Tour: Before They Find Us


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BeforeTheyFindUsTitle: Before They Find Us
Author: Michelle A. Hansen
Publication Date: November 2013
Genre: Young Adult Romantic Thriller


I’m going to make you wish you were dead.

Just a text. Seventeen-year-old Rebecca Hales tries not to worry. Probably a wrong number. Not really meant for her, and definitely not related to the crime she witnessed six years ago. Right?

Then two states away, a bomb goes off in her best friend’s locker. Soon Ryan is labeled a terrorist and runs to the safest place he knows—Rebecca’s house in small-town Wyoming. It doesn’t take long for the FBI to show up asking questions. Rebecca lies, of course, and says she hasn’t seen him.

Now she’s neck-deep in it with him, whatever “it” is. The only way out is to return to Vegas, where Ryan is a wanted man. The city of lies and illusion tests Rebecca’s wits as she struggles to find the person who framed Ryan and why.

Is Rebecca’s text linked to the bombing? And what does it have to do with a six year old murder? Rebecca needs to find out before she loses Ryan—and her own life.

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I really enjoyed this book. Aside from one or two things here and there that bothered me, it was an excellent read.

The characters in this book were really interesting. I loved Rebecca. She was kickass heroine who knew how to shoot a gun, but also knew that she wasn’t immortal. She was confident, but she wasn’t confident. She understood and faced fear, but she never buckled against it. Her dynamic character brought a lot to this book and really made the novel feel real. It was interesting seeing the other characters ready to pledge their loyalty to her. She may be gutsy, but she was damn smart (for the most part). Ryan, on the other hand, actually didn’t show up as much as I thought he would. While some may think this reflect badly on the book, I mean who wants a book with no leading man, I liked the balance it gave the book. Whatever romance there was between her and other characters, it never took away from the plot and I appreciated that, ’cause I REALLY wanted to find out what happened.

Getting into the two things that bugged me a little: I thought her name was Mary for a good chunk of the first chapter. Then realized that it wasn’t when I read the name Beck and was like what?? and then figured out her name was Rebecca (yeah, I couldn’t remember what the synopsis said…). Second, one or two typos left me a little confused, or maybe they weren’t typos and I didn’t get them? But there was an “inside” joke or explanation here and there that didn’t make TOTAL sense to me. Maybe I missed something, but that was another thing that came to my attention. Honestly, it happened like twice, but I just got a little lost.

Moving past that, the plot was well constructed. There were hints here and there, but the way that they layered up, creating a puzzle, piece by piece, really kept me interested in the book. Sure, the twists weren’t that twisty, but the connections made were really well done. In the end, all the strings were tied together. I also really liked how in depth she was able to get with the characters, fully immersing us in their personalities and backgrounds, without overwhelming readers with information. It helped keep the pace of the plot and gave us a good look at the characters, fully developing them. Hansen also went in depth with the computer programming and spyware material, which I found interesting (and a tad freaky), as it really made it seem like these characters knew what they were talking about. She didn’t just label them hackers, she zoomed in closer, explaining how things worked, and how technology, honestly, wasn’t as private as we’d like to think it was. It added to the whole thriller factor, but also gives readers some perspective when it comes to technology.

In addition, I loved the iPhone text pictures. They helped pause the plot for a second at a time, as well as added to the plot, while providing comic relief. I liked that they were added to the book, and they really helped put a semi-visual aspect in the book.

I really enjoyed Before They Find Us. While I wasn’t always left guessing, the fact that certain details made me wary of characters was a interesting way of keeping me on my toes. This book was well written and I loved the characters and story. Overall, this was a great book, and I would definitely recommend you give it a shot.

Plot: 4/5
Characters: 5/5
World Building: 4.5/5
Writing: 4/5
Cover: 3.5/5
Overall: 4/5
GoodReads Rating: 4.24/5

Buy Links:
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About the Author:Michelle

Michelle A. Hansen was raised in southeastern Washington. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in English teaching from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and taught high school English for six years.

Michelle loves Pepsi and Doritos more than chocolate. She loves summertime and hates to be cold. She has had three near-death experiences. She’s addicted to office supplies and has an irrationally large stash of pens and notebooks.

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Bonus Epilogue:

On the Hansen’s website, copies of the unpublished Epilogue to Before They Find Us are being given to anyone who subscribes to her newsletter (via sidebar). The epilogue was cut when the book went to print, but it is a nice year-later wrap up for the story. If you’re interested once you read the book, definitely check it out!

Tour Wide Giveaway:

Open INTL:
— $25 Amazon gift card
— Signed paperback copy of Before They Find Us
— Before They Find Us charm necklace, bookmarks and signed postcard
— Ebook copies of Before They Find Us & Painted Blind


Tour Schedule:

March 24th
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StarAngels’ Reviews >> Review
From the Shadows  >> Top 10 List
Pink Fluffy Hearts: Diary of a Coffee Addict >> Review
TNT Reviews >> Review
Pieces of Whimsy >> Review

March 25th
Sweet Southern Home >> Excerpt
YA Story Teller >> Review
Mythical Books >> Guest Post
Shattering Words >> Review
A Book Addict’s Bookshelves >> Top 10 List
Istyria book blog >> Excerpt

March 26th
Mom With A Kindle >> Interview
Between Printed Pages >> Review
Addicted Readers >> Excerpt
Fic Central >> Review
Romance Schmomance  >> Review
Book Lovers Life >>  Guest Post
My Full Bookshelf Reviews >> Review

March 27th
Literary Nook >> Review + Excerpt
All in One Place >> Review
Beauty and the Bookshelf  >> Interview
Living in a Bookworld >> Review
Read More Sleep Less Blog  >> Review + “Behind the Scenes”
Gabic Reads >> Review
We Live and Breathe Books >> Review

March 28th
Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf  >> Guest Post
OldVictorianQuill >> Review
Listful Booking >> Review
books are love >> Review

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  1. I love how unpredictable this sounds! It’s also refreshing to see a romance not taking over a plot that happens too often if you ask me! Great review! :)


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