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Watched (Watched #1)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  1,168 ratings  ·  243 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 not o
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 1 of 5 stars  ·  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...more

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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Mark Soone
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
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...more
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...more
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
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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...more
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
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...more
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 Bullard

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...more
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...more
Fictional BookHos
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
Lacey Lane
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
Found this book for free on Amazon. Read it in an afternoon because I couldn't put it down. I don't see how anyone could see what religion Christy is, just because she says quick little prayers and can't date until she is 16, besides it didn't really play a big part anyway. As for being relatable to her character, I can see Christy as being realistic. She is a big nerd who falls for two guys at once (been there, done that). Both guys like her at the same time (also easy to believe). She spaces o...more
(2.5 Stars)
Have you ever started a book that had a truly unique plot as well as the potential to be great; but, once you continued reading the book failed miserably due to poor execution? Well, this is the case with "Watched."

Christy comes from humble beginnings and is extremely smart but has led a sheltered life without the benefit of having many friends. After winning a contest, she receives a all expense paid trip to Washington D.C. with other students. The students she is with are all pretty...more
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...
Such an awesome read! I. COULD. NOT. PUT. THIS. BOOK. DOWN!

As Christy and her new friends are touring D.C. they witness a murder that, of course, they weren't meant to. They find a way to discretely inform the FBI about it and try to keep themselves safe from the bad guys!

Cindy Hogan does an amazing job of weaving a web of intrigue.
Margie Saldarriaga
Why is it that adult readers seem to knock down teen reads. This book is for TEENAGERS! My three nieces loved the books and couldn't put them down. I personally loved it as well, maybe I am just a kid at heart. These series was well written and the characters well developed. The books are clean reads and my nieces and I loved discussing the characters and what would happen. We seriously wrote the author, who was very nice in responding, to see when the next book was going to be out.

I pers...more
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.
Oh my goodness! I don't think I've ever read a book in my life that kept me so intised as 'Watched' did. It was so suspenseful and the writing style was brilliant!
03seini Nuusila
A group of students only fifteen years old, go on a tour to Washington D.C. While on that tour the students sneak out of there hotel only to see something they shouldn't have, to witness something that their eyes weren't supposed to witness. But because of that they are in great danger! The police are on her side but, what they don't know is she is being WATCHED! dun duun dUUUn Christy thought going to Washington D.C. was going to change her life but, something even more astonishing happens! Chr...more
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