Welcome to the Find Me blog tour! I have a review and giveaway for you today! Enjoy!
Find Me by Romily Bernard
Book One of the Find Me series
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss
Summary (from Goodreads):
These are the words written on Tessa Waye’s diary. The diary that ends up with Wick Tate. But Tessa’s just been found . . . dead.
Wick has the right computer-hacking skills for the job, but little interest in this perverse game of hide-and-seek. Until her sister Lily is the next target.
Then Griff, trailer-park boy next door and fellow hacker, shows up, intent on helping Wick. Is a happy ending possible with the threat of Wick’s deadbeat dad returning, the detective hunting him sniffing around Wick instead, and a killer taunting her at every step?
Foster child. Daughter of a felon. Loner hacker girl. Wick has a bad attitude and sarcasm to spare.
But she’s going to find this killer no matter what.
Because it just got personal.
What I Liked:
What a book! I am so impressed right now! I'm a huge fan of Romily Bernard - she is just the nicest and most supportive person ever - and I am honored to have been given the chance to review this book, and to be a part of the blog tour! Also, WOW! She is a genius!
When I started this book, I had a good idea of what to expect: hacking, action, outsmarting others, illegal activity... but I guess I wasn't expecting to get sucked into this story, as much as I did! I mean, I started reading this book, and I could NOT put it down. I haven't read an un-put-downable book in quite some time!
Basically, Wicket is a hacker, and recently, a classmate of hers has committed suicide. Someone sends Wick the classmate's diary, and wants Wick to find out what happened to the girl (her name is Tessa). Things get messy and dicey, because Wick's father comes back and wants her to hack for him, or bad things will happen. Also, throw in a cute boy who could be involved in everything, and we've got one crazy situation.
The plot is fantastic! Every part is riveting - you'll never be bored. At least, I wasn't. Every turn of the page, every paragraph, every sentence is something different, something interesting. Romily does an excellent job of keeping the reader's attention throughout the story.
Wick is a great heroine - I actually really like her! Her hacking skills are super awesome - I wish I could be that awesome at hacking. She's also compassionate, selfless, thoughtful, but also tough, kickbutt, and intelligent. I immediately liked her, and I wanted things to work out for her, and her sister, and her dead ex-friend. Psychologically, she isn't perfect, and she knows it. Her past, and her family - craziness.
Griff is the love interest and male hero of the story. I LOVE HIM SO MUCH! We don't get a lot from him, in terms of physical features, or even personality, but I love him! He's so sweet, but he's also risky and daring and slightly arrogant at times. There is this one scene that I absolutely love, at the pool, and ahhh! He's perfectly unperfect.
So, I really liked the romance. No love triangle. I also really liked the plot. I really liked the characters, and the character development, and basically everything! Romily did a really great job with this novel - I almost can't believe it's a debut novel! Meaning - she should have a billion novels published and printed by now!
What I Did Not Like:
I think I didn't like Wick very much sometimes, when she got the urge to run away from everything. She's a runner, an avoider, and while I completely understand why (psychologically) she couldn't handle certain situations, but I feel like it was irrational of her to want to up and leave every chance things got too scary,
Although, things got SCARY.
Would I Recommend It:
YES! This contemporary thriller is like no other that I have read! I'm kind of mad at myself for waiting so long to read it, honestly. But, I am super happy that I did! I feel like even if you're not a thriller (genre) lover, you'd still enjoy this book. Lots of action and strategy and pace!
4 stars. A wonderful debut, and excellent start to a new series!
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About the Author:
I graduated from Georgia State University with a Literature degree. Since then, I’ve worked as a riding instructor, cell phone salesgirl, personal assistant, groom, exercise rider, accounting assistant, and, during a very dark time, customer service rep.So don’t let anyone tell you a BA degree will keep you unemployed.