Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for having me on the tour today!
Publication date: July 2nd 2018
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
Check it out on Goodreads
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 then weird things start to happen.
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.
The concept of this book has definitely been done before, the hayseed girl in the fancy prep school where she doesn’t belong with a stalker trying to get close to her, but, it still kept me interested throughout. I still wanted to figure out who the stalker was and if Viola would manage to keep her secrets safe and stay in school. The school setting itself was well written, I loved the ivy league feel as Viola tries to settle in as a “fish out of water”.
I do wish that the characters had been more fleshes out, though. Viola had a pretty definite character, she had a well defined backstory explaining her hard working attitude and her big heart. Everyone else just seemed so one dimensional in comparison, they sort of came and went depending on the needs of the story without a lot of focus on who those characters were, or what their motivation was. I liked a lot of the characters (even the ones I hated), I just wanted to get to know them more.
The romance was a little rushed as well, (although, Riel sounds pretty hot, so why wouldn’t it be? I’d give in pretty quick too! 😉) she winds up with the scholarship Riel is supposed to get, he’s VERY angry about it and promises to be pretty hard on her as her peer mentor, then maybe a couple of chapters later, the whole thing is dropped. I would have liked a little more animosity before the thaw came.
The last thing that I will mention is silly (I know) but, it still bothered me. The narrative alternated from the point of view of Viola and that of her stalker, when it was her stalker it would actually say at the top of it Stalker…. I’m pretty sure we would figure that out without being explicitly told. (like I said, a silly nit pick.)
All in all though, I read the whole thing in one sitting and I was interested to get to the, definitely thrilling, conclusion!
Enter HERE to win one of 3 $10 Amazon Gift Cards!
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.
Find out more here!
Watching You is Best Served with
a Celery Stalker Martini
To follow the stalker theme I found this one at Food Republic!
- 2 ounces Gin
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- 2 dashes celery bitters
- 1 cucumber slice, for garnish
- Put all ingredients except the champagne, into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake.
- Strain into a coupe, top with champagne
- Garnish with a cucumber wheel