Friday, January 23, 2015

Remember Me: Review

Title: Remember Me
Author: Romily Bernard
ISBN: 0062229060
Book Genre: YA Mystery
Release Date: September 23rd 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Book Source: Edelweiss


Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

Review:

Book two starts with a bang, mostly that there's another murder and Wicket's forced to investigate it. To those who don't know much about book one, you really should read it first in case of an accidental spoiler.

Now, I honestly can't imagine what it's like to be Wick, seriously it must be hard, here's a list of all the reasons why it would be:
  1.  Her mother committed suicide four years ago.
  2.  She was physically abused and emotionally manipulated for years by her drug dealer father.
  3.  She's lost all hints of innocence but her sister's is still intact and as much as she wants to give her sister a reality check to make her more aware of how cruel the world is and to be less open and more wary and untrusting, she also wants her to be happy, so it's a balance struggle.
  4.  She can't trust the police because a cop has been hounding her for a while to get to her father and now is currently blackmailing her to help solve his crimes for him.
  5.  A judge was the one to refuse every restraining order her mother had wanted against her father.
  6.  She can't trust the presumed new life with her foster/adoptive parent because good things always go away easily. So she did some hacking to get some money saved up, just in case it was time to up and run away with her sister, that the police might not be happy with.
  7.  She can't tell her boyfriend because he's the heroic figure and she doesn't want him to look horribly at her. 
"This is what happens when you end up with a hero. He expects you to be just as noble."
"If I tell Griff, he'll want to save me. Better yet, he'll want to save Bren and Lily. And he'll want to do it honorably."
So yes, it must be really lonely, scary and stressful being her. No time to relax or way to let her guard down completely. Though I'm not sure why she can't tell her best friend, maybe she has enough on her plate? Can't trust her either? But I can't imagine a cop hounding me and threatening to ruin everything in my life if I didn't cooperate, do illegal and potentially dangerous work for him to get his arrest. He justifies what he's doing because the system can't touch the people he wants to take down, but for all intents and purposes he's still a bad cop. A horrible cop. Couldn't she record their conversations or something? Maybe the blackmailing can work on an even plain or trust her boyfriend, he might help.

Not only does she have to deal with Signor Asshole Cop, someone keeps sending her videos of her mother that make her question all she knew about her mother's suicide. And she accidentally ends up as a potential victim for the guy the cop Carson wants to bring down… yes, poor girl indeed.

The most thing I hated about this book was the love triangle. I hate hate hate love triangles. Loathe them with a passion, especially since I love Griff. The problem is, if Griff had never been in the picture ever, I would have wholeheartedly loved Milo… call it a bad boy thing, and oh does he do it well, but Milo is kind of destructive and Griff is too good, so really I don't know which side she's leaning more towards because she always acts to save the people she loves.
"I hold up my laptop and he passes it through the scanner. No bombs. How very unsurprising. Triple B gives me back my computer without a second glance. It always amazes me that no one realizes I don't need a bomb to do damage. Whatever though. Makes my life easier."
What would happen if you take away her need to feel safe? If she has a good and peaceful life she trusts… will she be more Griff or Milo?

Other than that though, I absolutely enjoyed this book way more than the first one because it was less predictable and I can honestly say I didn't expect most of what happened. I am also more excited for book three and seriously need more of this story. The ending makes me sad though, I need to be happy.

Favorite quote? There are monsters living inside us and, sometimes, they win.

Rating: 4/5!

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