Review: Find Me – Romily Bernard

Review: Find Me – Romily BernardFind Me by Romily Bernard
Published by HarperCollins
Published: September 24th 2013
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"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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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When I first started reading this one I wasn’t a fan. Since it was an eGalley I thought I was missing the beginning because it just seemed to jump right into something without any background knowledge about what had happened. It made me feel like I missed something entirely. Not in a Marchetta kind of way, but more in a, “I’m missing chapters” kind of way. But since I requested it from Edelweiss I knew I needed to give it the time and attention it deserved so I pushed on. And I must say I was pleasantly surprised when all was said and done. I actually found Find Me entertaining when I finished and I was pleased.

Find Me is about Wick Tate, a girl basically from the wrong side of the tracks. Her dad is on the run for drugs, her mom committed suicide and now Wick and her sister Lily are living with a foster family while and annoying cop keeps a close eye on her. But Wick has a secret of her own. She is a hacker and she isn’t always on the up and up. Now worried that the police are on to her Wick’s back is up. And when a diary of a classmate that has just died shows up with “Find Me” written on it Wick has a whole other problem to deal with and it is closer than she thinks.

Like I said in the beginning, I didn’t think I liked this book all that much. But as I read more and more, Wick started to grow on me. She was funny, sarcastic, smart and 100% loyal to her sister. As a reader, I appreciated that. She took on the role as parental figure for Lily, even though they had foster parents, and never looked back. I found that very admirable in a main character and it made her all the more likable. Also her relationship with Griff was really enjoyable to read. It added some romance-like tension and so adorableness because Griff was adorable. And the two of them had a great dynamic together. Wick was certain about a lot of stuff in her life, but Griff was not one of them.

Now on to the story. It was supposed to be a mystery, but like I said when I was reading it I figured out pretty early what was going on and who was behind the whole thing. I thought it was very obvious from the get go so it kind of failed in that respect. But even knowing what was going to happen I still thought the story was well thought out and timed. It wasn’t rushed but it didn’t drag. There were definite giveaway with some of the clues dropped, but that was okay for me because Wick as a character made it okay.

All in all I really ended up liking Find Me. It was a quick read with likeable characters and a well paced story. Take out the mystery aspect, which was a fail in my opinion, and you have a pretty solid debut novel that I’m happy I didn’t throw the towel in for. I would recommend it for sure.

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Waiting on Wednesday: A Radiant Sky – Jocelyn Davies

waiting*Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It is a weekly meme that allows you to share a book you can’t wait to read!

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A Radiant Sky – Jocelyn Davies
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Release Date: September 24, 2013

Since the night of her seventeenth birthday, Skye has been torn between two opposites: Light and Dark, the Order and the Rebellion, Devin and Asher.

But her decision shocked both sides—because she chose neither.

With the help of her friends, Skye forges her own path, setting out to gather an uprising of Rogues. The treacherous and elusive half-angels may be the key to maintaining the balance of fate and free will. But completing the mission her parents left unfinished is more difficult—and dangerous—than she could have imagined. And doing so comes at a cost: Her greatest love may now be a lethal enemy. Because it’s not just the Order that sees her as a threat who must be eliminated. The Rebellion does, too.

And both sides will do whatever it takes to win.

Dark days lie ahead, and if Skye is to survive, she’ll need to rely on her extraordinary powers and the strength of her will. Because she has a future—and a love—that’s worth fighting for.

The sweeping, darkly romantic story that began with A Beautiful Dark and gathered intensity in A Fractured Light comes to a thrilling conclusion in A Radiant Sky.

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***for the record, I was lucky enough to read this already

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Second Chance Sunday – Sisters in Sanity by Gayle Forman

Having been a huge fan of Gayle Forman’s If I Stay and Where She Went duology I was excited when I saw she had an earlier standalone book. I was able to borrow it from a friend and really enjoyed it. Not as much as her other two I had read, but enough. So I bring you today’s Second Chance Sunday, Sisters in Sanity.

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Title: Sisters in Sanity [Amazon]
Author: Gayle Forman [website]
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: Contemporary
Source/Type: Borrowed/Library Book Hardcover
Stars: 3 of 5

Publisher’s Description:
Have you ever had the “out-of-control” dream? The one where you know you’re not crazy, but no one around you–not your parents, not your teachers, not even the authorities–will listen to you? For sixteen-year-old Brit Hemphill, the out-of-control dream comes true when her dad enrolls her at Red Rock, a bogus treatment center that claims to cure rebellious teen girls. At Red Rock, Brit is forced into therapy, and her only hope of getting her life back is in the hands of an underqualified staff of counselors. Brit’s dad thinks Red Rock can save her, but the truth is it’s doing more harm than good.

No girl could survive Red Rock alone–but at a treatment center where you earn privileges for ratting out your peers, it’s hard to know who you can trust. For Brit, everything changes when she meets V, Bebe, Martha, and Cassie, four girls who keep her from going over the edge. Together they’ll hold on to their sanity and their sisterhood while trying to keep their Red Rock reality from becoming a full-on nightmare.

My Thoughts:
First I must start by saying that I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE Gayle Forman. Anything that woman writes I am right there reading it. She has a way with words that just puts you right in the moment with the characters. She knows her subjects and she knows her readers I to me she is a master at connecting the two of them together and that is hard to find in a good author. With that being said I must admit I wasn’t 100% crazy about Sister’s in Sanity. Don’t get me wrong I really enjoyed it. I loved Brit and Jed and V and Cassie and Bebe and Martha. I loved how the girls relied on each other for support when they were thrown into this horrible situation where they had no control. I loved the friendship that was formed between the girls when they needed someone to trust unable to trust their own family or adult around them. I loved Jed and Brit’s relationship. Actually I more then loved it. There was something special between them from the get-go. Between the flashbacks and real time stuff I was very much smitten. But honestly the end of the story is what killed it for me. I HATED the end.

This was a solid 4 star book the whole entire reading experience. I was excited to be back in a Forman world and getting back into her head. And then I got to the last few chapters and I was so disappointed. I mean I like the happily ever after aspect of books myself, but the neat, all tied up in a bow on a silver platter aspect of this one really bothered me. For a book that was pretty great up until this point it let me down. Life isn’t all neat and tidy and neither should the ending of a book that is about girls being sent to a “treatment facility” for behavioral problem that are non-existent. I felt like it was a cop-out and that bummed me out.

But I honestly would never discourage someone from reading it because Forman really is amazing and so are her characters. Definitley check it out because the good outwayed the disappointment for sure.

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Review: Jellicoe Road – Melina Marchetta

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Title: Jellicoe Road [Amazon]
Author: Melina Marchetta [website]
Publisher: Harper Teen (originally Penguin Australia)
Genre: Contemporary
Source/Type: Purchased/eBook
Stars: 5 of 5

Publisher Description:
At age eleven, Taylor Markham was abandoned by her mother. At fourteen, she ran away from boarding school, only to be tracked down and brought back by a mysterious stranger. Now seventeen, Taylor’s the reluctant leader of her school’s underground community, whose annual territory war with the Townies and visiting Cadets has just begun. This year, though, the Cadets are led by Jonah Griggs, and Taylor can’t avoid his intense gaze for long. To make matters worse, Hannah, the one adult Taylor trusts, has disappeared. But if Taylor can piece together the clues Hannah left behind, the truth she uncovers might not just settle her past, but also change her future.

My Thoughts:
Let me get this out of the way first:

I ♥ YOU JONAH GRIGGS!

Okay, moving on…for now.

Honestly I didn’t think it was possible to love a book as much as I loved Jellicoe Road! It had been on my radar for a long time but for some reason I just kept putting it off. Well after chatting with a few people about it and not know what my next read would be I went for it. And man did Marchetta hit it out of the park! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!

It’s really hard to describe what Jellicoe Road is really about like I try to do in my reviews. The thing about Marchetta is that she has a very distinct writing style and you don’t really know what is happening until you are about 150 pages in. I have taken to calling this the “Marchetta Effect” and have used it when I’m reading other books before deciding if I should give up. But when the Marchetta Effect is happening and you reach that 150 page milestone, magic happens and I feel if I tell you what the book is about in my own words some of that magic might not be there and that would just be downright wrong.

I can tell you the story is so amazingly awesome and that Taylor is a character that will stay with you for a long time. There is something extremely likable about her right from the start. I don’t know if it is because of the circumstances of her life up until this point, or the fact that she seems so strong but you can tell she is an emotional mess. Or how she tries to put a wall around herself that isn’t very strong because she really doesn’t want it to be. Whatever it is, Taylor Markham is one of my all-time favorite female literary characters.

And Jonah Griggs! Oh Jonah *flipping* Griggs! Head over heels about him. Like Taylor he had an easily likable quality to him. He was tough and disciplined and had too been through a lot, but he had a huge heart for the people that meant something to him. And Taylor meant more to him then even she realized. Jonah Griggs is just this magical character that comes in and out of scenes with precise timing, delivering lines and attitude and love as needed. He was the perfect partner for Taylor is every way. Whether it was romantic entangling or the annual territory wars, the two of them seemed to work together in an almost unexpected way. GAH, I just LOVE Jonah Griggs.

Do you ever just find a book that completely touches you in a way you never expected? That stays with you long after you are finished? That is a literary masterpiece? That is what  Melina Marchetta’s book Jellicoe Road made me feel. Something about it was just magic and not something that should be missed.  I know this review may be slightly different from my others based on the fact that I didn’t tell you what the book is actually about, but trust me when I tell you I did for your own benefit. Marchetta’s books need to be read with as much of a blind eye as possible. It’s more fulfilling if you are as confused as the rest of us until you hit the Marchetta Effect. Just trust me and go and read it. And then go and read Saving Francesca and The Piper’s Son. Simply put, FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC!

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Wild Awake ARC Giveaway {CLOSED}

I have a read copy of Wild Awake by Hillary T. Smith available to giveaway. This book is scheduled to come out on 5/28 so it will be an advanced copy. If your interested comment below and I’ll randomly pick someone to receive the copy. US residents only. Please make sure you use a valid email address when commenting. A winner will be picked tomorrow 5/20 at noon. Good luck!

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