Sixteen-year-old Farris Barnett is a girl with a big heart and a mouth to match. Recently relocated to sunny North Carolina, she’s all too pleased to be leaving her old lifeand the stigma of her troubled pastbehind her. A new school, new friends, and not one but two hot guys vying for her attention, life certainly doesn’t suck. But just as things seem to finally be going her way, a series of computer hacks puts her newfound happinessand the lives of the people she lovesin jeopardy.
Farris must put her amateur sleuthing skills to work and uncover the identity of the person behind it all before they graduate from harmless tampering to all out murder, even if it means risking her own life in the process. And unfortunately for Farris, the guy she’s falling for just happens to be the prime suspect.
About the Author
Sherry is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. A former military brat, she loves to travel, eat exotic food, and meet new people. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she's on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is often only seen in blurry photographs.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'd like to thank Clean Teen Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review. I have long been a fan of Sherry Ficklin's writing. I truly have enjoyed her Extracted series and The Stolen Empire. So, of course, given the opportunity to read more of her work, I jumped on board. I haven't ever read a hacker type novel before. So I was interested to see where this one went. I thought there would be more computer stuff in it, but it wasn't as much as I thought and I was happy about that. I'm not completely technical and didn't want to be lost. I like how Ficklin did the world building in this one. I'm not very familiar with the military and how they live. I've heard bout families moving around a lot, so it was interested to see it from the perspective of a teen. I guess you would call Farris a military brat, from what I understand. She's moved around a bit during her life, with her father being a high ranking officer and all. And Farris has known tragedy in her life: losing her mother at a young age and also being a victim of some bullying. So she has some baggage that she carries with her. I love the friends she makes at school. Such a large range from cheerleaders and football players, to goth dressers and geeks. She doesn't care who her friends are as long as they are her friends. I will say that I figured out early on who the person causing the glitches was. But it didn't stop me from wanting to see how things played out. And I liked the way Farris pieced the puzzle together. Of course this wouldn't be a teen book without some romance. I will say I felt like the romance jumped in a bit too fast. I would have liked a bit more of a slow burn. And there is the hint of a love triangle, which I'm not really a fan of. Overall, the romance was really more of a side bar for me. If it hadn't been present and the guys had just been her friends, I would have been ok with that. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It's a short and quick read (I finished in less than 24 hours). Even those who don't understand the technologies of the computer world will appreciate Farris' abilities with the computer, and the friendships she forms during this book.
Full review and more available at: http://oneguysguidetogoodreads.blogspot.com/2015/10/playing-with-fire-hacker-1-by-sherry-d.html ***** My Thoughts: Sherry Ficklin. Oh my dear Queen of Literary Greatness. You’ve graced us with nearly every genre imaginable and crafted each passing tale to near perfection. With so many absolutely incredible stories under her belt, I found myself so excited to see what she could craft next. Coming off of the massively successful award-winning and best-selling Stolen Empire series, I was worried that her next work may not quite hit the bar. When I was first told the latest release would be a YA Science Fiction/Mystery novel, I won’t even lie and say I wasn’t a bit hesitant, but with Ficklin at the helm, I had no doubt it’d find a fan in me. So how did it hold up? I’ll go ahead and admit outright that this wasn’t my favorite Ficklin story to-date and it took me much longer to dive into Farris’ world than I would have liked. This story is a bit different than anything we’ve seen from Ficklin previously, but I promise if you stick with it, you definitely won’t regret it. The first novel in a series is always a rough one, creating the world, introducing the characters; it takes time. With the world laid out and the characters in play, once Ficklin was finally able to lay out the details and get the plot rolling, I couldn’t set this one down! When Farris and her military father are transplanted to a new base on the east coast, Farris is anything but thrilled about the idea. As a high schooler, Farris only wants stability after hitting an extremely rough patch in her life. Struggling with the loss of her mother, Farris and her father settle into their new lives as a two-person family. Alone in a new place with nobody to turn to, Farris opens herself up for the first time since her mother’s passing and allows herself to be a teenager again. That in itself is an extremely emotional side of the story that Ficklin wrote beautifully. Putting these feels aside, we learn that Farris is about as nerdy as it comes and an absolute computer whiz to boot. A skilled Hacker, Farris is so much more than your average teenager girl. Full of brains, snark, and enough street smarts to be dangerous, Farris can be added to the list of amazing female characters crafted by Ficklin. When strange happening begin around the base, it’s up to Farris and her new group of friends to crack the case before their world falls apart. In an environment when you never know what will happen tomorrow, Farris knows full well the weight of the task at hand. Her tech-savvy knowledge and crime-busting skills come in handy when she finds herself in the center ring of happening. Can she find her way out of trouble and find the culprit threatening their way of life in time? With an incredible cast of characters, Ficklin really does an incredible job of capturing the contemporary present-day daily life of a teenager. Farris and her friends are written to near perfection and I found myself relating to them in so many ways (even if I’m no longer a teenager myself). I am really excited to see what Ficklin is able to accomplish with the next installment of this series. I won’t ruin the plot for anyone, but I will say that this one kept me guessing from the very first page. Every time I thought I had the culprit figured out, Ficklin threw another wrench in my plan. It isn’t often that I find myself surprised by a plot twist in a novel, but Ficklin