Saturday, September 20, 2014

*Gizmos Book Reviews* Find Me (Find Me #1) by Romily Bernard

**I received this e-book free via Edelweiss/Harper Teen in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**


“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.

*My Thoughts*

There is an old saying that goes, it's better to be late than to never arrive at all. It only took me a year to finally getting around to reading Find Me, and that is entirely on me for procrastination. Since I do have the second novel in the series, Remember Me, thanks to the publisher, there's no time like the present to read them both and in the process, catch up on my reading back log.

Find Me's protagonist is 16-year old Wicket "Wick" Tate. She's a hacker with mad talents, who runs her own online investigations specializing in cheating boyfriends & spouses. Wicks true intentions are honorable; she wants to save up as much money as she can to not only protect her younger sister Lily, but to be able to fade away into the background if or when her father comes back. It is also hard to not be a little snarky, or have an attitude, or challenge everyone around you when the corrupt cops are directing much of their search efforts at finding her father towards Wick. Wick and Lily have also spent most of their lives on the bad side of town before finally landing in what appears to be the perfect foster home.

After receiving a message from former best friends diary saying Find Me, Wick ends up in a much deeper conspiracy than she could have ever imagined. Some friends have said that the story is a bit on the predictable side and I will not disagree. In fact, I pretty much knew who the murdering, piece of shit rapist was at around 49 percent on my Kindle. But there were clues earlier in the book if you look for them. It was just a matter of time before Bernard took readers and Wick to the end of the line and revealed that nothing and nobody is really what they seem.

I'm not a fan of Griffin's and probably never will be which is a good thing since the romance angle didn't take up much of the storyline. I think the way he pushed, and blackmailed Wick into doing what he wanted, shows the kind of class, and morals he truly has. I would call him a user and abuser and perhaps a bastard for believing he had any right to Wick in the first place.

I've been told that I am a man hater, which is probably true since not one of the male secondary characters (Griff, Detective Carson, or Todd) showed me anything but the ability to be twisted and sick bastards who use people to get what they want. I've been told I should definitely read Griff's novella to understand why he did the things he did, and how he ended up in the position he's in. Perhaps one day. 

I do have commentary and feelings towards the situation with Wick, Lily, and their father. I get that some have chided Wick for being too gullible and she should have run while she had the chance. I'm also thinking that perhaps some would learn from children who have been beaten, abused, raped, and watched as their younger sisters took the punishment meant for them in order to keep them in line. I would also challenge anyone who truly believes that Wick could have a normal life after losing her mother to suicide while trying to stop the pain and suffering she experienced. Lastly, I challenge you to go to a women's shelter and speak to the women who stayed throughout the pain and suffering at their lovers hands because they wanted good things for their kids.

Lie for Me: Griff's Story (Find Me 0.5) released September 2, 2014 by HarperTeen
Remember Me (Find Me #2) releases September 23, 2014 by HarperTeen
Trust Me (Find Me # 3) releases September 2015 by HarperTeen

Author - Romily Bernard
Title - Find Me (Find Me # 1)
Published by HarperTeen
Released: September 24, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery
Format: E-book 307 pages

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