By: Melanie | October 2, 2013 | (28) Comments

Blog Tour: Find Me by Romily Bernard

Blog Tour: Find Me by Romily BernardFind Me by Romily Bernard
Series: Find Me, #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: September 24, 2013
Genres: Mystery, Romance, YA
Pages: 307
Source: For tour
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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.

Bleh, sorry for the sucky formatting, people! I am still sucking at formatting tour stops on WordPress.

My Review

Find Me is one of those books that will keep you hooked throughout the whole book- despite a few minor flaws. The strong highlight definitely was in the characters however the romance was also a rather favourable aspect.

There is no point hiding it that I did make my expectations lower quite indeed-ly however I still believe that I would have enjoyed Romily’s debut all the same. The story starts with Wick, a hacker, finding her ex-best friend’s, Tessa Waye’s diary on her front door step with the two words, “Find Me” written on it. Then the next day at school she finds out the Tessa is dead. Wick begins to assume that it is some big prank but after discovering that her sister, Lily, is the murderer’s next target, Wick will do anything to save her. With her hacking skills coming into play, she also begins to find out that Griff, a friend has a few secrets of his own.

I fell in love with Wick on the first page. Her love for her sister is unconditional and she throws herself into the midst of a murder investigation to find out who is planning to take down Lily. Her character was arrogant at times, determined and witty. What’s not to love? As for Griff, I thought he was a little odd but as the story goes by I really grew attached to him- he kept a smile on my face. The supporting characters like Wick’s best friend were also likable, Lauren wasn’t the typical oblivious drama queen that we usually have in YA novels, which I appreciated greatly. The romance was slightly hard to be convinced into. I felt it was a little forced and shaky, yet just like Griff’s character, I ended up really liking it. Griff is kinda cute in a non-sweet way.

I feel like everyone has said it. The major flaw in this Find Me was the predictability. For once, I have actually guessed the culprit and the guess was made rather early on in the book. I still noticed Romily placed a few strings of misleading clues which was smart however once I decided who it was, I was quite certain I was correct- and I was. Nevertheless, a fun mystery that got pretty intense at the end. There’s really more than meets the eye. Another annoyance for me was that we don’t see Wick use her supposedly ‘amazing hacking skills’ she just tracks and embeds a few things; I would’ve appreciated more detail.

A nicely balanced novel, I recommend Find Me to people who are looking for a light mystery read with great characters and a sweet romance! Especially if you suck at predicting things.

~Thank you HarperTeen for sending me this copy!~

3 stars

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About Romily Bernard

I graduated from Georgia State University with a Literature degree. Since then, I've worked as a riding instructor, cell phone salesgirl, personal assistant, groom, exercise rider, accounting assistant, and, during a very dark time, customer service rep. So don’t let anyone tell you a BA degree will keep you unemployed.

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Melanie

Owner (and crazy nut) at YA Midnight Reads
Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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28 Responses to Blog Tour: Find Me by Romily Bernard

  1. Tanja says:

    I want to read this book badly as I have never read a story with hacking in it. I like the sounds of characters too and the plot in general, but that predictability is really a big turn-off for me. I’m not sure I’d enjoy this story as much. Great review hon 😉
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  2. Johanna Richards says:

    Fabulous review, Mel! I love families that are tighlty knit and the romance seems great! You mean that Griff was a bit alpha-male? 😉 I like the sound of that…

  3. Stepanie B says:

    I’m horrible at predicting things, so it’s nice to know I might actually have a chance this time…. Haha. Lovely review, Mel.
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  4. Amelia says:

    What bad formatting do you speak of? O.O You fussy person… Brilliant review, Melanie! I don’t mind predictability as long as the story can still intrigue me.

  5. Celine says:

    Great review!

    I’m very curious how I’ll like this. I don’t really like predictability, but I love the hacking idea and that the characters sound good.
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  6. Sounds like a relatively interesting book, if not the best mystery. I’m glad you ended up enjoying this one overall though, since I have seen some mixed reviews.
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  7. You and I pretty much felt the same way about this one! Even though I didn’t love it, it definitely wasn’t as bad as some of the reviews made it sound.

    Yep, Wick was definitely the strong point in this novel. I loved her snarky, no-nonsense attitude, because even so, she still managed to be humorous. Honestly, it’s not easy to get much of a physical response out of me, but I remember snickering a little at some of the things she said/thought. It was fun reading from her point of view! Haha, yes, Griff was a little weird at times, but still — adorable. I have a thing for nerdy guys, and he was definitely nerdy to the max. Computer skills, you know. Best way to win nerdy women. 😉

    The predictability wasn’t too much of a problem for me, because I still enjoyed the book despite discovering who the antagonist was. The only thing, though, was that I felt the author shouldn’t have dropped that single clue about the culprit, because it started to plat a seed of suspicion in my mind that wouldn’t go away. And I didn’t like that the reason he gave for doing what he did was so flimsy and unbelievable. I still don’t really get it.

    Great review, Melanie! And don’t worry, the formatting for this post looks fine to me. 🙂
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  8. This does sound good and I might check it out but predictability gets on my nerves; it’s so annoying!

    Great review, Melanie!
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  9. Giselle says:

    Great review, doll! I do agree that the bond she has with her sister is great and I Loved that she was doing everything she could to keep her safe. I love sisterly relationships in books. I also guessed who the culprit was really early on so I was disappointed with this one was a whole because of that but I think a lot of people would enjoy it especially if they haven’t read quite as many mysteries as I have.
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  10. Hi Melanie,

    Wanted to thank you for trying FIND ME and for hosting me on tour!! Thanks for your time!!
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  11. Candace says:

    I’m pretty curious about this one. Sometimes I’m good at figuring things out and other times not so much so I’m not sure which way it would go for me. But I’ve really been enjoying YA mysteries lately so I think it would be fun to read. Plus I’m kind of dying of curiosity, I want/need to know what’s going on!
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  12. Great review! And I loved Find Me. I snagged a copy at BEA this year and it was fantabulous.
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  13. Emily says:

    This book looks like it has a very promising premise, and everything was going well, until a few points were executed a little poorly.
    I think I’ll enjoy this book, sounds like a good mystery! And I also love it when familial relationships come into play! 🙂
    Fantastic review Mel! <3
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  14. Jasprit says:

    Ha that last line is so meant for me, as I completely suck at predicting things, also you know how much I love a good romance alongside a good mystery! I will most likely give this book a try one day! I’m glad that you were able to enjoy this book overall Melanie, despite some issues along the way! Lovely review! 🙂
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  15. Great review! I did an interview on my stop which was really fun!! Romily is pretty awesome!! I will be reading this soon!!
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  16. Zoe N. says:

    This looks like such an interesting book! It’s great to see an author thinking outside of the box and writing a thriller in the mist of all these dystopias and paranormal stories! Can’t wait to dive in to Wick’s world! 🙂

    As always, brilliant review! 😀
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