Saturday, July 7, 2018

Blog Tour: Watching You by Shannon Greenland

Author: Shannon Greenland
Published by: Entangled Publishing
Publication date: July 2nd 2018
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult

Viola’s always been that girl from thatfamily, 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 then weird things start to happen.

Frightening messages.

Missing personal items.

The unsettling feeling that she’s being watched.

Viola’s never been one to give her trust easily, but she’ll need to trust in Riel if she’s going to survive her stalker. Because she’s not fighting for a new life anymore—she’s fighting to stay alive.

Watching You is a YA mystery/romance involving Viola.  She has won a scholarship to finish her senior year of high school at a prestigious academy in Florida.  The only problem is that she lied on her application to win the scholarship. She starts to fall for Riel, the boy she took the scholarship from.  At the same time, she begins to feel someone is watching her.  

I did enjoy this one.  It was a pretty quick read and one that kept me entertained.  I really enjoyed the romance between Viola and Riel.  That, to me, was the best part of the book. The build up was slow, but fun to watch. I also enjoyed Viola's relationship with Mar.  The weaker part of the book was the mystery.  While I didn't call it in the end, I would have liked more suspense leading up to the ending.  If you go into the book expecting more of a romance, you'll be fine. 

I would also probably keep this to the over 16 crowd as it does have some mature content in it.  I do recommend this one.  It's the first book I have read by this author.  I'll definitely be checking out some of her other stuff in the future.

Enjoy this excerpt:

I tip the driver what little money I have left, grab my duffel, and step from the rickety bus. I look up at the beautiful administrative building as the bus pulls away. This time tomorrow this place won’t look so welcoming.

I lug my stuff down the short walkway, then key in the access code to open the night door.
“Hello, Viola.”
With a gasp, I spin around.
A man dressed in all black with a hood steps toward me. “You’ve been out whoring around,” he says, his voice garbled and distorted. “I saw the video.”
Fear punches through me, but I don’t hesitate as I grip my duffel and swing out. He blocks it with his left arm, sending it bouncing across the sidewalk, and knocks me down with his right. My head hits the concrete, and I wince.
With a disoriented moan, I try to roll over. The man yanks my arm and drags me around the side of the academy and into the surrounding woods. Somewhere in the back of my mind I know I should be fighting, I know I should scream, but the dizziness unbalances me.
He releases me, and pain immediately registers in my head. With shallow, shaky breaths, I squint into the darkness and see the man standing above me, shadowed, and backlit by the moon.
As I regain my bearings, I narrow in on the academy through the trees, estimate the distance, and roll to my hands and knees.
The man pushes me back over with his shoe and presses it into my ribs.
I squirm and shove at it, gasping for air, the reality slamming into me. This is him. I wasn’t being paranoid. Someone has been following me, watching me.

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About the author:

Shannon Greenland is the award winning author of several novels including the teen spy series, THE SPECIALISTS, and the YA romances, THE SUMMER MY LIFE BEGAN and SHADOW OF A GIRL. She also writes thrillers under S. E. Green and lives off the coast of Florida with her very grouchy dog.

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