Every Breath – A Sherlockian Book Review

Hey, folks! How’s it going? Read anything good?

Anyway. It’s review week! This week the lucky book is the first in a trilogy, Every Breath by Ellie Marney. It’s an Aussie contemporary Sherlock retelling that I do hope you’ll read.

Continue and enjoy! ❤


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What I liked:

So. This isn’t, for all extent and purposes, a “Sherlock Holmes” retelling … more of a retelling that takes a LONG time later and refers back to the books. So. Yeah.

But this book is Australian, written by an Aussie, is, like, super authentic. (This coming from a 100% American … so I’m obviously in the know-how.)

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Anyways. I just really liked how Mycroft (Sherlock) wasn’t … well … normal. He was a genius, sure, but he had PLENTY of issues, let me tell you. And, I dunno. I really wanted to kick him sometimes … but out of love, ya know?

And the mystery section of the book felt realistic … or as realistic as YA mystery books can be. A bit convenient at times, but overall pretty good.

Characters:

Rachel (Watson) is our narrator … and I’m kinda so-so with her. At the beginning I didn’t like her, but as the book progressed, I grew to like her more, though I never loved her. But I totally appreciated her.

I already touched on Mycroft. He’s definitely the scatterbrained genius … but he is uber charming and knows, like, everybody in the city. He’s a tragic little cinnamon roll who totally needs to go to rehab and a counselor.

Mai is the background friend. She’s super awesome, if a little underdeveloped, but, like, all the cool t-shirts and secret alcohol stash … yeah. Gus is her boyfriend is mostly silent (and sometimes the voice of reason), but I felt like I barely knew him.

There are some other characters like Rachel’s big bro (who I cannot remember) and the zoologist dude and whatnot … that were all great … but overall … not memorable?

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Writing/Plot:

The book is a mystery, so the plot or whatever is surrounding that. The book is YA, so the book was a little predictable + unbelievable … but overall, I’m impressed.

Problems:

The mystery part felt a little same old same old. I didn’t love the romance (that it felt somewhat realistic?). Otherwise, I don’t really have any quibbles over this book.

Other/Summary:

So, friends, that’s that! Overall, this was a very good book … great Aussie stuff … good Sherlock retelling…

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Stuff to be wary of is there’s ton of smoking/drinking/punk stuff/swearing. 😛 I thought that it really made the character of Sherlock, but whatevs.

I’d rec this to those teenagers+ who are looking for a good Sherlock retelling … though you don’t have to know/enjoy Sherlock to read this book!

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


So, my lovelies, how’s it goin’? Whatcha readin’? Watchin’? Anyways, more to the point, any Sherlockians out there? Come join me and fangirl in the comments down below! Toodles!

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