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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Every Word by Ellie Marney

Every Word (Every #2)
by Ellie Marney
Tundra Books (Penguin Random House)
ISBN: 978-1-77049-775-7
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DescriptionJames 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
The Good Stuff

  • Fast paced, exciting and raw
  • I'm thinking Mycroft is kinda hot, but then I feel creepy cuz the dude is like 19 
  • Intriguing secondary characters
  • Love the winks to Sherlock Holmes, especially the plays on characters names
  • Her writing is beyond description.  She doesn't waste a word, yet you feel like you are living in the story with the characters and can feel and taste everything. 
  • Wonderful sense of realism, with characters making mistakes and getting hurt and nothing wrapped up all neatly 
  • Teens (ok and adult readers too) are going to love the sexual tension 
  • Really enjoy the relationship between Watts and her brother
  • Smart, snarky dialogue
  • Strong female heroine - would be proud and terrified to have her as my daughter

The Not So Good Stuff

  • Trying to think of something negative,  Oh yeah -- scene in the morgue - ewww (Ok not really bad as it was realistic - but icky)

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"In this weather, you can sense the uncertainty. The control you think you have - over the property, over your fate-is just an illusion."

"Detective. d'you honestly think Mycroft's going to do as he's told? He might be bright, but when it comes to issues of personal judgment he can be sort of a dickhead."

"For you, because it will hurt like crazy. But for him it will be worse, because if you can never trust anybody to let them in, you can never love. I wouldn't wish that on anybody."

"He must have been someone who loved books, loved words. Someone who saw beneath the weathered covers and the yellowing ink to the soul underneath."

4.75 Dewey's

I received this from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review

Ghostly: a Collection of Ghost Stories edited by Audrey Niffenegger

Ghostly: a Collection of Ghost Stories
edited by Audrey Niffenegger
Knopf Canada (Penguin Random House)
ISBN: 9780345810311
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Description From Edgar Allan Poe to Kelly Link, M.R. James to Neil Gaiman, H.H. Munro to Audrey Niffenegger herself, Ghostly reveals the evolution of the ghost story genre with tales going back to the eighteenth century and into the modern era, ranging across styles from Gothic Horror to Victorian, stories about haunting--haunted children, animals, houses. Every story is introduced by Audrey Niffenegger, an acclaimed master of the craft, with some words on its background and why she chose to include it. Audrey's own story is "A Secret Life With Cats."
     Perfect for the classic and contemporary ghost story aficionado, this is a delightful volume, beautifully illustrated by Audrey, who is a graphic artist with great vision. Ghostly showcases the best of the best in the field, including Edith Wharton, P.G. Wodehouse, A.S. Byatt, Ray Bradbury, and so many more.

The Good Stuff
  • My favorite story by far was , by Neil Gaiman (the man is a truly incredible writer who never wastes a word) - those are my types of ghost stories kids - sorry.  I shivered at the end, it was the type of story we used to tell each other at sleepovers.  You know the ones, right, keeps  you up at night
  • Even the stories I didn't enjoy, I do appreciate the sense of mood they created
  • Some truly unique stories
  • The Beckoning Fair One is wonderfully moody with a sense of foreboding 
  • The Mezzotint was delightfully dark and creepy and stayed with me for quite a while 
  • I also enjoyed Playmates, a very haunting yet empathetic tale (and as Niffenegger mentions, really shows you the resilience of children)
  • The tale by Rudyard Kipling is creepy, yet beautiful. You really feel the authors grief
  • Got a kick out of Laura by Saki.  Ok, all I can say is that it is dark and funny and involves an Otter, what's not to love
  • I've read The Open Window before and it was pure delight to read again.
  • Tiny Ghosts was wickedly odd and funny,  it was my 2nd favorite next to Neil Gaiman's story 
  • There is a Ray Bradbury story, and damn that man was a wicked writer.  Like Gaiman, not a word wasted.  A truly gifted author.  This one is not  your usual ghost story, but something more horrific, because you can see the reality of it and that is more horrific than any ghost story
  • Um, the Edgar Allan Poe story, made me start being even nicer to my cat 
The Not So Good Stuff
  • Not my favorite types of ghost stories in this collection. Found them a little too literary for my taste.  This isn't a bad thing, just a personal preference 
  • I don't trust my cat now (Also note to self: never piss off your cat or um die before someone can find you)
  • I am a ghost story nerd so I was very much looking forward to reading this, but I was a tad disappointed, as many were very old fashioned and outdated for this generation.  Again not a bad thing, just a personal preference
Favorite Quotes

"we all wonder about death, but we don't understand it. Ghost stories are speculations. little experiments in death"

"Coke is very bad for you, ' said the boy. "If you put
a tooth in coke, in the morning it will  be dissolved into nothing. That's how bad Coke is for you and why you must always clean  your teeth, every night."
"I'd heard the Coke story as a boy, and had been told, as an adult, that it wasn't true, but was certain that a lie which promoted dental hygiene was a good lie, and I'd let it pass."

"Because I can't stop my body and mind waiting, every day, every day, I can't let go."

3 Dewey's

I received this from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review