“Finding Me” by Dawn Brazil

Finding Me by Dawn Brazil is about a rich but easily manipulated teen named Chloe Carmichael who starts seeing visions and hearing voices. She’s either going crazy (like her aunt) or has supernatural powers that other people hunt. It’s the first book in a series. The sequel, Enlighten Me, just came out on December 15th.

There were a lot of things I really enjoyed about Finding Me. There’s a slowly unraveling mystery that has a nice depth to it. The world building is also excellent and includes a really funny part about atmosphere. (I won’t say anything more because I don’t want to give away a spoiler.) I also found the chemistry between Chloe and Chris to be very believable even though it was an “insta-love” situation that many YA readers disdain.

A weakness of Finding Me is that Chloe herself is not very likable. Her primary quality is cowardice. Over the course of the book her story arc builds into bravery, which is awesome. But still…it’s hard to become emotionally invested in a main character who is so spineless.

Of course, by the end of Finding Me Chloe’s ready to kick butt, so I’m sure that Enlighten Me will have an entirely different vibe.