Friday, October 14, 2011

Review: Watched by Cindy Hogan plus a Giveaway!

When Christy wins a school trip to Washington D.C. she is sure this is just the thing that will change her life.  Christy longs to be accepted and popular instead of stuck in the smart, poor girl category and this trip is her chance to be with the crowd she longs to be a part of.  Things don’t go exactly how Christy imagined and when she witnesses a horrible murder, her life is definitely changed, and not for the better.  Christy and her friends are being hunted by evil men who want them dead.  Can the FBI protect them?  Can Christy make it out of Washington D.C. alive?

Generally when I get a new book in the mail or from the library, I open it up right away and start reading the first page.  I don’t know why I do this, I guess to just get an initial feel for the book.  To see if I’m going to be interested in it right away.  If the book really captures me I end up reading more, even though I’ve already told myself that I can’t read the book until I finish with whatever other books I’m working on for reviews.  Watched was one of those books that I started reading and didn’t put down even though I should have because it wasn’t its turn!

Christy is definitely a typical teenager with all the insecurities and desires I think many fifteen year old girls have.  Her plight to fit in and find acceptance was relatable, even to me as an adult.  Her nighttime exploits of sneaking out made the mother in me cringe though!  After the first horrible outcome, you would think those kids would learn their lesson and not sneak out in the middle of the night, but no.  They continue to do it, going to clubs and the like.  It’s amazing what a teenager will do for a hot looking boy.  Christy finds herself in all kinds of sticky situations.

I haven’t really read many YA suspense novels and I found myself really enjoying this one.  Watched was fast paced and exciting.  It had the tension that moves the story along and a bit of teenage romance too. 

One thing that didn’t quite jive for me was Christy’s relationship with her parents.  She often spoke of the rules in her home of not dating until she was 16 and even some thoughts on religion.  Yet she spoke of parents who were distant and uninvolved in her life.  She never called home on her trip or had contact with her parents in any way.  Her parents were supposedly contacted to inform them of a “bus accident” in which she was involved yet there is still no contact between Christy and her parents.  Really?  I find it hard to believe that parents that give rules like no dating until 16 and teach their child religion as Christy explains it would be so uncaring or uninvolved in her life.  Especially when something traumatic happens.  I guess I just didn’t understand that element of the book very well.

Aside from that, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  I pushed through it so quickly because I just had to know what would happen.  I suspected everyone, my heart was pounding, I forgot to write my review notes.  That some good story!  It sure was left wide open in the end, so I’m hoping for an exciting sequel to come.

My thanks to William Hogan (Cindy’s husband) for sending me Watched to read and review.  How awesome to have your husband helping to promote your book!  William was kind enough to include an extra print copy for me to give away.  Yipee!  If you'd like to win, just leave me a comment telling me why you'd like to read Watched and your email address so I can contact you.

You can find out more about Cindy Hogan here and even read the first chapter of Watched here.

You can purchase Watched here.  Watched for the Kindle is only $.99 right now!  How cool is that?  It is for sure worth a dollar to read!


  1. Mary DeBorde
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail dot com

    Watched sounds like a fresh twist on the typical YA storyline! I like the idea of some suspense thrown into the mix, so please enter me & thank you bunches :D

  2. Okay. So this book really sounds great and I don't think... no, I KNOW that I haven't read a book like this one (I want to expand my reading horizons). Anyway, enter me in the contest cause, for me, there is always room to read something you wouldn't normally and this just sounds fantastic!

    Brittany Burton

  3. It's been quite a while since I've read a book that falls in the "suspense" category -- especially a YA one. This sounds like a great one to try!

  4. I haven't read much suspense, but I just had a really great time reading one. It kind of makes your heart race. As per your description, this seems like a page turner, and I definitely could use one of those (one of the last five books I read was horrible, so I need a pick me up!). The parents' relationship with her does seem a bit unusual though...

    Thanks for the giveaway.
    -Jenna @ Fans of Fiction

  5. I would love to read Watched because it seems interesting. It's a suspense novel which means I won't be able to put it down I need books like that right now. Its a YA ( I love YA!) So, yea, wish me luck :)

    Email: osnapitzAngiex3(DOT)aol(AT)com

  6. This sounds like an interesting read. I have read a lot of adult suspense but not much YA and I would love to give it a try. Thank you for the chance!


  7. I'm a big fan of YA and this book sounds like something new on the horizon, which I definitely would like to try. Is the contest open internationally as well?

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

  8. This book sounds great, and it's been so long since I've read a good suspense novel. Thanks for the giveaway!

    brookea_2006 at yahoodotcom

  9. Okay. So this book really sounds great and I don't think... no, I KNOW that I haven't read a book like this one Thanks for the giveaway!

    rogcaprino at hotmail dot com

  10. Thanks so much for this giveaway! I'd love to read Watched because it sounds mysterious and suspenseful and if a book pulls both of these things off well, I tend to love them obsessively. Really looking forward to reading this. THanks for the review.

  11. Aimee,
    I love your reviews! I know exactly what to expect. And if you say its a good one then I will read it!! Thanks!

    You know my email but here it is anyway!! ;)

  12. I love a good YA and like you often check it out as soon as it arrives even though I've always got on on the desk and one on the Kindle started.
    It has to be beyond awesome or a much loved sequence in a series to get me reading it right off the bat.


    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  13. I love to be sucked into a story, the way you were with this book! Please enter me in the draw, and thanks for the giveaway!

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com
    GFC Darlene

  14. This sounds like a great book- right up my alley, cat and mouse. Thanks for the giveaway.

    GFC- Christine A.
    your1chef at aol dot com

  15. OH, this sounds really awesome. I would like to read it because I like the suspense aspect of it.

    GFC Lisa Manning

    lhoffpauir at gmail

  16. GFC Follower: Megan @Reading Away The Day!

    I am not sure if the giveaway is International but am entering anyway LOL.

    I love the sound of watched. The reason I want to read it is I havent read many YA supense myself infact I dont think I have read any!! This sounds like it would be a good place to start. The story sounds good and the characters seem relateable and also at the minute I have this thing where am really enjoying books set in America dont ask why lol.


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