insecure.

Even entering the pageant which was a shame.  The pageant part was really underplayed.  I was hoping for something that was a bit more of Bridesmaids with maybe some Pitch Perfect, but that wasn’t how those scenes were done at all.

It wasn’t bad.

Just not the complete awesomeness I was hoping for.

It was the same with the romance.  To be blunt about it, the romance angle was something I’ve seen in plenty YA books and it’s pretty exasperating.  The only difference was that we had a main character that wasn’t a size two playing the role of the center piece in the triangle.

And despite the fact that Will might be more relatable physically, her action are still jerkish a la Bella Swan and a host of others.

I didn’t like how she treated either boy.  And I thought one of them was a jerk to her, and the other guy deserved a lot more than he got.

One thing I really hate when I read is the excuse of “chemistry”.  Like the nice guy isn’t good enough because there was no “chemistry” there.

Bull freaking shit.

That’s what I wanted to tell Will and a host of others characters before her who act this way.  While I get chemistry plays an important part in any relationship, if he’s a jerk he’s a jerk.  Nothing’s going to change that.

Pulling out hair moment, right there.

I will say though, even though there are a lot of hair pulling moments in this book, there were a lot of moments that made me smile.  I liked all the Dolly Parton references.  How Dolly plays a role throughout the book, and I loved, loved, loved, the Dolly drag club scene.

That was probably one of the best scenes in the book.

I also like Will’s new friends.  I wanted more time spent on them.  Again, I was expecting something more akin to Bridesmaids or Pitch Perfect-you know misfit female cast being awesome.  But it just doesn’t seem like it was meant to be here.

If you don’t make expectations before reading Dumplin’ you’ll probably enjoy it.  The book does highlight North Texas pretty well.  Several of the things that Will experienced, I nodded my head to because, well, it was something I had experience with.

I just really didn’t like the fact that this was more and less focused on a love triangle with yet another self conscious slightly bitchy character.

Overall Rating: A C. Average at best.  I  probably could rate it higher, but the hype kind of deflated it and I wanted to punch Will for being such a Bella.

Top Ten Tuesday: Fall TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books on my TBR list.  This seems to change all the time.  So, finding an actual top ten was a bit difficult, but here are a few I just KNOW I’m going to read.

10)

It’s Richelle Mead and the cover just looks awesome.

9)

I love me some Sherlock Holmes retelling especially when the cover features one functioning sociopath and one not so functioning sociopath.

8)

I feel grossly uninformed when it comes to WW1, so I am very interested in reading this one.

7)

YA westerns are sort of what YA jinn books were last year.  It’s almost as if they’re their own little subgenre and I’m looking forward to exploring them.  I’ve heard really good things about this one and I have it in my TBR pile right now.  And the cover is gorgeous IRL*.

6)

I’ve heard such good things about it.  And the cover just makes me happy.

5)

This is one of my current crack series and I’m interested in the next installment.

4)

Stitching Snow was a book that really grew on me after I read it, so I am interested in seeing what Lewis has else to offer.

3)

I was sort of tepid about the first one, but I am interested in seeing how this series does evolve.

2)

I’m sort of interested in seeing how this one concludes.  To be honest, the series was a bit disappointing though.

1)

I just did  a binge read on the Lunar Chronicles-I’m posting my results closer to Winter‘s release-and man do I want this book now.  I am interested in seeing how everything in this series plays out.  I’m also really interested in seeing this book.  It’s over eight-hundred pages it’s going to be huge.

 

*Update: I hate already read this one.

Second Chance Romance: Again the Magic by Lisa Kleypas

Lady Aline Marsden was brought up for one reason: to make an advantageous marriage to a member of her own class. Instead, she willingly gave her innocence to John McKenna, a servant on her father’s estate. Their passionate transgression was unforgivable—John was sent away, and Aline was left to live in the countryside…an exile from London society.

…and he took her love.

Now McKenna has made his fortune, and he has returned—more boldly handsome and more mesmerizing than before. His ruthless plan is to take revenge on the woman who shattered his dreams of love. But the magic between them burns as bright as ever. And now he must decide whether to let vengeance take its toll…or risk everything for his first, and only, love.

Source: GoodReads

I feel like if I hadn’t read Judith McNaught’s Paradise, I would’ve enjoyed this one much more.  Paradise is a contemporary that covers many of the same things that Again With the Magic did, except in my humble opinion better.

Again With the Magic isn’t a bad book.  I managed to finish it within like four hours.  That’s not bad at all.  Especially since I was very tired and I could’ve been doing other things like shopping online for my two new Chihuahuas.  However, it just didn’t live up to what I wanted.

One of the things I really like about the second chance romance trope is that you get to explore the characters at different points in their lives.  I felt like the “before” period was a bit rushed here and we were told not shown more or less McKenna and Aline’s romance.

Not that McKenna and Aline are that bad of characters, I just didn’t really feel like I “got” them.  Maybe this was in part that this book heavily featured a side romance with Aline’s sister and McKenna’s business partner.

The side romance was cute BUT…

I think it hindered my enjoyment of McKenna and Aline, who by all accounts should’ve been fascinating characters to explore.

First you have McKenna, who’s origins are kind of murky and honestly never get explored as much as I liked.  With Aline, something terrible happens to her, but it really doesn’t effect her life in a way that she has too much difficulty.  When she should.

Oh, yes, she didn’t marry…but what happened to her should’ve had more effect than what it did.

While I didn’t get to know the main characters as much I liked, I did think Kleypas did do an excellent job with depicting the side characters.  Save for one very, very, minor characters all of these characters showed many quirks and facets.

The plot here was fairly boring.  There wasn’t really anything driving it, but angst.  And angst can get very tiring after awhile.  And I think a part of me kept reading it because I wanted something more to happen.

If you like second chance romances that take place in the Victorian era this is probably a fairly solid one to read, but nothing extraordinary special.  It did make me want to revisit Paradise though.

Overall Rating: B+

 

Pistol Packing Idiot: Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Revenge is worth its weight in gold.

When hers father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers—and justice. What she finds are untrustworthy strangers, endless dust and heat, and a surprising band of allies, among them a young Apache girl and a pair of stubborn brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, a startling truth becomes clear: some men will stop at nothing to get their hands on gold, and Kate’s quest for revenge may prove fatal.

Source: GoodReads

There are very few Westerns I like.

I blame my dad for that.

He forced me to watch so many Westerns in my youth and never let me watch Batman like I wanted.  Instead, it was always some Clint Eastwood or John Wayne movie or Lonesome Dove.

Blah.

However, there were certain things about the summary of Vengeance Road that stuck out to me-i.e. gender bending.  So, I had to give it a chance.

And I’ll admit it, I liked this book.  I didn’t love it though.  There were some obvious annoyances to it.  But…the annoyances were sort of swept under the floor because overall it was a decent story.  Featuring a fairly bad ass, if idiotic MC.

I sort of have mixed feelings about Kate, folks. A part of me loved her and a part of me just wanted to smack her.  She has the idiotic bad ass YA character down to pact.  But since she actually shoots some baddies in the face, and learns from her mistakes I can’t hate her that much.

Vengeance Road is a brutal book.  Bowman does some pretty ballsy things throughout the story that most authors would’ve sugarcoat.  I hated some of these things, but I have to say they did add to the story.

Because if there is one word to describe Vengeance Road it is gritty.  Gritty on so many levels.

I also enjoyed how the Dutchman Treasure legend was incorporated in here.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with this lore it’s basically involves a lost treasure in the middle of the desert that of course is cursed.  H2 has actually done a couple of fringe history shows about it, I want to say that maybe America Unearthed had an episode about it.

I’m not 100% sure though.  It might’ve been Ancient Aliens for all I know, but it was one of those not so educational shows.

Anyway, exploring fringe theories in fiction is always a good thing so I enjoyed that aspect of the book.

Besides, Kate the other characters were well formed as well.  There is a wide variety of cast members in this book.  And I can’t believe I’m saying it but I actually enjoyed the love interest-that’s rare for me in a YA book.

The book also incorporates diversity.  Kate is half Mexican.  There’s a kick ass Apache guide in the book.  And I love how the issues facing their various backgrounds are featured-though not in an issue pounding this screams school read type of way.

If you can overlook some of its obvious faults, Vengeance Road is a quick and enjoyable read.

Overall Rating: A solid B.

Holy Holmes: Every Word by Ellie Marney

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.

Source: GoodReads

Ellie Marney can do no wrong.

At least with this series.

I loved Every Breath, but Every Word….I think it is even better.  This book was so well crafted in every aspect that I’m just going to go all fangirl for a minute.

Okay, I’m better.

But seriously, if you haven’t checked out this series you NEED to pick it up.  Not only does it have a very swoon worthy ship, BUT Marney doesn’t sugar coat things when it comes to the action and the mystery.  While I only have a vague recollection of the mystery in Every Breath, the mystery in Every Word was really wow.

I really enjoyed the climax it reminded me a lot of one of my favorite shows Burn Notice.  Except of course, Mycroft is more like Sherlock than Michael Westen.

But still.

That was complete awesome.

Also, it probably helped that this book featured London.

I love London it’s like on top of my cities to see before I croak.  So anytime a book features that city, I HAVE to read it.

It was extremely interesting-to me as an American-reading the story from the perspective from an Australian visiting the country for the first time.  Especially seeing how an Australian enunciates a British accent, quite different from the way I hear it as a native Texan.

Every Word is a very dark book.  It had really a gloomy almost Batman-y like feel to it. I think would be the best way to describe it.  There are dark backstories to be explored.  The characters go to  some dark and twisty places.  And some bad things happen to them.

But I absolutely loved it.  Besides, even though there were a lot of dark things that happened in this novel, there were still many swoon moments and there were a couple of times where you would get a laugh or two.

Though, overall it is a thriller and a very good thriller.

As for the Sherlock and Watson nods, their still in this one but it’s much more subdued than in the previous installment.  They’re still there, but at the same time Rachel and Mycroft are developing as characters themselves.

Seriously, if you haven’t picked up this series do it now.  I’m tempted to pay the extraordinary price in shipping just to read the last installment already.  But my OCness in matching covers and having hardback covers is going to make me wait till the US releases the next one.

Overall Rating: An A+ definitely one of my favorites and in my top ten for the year.