Author: Romily Bernard
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: HarperTeen (September 24, 2013)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller Suspense
My Rating: 3.5 Stars!
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.
My Thoughts and Review:
I love Wicket. She is brave, smart, strong, a total smart ass and she loves her sister fiercely. Fiercely enough to do stuff she shouldn't to protect her. Fiercely enough that she puts her life in danger and does what needs to be done, whether that something is a good thing or not. And even though she is brave, sometimes she is stupid as well and that makes her character that much more loveable because after all, don't we all have our stupid moments? Don't we all have weaknesses and those we want to protect at any cost?
I love mysteries. Slightly creepy ones, scary ones or down right action packed ones. I have just always had a thing for them whether in books or in movies, I can never get enough and I like guessing who the bad guy is and the satisfaction of finding out I was right and even the frustration of learning I was wrong.
There were so many possibilities to who the bad guy was, some I wanted for them to be the bad guy and some I was hoping and praying weren't because I genuinely liked them and fell for their act. And while I had my suspensions from the very beginning, I still wasn't positive for awhile on whether or not I was right and I really enjoyed that about this one. I liked that I didn't totally have it all figured out right away.
Bernard added just the right amount of intrigue, danger, mystery and romance that allowed the story and characters to flow together nicely and realistically. While this wasn't a huge stand out novel for me it was a really enjoyable read and one that would make me pick up another one of the author's stories in the future.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*