Wednesday, October 2, 2013

4 stars: Find Me (Find Me series, #1) by Romily Bernard

"'Find Me.'

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."

Published September 24th 2013 by HarperTeen. I received a digital ARC of this story from the publisher.

This book was definitely a win! It had interesting characters, a really good mystery to solve, and a few different story lines. Basically, I was never bored (well, I was once, but I'll get to that).

If I had to sum up the book in one word, it would be "engaging," so this is a pretty easy read. Plus, you want to keep reading, because you want to know to know who killed Tessa. That mystery just gets more and more interesting as the book progresses. I will say that I found it predictable, but the journey was still fun, and I liked all the buildup. I'm not sure if we were even supposed to be surprised by who the killer was. Again, it really is about the storytelling and what led to how Wick found out who it was, and less about who it was, I think.

I really liked Griff. I'm just going to call that part a love story, even if that's not quite what it is. It was easy to look forward to her scenes with him. What confused me though was why he was so interested in her. I mean she really does her best to push him away, and she's just not that likable, but he still pursues her. Almost to the point of stalking. I've discussed this type of story line with a friend (I don't know if she wants to be called out, so I won't) and I agree with her assessment: this doesn't happen in real life, and girls just wish it would. It's pure fantasy for a guy you like to still pursue you even though he knows all of your faults and you push him away. These two do have similar pasts, so I'm guessing that it's only because he can relate to her better than others.

I mentioned that there was one part of the book that I was not into. This could just be a personal tastes thing, but I hate chase scenes. You know, where there's a big bad and someone is running from it or is chasing it herself. Those scenes need to be short in order for me to be engaged. We're talking like 2 pages long. Unfortunately, that was not the case here. Not to say that it took up half the book or anything, but that it just went on too long for me and I had to put down the book and then push myself to finish it later.

I really enjoyed reading this, and I look forward to finding another book which manages to keep me as engaged (it could take a little while).

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