Wick Tate’s never heard these words so much in her life. And with all her secrets, who can she really trust?
There’s Milo, her new hacker boyfriend, who’s keeping a dark secret of his own. Griff, the ex who’s always had her best interests at heart but who mostly wants to stay out of Wick’s mess. There’s Looking Glass, an organization that can supposedly offer Wick protection…and a future.
And then there’s her family. They should be easy to trust, right? Not if you’re Wick. Not when “family” means so many different things, including a criminal father who may not stay locked up for long.
Wick is used to relying on herself…and only herself. But she’s going to have to learn to trust someone if she’s going to finally escape her demons…
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I love it when the little things about a book come together to create a story all their own, and I feel that whoever did Romily Bernard’s covers understands that. This is solely my speculation talking, but what the covers mean to me is Wick’s journey into herself.
On the first book, you can just barely make her out. She lives in the shadows, constantly hiding and constantly running away from her past.
On the second book, Wick’s learning what it could be like to live in the light. You can see her, but it doesn’t completely look like her. You can’t particularly see her face, and it’s like she’s getting swept away.
On the third book, the red of Wick’s hair finally comes out, and I think I should mention that Wick dyes her hair red in the book. I think those elements come together to show how Wick’s finally accepting who she is and deciding, for herself, what she wants to do.
Of course, it may just be that they had several shots of a model, Photoshop, and a deadline to get the covers in, but I’d like to think the continuity of the covers means something. I’d also like to think that the covers are a great metaphor for this trilogy finale. Is Trust Me‘s cover my favorite of the bunch? Not by a long shot. In fact, it’s probably my least favorite. But it tells me more about Wick than I knew before, making a more complete picture of her. It explains her story and ties up the loose ends from the previous books.
Trust Me isn’t my favorite book in the series. The first book is my favorite, but the last book is indispensable and I loved reading it. I got to revisit one of my OTP’s, Griff and Wick, and everything came together neatly. There was just one over-arching problem I had with the plot.
Certain plot points were loose or forced. There were parts of the story that felt like it was just one cop-out after another.
One of the things I admire most about Romily Bernard’s writing is her ability to put her characters into a corner. I also admire her ability to realistically write about hackers when she’s not a hacker herself, which is a testament to her thorough research. But back to the plotting. Throughout Find Me and Remember Me, I was amazed by Bernard’s ability to plot and the tightness of her stories.
Unfortunately, in Trust Me, the feeling that I got was that, in all of those great, complicated mazes she built, she also got lost herself. In other words, she wrote herself into a corner.
Because of this, there were scenes that struck me as the characters being moved around like puppets instead of making their own decisions, and that was a pity. Also because of this, the pacing felt rushed. Romily introduces big, brand new pieces into the equation in Trust Me, and it was all so smashed together that much of the story felt random and mishmashed.
Despite that, I still love the book <3
I won’t lie–I felt the plotting issues even as I was reading. My criticism for the story isn’t entirely just on a critical level, but also on a reader-to-book level. However, the story still shined. Especially in the middle, I was completely sucked into Wick’s world, and I remembered why I fell in love with this series to begin with.
As I mentioned before, Romily is an incredible writer and researcher. She manages to write about hacking seamlessly, without confusing the reader or giving info-dumps. No, there aren’t a ton of shiny paragraphs that I would highlight and look over and admire and think about long after the book is over. Her writing isn’t really about that. It’s about letting the reader get lost in the thrill of it all, and that’s perfect for the Find Me trilogy.
And then there’s the romance. If you don’t want any spoilers, then I would skip the next paragraph. They’re only spoilers from the blurb of Trust Me, basically recapping where we left off in Remember Me.
*spoiler* In Remember Me, Wick breaks up with Griff because he’s an idealist, and he can’t see Wick continue to put herself in danger. He believes that she’s in too deep, and that digging deeper isn’t going to help anything. This has been an obstacle between them from the beginning, and I loved how Romily dealt with it because neither Griff not Wick backed down. She showed how stubborn both of them are, and how both of them don’t have any choice but to do what they do. In the wake of that, along with what’s going in Wick’s life at the time with Carson and her father, another hacker named Milo comes into the picture and Wick starts dating him. Yes, it’s a love triangle, but it’s the kind of love triangle that’s realistic, believable, and natural, and most of the reason why I was so highly anticipating Trust Me was that I wanted to see how she handled the romance. *end of spoiler*
And, in short, Romily ended it perfectly. There are a few revelations that come together to make the ending make sense, and while I wish there was a little bit more focus on the romance, I think she ended Trust Me the only way it could’ve ended. I was surprisingly satisfied with what happened, and it all worked out in the end. If Romily ever comes back to this world for a novella or something (beside Griff’s story), I would love seeing Milo’s point of view during the end of Trust Me.
I’ll end with a note on the action and adventure within the book: this story is very intricately woven. Wick gets into serious trouble over the course of the series, which is why I don’t entirely blame Romily for getting lost in trying to get Wick out of them in one piece. The story is thrilling, it makes sense, and it’s satisfying, but it’s disappointing in terms of the political resolution Wick faces with her father and Carson. That’s part of what I mean by parts of the book feeling like cop-outs. It’s hard to explain if you haven’t read the book.
Overall, I would recommend the series. It has a great romance, a super complex plot, and an amazing girl (who codes!) at the center of it all. All three books are completely engrossing, and you can get lost in them for hours. I’m sad to be leaving Griff, Milo, and Wick behind, but I’ll be rereading the books! 4 stars.