Title: Find Me
Author: Romily Bernard
Series: Find Me #1
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Source/Format: Giveaway / ARC, 307 pages
Opening Sentence: “I’m halfway through the remote computer’s firewall when Detective Carson parks on the other side of our street.”
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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.
Find Me by Romily Bernard is a book I would say is out of my comfort range. It’s not uncomfortable, per se, because I’m open to read anything, but it’s a YA mystery/thriller… and I’d be lying if I said I read lot of those. Find Me was like a YA version of one of those action movies with badass characters you watch after everyone said it’s really good. The difference: no one had to tell me this one was going to be good. I mean, mystery and computer hacking? That already sounds super awesome.
I’ve read a lot of books in my day, but I don’t think I’ve ever read one about a hacker—teenage or otherwise. I’ll admit that’s the very first thing that reeled me in. Before I knew anything else I knew I was going to read Find Me if only for the hacking aspect. While the hacking aspect was super awesome (It’d be cool to know how to hack… except it can be illegal. Oh well. I wouldn’t know what to do with the skill anyway.) there were a handful of other storylines that I found intriguing.
I don’t know about you guys, but I want to learn more about Griff and Bren. Griff was totally that good person capable of kicking ass and I loved him for it. I feel like he’s such a good compliment to Wick, who is feisty and suuuuper independent (to a fault). I love Bren for a totally different reason, though. I don’t know what it was about her—because she wasn’t really in the novel too much—but I couldn’t help loving her. She was Wick and Lily’s foster mom who could never have kids and… barfbarfbarf. You know, all that sentimental shit. Generally I’m apathetic to characters like that, but Bren’s character had several sides that I wish I could discover more fully. She seemed like the type of woman who tries to do the right thing and generally just be a kind person, but won’t hesitate to rip you a new one if you deserve it. God, I loved her. Can you tell?
I had a lot of fun reading Find Me. I was a little bummed near the end when the rapist was revealed. I had suspected a person from the very get go and they turned out to be exactly who I thought they were. It didn’t make the story any better or worse—I was suspicious, not positive—but I was definitely a little bummed that my mind wasn’t blown like some other people said theirs were. But honestly, now I can toot my horn because I was right. You give some you get some. It all works out.
Anyway, I didn’t know until right before I wrote this review, but Find Me is actually the first book in a trilogy. The end let on to it (which is why I Googled it, actually) but now that it’s for sure I’m stoked. I’ll definitely be picking up the next installments when they release. Until then, I urge you to read Find Me if you want something a little dark and mysterious. Maybe it will blow your mind. Maybe you’ll be able to puff your feathers, like me. Either way: read it, love it, come talk to me about it.