Review: Come Find Me by Megan Miranda

Posted March 10, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 20 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Come Find Me by Megan Miranda
Come Find Me

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Genres: YA Romantic Suspense, YA Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Listening Library
Released on January 29, 2019
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

The cover and title caught my eye for a listing of YA thrillers and then the blurb sealed the deal with mentions of missing people and hidden messages in strange signal frequencies.  Everything about Come Find Me was new to me and I was all set to plunge in for an exciting listen.  My instinct was spot on.  I loved this one and it only got better as it went down it’s twisting path to the end.

Review

Come Find Me is a standalone YA thriller with sci-fi elements.  It is dual narrated by the pair of protagonists who each have their own horrific past experiences of loss and receive the mysterious signal.  Kennedy and Nolan were strangers until they joined together in a quest to get the answers to the signal which led them to facing the dark shadows of their past which has reached out to them in the present.

I enjoyed how the book gave me one impression, particularly about Kennedy, when the story began and then peeled back the layers to reveal that things were something different.  I don’t have a lot of patience for teens causing more drama than necessary or being so self-absorbed that adults look stupid or like the enemy.  It started down that road with Kennedy and her young uncle who was doing the best he could along with her withdrawal from the other kids, but then more comes out and her issues made a lot more sense.  Nolan’s situation was pretty cut and dry, sadly, from the beginning until much later.

While I do have to constantly remind myself that I’m listening to a book about and for the Young Adult crowd, at the same time, I found that this author nailed it on the right maturity level for thinking and actions of her teen leads and for how they would be after experiencing the tragedies they did.  In fact, I found them more well adjusted than I’m pretty sure that I would be.  Their gradual strangers to friends and then friends to romantic interest was at a good pace and their relationships with others around them were right where they needed to be, too.  Considering what she was dealing with, Kennedy landed well with her mom’s young grad student uncle who I really liked even when Kennedy put him through his paces with her grief, anger, and secrets.  But, it was Nolan my heart went out to.  His older brother disappeared and from then on, he became a non-entity in his own home and with his parents.  He lost everything when Liam disappeared and not just Liam.

The mystery of the signals was sensational.  I loved how the author had me totally guessing what we were dealing with there.  Extra-terrestrial?  Paranormal?  Ordinary mystery?  I kept bouncing around with my guesses as twists unveiled more.

YA Warnings:  mild language, moderate violence

Come Find Me had two narrators with Michael Crouch taking Nolan’s part and Jorjeana Marie narrating Kennedy.  I thought they were both fabulous narrators and this story came alive and was taunt with suspense and emotion because of their work.  Their voices were a tad too mature for the teens, but I didn’t mind, and would definitely rather that than trying too hard and distracting me.  They certainly caught the tone and voiced the whole cast of characters well.

All in all, this was an incredible listen and I would recommend it to YA and adults alike who enjoy sci-fi thrillers.

My thanks to Listening Library for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Mary Kirkland
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I’m intrigued as to what these mystery signals were now.

Sophia Rose
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That was the central part of this story. I was kept guessing for a long time.

Anne - Books of My Heart
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I’m glad this was such a good one for you! I shy a bit from the YA aspect. But the rest of the genre mix is all my favorites.

Sophia Rose
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I’d say that you have nothing to worry about, but the I’ll admit that it was definitely a factor. However, the other elements made it worth it. 🙂

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
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I think that this one sounds really good. I love that there is a bit of sci fi in this YA mystery. I will definitely have to keep an eye out for this one.

Sophia Rose
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Oh yes, I think this one is right up your alley, Carole. 🙂

Greg
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I need to get this. The premise has had me super curious with the whole signal thing, and the ambiguity about whether it’s an alien signal or whatever else. I have to know lol! Glad this was good!

Sophia Rose
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Yes, that was me. I had to know!!!! Hope you enjoy it if you get the chance, Greg. 🙂

Rachel @Waves of Fiction
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I don’t read much YA anymore but I did enjoy her YA mystery, Fragments of the Lost. This sounds interesting and different. Jorjeana Marie is a great performer, but I’m not sure I’ve listened to Michael Crouch yet. I’ll have to check this one out. 🙂

Sophia Rose
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I have a feeling that you’d like this one especially since you’re already familiar with her stuff.

Nadene
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I am curious about the mystery signal.

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, the mystery about it totally grabbed me. 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
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Ok…even though I don’t pick up YA very often, the storyline and elements have me thinking this would be a listen I’d enjoy. Lovely review!

Sophia Rose
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Haha, yes, exactly. This one was the exception to the rule in a lot of ways. I think you’d enjoy it, Kimberly. 🙂

Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
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I love the idea of the ambiguous signals! Very intriguing!
Glad that this was a good listen for you and that the YA aspects were well pitched

Sophia Rose
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Oh yes, that was the focal point of the story and kept me guessing to the last. The YA was authentic and that ended up working well with the rest. 🙂

Carole rae
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Oooo! I love being clueless and not knowing!! Kuddos to the author! Makes the mystery so much better

Sophia Rose
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This was definitely one where being confused and uncertain made for a much better read than if I’d figured it out too soon. It was good stuff, Carole. 🙂

Lola
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Sounds like an intriguing read and that does sound neat how it has some sci-fi elements. It sounds interesting how there was more to kennedy’s situation than you thought at first. I haven’t yet listened to a young adult audiobook yet, but I did listen to one sample and found the narrator sound way too mature for a teenager and it just sounded strange. Glad to hear you liked the narrators even tough they sounded a bit too mature. I like it when a narrator can do the right ones and voices for the characters. Great review!

Sophia Rose
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Yes, the sci-fi element was used so well and it kept my curiosity high for most of the book.

I listened to a couple when the book was good and I liked the narrator’s voice, but just didn’t picture a teen because they sounded too adult. Oh well, I’m picky b/c I also don’t like it when a narrator gets it too young in sound, too.