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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Review: Dark Eden by Patrick Carmen

Dark Eden
Patrick Carmen

HarperCollins Children's Books (2011)
336 pages
YA / Suspense / Vaguely Horror

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Upon finishing Patrick Carmen’s Dark Eden, I was left with a similar feeling I usually get after watching a foreign science fiction movie with subtitles: there was something about this that I just did not get. I walked away knowing what happened, being able to describe the plot of the book, but it just felt like there was something I missed, whether it be a deeper subtext or the point of the book altogether. It was weird. I don’t often have that feeling when reading.

Dark Eden is about fear, particularly the paralyzing fears of a small group of teenagers who are sent to some strange compound in the woods where they’re supposed to be treated and “cured” of their various phobias. The story is narrated by Will Besting, who is afraid of people. Because of this, he doesn’t willingly go to the compound and instead hides in a basement bomb shelter he finds that conveniently has a entire wall of monitors with cameras that turn on and off inside the other rooms of the building as important events happen. One by one the other kids get cured and Will fulfills his voyeuristic desires to be a part of something without actually having to interact with anyone. Meanwhile he starts to think something is seriously wrong with the treatment methods of the mysterious doctor onsite.

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Review: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Steig Larsson

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Stieg Larsson

Knopf
563 pages
Mystery / Suspense / Foreign

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I used to have this thing where, if something is really popular, I will avoid it until I’d inevitably succumb to peer pressure a year or two late.  That’s what happened with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  I avoided it for a year or two before giving in and, for the most part, enjoyed it immensely.  The excitement continued through The Girl Who Played with Fire, and with the way that one ended, I thought the last in the trilogy would be equally thrilling.  Despite that, it still took me another year before I picked up The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest and fought my way through it.

WARNING: Spoilers for all three books in the series.  I normally avoid spoilers in my reviews, but couldn’t justify my response without them this time.  Everyone has already read this one anyway, haven’t they?

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