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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  96 ratings  ·  63 reviews
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 t ...more
Published July 9th 2018 by Entangled Publishing
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Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Watching You by Shannon Greenland is a young adult/new adult contemporary suspense. This one really reads a bit more like contemporary romance with a side of suspense to it though but more on that later.

Viola has had a pretty rough start in her young life, her mother is a stripper, father in prison and a drug addict for a sister. Viola however is determined to get out of that situation and to help her other two younger siblings out too so her plan was to win a scholarship to a prestigious privat
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
The romance in Watching you was really good but I was a little disappointed when I found out who the stalker was. I'm all about romance and so for me, this book was really good. I'm going to try and explain without giving too much away.

Viola has a secret. She wants to attend MIT more than anything. She applies for a scholarship at a top high school but she may have fabricated her admissions essay. She isn't rich but works hard to maintain good grades.

Riel has held the scholarship position for
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
Release Date-2/7/18

"Watching You" by Shannon Greenland was a well-written page-turner of a read.
My first experience with this particular author and pleased to say it was a positive one.
Genre-wise I would place this in the Young Adult/New Adult category.
I'm undecided between the two as there is some mild content near the end the might lean this more towards the New Adult camp.
It's nothing hard-core and is really rather mild in nature but does stop this short of bein
Paula  Phillips
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I was approached about reading and reviewing this book, my answer was a definite YES as I love and read all of Shannon Greenland/ S.E Green's books to date. The idea of a stalker also fascinated me as I love that suspense feel. Viola has started at a prestigious school on a scholarship and meets her peer mentor whom Viola has taken the scholarship from. There is a love/hate relationship between the two but we can see that there are sparks flying as, despite either one wanting to admit it, t ...more
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More Young Adult Romance than Suspense, Watching You tells the story of Viola, a teen genius who is willing to do whatever it takes to get herself and her family out of the projects, even lie. A scholarship to her dream school puts her on the right path, but the steps she took to get there threaten to catch up to her. Both her competition and her mentor, Riel is as smart as he is gorgeous. He seems to understand her troubled upbringing, despite the
Kate (beautifulbookland)
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: net-galley
I mean, this book is okay, but that’s as far as I can go for it. Put it this way: I have set reading times throughout the day, and in the run up to those times, I never felt excited to read - it actually felt like a chore.

So why didn’t I just DNF it? Well, I usually only DNF books if they’re literally too painful to read, and this one wasn’t as bad as that. It was just really average.

What it’s About

Viola is determined to make something of her life, to provide for her family and make them proud.
This is a contemporary young adult thriller set mainly in a prestigious private school in Florida. Viola would never have been able to afford to attend such an establishment and is only going there because she has been awarded a full scholarship. Unfortunately, part of the reason she won that award was that she lied in her application, striving to hide her less than salubrious upbringing. She sees this is a step on her way to get out of the poverty and make life better for her Mum and siblings.

*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult / Suspense
*Rating* 3.0


Shannon Greenland's Watching You is a young adult, mystery novel featuring Viola Burnett. Viola is the recipient of a full ride scholarship to attend Ponce De Leon Academy in the Florida Keys. Being from Tennessee, Viola is the girl who lives in the projects, whose mother is a stripper, whose her father is in prison, and whose older sister is a crack addict. She is someone who is trying to rise above her past, her family, and
♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ Jeri the Romance Bibiliophile ♡

I tried reading this book last weekend but I am afraid that the writing style does not work out for me.

The subject itself was fabulous and the story was well developed - but I felt that the age of the leads was not the right one for the way it was written.

It would have been a better placement in a college environment from the beginning on.
I like independent leads at a young age but something in this kind of plot was off for me I can not place my finger on it but...

The only way to explain it is
Lynda Dickson
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 15+
Shelves: young-adult
Viola begins her senior of high school on a full scholarship to the prestigious Ponce de Leon Academy, where she meets Riel, the previous holder of the scholarship. Viola is consumed by guilt because she lied about her family background in her application. Things become even more complicated when she realizes she’s attracted to Riel. On top of that, she has the feeling that someone is watching her. Who is the driver of the dark SUV that seems to be following her? Suspects abound. Could the stalk ...more
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
Watching You was a pretty good mystery with a love story, too.

Viola hasn't had an easy life. Her mom is a stripper, dad is in jail, one sister is an addict, her mom has been married many times, they are poor, and she had a bad ex boyfriend. She has to work full time while going to school. But her goal is to get into MIT. In order to have the best chance, she applies for a scholarship to a private school in Florida. She has the grades, but they added community and family information. Viola decide
T.H. Hernandez
4.5 out of 5 stars.

I love a good romantic thriller, and so much the better if it’s also young adult. WATCHING YOU has everything I love — a tortured love interest, angsty romance, a deplorable antagonist, and buckets of suspense. Seventeen-year-old Viola lies on her application to get a scholarship at a prestigious prep school on her ultimate path to MIT. Or so she hopes. The problem is, her winning the scholarship means someone else lost out. That someone is uber hot, brooding Riel, the recipie
BriaKnits & Reads
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, thriller, teens
Such a great read!

It was so refreshing reading about high school teenagers written as actual teenagers instead of grade schoolers. (If you read my review on "Tradition" by Brendan Kiely, then you know what I'm talking about). I am so sick and tired of reading high school teenagers as the cliche morons that a lot of writers seem to think they are. Or at least, the authors that I have been reading lately.

So imagine my surprise when I bumped into this jewel of a book on my e-reader. I could not p
Katherine Paschal
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
**4.5 Stars**
​Viola might have fibbed a little (or a lot, whatever) on her entrance essay for the scholarship, but the hard work and grades were all her. When she is awarded the scholarship for the prestigious high school in Florida she always wanted to attend, she jumps at the chance to leave her life in the Tennessee public housing and poverty behind and be the first person in her family to graduate from High School! But then she meets Riel, the boy who she basically stole the scholarship from
Thank you very much to Entangled Publishing LLC & Netgalley for allowing me to read this arc in exchange for an honest review 🙏🏻❤️

First and foremost I must admit that I flew through this book! Both the plot and characters were extremely intriguing and I found myself wanting to know who was stalking Viola! I didn't want to stop reading until someone gave me some answers about where her running shorts went or who was crouched in her dorm room! Creeepyyyyyyy!

Also I must say that the sex scenes wer
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It started with a lie. For Viola Burnett, the opportunity to study at a prestigious academy means a shot at her dream school, MIT. So she lied about a few things, who will it hurt?

On her first day at the academy, Viola meets the gorgeous Riel and she starts to question her decision. Riel is not only her peer mentor, he is also her rival. There's no denying their attraction, and I like the way the author ratchets up the tension between them while forging a real friendship. Riel isn't just a prett
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4 stars

Drama, suspense and intrigue. Those are the three words I'd involve to describe this novel.

Watching You is, like the synopsis tells you, about Viola. A girl who tries her best to escape the no good town she came from by getting a scholarship to a prestigious school and to start providing for her mother and two sisters. When she arrives, she expects it to be possible to hide her past and start anew, with a clean slate. Unfortunately, pasts have the nasty habit to come back to us a
Bran Pendergrass
I decided to step outside my comfort zone with this one. I do not normally read suspense or thrillers but the blurb had my interest piqued so I decided why the hell not? So I was disappointed when it turned out to be my least favorite genre - romance*yuck*- disguised as suspense. Sure there were some suspenseful elements in the plot but overall it was misleading,
Viola is our MC and she is quite disillusioned. instead of being frightened that she is in a potentially deadly situation, she is caug
Laura  Hernandez (TheVoluptuousBkDiva/YABkDivas)
I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that’s had me guessing incorrectly so many times on who the stalker was as this one. This suspenseful read kept me on my toes from beginning to end and when I finally learned the truth, I was left speechless. This book has a bit of everything from lies to truths that unraveled me, a strong female full of determination, a swoon-worthy latin male that has amazing family values and let’s face it; a sweet blooming romance.

This author created a story that quickly t
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Watching You by Shannon Greenland was a wonderful young adult romantic suspense. Viola has worked hard to get a full ride scholarship to a prestigious private high school, by lying on her application. Academically she didn't lie, but she made up her family background. Viola develops feelings for Riel, the boy she took the scholarship from. On top that someone is watching/stalking Viola. I really enjoyed this book, and will be checking out other books by this author. I strongly recommended this b ...more
Chris Torretta
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good plot, some tropes that maybe could have been skipped, but it was a decent read. Very fit for summer reading! Definitely on the suspenseful thriller side.

Full review coming to for my Summer Horror.

Received by author and Xpresso Book Tours for an honest review.
Angie Crabtree-Liezel and Angie's Book Blog
This book is about Viola. She’s poor and really wants to attend MIT so she fudges her application to get into a prestigious high school. Her home life is far from perfect and she just wants to escape. Her mom is a stripper, her sister a drug addict and her ex is a criminal. She’s far from perfect but wants more for her life.

She’s a likable character and when she meets Riel it becomes a little more interesting. They have a love/hate relationship. Riel always gets the scholarship but this year he
Thank you to the publisher and Xpresso Book Tours for a free e-copy.

Watching you is a thriller YA book that follows Viola on her journey to getting her family out of the situation they are currently in. To do this she first needs to go to a school in Florida for smart kids (which she is) and then she plans to go to MIT and get a great job! All sound like really great goals and like she has it all figured out. But of course, we have a few problems that happen due to admissions changing some requ
Tonja Drecker
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Emotion, hopes, and dreams mix with increasing tension to create a thrilling ride,

Viola can't believe that she's finally achieved her goal of gaining entrance as well as a scholarship to her dream school. Although her past and family are anything but many consider ideal, she now has a chance at a bright future as well as the possibility of bringing her mother and younger twin sisters out of a less than pleasant life. But this sudden golden chance starts to tarnish. Not only does she meet Riel, a
The Smutbrarians
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Overall Rating-4
Kindle eArc provided by Netgalley
Reviewed by Stephanie

Viola has worked her whole academic career to land a senior year scholarship to the exclusive Ponce de Leon Academy in Florida. It’s her ticket to MIT and to getting her family out of assisted housing projects. She would do almost anything to get it, even if that means she has to lie. When she finds out she was chosen as the scholarship recipient and meets her mentor Riel things get
Ruthie Jones
Watching You by Shannon Greenland is an engaging Young Adult thriller packed with romance, revenge, and a mysterious stalker who is definitely beyond disturbed.

Viola is dead set on getting a top-notch education at Ponce de Leon Academy in Florida and then MIT. And if she has to fib a little bit on her scholarship application to get into the Academy, then so be it. I like the backgrounds that the author has created for both Viola and Reil. They are academically intelligent and resourceful, but th
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Received a ARC copy from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

My Rating : 4.8🌟

Watching you is a teenage adult thriller. The two main protagonist are Reil and Viola.

Reil is a brainy handsome boy who every girl has a crush on and Viola is an attractive blue eyed beauty with brains.

The narration starts with the anonymous stalker. The opening keeps you glued right from the beginning.

Viola is an eighteen year old coming from THAT family who gets admission into Ponce de Leon Academy in full
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don’t read a lot of thrillers but when Xpresso Tours posted this one I was immediately intrigued. I really enjoyed this book by Shannon Greenland. It is written in Viola’s POV and every once in a while the stalkers POV. I think this made it easy to follow and kept the reader guessing whom the stalker could be.

Viola’s life has never been easy. Her mom is a stripper and she has to take care of her younger siblings every day. Her dream has always been to go to MIT and when an opportunity presente
Sara ✨ Next Book Review Blog ✨
This is my second Shannon Greenland/SE Green book and I think I pretty much agree with what I wrote in the review of Ultimate Sacrifice. I like this author’s stories. The plot and storyline is fantastic! I feel like I get pulled into the story. Plus, the story is great and different. However, for me, it’s missing finer details. I didn’t really feel a connection to Viola. I think there was so much that could have been done with her and it was skipped over. There were times that it felt like she w ...more
Stephanie Ward
'Watching You' is a taut new young adult thriller that will leave readers guessing until the very end. Thrillers are one of my favorite genres, so I read them constantly. It seems to take more to catch me off guard now and when it happens, it's always a great surprise. This book did just that. There were quite a few twists and turns, some red herrings, and the suspense kept ramping up the further the story went. It seemed like once I had a theory in mind, something would happen to complete shatt ...more
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Things you should know about me: I write novels! Some have won awards. Others have been bestsellers. Under Shannon Greenland (my real name) you’ll find spies, adventure, and romantic suspense. Under S. E. Green (my pen) you’ll find dark and gritty fiction about serial killers, cults, secret societies that do bad things, and whatever else my twisted brain deems to dream up.

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