Cindy M Hogan graduated from BYU with a B.A. in education. She is inspired by the unpredictable teenagers she teaches. She loves the outdoors and spending time with her husband and two daughters. Most of all, she loves to laugh.
on July 28, 2013 :
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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 the FBI? And more importantly, which boy should Christy choose?
This was an okay story, but for me it dragged, and the love triangle was really unnecessary.
Christy was one of those girls that didn’t listen to her instincts and instead went along with what her friends wanted to do, which is exactly why she ended up in hot water. If she had only spoken up, and voiced an opinion as to what she and her friends should be doing, they would never have ended up in the mess that they got into.
Christy was like this for pretty much the whole book unfortunately. She was so quiet, and so easily led that it got annoying, and I really wanted her to learn to stand on her own two feet, and not be quite so meek!
The storyline in this book was okay, but the pacing was too slow for me. I expected a fast-paced suspense novel, but instead got a story filled with teenage wonderings and musings, random events that added nothing to the storyline, some really lax FBI agents, and a love triangle. Why oh why was there need for a love triangle in this book? Why couldn’t Christy have just had one sweet boy that was interested in her, rather than going from being the girl that nobody asked out, to the girl that had two hot older boys fighting over her?
I have to say that I was actually expecting there to be a twist in this book where it turned out that the people who Christy thought were FBI agents were really the bad guys stringing her along and trying to work out how much she knew. I really thought that that was going to be the case, because the way the agents acted, and the way the whole investigation was carried out felt so shoddy and lax, but that wasn’t the case at all, which really surprised me. The FBI has never acted like a bunch of teenagers playing hide and seek from what I’ve seen on TV, but that’s kind-of what it felt like here.
I also thought that there were some big gaping holes in the plotline of this book. One of the agents claims that they have microchip trackers in the kid’s clothes to track them, but Christy was wearing a brand new dress that one of her admirers had only just bought her, so surely there couldn’t have been a microchip in that already? And then when someone is shot in his LOWER back, he then can’t move his arms? I think that medically speaking that is downright impossible, I’m pretty sure that you would only be paralysed from that point down, and so if you were shot in your lower back, everything above your lower back would still work fine.
The pacing and lack of action in this book just ruined it for me, and I found myself getting bored whilst reading it, I think if this had been shorter, and some of the unnecessary stuff was taken out this would actually have been better.
The ending was okay, but again, it all felt a bit too high school drama club rather than CSI or Criminal Minds. I might read the next book in the series if it is available for free at some point, but otherwise I don’t think I’ll bother.
Overall; an okay-ish YA suspense but the pacing was way off.
5 out of 10.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on May 07, 2012 :
Watched was a very frustrating book. The main character Christy was just so oblivious and stupid through my eyes. I think that’s why I kept reading it, just to see what she would mess up next. She was so naïve, but I suppose it was understandable considering her having no friends. But the author made Christy seem very obnoxious and very aware of her being smart.
I didn’t really like Alex for Christy, I don’t know he was too used to getting everything he wants. Rick on the other hand was amazing even with Kira all over him. The idea of Christy being 15 and the guys being 17 possible turning 18 seemed wrong to me. The book really centered itself around the love triangle between Alex, Rick and Christy. Well more like the war between Rick and Alex. Marybeth although supportive didn’t strike me as innocent. I didn’t think it was fair for her to guilt trip Christy about her scholarship.
There was only action in the beginning and toward the end. I didn’t really like the lovey dovey stuff, it annoyed me that she kept making the wrong decision. I loved Jeremy he was my favorite character. The author gave him so much charisma! I give this book 4/5 feathers or stars!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on April 13, 2012 :
Absolutely loved this book. It was thrilling! I finished and immediately bought the sequel- which I also loved! I am not usually into thrillers or suspense but this was a page turner!!! Great plot. Fun characters. Definitely recommend this book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on March 17, 2012 :
**WARNING** this review may contain spoilers!
Cindy Hogan is a brand new author out in market. Her debut novel, Watched, is unforgettable, gripping, and swoon-worthy.
Enter geeky 15 year-old Christy, a girl who's won a scholarship for a school trip to Washington, D.C. She should have listened to the little nagging voice when it screamed not to sneak into an old ritzy hotel to use the restroom--it lands her right in the middle of a gruesome murder that haunts her thoughts at every turn.
Hogan did a fantastic job at building characterization with every one of the characters. Christy endures massive guilt trips over which boy she should like better; stunning and confident Alex, or open and charming Rick. What a battle!
I'm amazed at the depth of mind constructing Hogan had written for Christy--she is amazingly well-rounded to the point I wish I could reach into the book and hug her. Christy is the same age as my daughter!
The pacing and plot were well placed--including the welcoming lull of romantic action between Christy and her two boys along with heated jealousy from bully Kira, and Summer.
Hogan wraps it nicely with some intense action scenes that made me cry over Christy and her lost innocence of being thrust into the middle of a blood bath.
Well done, Cindy!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Sep. 15, 2011 :
"WATCHED" BY CINDY M. HOGAN
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 would have imagined could even look at her in that way. Not only does she have to help the F.B.I. find out who killed a man and why, but she has to decide which guy is the one for her.
This book was emotional on so many different levels it was hard to keep yourself from trying to mentally steer Christy in the way she should go. A fantastic read, full of suspense and excitement! Cindy M. Hogan writes brilliantly and she knows just how to keep you on the edge of your seat. It's virtually impossible to just relax reading this book and when you finish you feel as if you've been right there in the midst of it all!
Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud
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(reviewed long after purchase)