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Thursday, August 29, 2013
Vy's Blog now has an new look thanks to Stephanie who runs Hopeless Romantics with her sister. Stephanie was such a great person to work with and was patient with all my little requests. 

There will be a few changes and such throughout the week as I'll be adjusting to the new layout, so bare with me. 

Be sure to check out her blog and her design work. Stephanie's current blog design service is FREE

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Find Me by Romily Bernard | Book Review

Monday, August 26, 2013
Find Me by Romily Bernard
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HarperTeen, 307 pages
Expected Publication: September 24, 2013
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Format: eARC
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

“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. [goodreads]

MY THOUGHTS

Find Me is a solid debut novel by Romily Bernard. The story kicks off with the mystery of Tessa Waye's death which was ruled as a suicide until Tessa's diary lands in the hands of Wick with a post-it with the words "Find Me". From then on everything in this books just escalates with each passing page that I ended up finishing it in one day.

Wick is a character that I've been waiting for. She's a hacker with a complicated history of being the daughter of a felon. A reason why I loved reading though her point of view was her constant stream of analyzing every situation. I also found her entertaining with her armor of sarcasm and pessimism. Although Wick may come off as cold, she has a soft spot for her younger sister, Lily. The two sisters have a great relationship, and I loved how they balanced each other. Almost every decision Wick made was for her sister's benefit. She would have ignored Tessa's case if not for realizing that Lily may suffer the same fate as Tessa.

Now lets talk about Griff. When I was first introduced to Griff I thought that he had that boy next door quality. And I was partially wrong since Griff was actually revealed to be a fellow hacker. I loved how Griff easily fit into the story and how he played off of Wick's character. And the romance was nicely written since it wasn't overwhelming. The only problem I had was that I wanted more of Griff and his history. He seems as though he'd have a great back story from what little I've read of him.

My initial reaction after finishing the story was, "well that escalated quickly." The intensity of the story continuously built with each clue Wick gathered. I would have liked to have the story be a bit longer to delve into some of the details in the story, but the information given was enough to keep me hooked to the end.

Overall, I most definitely enjoyed Find Me with its fast paced story and intriguing character. I'm not certain if there will be a sequel, but I'll be excited if there will be. Find Me is a great debut and I look forward to more work by Romily Bernard.


    Bloggers who also enjoyed Find Me:

    Book YA Review: "Overall, I loved Find Me to pieces, and I never wanted it to end"

    I Swim For Oceans: "All in all, I was really pleased with Find Me. I think it's an excellent debut novel..."
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    Questionnaire Tag l Outside Life

    Saturday, August 17, 2013
    For our third and last question for the questionnaire tag, we asked: What do you do outside of blogging? Since I haven't been blogging for a while I decided to make my post about what I've been doing instead of blogging. 



    Be sure to check out JEN and WILLA'S post!

    Thanks for reading our questionnaire tag! This will be the last of the tag, so now I tag all of YOU to answer our questions.

    Did you miss any of the previous tag posts?

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    Questionnaire Tag | Interview

    Thursday, August 15, 2013
    It is part two of the questionnaire tag, which is time for the interview portion. Jen, Willa, and I decided to do a big interview with questions related to books and even personal questions.

    1. What do you want to be when you're older? Is this related to blogging/reading? If not, why not?


    I want to be many things when I'm older such as being a better person and someone who understands the word relax. But I do know that I'll make a good decision with whatever I choose to be occupation wise when I'm older. 

    2. Do you set aside a specific time each day to read, or do you read whenever you can (in cars, before school starts, etc.)?

    There is never a set time for me to read because lately I've rarely had time at all. What usually ends up happening is I can squeeze in a couple pages here and there, and then right before bed I'd finish the entire book. It's simply terrible, but we all understand that feeling of "just one more chapter".

    3. Are you a snacker while reading? If yes, what's your choice of food? If no, why not?

    If I'm fortunate enough to read during the day, I'd usually be sitting in my kitchen counter while snacking on anything nearby. It's mostly just fruits and crackers.

    4. Who is a character you've been able to relate to you that you've read about? Why? And who is one you would like to be like?

    I recently read Golden by Jessi Kirby and instantly connected with the main character, Parker Frost. We're both in the situation of planning for our futures after graduating high school, so I completely understood her anxieties and fears. In the story, Parker began to open up a bit after being introduced to this quote, and at the time, I very much so needed to see this quote again. And Parker is someone I would like be like, too.


    5. What is your favorite blogging memory that you've had? What's one your looking forward to?

    I feel so pressured when I'm asked for my favorite blogging moment. So far it's the opportunity to be part of this welcoming community and also all the book events I've been able to go to. Especially the book event that I met Jen at! And I'm looking forward to ALA 2015, which is also the year I graduate. Yikes. Jen, Willa, and I are planning on meeting each other there along with other teen bloggers.

    6. What kind of music do you like to listen to?

    I listen to literally anything that interests me. At the moment my three songs on repeat are:
    7. What book have you not read that you feel as if everyone else has read? Why haven’t you read it yet?

    I am that one blogger who still hasn't read Harry Potter. I even own the first book, and I'm not exactly sure why I still haven't picked it up, but I'm determined to read this series. Unlike most fans I didn't grow up reading, so I grew up with Harry Potter through the movies. 

    8. Are you a TV or movie person?

    I am both! But since it's summer break I've been indulging in TV shows through netflix. So far this summer I've started and caught up with all the following shows besides Alpha, which I only finished to season 1. 


    9. You are given an all expense paid trip to a destination of your choice for ONE day. Where would you go and what would you do?

    I would go to Viet Nam because I just want to eat ALL the foods. There's nothing like authentic vietnamese food.



    Now I tag YOU to answer these question. You can answer in the comments or even make a blog post and leave a link. 


    Be sure to go check out JEN and WILLA'S interview's!
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    Questionnaire Tag | Bookshelf Tour

    Tuesday, August 13, 2013
    It is part one of the questionnaire tag and the question is:
    WHAT DOES YOUR BOOKSHELF LOOK LIKE?



    Now I tag YOU to answer this question. You can answer in the comments, tweet me @VysBlog a picture of your bookshelf, or make a blog post and leave a link. 

    Be sure to go check out JEN and WILLA'S bookshelf tours!

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    Questionnaire Tag l Introduction

    Monday, August 12, 2013

    It has been a while since I've last consistently blogged, and I'm pretty sure my lack of posts and commenting is becoming noticeable. I'm also sure that some of you have forgotten my face and that I'm even a blogger. Instead of pouring everything into my blog, I've been reading other blogs and talking to various bloggers on twitter. It's thanks to the constant conversations I have with other bloggers that reminded me why I love being part of the community. So to ease my way back into blogging, I've asked the help of my friends Jen from Books & Other Happy Ever Afters (who thought of our tag line) and Willa from Willa's Ramblings. These ladies put up with my emails with the subject "I WANT TO DO A THING" as well as the unorganized ideas contained with them to create this simple QUESTIONNAIRE TAG. 

    During this week we'll be answering questions related to books, blogging, and even our personal lives. And since this is a tag we've decided to tag all of YOU. We'd love to have you answer the questions with us in the comments or even in a blog post. Be sure to check back on the following days and participate with us.

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