#BookReview – Watching You by Shannon Greenland @SEGreenAuthor @xpressotours #giveaway
Watching You by Shannon Greenland
on 2nd July 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Thriller, Romance
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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.
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.
*Thank you so much to Giselle at Xpresso book tours, Entangled Teens and the author Shannon Greenland for a copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review*
This was an easy read…I mean I read it in one evening. I found it quite enthralling, that I didn’t even realise that I had sat there for a couple of hours to finish it. The pace of the story was fast and I was forever trying to figure out who the stalker was. I guessed correctly a couple of chapters before the end. The only thing I was a bit disappointed about was the final showdown was over so quickly and wrapped up just as quick but I loved the story as a whole.
Viola comes from a “white trash” family but I never saw her like that. Yes, she’s had a hard and tough life but she did not let that define her. She chose to be a decent human being and not let her home life dictate who she should be, always trying to be the best version of herself for her family and for her. Something I found I could relate to. She is a likeable albeit naive character at some points, being given the scholarship to attend the preppy school so she can go to MIT. The only problem is the scholarship has always been given to Riel.
Riel is her mentor, but like you have guessed the potential suitor, with the typical will they won’t they. In this story that didn’t bother me, we watched their feelings grow at a natural rate, and it was nice to see when “lies” had been uncovered it was dealt with in a mature way.
I hate the chapters where you hear from the “Stalker”, they were awful because they chilled me to the bone. I could hear the creepy voice in my head and I hated it!
Shannon has created a story which captured me straight away. I was hooked from page 1, I wish there was a bit more of Levi though. Even though this book was over 300 pages I felt some of it was rushed (Crazy I know!) and that some character development was missed.
There were quite a few red herrings along the way to keep you guessing who the stalker is…. you are in for a shocker
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About Shannon Greenland
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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