Review of Watching You and Blog Tour!

Watching You
Shannon Greenland
Published by: Entangled Publishing
Publication date: July 2, 2018
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult

Viola’s always been that girl from that family, so a scholarship to a prestigious private school in Florida was supposed to be her ticket out of poverty and into a brand-new life. But Viola’s secrets have followed her. Her relationship with the intelligent and gorgeous Riel should have been the salvation she needed—he understands her troubled past better than anyone. But then weird things start to happen.

Frightening messages.

Missing personal items.

The unsettling feeling that she’s being watched.

Viola’s never been one to give her trust easily, but she’ll need to trust in Riel if she’s going to survive her stalker. Because she’s not fighting for a new life anymore—she’s fighting to stay alive.

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One of my favorite things about reading a new book is when it surpasses my expectations. Watching You, from beginning to end, was just such a novel, avoiding typical cliches and maintaining a high level of interest, incorporating interesting characters and events.

Viola is not a typical YA character. She comes from the wrong side of the tracks, but is brainy. Her family is broken, but she loves her mother and sisters. In fact, Viola is very realistic, even flying off the handle when her world is busted open. She lied, and guilt tears at her.

Shannon Greenland does a great job of keeping the tension level of the suspense high throughout the novel. I will admit that I figured out who the stalker was, although one question nags at me, which I can’t form here because, well, spoiler.

Greenland’s writing invites the reader in, which I very much appreciate because immediately before beginning Watching You, I had another romantic suspense which was a DNF mostly because of the inaccessibility of the writing and characters. After that, this novel was so welcome.

While this isn’t a light summer read, I can most assuredly recommend it for all of you YA suspense buffs out there who prefer your stories a little darker.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

rating: 4-and-a-half

4 butterflies and a ladybug out of 5 butterflies


Author Bio:

Shannon Greenland is the award winning author of several novels including the teen spy series, THE SPECIALISTS, and the YA romances, THE SUMMER MY LIFE BEGAN and SHADOW OF A GIRL. She also writes thrillers under S. E. Green and lives off the coast of Florida with her very grouchy dog.

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