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I Belong

Review: Find Me by Romily Bernard

Find MeTitle: Find Me

Author: Romily Bernard

Genre: YA Mystery

Series: Find Me (Book #1)

Publication Date: September 24, 2013

Format: Hardcover, 307 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062229036 (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062229038 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed by: Bridget


“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.

Quick & Dirty: Amazing young adult mystery with the perfect blend of suspense, romance, and action. This is one of my all time murder/mystery books and I would highly recommend it to everyone!

Opening Sentence: I’m halfway through the remote computer’s firewall when Detective Carson parks on the other side of our street.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Wick Tate has always had a knack for computers. Her father is a renowned criminal and Wick learned a few things while living with him liking hacking. She now uses those skills to help people find out dirt about their loved ones and she charges a small fee. It isn’t perfect and it isn’t legal but Wick may need the money someday to help take care of her little sister. They are currently living with great foster parents, but who knows how long it is going to last.

Wick never has any physical contact with any of her clients and her business is only spread through word of mouth. So when a diary of a fellow student from school shows up on Wick’s doorstep with a post-it note saying “Find Me,” Wick doesn’t know what to think. Then Tessa Wayne the diary’s owner turns up dead and it looks like the killer’s next target is Lily. There is nothing Wick won’t do to protect her sister even if it means stopping a psychotic killer!

I loved Wick right off the bat. She is witty, smart, determined, and caring. She has had a rough life so far, but she hasn’t let that stop her from being there for the people that need her. She is so strong, but also stubborn. She has never really had anyone in her life that she could rely on and it is hard for her to accept help. Watching her open herself up and become vulnerable really helped me to build a strong emotional connection with her. She stumbles and falls quite often, but she never gives up. Her determination made her easy to respect, and her flaws made her easy to relate to. She is a very well rounded character that I completely adore.

Griff is seriously one of the cutest book boys ever. I was a little hesitant when I first met him but the more I got to know him the more I completely fell head over heels for him. He is very smart, loyal, charming, and a very good person. The way he treats Wick is beyond adorable and I freaking loved them together. I think my favorite thing is that he calls her Wicked, it’s so cute and it fits her perfectly! Griff is one of those people that you are drawn to. He’s a little rough around the edges and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. But he is a genuinely good person that is always trying to do the right thing. I loved getting to know him and can’t wait to get more of him and Wick in the next book.

Find Me is my kind of murder/mystery book. It was totally creepy with loveable characters and the perfect romance. It took all my favorite elements and blended them into a suspense story that had me eagerly turning each page. The plot was full of twists and surprises that you really don’t expect and I loved it. The pacing was spot on, the story never dragged but it also never felted rushed. Bernard’s writing is engaging, creative, and so much fun to read. It honestly amazes me that this is her debut novel; it was so flawlessly done. The ending of the book wraps up the current mystery nicely, but Bernard leaves you with a small taste of what is to come next. This is one of my all time favorite mystery books I have ever read, it was honestly that good. I would highly recommend this to anyone that loves young adult mysteries!

Notable Scene:

He might be right. Griff makes me feel funny … happy and worse. Is this because I know what he really is? Or is it because he knows what I am?

“I’m very sure I’m not good for you,” I say again, pushing hard against his chest even though I didn’t really have to. He lets me go. For a second, I regret it. My legs are shaking. “And I don’t think you’re very good for me either.”

I hustle up the sidewalk, expecting to hear his engine start any second now. It doesn’t. Griff’s watching me. Part of me wants to run, but the other part wants to go down there and tell him to knock it off.

I have the front door almost closed behind me before he responds. His voice sounds a lot more normal. There’s the familiar laugh, but underneath, he sounds like he’s flaking into pieces. “I think you’re wrong, Wicked. I think you’d be great for me.”

Find Me Series:

1. Find Me

2. Remember Me (September 23, 2014)

3. Trust Me (2015)

FTC Advisory:  HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Find Me.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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