Nine Reasons Why You Need To Read No Limits by Ellie Marney

This is less a video of us talking our way through a well thought-out and comprehensive list of reasons and more us rambling on about a character/event/random factor before stopping to allow cheeks to cool down (Rachel) and to bring up Harris Derwent’s beard (Annette) and then moving on to the next character/event/random factor. So maybe you’ll be convinced, maybe you won’t but just as sure as Harris Derwent is our favourite character in the Every-verse, YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK.

WARNING: This video contains spoilers and swearing.

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COVER REVEAL: No Limits by Ellie Marney

Gooooooooooooood morning! Today is a VERY exciting day because we are joining in on a cover reveal! I use VERY because 1. this is our first ever cover reveal and 2. it’s for a book by one of my fave Aussie authors. So I’m basically bouncing off the walls right now. Well, as much I can be on a cold winter’s morning with no coffee in my system yet. 🙂

Both Annette and I love the Every trilogy to pieces (we book toured Every Breath throughout 2015/2016) but mate, I have been impatiently waiting for this book ever since Ellie announced that she was writing it. I am a HUUUUUGE Harris Derwent fan (see here, here and here) (and more on that below) and I can’t waaaaaaaaaaaait to read this book in August. But before I start listing every reason why in minute detail, please scroll down and get a load of this delightful cover.

 

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And here’s the blurb:

New Australian YA romantic crime from the author of the award-winning Every series…

Boozer, brawler, ladies’ man – nineteen-year-old Harris Derwent is not a good guy.

His one attempt to play the hero – helping out his old flame, Rachel Watts – has landed him in hospital. Now injured, broke, and unemployed, he’s stuck back in the country, at his father’s mercy. Harris needs to pay off his dad’s debts, and fast. But working as a runner for a drug cartel is a dangerous path – especially if Harris agrees to narc…

Eighteen-year-old Amita Blunt is the perfect police sergeant’s daughter – practical, trustworthy, and oh-so responsible. Getting involved in Harris’s case was never part of the plan. But working at the hospital, she’s invisible – which makes her the ideal contact for a boy feeding information back to the police…

Harris and Amie’s connection is sizzling hot – but if the cartel finds out about them, things could get downright explosive. Backed into a corner, with everything at stake, it’s time for Harris and Amie to find out if love really has no limits…

“A novel of bruising empathy and excitable romance…This is modern Australia for so many growing up on the periphery right now, picked apart with exquisite and smart insight from one of Australia’s best crime and YA writers.” – Danielle Binks, Begin End Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology.

The release date is Monday 14 August 2017. Pre-orders will be available from 1 August.

The book will be released on ebook and print on demand on Amazon – readers can order their copies (including print copies) there. More platforms to follow.

If you, for whatever bizarre reason, have not read the Every trilogy, I’d suggest getting on that right about yesterday. Sadly, Harris doesn’t appear as a character until the last book (Every Move) but trust me when I say that you’re making an excellent life choice. And look, because I’m super nice, I’m going to include the page numbers of my top 5 fave Harris moments below. When I say I’m a fan, I’m being pretty goddamn serious. I mean, (and this is gonna sound really bad) I could give a shit about Mycroft and Rachel when I was reading Every Move. Every page, I was like SHUT UP I DON’T CARE WHERE’S HARRIS. …Okay no, I did care about Mycroft and Rachel. But you know. ANYWAY, here’s those page numbers, with a comment that may or may not make sense (depends if you’ve read it):

  • pg 22 – flipping a town off, be still my beating heart.
  • pg 52 – back. muscles.
  • pg 76 – well he can be my self defense teacher anytime.
  • pg 95,96,97,98 – dancing!! on!! his!! toes!!
  • pg 272 – ‘you taste like sunlight’ FUCKKKKKKK OFFFFFFFFFF

Alright, that’s enough outta me. Be sure to check out the other No Limits cover reveal posts going up this morning and mark 14/8/17 down in your diaries as a Very Important #LoveOzYA book release day. Or No Limits release day. Whatever blows your dress up.

WOOOOOO YEEEEEEAAH HARRIS DERWENT.

– Rachel.

Our Top Twenty One Favourite “Quotes” From Every Breath…

Okay, so I lied – we don’t have twenty one favourite quotes. We really only have one. The other 20 below that are quotes (with page numbers) that relate to instances where James Mycroft’s hair and eyes are mentioned. Our top 10 for each, because CURLY HAIR AND BLUE EYES AW YISSS. Also because we’re weird* like that.

‘Live or die. Every breath is a choice.’ – pg 72: this quote is derived from Chuck Palahniuk’s Survivor and where Ellie got her title for this wonderful book from (we think).

HAIR                                                                                                                         EYES

pg 1 – ‘… his crazy curls are the same as now…’

pg 7 – ‘… his blue eyes are luminous from the sunlight reflecting off…’

pg 3 – ‘… his dark hair anarchy as usual.’

pg 39 –‘Mycroft has his raw blue eyes fixed on mine.’  

pg 9 – ‘His curls are a dark jungle…’

pg 92 – ‘…his eyes are electric, intense.’

pg 16 – ‘… his hair looks particularly frightful.’

pg 106 – ‘Mycroft’s eyes are sparking, blue as the after-image of an X-ray flash.’

pg 110 – ‘… his dark hair corkscrewing every which way.’

pg 108 – ‘His eyes are electric blue maelstroms.’

pg 142 – ‘Even his hair looks slumped.’

pg 160 – ‘His eyes are the blue of a lightning storm.’

pg 206 – ‘He smiles, curls flopping over his forehead.’

pg 180 – ‘… his blue eyes swirling with dark matter.’

pg 238 – ‘A mop of dark-brown curls bobs over the top of a nearby easel.’

pg 200 – ‘… blue eyes intent and over-bright.’

pg 270 – ‘Back-breeze from the traffic blows curls into his face…’

pg 208 – ‘… his eyes have darkened to an intense blue.’

pg 324 – ‘… I put one hand on the arm of his hair and one hand where it’s always wanted to go – laced through his hair, his amazingly dark and curly hair. His soft locks twine through my fingers and I pull his face towards mine.’

pg 219 – ‘His eyes are a rich ultramarine, like the sea on a Hawaiian beach, the long dark lashes a vivid contrast.’

*fucking awesome

Every Breath – The Playlist

Firstly, Ellie has a playlist that she put together for Every Breath, which you can find below. It just so happens to have two of the songs we’ve included in our playlist, so great minds eh.

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Alright. Every Breath isn’t a book with a lot of musical references. Really, there is only one song that is actually mentioned (as well as a few references to bands/musicians). So, this playlist is split into 3 parts consisting of: 4 songs from Every Breath, 4 songs we heard/listened to on our 3 part book tour and 7 of our own picks! I hope you like it.

IN THE BOOK *only the artist is mentioned, so we chose the song

My Sharona by The Knack- Please raise your hand if this song now reminds you of James Mycroft.

Little Black Submarines by The Black Keys* – Annette chose this one as I only know two (now three) Black Keys songs.

The Nosebleed Section by Hilltop Hoods* – our fave Hilltop Hoods song so it’s naturally the one we chose for our playlist.

When Your Love Is Gone by Jimmy Barnes* – thanks to my Dad, I know a lot of Jimmy Barnes songs. Including this one because it is one of my faves.

ON THE TOUR

Gypsy by Fleetwood Mac – Remember when we stopped for lunch on that day we went gallivanting around the Royal Melbourne Zoo? Well, Gypsy was playing in the cafe we bought those ridiculously expensive and average tasting hot chips and hot dogs from (yeah woo, I looooooooove FM).

Manic Monday by The Bangles – I can’t exactly remember where we heard this song but I’m pretty sure it was also in the cafe.

Cosby Sweater by Hilltop Hoods – We stopped to grab some cold drinks at one point (also at RMZ) and this was the song pumping out from the vendor thingo. It’s kinda cool that we can include another HH song because I know Ellie is a big fan.

Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – Remember when we ate kebabs and got attacked by bees? Well, Over The Rainbow was drifting out from a shop nearby. Or it may have been a busker because it sounded acoustic-y and I couldn’t place the song initially. I picked this version for our playlist because it is super lovely.

OUR PICKS

Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty – I think this one is pretty obvious, no?

London Calling by The Clash – As above.

Electric Feel by MGMT – Yeah so I don’t know the meaning behind this song  but it’s on the list purely because the title directly relates to the way this book kills me with its sexual tension. Please see pgs 161-163 in particular but also 243-244, 272-273, 324-328, 332-334 (you’re welcome).

Bang A Gong (Get It On) by T-Rex – Again, including this song and using the title to be wildly blatant about my shippy feels.

Paint It Black by The Rolling Stones – I felt our playlist needed some Stones and I chose Paint It Black because it’s got a fast, thumping kind of beat that goes well with the pace of EB.

Private Universe by Crowded House – As a Rachel who is a CH fan, I’ve decided Rachel Watts is also a CH fan. Am I projecting? Probably. So be it then; this is my fave CH song.

Mess Is Mine by Vance Joy – This song accurately describes the relationship dynamic between Rachel and James. Also, Vance Joy has curly hair. What does that have to do with anything, you ask? Well… *runs away*

 

(Also posted on our playlists page).

Every Breath – The Places We Couldn’t Go

For one reason or another, there are always places we can’t go when we do a book tour, sometimes because it’s a made up location, sometimes because time/cost/distance/the law interfere.  In any case, this really grinds my gears because it means I have an incomplete spreadsheet and this is something I really don’t need in my life.  Ellie was kind enough to give us very detailed answers to our barrage of questions about locations, so even though we couldn’t visit them, we learnt some pretty cool stuff;

  1. Five Mile – A made up town because of the content of the novel, Ellie (and I assume publishers?) didn’t want to give a real town a bad name.  However, she did tell us that if you travel up to the Mallee, and go to Ouyen and then take the turn off to Murrayville and drive for a while there are lots of little towns that fit the bill – Murrayville being a very close representation.  Fun fact: It was originally called Nine Mile but the name was changed at the last minute because there is an actual town called Nine Mile.
  2. North Coburg Secondary – An entirely made up location
  3. Grey’s House – Another made up location
  4. Homeless Shelter – We did a bit of research into this and we are pretty sure we found the correct information.  Apparently this shelter used to exist but was shut down for some reason.  Probably because we have a country run by moronic, unsympathetic, money hungry, corporate giant douche twats who make us look like a backwards country.
  5. Mutual Systems Incorporated – Ellie said this was an imagined location but we mentioned to her that I always pictured it where the portrait of the Indigenous child is on the building on Hosier Lane and Ellie said that was was kind of a perfect spot (huzzah!!)
  6. Hundertwasser School – I hope she doesn’t mind, but this is Ellie’s response to our question asking if this was based on LaTrobe near Melbourne Central – “No – but I used to date a boy who lived in a warehouse flat on the corner of Russell Street and Little bourke, right in the thick of things.  That was a beautiful space inside, once you made it up all the stairs.  The Hundertwasser School I sort of located in that funny corner of Spring St, right before it meets Victoria Parade – there are some old buildings there, one of which used to be an artist’s squat, I think (although again, those might have been revamped now).  I remember going there at 5 in the morning, while I was helping to make a short film with the VCE, and trying to wake up the guy inside on the second floor by throwing things at his window – he had all the film shoot lights stashed in the flat! (we never managed to rouse him)” – We interpreted this as the location being at Spring Street and Victoria Parade but the inside looking like that of the warehouse on Russell and Little Bourke.  We chose not to visit this location because it’s in a difficult place to drive to, we weren’t sure if it would still be there and weren’t entirely sure of what we were looking for.
  7. The Lion Enclosure – We did visit the lion enclosure but it has been re-vamped since the book was written so it looked different when we visited (which we only found out recently thanks to @nicolehasread)

– Annette

15. Baker Street – EB

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‘”Is there a Baker Street address in Melbourne?”… “In Richmond. Off Victoria Street-“‘ – pg 332

Just so we don’t have any confusion – and maybe possibly  definitely because I did not understand this reference for a long time – Baker Street is where the infamous-yet-fictional Sherlock Holmes lives, Every Breath is a Sherlock Holmes-esque novel thus Baker Street is significant.  Capiche?

This is the last location mentioned in the book and also the last one we visited, so that’s nicely symbolic.  It’s a pretty quiet street that runs off a not-so-quiet street in Richmond and a bit of a pain in the arse to get to really (I’m from the outer suburbs bruh, anywhere that has ‘no right turn’ signs and paid street parking is a pain to me).  But it’s good that it was a quiet street because Rachel took her customary standing-in-the-middle-of-the-road photo (which turned out really well, I think) and didn’t have to worry about getting run over in the process.  WINNING.

I’m not quite sure why I liked this location so much, it was a pretty unremarkable street really.  Perhaps I could just imagine Rachel and Mycroft living here.  In any case, it was a bittersweet moment because it meant that the location visiting for our Every Breath book tour was over.  On the plus side, we can now fly to London for an Every Word book tour so WATCH THIS SPACE (but do keep in mind that it’s going to take about 10 years for us to save enough money for it).

– Annette
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