For Owen, high school is difficult enough without adding the stress of knowing that there are some things in this world that only a secret watcher can fix. Too bad one of their special abilities isn’t repairing relationships because he feels like no one understands. Owen wonders what is going on with Lucie who is doing everything she can to avoid him. Then there’s Tess. She’s older, wiser and seems to really like him, but he’s afraid that she might just be using him. Something strange is happening on campus and his friend Katie is involved. And finally his father is not himself, blames Owen for everything and threatens to give his secret away. Owen is scared – plenty of dark watchers are already after him without his father exposing his presence and abilities to the rest of the world.
Owen and his family must go to Florida in the hope that he and his mentor, White Eagle, can get to the bottom of what is going on with his father. More importantly Owen hopes to discover what is behind the strange, potent relationship that his father and grandfather have rekindled after years of not speaking. They’re afraid it's a trap but what choice do they have? It’s not in Owen’s nature to avoid danger. He will go where he is needed. Now if he can just make it out alive… because girl problems, not getting along with his dad and keeping up on homework are nothing compared to what’s waiting.
In this second novel, Owen has grown in ability and that's a good thing because the villains are just getting tougher! Fortunately for Owen, his buddy Marlo is also getting better at what he does best... computer manipulation. Let's hope he doesn't get caught or both young men will be in more trouble than they already are. High school is difficult enough without adding the stress of knowing that there are some things in this world that only a secret watcher can fix.
In this latest installment, Owen and his family are off to Florida to visit his grandparents. He knows it's a trap but what choice does he have? It is not in his nature to avoid danger. He will go where he is needed. Now if he can just make it out alive!
I loved this book and the series. This is an amazing new author that everyone should read. One of the things that I really liked is that it deals with real people but has some extra sensory perception... it makes you wonder... could it be real. Owen has real emotions and integrity. He is doing GOOD. He is one to admire.
Klever incorporates just enough background information into this story to refresh readers on what had previously happened, or to allow new readers to pick up the series here (but I’d highly suggest reading Visions 1st) without bogging down the storyline. And although she picks up the storyline, characters, and abilities from the first novel in the series seamlessly, the storyline found here is completely new and utterly wonderful.
Although Klever takes her readers through a great deal of action and suspense throughout this novel, the overall feeling is actually rather mellow. By taking a well written novel and combining intricate storytelling with descriptions that change in tenor and writing style to create emotions in various scenes, she allows the readers to experience different emotions throughout the novel that begin and end with the scene in question. Light-hearted scenes interspersed with darker scenes balance out the novel. At the end, the reader is left with a feeling of completeness rather than a sense of just having run a marathon.
The characters in this novel also help play into the mellow feeling of the novel. The characters all serve to balance each other out. They each have their own strengths and weaknesses that complement each other. They are also very well developed and loveable characters so that the reader is not left wondering what the character would do, but rather can figure it out based on who the person is. You find yourself wanting these characters to succeed. Their reactions to everything are so realistic that you never question them.
I appreciate that his novel works extremely well as part of The Secret Watchers series, it can also be taken as a standalone novel. The events preceding this novel are important, and you can tell that there is a great deal more to come afterwards but this novel contains an entire story in and of itself. While leaving you with a sense of completeness, this novel also leaves you wanting to continue the journey with these phenomenal individuals.
Please note that I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Whispers (The Secret Watchers #2) by Lauren Klever is a brilliant teenage thriller full of paranormal elements so unique to this series. Her writing style is fluent and easy going, making this novel a joy to experience. I especially love her intros to each chapter that draw her readers in so skilfully.
In this sequel we return to Owen Ryer's strange world as a watcher, a paranormal being capable of seeing what is really going on around us normal beings. Being a teenager, he has the usual problems in school - girls, homework, but being a watcher can't help him with these everyday mundane things. This is where Lauren excels with her beautiful words describing feelings so perfectly. Problem for Owen is as his abilities grow so his adversaries get more difficult to defeat.
Poor Owen feels misunderstood and unloved, especially by his father who starts to blame Owen for all their problems. This feeling of animosity will certainly attract the dark watchers insidious attention which makes Owen more frightened than he already is. How can he stop these paranormal villains from their duty to cause chaos while his own father blames him for their troubles? Again Lauren excels with her ability to draw her reader into these feelings and raise this novel above its peers.
Owen asks for his mentor, White eagle's help to discover why his father is behaving the way he is. To this end the whole family moves to Florida. But Owen feels this move is a trap set up by the dark watchers - a trap he may not be able to escape from.
From the first page, the author weaves an intricate pattern of prose that simply dazzles with its brilliance. A must read for all lovers of teen paranormal thrillers.
If you haven't read Whispers yet - you should! I love this series. It's a breath of fresh air with it's mix of current day and fantasy seamlessly blended together. The characters are likable, so much so that you hope to meet them in real life. I admire Owen's kind and loving heart as well as the way he solves problems. You can feel his struggle to balance his life and the darkness that invades it. If I'm ever in dark alley - I want Owen by my side. I believe he will be the next big young adult hero!
I thoroughly enjoyed this second installment of the secret watchers series! Lauren descriptive abilities made it feel as if I was right there with Owen! I can't wait to continue reading this series of books!!!
Owen's ability had grown after the discovery and being guided by White Eagle. with the villains aiming to kill and draining powers of the watchers, Owen and his group had to find the culprit while searching for any watchers in hope of saving them from being kill. Owen was still frustrated with Lucie for avoiding him. but soon he found that she had started hearing things, an ability that grow and frightened her, making her felt like she was going insane.
i received free e-books for the series from the author in exchanged for a review. in this second installment, Owen became an even more godly figure. he was the best watcher among the group, the strongest mentally and physically, even when he wasn't the largest in size. he lost my vote the moment he was also the most humble among the group. he became difficult to relate to and lost his spot in being my favorite character in the book. while Lucie almost had that spot, i was disappointed that she couldn't be honest with her feelings and further frustrated when Owen didn't put further effort into their relationship. the book in general however, still had a fast moving plot. having less climaxes made the storyline comfortable and much easier to follow.
Whispers: The Secret Watchers Book Two continues Owen’s story of becoming a watcher. A great YA novel, Lauren Lynne brings Owen’s second story to life with more family drama, angst, school troubles and training, training and more training. Owen’s journey in becoming a watcher is made easier – or harder depending on your point of view – with the help of his friends and family. This time we meet Owen’s grandparents, more watchers (both good and bad) and a new girlfriend. Poor Owen has to navigate school, a serial murderer, Dark Watchers and a new girlfriend all while continuing his learning and helping his family which is on the brink of falling apart! I would recommend this book to all young teens and adults of young teens (and anyone in between). It is a great coming of age story, I look forward to book three!