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3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,779 Ratings  ·  304 Reviews
"Fast paced suspense."
Bryant -reviewer
"Intense. It captured me."
"Lots of fun, good twists and turns."
She longs for it.
A murder.
She will never be the same.
It takes more than a school trip to Washington, D.C. to change Christy's life. it takes murder. A witness to the slaying of a senator's aide, Christy finds herself watched no
Paperback, 331 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by O'Neal Publishing (first published April 25th 2011)
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Sep 01, 2012 Megan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenage girls
Recommended to Megan by: Tutu
I really wanted to like this book; I feel like I give extra allowance to LDS authors because I want so badly to see them succeed and have vast readership.

It was painful, pretty much the whole way through. I couldn't stand the main character who vascilated between being a supercilious know-it-all nerdy girl, and a totally superficial mindless teenage girl. Way too much time spent in her head on her thoughts. Reminded me a bit of Twilight books (which I liked, just so you don't think I'm a total b

I wanted to give this series a chance. Clean, smut free suspense; by a local author, sounded good to me. I have a strong belief that just because books are written for young teens, doesn't mean they should be filled with silliness. This had good potential so i wanted to read it hoping i could overlook the silly comments, but decided although it was "clean" it just wasn't for me.

Here are a few quotes from the first 33 pages:

"I kept my eyes fixed on the door, wanting Alex to appear so I could f
Aug 17, 2013 Abbie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When 15 year old Christy goes on a trip to Washington DC, She's determined to change herself, and make some friends. She'll wish she never bothered though, when during a trip with her new friends, She sees a murder.
Now she's being followed by the culprits.. Can the FBI stop them in time?

This was an okay book, but it dragged through the majority of it.

The beginning started well, and did catch my attention. It was full of details of the murder, and was quite gruesome. Though, there was a few pro
Jul 29, 2012 Rachelle rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
I really, really wanted to like this book. I met the author at a book signing, and she seemed delightful and interesting. But, in a word, reading this story was PAINFUL! I frequently found myself cringing at the terrible grammar, which included fragmented sentences and constant misuse of the comma. I feel somewhat embarrassed for the author and publisher; I mean, who on earth "edited" this thing? Mistakes like that instantly lower the credibility of a story, in my opinion.
Honestly though, I'm no
I haven't finished the book yet. I'm somewhere around 15 pages short of the end. Im not sure that it is going to get finished.. no matter how badly I want to see what becomes of them. The book is... Interesting.. to say the least. I must admit that I like the concept, but the way it was written seemed unorganized. The characters weren't well rounded enough for me.
It gives a few minor details about each person that is important, and I felt like you don't get a chance to meet any of them before t
Jul 03, 2013 Echo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
This book only just barely avoids being classified as LDS fiction in that the author never mentions Christy's religion by name. It does, however, go on & on about her praying all the time & singing songs she learned in her childhood religion classes, & how her family doesn't believe she should date until she turns 16 & other tells that any LDS person will catch. Most of it didn't seem very out of place in the general story, but, by the end, it started feeling like it was too much ...more
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15-year-old Christy is on a trip to Washington D.C. with some other high school students, when she accidentally witnesses an execution style murder.
From that moment on Christy is sure that someone is watching her and the other students that she was with at the time.
Christy hatches a plan to get a letter to the FBI detailing what she saw, and they promise to look into things for her, and keep her safe.
Is someone following them though? Can they trust
Mar 29, 2012 Jackie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a bit of a disappointment for me. I had read a review of this book and was anxious to read it. I felt like I labored with every page. Yes, I understand I'm not the target reader here. Still...I've read a number of other books where I wasn't the target reader and nevertheless felt involved and engaged in reading. Not so with this one.

I didn't really find much to care about here: the characters, the bad guys (they were all so very vague) the plot, even the setting was sort of glossed ove
Mark Soone
Dec 03, 2011 Mark Soone rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
This book was OK, not bad not great. It is really a shame because this book seemed to have such promise. There was the element of a suspense thriller, with an atrocious crime and a group of kids who tried to reconcile what they saw and keep an eye out for the bad guys. There was an element of a nice coming of age story, with an akward teenage girl. I felt that it could have gone either way and been a good story, but in this cast the 2 themes never made a connection with me...They didn't gel with ...more
Feb 15, 2013 Nancy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, young-adult
Trying hard to finish this one.....ugh.

I finished. bleh This will be a long rant.

I even OWN this one. Why did I bother, you ask? I am a sucker for author's signing their books, especially local authors hoping to sell some copies. I want and like to be supportive and I like to read, so that is a win-win, right? There was even a woman with her daughters standing there who said they had liked this first book. (It's a trilogy, I believe. Isn't everything anymore?) That's why I own this book - at lea
Benjamin Whitney
Watched was an okay book. It definately falls into the stereotypical and cliche catagory that Young Adult books are victim to. A good example can be in this books description:

A witness to the brutal slaying of a Senator's aide, Christy finds herself watched not only by the killers and the FBI, but also by two hot boys.

... Two hot boys huh? Nevermind the fact that she witnessed a murder of a person. These two Highschool hunks are all that mattter... oh and I guess her survival. Emphasis is put on
Sep 03, 2011 Warren rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to read this book because the author is a local author. It also was selected as one of Amazon's up and coming books. I did not like it. The main character is on a trip with a bunch of students to Washington D.C. to see how the government works. They see a traumatic event and have to stay away from the people trying to silence them. The girl ends up trying to decide which of two boys she likes and by the end I just wanted to say "enough already!" It was supposed to be a thriller and it w ...more
Mikey Brooks
Jul 25, 2015 Mikey Brooks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love to mix things up a bit in my reading so after reading a MG fantasy I picked up a YA suspense. This particular book my wife had been begging me to read forever. I’m not even sure why I hadn’t read it to begin with since I know and adore the author, Cindy M Hogan. Cindy is the spunkiest, most energetic, positive person I know. In fact, if the super optimistic Olaf from Disney’s Frozen had a sister it would be Cindy. She just makes you feel a live and feel great. You would not think a sweet, ...more
Lynn  2 Girls & A Book
Mild mannered, quiet, shy Christy Hadden is looking forward to her group trip to Washington D.C. to study politics up close. She is also hoping to reinvent herself so that when she returns to her small hometown in Montana she won’t be bullied and an outcast any longer. Christy gets way more than she bargained for when she and fellow student, Marybeth, witness the brutal murder of a senator’s aide. After calling the others from their group into the bathroom were they witnessed the murder through ...more
May 30, 2014 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Kristen Robison
Okay, so I really HATE love triangles! This one was pretty out of control and i had to force myself to keep reading. So by the time I was 3/4 of the way done with the book, I finally started to enjoy it! I'm guessing there is going to be a sequel, so if we have to go with a love triangle, could we please have a love square and have one of them be the hero FBI agent..I know, older man...maybe 5 or 6 years could go by...just saying...
Jul 13, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-literature
I blame this book for getting very little done today and neglecting my children. It was an enjoyable, intense read. I am going to read more by the author because I had so much fun. Well, maybe not. My family may suffer.
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
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 ...more
Arla (Leave Mommy Alone)
Thank you to Cindy Hogan for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Fifteen year old Christy Hadden is book-smart, shy, unpopular, boring and never been kissed. That is, until she wins a scholarship that pays for 2 weeks touring Washington D.C. This trip means Christy can start fresh and be someone else for a change. Especially, when she's accepted into the circle of cool, good-looking kids, for the first time in her life. In order to maintain their acceptance, she goes against her
Don't read this book if you don't have an entire sitting to read it!

Sadly, I learned that the hard way. This attention grabbing novel was really good and I kept wanting to turn the page to find out what happened next, even if I was in class.

What I liked about Watched, was the reality of it. Taking place in D.C., Watched is about a girl and a group of seven students who were on a two week trip to the Capitol. Being witness of a murder scene, they're thrust into the dangers and mystery of it all.

Chris Mclean
Apr 28, 2013 Chris Mclean rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-ya
Found this on netgalleys

This is a great concept: Christy goes to Washington, D.C. to participate Ina two week seminar for high school kids. She is a genius,mbut she has never felt like she fit in and this is her chance to remake herself. Most of the kids in her group like her and include her in their activities. In fact, two wonderful guys like her....

So, there's that. And there's also the fact that Christy witnesses the murder of a senator's aide. She has to help her small group let the FBi kno
Peggy Holloway
This book starts out with a group of teenagers who, while on a field trip to Washington DC, witnesses a murder that involves a Senator. I thought it sounded juvenile but it looked like the plot was going to interesting, so I decided to keep reading. But after about the first thirty or so pages it goes off on a tangent about the young girl who is kind of a genius and never did fit in at her high school, but is hoping that this trip to DC will help her change somehow so that people will like her. ...more
Kitty Honeycutt
Sep 15, 2011 Kitty Honeycutt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Poor Christy! It's bad enough to be stalked by possible murderers, but to have two guys you care for suddenly find you interesting... at the same time? Christy is a girl that has spent her life being virtually invisible, but one trip to Washington D.C. changes everything. She goes from being an intelligent, barely seen, little known girl, to being wanted by a group of murderers, harbored by the F.B.I. under protective custody, and adored by two guys that she never woul
Sep 09, 2014 Caranna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lds-fiction
I really enjoyed this book. It was filled with action, suspense and adventure.

Fifteen year old Christy is a bit of a know-it-all. She is very book smart and school work has always come easily to her. However she's a bit of a flop when it comes to social situations. Her entire life she's felt award, invisible and even ostracized. When the opportunity to win a scholarship to attend a two week long trip to Washington D.C. with high school students from across the nation arises Christy jumps at the
Melissa Aragon
I really liked this story. It was a nice break from all the supernatural stories I normally read.

While sneaking out for a night of exploration without the chaperones Christy and her group see a meeting and a murder they shouldn't have. After going to the FBI they find out the bad guys are a greater threat they could have imagined. Until the FBI can find the bad guys and put them away they're lives are in danger, but this isn't the only exciting thing going on in D.C. Christy quickly becomes the
Feb 04, 2015 Kash rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adolescent
This was a fairly intense teen read where a few teenage kids witness a Senator's aide being murdered, and the people who did it are hunting for them. I enjoyed the intensity of the book. It was easy to follow, and I think most teens would enjoy it for a light quick read.
Lisa Rector
The teenager in me loved this book! It was such a good story. Adventure, guy crushes, murder, suspense. Very enjoyable. Clean read. Teaches hidden morals.

Christy is just the less than average girl (with a photographic memory!). She doesn't think much of herself, and she thinks that by going on this trip to D.C. she can change her life and come home brand new and popular. What she doesn't know is that it changes her in ways she did not expect, ways that compromise her values and challenges her v
Nov 14, 2014 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

This is the first book in a trilogy and spinoff books. I actually had read her new book first and then bought the next 4 books.

This is a good story, lots of drama, action, mystery, romance and characters you want to see more of. It does have some violence, but it is good guys against bad guys.

Christy is the main character. She is 15 on a special trip to Washington D.C. She won a scholarship. She is bright and smart but socially backwards. She can remember everything she sees. She wants to
Fictional Men's Room For Book Ho's
I’m still really conflicted about this book and it’s driving me bonkers! I want to say first and foremost that his book was well written; grammar, syntax, descriptive statements, and general execution were all pretty good. I think the reason I really connect with this book is mostly due to personal preference. I think most of my discontent is caused by the main character Christy, she’s extremely passive. Essentially, Christy sees a Senator’s aide murdered…with a sword by some terrorists (who are ...more
Jun 26, 2014 Lacey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So glad that book is over. I don't even know where to begin with the issues I had with this book. I picked it because it sounded like a different contemporary YA book. Christie was such an unreliable viewpoint. She's super smart and a little geeky and it's her first time away from her small town and the stigmata of being her. She was so melodramatic and over analyzed every little thing that the book just got tedious being in her brain. I unfortunately remember being like that at 15 and I didn't ...more
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