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Always Watching (The Rayne Tour #1)

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  662 ratings  ·  88 reviews
This daughter of a rock star has it all until murder crashes her world.
The exciting and suspenseful Rayne Tour series features sixteen-year-old Shaley OConnor, on tour with her mothers popular band. Shaley lives in a whirlwind of backstage secrets, hotels, and limos. With beauty and fame of her own, Shaley wants for nothing except the one thing she cant have.
During a co
Paperback, 221 pages
Published May 10th 2009 by Zondervan (first published April 21st 2009)
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Laura Kreitzer
Dec 05, 2012 Laura Kreitzer rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who are dense.
For whatever reason, my review on audible was cut off, and there is no way to edit it. So here's the full rant, because I feel like readers should be fully warned about the cringe-worthy writing in this laughable excuse of a novel (that's actually the size of a novella, really). I don't know what these other high-praise reviewers read, but it couldn't possibly be the same thing I did. I mean really, I feel ashamed of mankind, actually embarrassed that people think this is good writing. Just show ...more
Chris Curtis
I got this book free after reading about it on the nook blog. It was described as a modern Nancy Drew where teenage Shaley investigates the death of a friend. However Shaley isn't even close to being a teen detective. She spends time thinking about events that happen to her and information the police tell her but doesn't really do any sleuthing. This book is more of a teen thriller than a mystery. The story ends abruptly and continues in the second book. The murderer is revealed but the details ...more
SPOILERS I was thrilled to win this book on goodreads, firstreads and looked forward to reading it. Unfortunately, this book fell short on my expectations. I didn't realize that it was a YA/Christian read, which really didn't matter. The Christian angle was just there, almost if it was put in as an after thought. The story lacked substance and there was little to no character development. The ending was just bizarre, I had to re-read the beginning to remind myself who the killer was...he was su ...more
It started out really good but it then when got slow but then picked back up. I recommend it. My full review is at http://bookreviewsandwallpapers.blogs...
I was actually impressed. This one took me by surprise from the beginning with immediately seeing into the killers eyes. Then we switch to Shaley and her rock star mom Rayne. The length of the plot is three days but by the end I feel like Shaley and that it was more like a few months but in a good way. We follow through the lives of Shaley and her mom as they deal with the murder of a close friend. From there everything begins to be not what they thought and people not who they thought. Even up ...more
There are some books you read and when you finish them, you wonder to yourself why it is that you read that book. This was one of those books, mainly because halfway through the book, I should have had enough sense to put it down, but I didn't. That nasty habit of mine where I have to finish every book I start got in my way.

The thing about this book that really did it in the worst was the dialogue. I can't stand unrealistic dialogue, and this has a lot of it. The way that Shaley talks is just so
A very interesting young adult read. It took a little bit for me to get into this book as the stage had to be set for the series in the beginning. But once I started getting to know the characters and the setting the book really came alive for me.

The book focuses on Shaley daughter to Rayne who is a popular musician on tour with her band. Shaley is surrounded by people all the time that are with her mom and she is thrilled that her best friend from back home is about to join them on the tour. Ho
Ridiculous attempt at a thriller insults the YA audience..., September 23, 2009
By Denise "DC" (Missouri, USA) - See all my reviews

I have to ask the other reviewers who rated this book so highly -- what were YOU reading? It can't have been this superficially sketched attempt at a thriller that I just put down? There was no suspense. The heroine, Shaley (?) annoyed me as did the name of the band: Rayne. And the attempt at a Christian theme? Preposterous.

The story was bare bones and totally pred
Brittney Musick
Always Watching begins with Shaley O'Connor traveling on tour with her mother's band, Rayne, and looking forward to a visit from her best friend, Brittany. Then everything is turned upside down. Tom, her mother's makeup artist and Shaley's closet friend on tour, has been murdered.

I really enjoyed story. The tour setting was something new and fun. It's rooted in reality, but something outside the every day norm. I also enjoyed that the story revolves around Shaley, who is the daughter of a celebr
Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen)
Shaley O'Connor has it all: a rock star mom, a charmed life, a bottomless credit line; everything a 16 year old girl could dream of. But there is one thing that Shaley would give anything to know: the identity of her father.

Shaley O'Connor's best friend Brittany is excited to go on the Rayne tour. Unfortunately, her trip is cut short when Shaley discovers the dead body of Rayne's makeup artist, Tom. Suddenly the paparazzi is all over Rayne, and especially Shaley. Brittany, who has a hint of psyc
Another Brandilyn Collins novel that does not disappoint. ALWAYS WATCHING is the first in The Rayne Tour series. Teaming up with her daughter, Amberly, Collins has penned an exciting, fast-paced mystery with a youthful audience in mind.

Shaley O’Connor is living the life most young girls would die for. Sixteen, and on tour with her rock star mom, Shaley makes the most of living on the road. In spite of the wealth she and her mother enjoy, Shaley feels her relationship with her mother is growing d
Clockstein Lockstein

Always Watching by Brandilyn and Amberly Collins is the first in The Rayne Tour series. The mother and daughter authors write about a mother and daughter in the midst of a terrifying murder mystery. Sixteen year old Shaley O'Connor is the daughter of Rayne, a top rock star, and along with a large crew they are touring the US. Shaley has learned to make the best of life on the road, especially by bonding with Tom, her mother's makeup artist. But her world suddenly spins out of control when she fi
Jill Williamson
As her mother’s concert wraps up, Shaley O’Connor gathers her things backstage to head off to the airport to pick up her best friend. Shaley is so excited that Brittany’s mother granted her permission to come on the tour for a few days. As fun as the band and crew are to hang out with, Shaley misses her home and friends. Brittany’s visit will be just the thing she needs.

But before Shaely makes it to the limo, she stumbles upon the dead body of her friend Tom. Everything falls apart. Shaley strug
Teen Christian fiction occasionally tends to be either the uber-preachy or the type of book where the religious content feels tacked on. Unfortunately, this book is the latter- the religious bits just felt tacked on. Now since this book has a nice lengthy plot summary & several reviews who also list the plot, I'll refrain from listing it again here so I can explain my review.

First off, I did like this book. The plot was decent & I'm curious enough to read the next book. The only problem
Josh Meares
The Rayne Tour is a new Christian mystery series about 16-year-old Shaley O'Connor, daughter of rock star Rayne O'Connor. These are the stories of Shaley's life as she travels with her mom on tour. In Always Watching, Shaley stumbles upon the dead body of her best friend Tom backstage during a concert. It was clearly murder, but there are no clues to the killer's identity. Then Shaley receives a frightening message. Is Tom's killer coming after her?

The Rayne Tour is the cool Christian version of
Author Brandilyn Collins, known for her “Seatbelt Suspense” novels, and her daughter Amberly love to attend concerts together. From these memorable mother/daughter experiences, the idea was born to create a “what if” scenario. What would it be like as a teen to tour with a mother who is a famous rock star? What if murder was also thrown into the mix?...

In the first book of the Rayne Tour series, Always Watching, we are introduced to Shaley. Shaley is a teen that just finished her junior year of
Riss Smith
this was really bad. I mean awful. and the audio book was painful to get through; the woman reading it tried to over dramatize everything as if she was reading Shakespeare. It was cringeworthy and difficult to even finish just for that, but that isn't the author's fault. the completely unrealistic and shallow characters with zero personality is all her though. The one positive thing was that it was short enough to be done quickly. Don't waste your time.
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
Shaley loved being on tour with her mom Rayne and Rayne's band. Since she was just 16, the hardest thing was leaving all her friends behind for months at a time. Thankfully, she had Tom to hang out with backstage. He was her mom's hairdresser and make-up artist and her closest friend on the tour. Her best school friend, Brittany, was flying in to spend a week on the tour with her.

Before they could leave the concert to go get her friend, Shaley's world comes crashing down. Someone murders her fri
Jul 21, 2009 Susan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christian teens who want a short, simple book.
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I didn't realize when I entered the giveaway for this book that is was a Christian YA novel, but I read YA so thought I would give it a try. It's very good for its genre. The daughter, Shaley, of a famous rock star discovers a dead body while on tour with her mom. The person killed was part of her mother's touring group and a friend to Shaley. Shaley has never known her father and her mother won't talk about him. The story's suspense is good, and as a Christian novel, it doesn't over-proselytize ...more
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What if you were the daughter of a famous pop star? What if your life revolved around concerts and tours? And what if your friend was murdered-on the very stage your mom preformed on?

Shaley O'Connor isn't the typical sixteen-year-old girl. Her mom Rayne is a popular rock singer who tours America with her talent. Then the unthinkable happens. Shaley's friend Tom is murdered on the night of her mother's concert. Her world crashes as she is chased by paparazzi and threatened with notes from her hid
I was so excited that I won a Goodreads giveaway!!! I had to read this book right away. I love reading the YA novels anyway so it was perfect for me to read. I have two teens at home its nice to read these to relate!! I enjoyed this book, the whole idea of a concert setting was cool. I liked the small peeks into the killers mind in between chapters of Shaley POV. I like the fact she wasn't a big wimp at the end that made me like her character more. Was a great book I'd suggest to young adults th ...more
Shaley's mother is the lead singer in a rock band "Rayne." Shaley finds Rayne's 25-year old hair dresser and makeup artist Tom dead in one of the rooms backstage at a concert. Now Rayne won't let Shaley out of her sight or out of the sight of the body guards.

Shaley misses Tom. He made her laugh and made the concert tours more bearable. She wonders who could have done this to her friend and whether it could have been one of the backstage hands or perhaps someone from the media. She's not even sa
I was a lucky winner in a GR book give away, and this was the book I won. I most likely would not have picked it up if I didn't win it. The story line is pretty unique. The main character, a teenage girl whose mother is the lead singer in a rockband, is the one to find one of the band's entourage dead . However, the turns in the story were obvious, and I figured out the identity of the killer as soon as he was introduced. It read more like a YA fiction book than I expected, which isn't always ba ...more
This was a quick easy read courtesy of first reads giveaway. Always Watching is book one in a two part series about Shaley who is the 16 year old daughter of a famous rock star Rayne. Shaley tours with her mom and the band and the story covers a three day period during which time a murder occurs.

While the story was fairly enjoyable I felt that the story line and characters could have been a bit more developed. This is a young adult-christian book so perhaps that was the reason for the simplicit

Brandilyn Collins' books have always been ride! Somehow, this one just didn't have that extra "Umph" to it to keep the pages turning. As one of my favorite authors, I hate to give a bad review, but this one just was on par with the rest of her books.
The first chapter seemed a little off and I sure if I was going to like it. Then I continued reading the book and actually got interesting. Ends it ended in such a way that I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
I don't appreciate books that pretend to be something other than what they are. If I had checked, prior to reading, that this book was published by Zondervan, I would not have started it. When one character starts discussing her Christian beliefs, I first thought, perhaps, this is just character development. However, as the book progressed, I realized that the story is a thin disguise at trying to sway young girls to a deep belief in Jesus as God and Savior. Although I have no problems with that ...more
Cathy Bryant
Heart. Stopping.

(Yeah. It's that good.)

Ever since I first started seriously studying the craft of writing, I've been itching to get my hands on a book by Brandilyn Collins. Always Watching, co-authored with daughter Amberly Collins for the Young Adult market, doesn't disappoint.

Sixteen-year-old Shaley O'Connor is on tour with her rock star mother. Again. And tired of it. If it weren't for Tom, her mother's hip hair stylist, she'd be totally bummed.

Then Tom is murdered, and Shaley's world is shov
I read this one really fast, mostly because it was really short. But it was incredibly suspenseful and kept me on the edge of my seat. I loved it when I read it years ago.
I got this book as a free download on my Nook and it was a bonus that it was YA. I knew nothing about the book and found parts of it intriguing. The mother is a famous lead singer of a rock band and her teenage daughter accompanies her on tour. While on tour, the make-up artist is murdered and we get the murderer’s point of view about protecting the “special one” (whoever that is and whatever that means). There were a few blatant Christian messages that I thought out of place, but when I got to ...more
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Brandilyn Collins is a best-selling novelist known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense--fast-paced, character-driven suspense with myriad twists and an interwoven thread of faith.

Brandilyn is also known for her distinctive book on fiction-writing techniques, Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn From Actors (John Wiley & Sons). She is a sought-after teacher and speaker at
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