Author Blog Tour Review: Find Me By Romily Bernard

Welcome to the Working for the Mandroid stop on Romily Bernard's blog tour for Find Me, a suspense filled novel starring teenage hacker Wick and the trouble that insists on following her around. We are pleased to take part in the tour, hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club. Find Me comes out on September 24 and in celebration there is going to be a Twitter party hosted by Nova Lee Zaiden (@novablogder) starting at 7PM EST on Tuesday with Romily giving away signed hard copies of Find Me every ten minutes!

Also make sure to enter the contest at the end of our stop to win a copy of Find Me from the author!

Find Me
Romily Bernard

HarperTeen
I received an e-ARC of the book as part of participating in this tour.
Releases September 24, 2013
307 pages
YA / Suspense

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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.

This book has no monsters, no spaceships, no time travel, no alternate realties, and no superpowers. Everything that happens could possible happen in real life and all the characters could truly exist. In other words, this isn’t my usual sort of book and yet everything about it pulled me in. Something about a teenage hacker with a chip on her shoulder hunting down a killer who toys with victims with the assistance of a boy from the wrong side of the tracks pulled me away from my fantasy worlds and dragged me into the stark light of realty. And I’m glad it did.

Bernard has crafted a tightly woven thriller with a realistic protagonist with trust issues, who desperately wants to belong and yet can’t bring herself to separate from the bleak past in the shadow of a drug dealing father. Even from the relative safety of an upper middle class foster home with kind foster parents, she spends her nights doing investigative work via hacking for jilted housewives and angry business partners to make enough money to run away with her younger sister when this moment of safety inevitably falls apart.

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Comic Con 2012: The Avengers versus Firefly

Avengers Assemble!Later today the cast of Firefly will join with Joss Whedon and some of the writers at a Comic Con panel to celebrate the show's 10th anniversary. I could easily write a rant about how to show was wronged by its cancellation and how it could have been a game changer if treated differently by its network, but you can find those kinds of posts all over the internet. Instead, in honor of Joss Whedon's involvement in both, I will recast The Avengers with actors from Firefly.

The most obvious first choice would be Nathan Fillion taking over the armor of Iron Man. Over the past few years, Fillion has been fan-casted as just about every comic book character this side of Batman, but his snarkiness and boyish sense of charm would be perfect for a slightly less sardonic take on Tony Stark.

The next obvious to me is Summer Glau as Black Widow. She did some of the same sorts of acrobatic combat stunts in Firefly (or at least her stunt double did) and she's pretty good with the straight-faced expressions that never shows what she's thinking or feeling.

Fernando decided that Sean Maher should be mild-mannered Bruce Banner. His crazy alter ego Hulk would be CGI anyway, so his lanky stature wouldn't make a different. I think that might be type casting him as a scientist doctor guy, but I think Maher would make a good foil to Fillion's Stark.

Now the casting gets a little harder. There aren't really any more obvious choices, though Adam Baldwin as the gruff Nick Fury seems to make the most sense. He would rock that eyepatch and he's good at playing grumpy characters that like to boss people around. Plus he would get to walk around being a badass and that's where Baldwin excels.

I think I would gender swap Captain America and cast Gina Torres as the super soldier from the past. I would love to see her cast as Wonder Woman in something, though that's the wrong comic company and has nothing to do with The Avengers anyway. I know having a woman - much less a woman of color - as a super soldier from the 1940s is a little weird, but this is a comic book film. Nothing makes that much logical sense.

I'd also gender swap Hawkeye so that Jewel Staite could take over his bow and arrow. Stronger than she looks, Staite would be great at playing the sort of unassuming type that surprises whenever she goes full throttle. I can easily see her hitching rides from her fellow Avengers and being awesome even when most people would doubt her abilities since they aren't "super powers".

For Maria Hill, another gender swap. Hill spent most of the time in the background of The Avengers, barking out orders when things became chaotic or Nick Fury was otherwise disposed. I think Ron Glass, former preacher (possible assassin?), would make a great substitute for the quiet strength that is needed to be Fury's right-hand (wo)man.

Agent Coulson would turn into Morena Baccarin. Coulson is quite possibly the most awesome character in the current Marvel universe and is definitely beloved by viewers. Baccarin played evil straight-faced in V as an alien queen. I think she could easily play the patient and supportive yet stoic Coulson.

Then we come to the silliest casting choice, the one that is the real reason I'm making this list. Alan Tudyk as Thor. Think about it. It's the most ridiculous choice, but wouldn't it be completely awesome? I suppose Thor wouldn't be as seriously minded as he is in the current incarnation of The Avengers, and I don't really think Tudyk could bulk up to the point that's required for the part, but it would be wonderfully hysterical.

And because I've run out of members of the Firefly cast, I'll jump to another milestone in the Whedon overe and cast James Marsters as Loki. He played Spike as on the edge of madness for years and though he's a bit older than Tom Hiddleston, I think he could really take that part and do something crazy with it. Plus it would be nice to see Marsters in something again and we know he can do a believable accent.

Unfortunately I will not be attending this historic reunion of what is arguably Whendon's best show, primarily because hundreds of people were already in line at 11:30pm last night and I'm not very good at sleepy outside. So I hope everyone who gets in had a fantastic time and tells the rest of us all about it.