Book Review: Remember Me by Romily Bernard

I was lucky enough to get to read an eARC of Remember Me courtesy of Romily Bernard, the author, through edelweiss. That said, getting to read Remember Me before it’s release date in no way affects my review/rating.

First things first, I absolutely loved Find Me and have been looking forward to this sequel all year. Bernard is such an amazingly talented author when it comes to writing suspense, and the number of cliffhangers at the end of numerous chapters just makes you read more (even if it’s getting late and you say ‘just one more chapter’ and before you know it it’s been a few chapters since you made that deal with yourself). By far the best YA thriller series I’ve read of the most recent releases in the past couple years is Find Me and, now, its sequel, Remember Me.

Here’s the synopsis for Find Me & Remember Me, pulled from Goodreads.com.

FIND ME by Romily Bernard
Genre: YA / Thriller / Mystery
Series: Find Me (#1)
Synopsis: “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.

REMEMBER ME by Romily Bernard
Genre: YA / Thriller / Mystery
Series: Find Me (#2)
Synopsis: 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.
Release Date: 9/23/2014

Review: I enjoyed this a lot. There was as many twists and turns as its prequel, Find Me, had and I found myself screaming out loud in shock more than once throughout. There isn’t anything I didn’t enjoy about it, except perhaps the way things were left hanging between Griff and Wick. I feel like there’s still more there, yet I’m not really surprised things didn’t quite work out between them. Yet I just feel like there’s something there that’s going to resurface, some unfinished business that needs taken care of. But can I just say that I kind of really love Wick and Milo together. Just saying.

I also feel like the author just skimmed the bottom of what else Wick will discover about her birth mother. There’s more there. Just like there’s a load of things to discover with this Hart guy, especially after that cliffhanger the author leaves us with at the ending. I just want more now. That’s the only thing about series I don’t like… reading series that are still on-going, versus already completed when you discover them. You have to wait.

There’s definitely enough crime surrounding Wick, especially the people she knew before her mother’s jump, and she and Lily were put into foster care. I also like how at the end of Remember Me, Wick gets back to taking on private hacking jobs again. It’s what she does, she’s a hacker. Also she’s brilliant at it. It definitely opens up more room for plot for the third novel to follow.

Over all, I give Remember Me 5 out 5 stars. The readability and flow was high up there, and I never got bored while reading. It also was hard to predict what came next, unless it was really close to being revealed. I was still shocked and reeling after each revelation was discovered. My mind is still reeling as I write this review.

I recommend this for readers who enjoyed the Don’t Turn Around trilogy by Michelle Gagnon (first two books are published: Don’t Turn Around and Don’t Look Now).

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