Real Rad Reads Review of Every Breath


Every Breath (Every #1)

By: Ellie Marney

Available in Print.

Publication: October 14th, 2014 by Tundra Books

Genre(s): Mystery, Contemporary, Thriller

My rating: 5 Stars


Synopsis:  When James Mycroft drags Rachel Watts off on a night mission to the Melbourne Zoo, the last thing she expects to find is the mutilated body of Homeless Dave, one of Mycroft’s numerous eccentric friends. But Mycroft’s passion for forensics leads him to realize that something about the scene isn’t right–and he wants Watts to help him investigate the murder. While Watts battles her attraction to bad-boy Mycroft, he’s busy getting himself expelled and clashing with the police, becoming murder suspect number one. When Watts and Mycroft unknowingly reveal too much to the cold-blooded killer, they find themselves in the lion’s den–literally. A trip to the zoo will never have quite the same meaning to Rachel Watts again…

“What if Sherlock Homes was the boy next door?”

Every Breath is a modern spin on Sherlock Homes, but with two teen sleuths, one murder, a whole bunch of lions, and one adorable romance between two characters with immense chemistry. Set in Melbourne, Australia, we follow Rachael Watts (Elementary, my dear Watson!) as she adjusts to life in the city, and forms a friendship with her clever, curious, and slightly eccentric neighbor, James Mycroft. I had so much fun following these two protagonists as they ran all around the city together, trying to find the murderer of one of Mycroft’s friends. Scaling buildings and being thrown into a lions’ den were only some of the adventures these two had, but the story as a whole focused on many aspects such as family, friendship, love, abuse, murder, and mental illness.

One of the best things about this book was the characters. Rachel and Mycroft were such lovable, flawed, and unique characters. Though they were a team, both of them had their own pasts and problems, and were not afraid to argue with each other. There was so much whit and banter between them and I loved every moment of it. With these characters comes great chemistry that eventually leads to an amazing romance.

“If you looked inside his brain at this moment you’d see all the little synapses, Catherine wheels and penny bangers and skyrockets, all firing off into space in some sparkling display of gathering momentum. I don’t want to look into his brain. Looking into his eyes is bad enough.”

As for the setting, I felt like I was transported into a cross between London and Australia! Though I had to look up a few Aussie words and phrases, I was excited to be plunging into such a realistic setting of a place that I’ve never experienced in a book before. The setting was written with so much detail and I felt like I could be right next to Mycroft and Rachel, with my two feet on the ground in Melbourne, Australia.

Summing up: A fun debut full of clues, dangerous and risky situations, and two teens sleuths who you’ll have to make room for in your heart, or at least mark them down on your list of favorite characters. I know I did.

~Mary Claire, Indy PL Teen

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The Chosen One, by Carol Lynch Williams

The Chosen One

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams tells the story of Kyra, a 13 year old girl who lives in a polygamous cult known as “The Chosen Ones”. She is the second oldest daughter in her family of 20 children (with two more on the way) but serves as the oldest because her sister Emily suffers from non-specified mental retardation.

The family is currently living on a compound under the tyrannical and cruel rule of The Prophet Childs, his apostles (one of whom is Kyra’s Uncle Hyrum) and a frightening group of enforcers known as “The God Squad”. The Prophet Childs has outlawed reading from any book except for the Bible.

Kyra’s only way of rebelling is walking outside of the compound walls to check out books from the Mobile Library (or as we’d call it, the Bookmobile) that she reads hidden in her favorite tree.

Kyra’s life changes forever when the Prophet Childs tells her family that he has had a vision, and that she is to marry her Uncle Hyrum, a man who is nearly 60. Kyra detests her Uncle and is sick at the idea and is torn between staying and marrying her Uncle or attempting to flee to the nearby city, alone and afraid.

Why I read it: I’d never read any books about Polygamist cults and I was curious.
Why I loved it: The author, Carol Lynch Williams does an excellent job at bringing Kyra to life. I was sucked into Kyra story, urging her on, hoping for her, biting my nails and just wishing that everything would be okay.

The Musician´s Daughter, by Susanne Dunlap

The Musician's Daughter
In the time of Mozart and Haydn, the role of women and girls in Vienna, Austria is narrowed to home and family. However, after the death of her father, Theresa takes on the role of copyist to the composer Haydn to solve what she believes is murder. She finds treachery, betrayal, prejudice, and intrigue aplenty, along with love and true friends. This historical mystery, set in the glittering eighteenth century court of Vienna, has a gripping story along with a central character whose problems, though framed in a different time than ours, are still very real today. The Musician’s Daughter was recently featured in the Chapter-A-Day email book club, as the teen pick.

Burned, by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast

BurnedThis is book seven in the House of Night series, about teenage vamps at a vampire boarding school. As a general rule, I really like books about witches much more than the whole vampire scene. Magickal elements are fascinating to me, and that may be why I felt so drawn to the House of Night series. Specially gifted vampire fledglings can invoke earth, wind, fire, water, and spirit whenever they cast magic circles to communicate with their goddess Nyx….or possibly whenever they need the elements to help shield them from danger. But these teens really have to use their brains too. They can’t be totally saved from peril just by invoking their elements.

The first several books in the House of Night series take place at the vampire school itself. Once the action is well established and several plotlines begin to come together, the later books—most notably, Burned—feature several new components that coincide with welcome changes of scenery.

If you too like other elements in your vampire fiction—like Wiccan magick, Native American traditions, mythology, Scottish lore, a bit of western religion—then this is the series for you.

What Are You Reading This Summer?

It’s summer time and you know what that means: SUMMER READING PROGRAM! Beginning June, 7th, you can sign up at any IMCPL library and start earning points for reading! Then redeem your points for neat prizes like Silly Bands (5 points) or a Monskey (100 points)! Need more info? Click here.

Want to do more? Sign up for the Reading Giants program. Teens, in grades 6-12, will earn 50 points for every 15 minutes spent reading aloud to other children in the library. Once you fill up your Reading Giants point card and write an essay describing your volunteer experience, you’ll be entered in a gift card drawing.
Now the fun part: START READING! Don’t know where to start? Here’s what teens around the city are recommending:


Maximum Ride


Maximum Ride by James Patterson (FIC PAT), recommended by Grace:

Maximum Ride is a great book.  I got it for my birthday just a couple days ago.  My best friend Carly gave it to me.  If you decide to read it, I recommend it to people about 10 or older.  “There’s a bit of blood guts and glory in it but it is still good.” my friend said.   James Patterson is a good author.  


 Thirst No. 1


Thirst No. 1 by Christopher Pike (TEEN FIC Pik), recommended by Kylie:

This book was the most elaborate literature I have ever read. It felt like I was really there, by Alisa Perne/Sita’s side. I loved It!!!!!! I just started no. 2 and I hope it is just as good!
Peace Out. 




Simply Divine by Jacquelin Thomas (TEEN FIC THO), recommended by Alexus:

Simply Divine
simply divine is about a girl named divine who has got it all the clothes, shoes, friends, and the most famous mom/singer. her dad is horrible. she calls her dad jerome instead of calling him dad. her mom and dad are on drugs and her father is cheating on her mother and abusive. it was the awards night so her mom, dad and her showed up. After jerome left to go somewhere but it turns out he killed his second wife because they were fighting over something stupid and he had a son that was just born and the son was in the room. jerome has been in and out of the court house many times but never went to jail but this time he is going and divines mom is going to rehab to get better. that leaves divine to go to live with her uncle and his family who she has never met. so she says she hates but she has no choice but once you get into the book there are SOME sunny days ahead for Divine. 


    Cat Among the Pigeons

Cat Among the Pigeons by Julia Golding (jFIC GOL), recommended by Flo:

this book has a good plot and it has the always needed love interest and a good sense of suspension and you are always looking forward to the next page. 





Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports (FIC PAT) by James Patterson, recommended by Sar Bear:

Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
i really loved this book so interesting. Ya know i wanted the first 2 books but they were late so i read the 3rd one first it was awesome!!!! As a amateur artist/book writer myself i love reading the last book in a series and knowing everything they are talking about. No offense harry potter. Or its fans.
Another book i would love to comment on is twilight i know everyone is insane and stephanie meyer is a very good artist seeing how everyone has run out of original ideas therefore giving me readers block syndrome at the moment. Well anywho i think some of u need to calm down also although i love seeing things being turned into movies cause it makes people my age love to read more it ruins my imagination of the character so sometimes i wonder should they make books into movies?  



The Mysterious Benedict Society

 The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart (jFIC STE), recommended by Kylie:

Now THIS is a good book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure, mysteries, problem solving, and surprises. Although I only read it in a night, (I’m a speed reader) It is a fair sized book. (400-550 Pages) Also try the sequels.





New Moon

 New Moon by Stephenie Meyer (TEEN FIC MEY), recommended by Alexus:

its the best book you will ever read. if you have seen the movie don’t spoil it for others. jacob,bella,edward. you just won’t believe what happens in this book. from jacob in the wolf pack to edward asking bella to marry him. there are some parts when jacob has moments with bella.its amazing. once you read this book i promise you that you won’t regret and it won’t be a waste of your time. so read the book then go see the movie there will be some differences. after you read new moon then read ‘ECLIPSE’ you will love the twilight series  



Breaking Dawn

 Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (TEEN FIC MEY), recommended by Cody:

I really enjoyed this book; the action, the romance, and even the dramatic feeling of all of the characters. However, I didn’t enjoy the characters point of views. I personally thought that edward should have had a book of his own to show his perspective of the issues or problems going on. But besides that i really enjoyed the book! :) From the truth of my eyes and my heart.   


 Spy Goddess 2: To Hawaii with Love


Spy Goddess 2: To Hawaii with Love by Michael Spradlin (TEEN FIC SPR), recommended by Ireisy:

it was a very good book with lots of adventure.



When Writers Write by Kathleen MacDonald (808.0427), recommended by Alexus:

i love this book it the best thing ever you can find this book on the fifth floor at the central library downtown.