Saturday, September 27, 2014

Remember Me by Romily Bernard [Review]

Remember Me (Find Me, #2)3 out of 5 Robots!

Remember Me by Romily Bernard
Series: Find Me #2
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction/Thriller
Release: September 23, 2014
Hardcover:  355 Pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
My Copy: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Reviewer: Shannon

Book Summary:
In the sequel to Find Me, Wick Tate, sarcastic teen hacker, is back and once again dealing with criminals and corrupt cops…and a brooding new love interest. Will Wick persevere when some secrets refuse to stay hidden?

Wick had thought her troubles were over.

But she should’ve known better.

Not only is she embroiled in a new murder case, which starts with a body with “Remember Me” carved into it and doesn’t stop there, but she also discovers new evidence surrounding her mother’s suicide…which leads her right back to her imprisoned deadbeat dad. And she has to deal with her flirty new hacker friend, Milo, sniffing around—which her boyfriend, Griff, isn’t too happy about.

The pressure might be too much as secrets—including Wick’s own—climb to the surface.

Remember Me is an edge-of-your-seat thrilling read that’ll have readers turning the pages at lightning speed!

(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
I was pretty on the fence about the first book, Find Me, so I was equal parts relieved and frustrated to find that Remember Me was more of the same.  On one hand, this sequel stands up well to its predecessor.  Wick is backed into a corner by Carson, the detective who put her drug dealing father behind bars and suspects her of illegal hacking.  He offers to turn a blind eye if she hacks for him to help him solve cases.  Things get messy for her as a new murder case opens up and Wick discovers that the victim and suspects are possibly connected to her mother's suicide.  Bernard keeps the pace moving along rapidly and doesn't embroil the readers with a lot of "hacker times", which I appreciate because the hacker subplot is my least favorite part of the book.

However, all the things I disliked about the first book are the same for the sequel.  My biggest complaint were the twists, which if you read enough thrillers and mysteries, could be seen a mile away.  So I wasn't shocked or surprised by any of it.  It made the reveals very anti-climatic.  The other issue I had was believability.  I am happy to suspend a certain amount of disbelief, but I felt that the various plot points were not well fleshed out enough to really make sense.  There was no backup evidence.  It was just like, "boom, here you go!" 

As far as the characters go, I think you either like them or don't.  I didn't really like anyone and as with Find Me, found them a little flat, especially the secondary characters.  I wasn't so keen on the introduction of Milo and his interest in Wick.  I can do without a love triangle for once.

Overall, I just wanted a little more depth.  Everything zips along so quickly and the plot isn't very well fleshed out.  After reading the first two books, I'm not sure I will be back for the third.

Disclosure:  I reviewed a copy free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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