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Always Watching (Rayne Tour Series #1)

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Left Hanging

Bestselling author Brandilyn Collins teams up with her daughter to produce this suspenseful whodunit series. Written in first person narrative from the perspective of Shaley, a sixteen-year-old, this teen story keeps the readers interest. The killer's thoughts, written ...
Bestselling author Brandilyn Collins teams up with her daughter to produce this suspenseful whodunit series. Written in first person narrative from the perspective of Shaley, a sixteen-year-old, this teen story keeps the readers interest. The killer's thoughts, written in third person and interspersed throughout the story, have a chilling effect.

A typical teen, Shaley's BFF, Brittany, has an intuitive ability to know the future. Unfortunately, this reader does not have that ability. The novel is well written. The characters are believable, but the story stops just in time for the next book to begin. I understand that this is a series, but I feel gypped when left with a cliff-hanger.

posted by Smilingsally on June 8, 2009

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Snooozefest. There is a reason this was free.

I could not care less about these characters. I made it to chapter 4 and wanted to hurl my precious nook across the room. Instead, I just deleted this terrible book from its memory.

Perhaps, if others have made it further and can tell me it gets better, I will re-d...
I could not care less about these characters. I made it to chapter 4 and wanted to hurl my precious nook across the room. Instead, I just deleted this terrible book from its memory.

Perhaps, if others have made it further and can tell me it gets better, I will re-download.

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Okay, I tried reading it again (based upon the good reviews here on B&N). I stand by my first opinion. This is a terribly written story. The writing is choppy, and the author somehow used too many words and not enough words at the same time. Example: "I still felt lightheaded. I really needed something substantial to eat, but nothing was available at the hotel at that hour. And our room's pay-as-you-eat bar with cookies and chips held no interest for me. My body craved protein."

Seriously? Substantial to eat? Really? What teenager speaks like this?

posted by elizoria on August 10, 2010

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  • Posted September 3, 2010

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    When the going gets tough, this girl goes shopping

    Shaley O'Connor is the 16 year old daughter of female rock star Rayne. While on tour, a member of the Rayne entourage is murdered and Shaley discovers the body. Tom had been a close friend of Shaley's, so the death hits hard. Shaley vows that the person who murdered her friend will be found and brought to justice. The drama is heightened when the reader sees that the killer may have Shaley in sight as a next target.

    Always Watching is a book geared toward teen readers or more specifically teen girls. There are certain elements of this book that do keep the reader interested in the storyline. As Shaley goes on tour with her famous mom, you are allowed a behind the scenes view of the excitement and chaos that accompanies a rock and roll tour. Not only is there the mystery of who killed Tom, but there is an ongoing mystery of the identity of Shaley's father.

    Although I somewhat enjoyed the mystery of this novel, I was really disappointed in the main character. I was hoping for a street savvy teen that was wise beyond her years. I envisioned Shaley doing some investigating on her own to help solve the mystery. Instead of doing anything to help solve the mystery of who shot Tom, Shaley and her BFF, Brittany, go shopping. The only mystery Shaley is able to solve is which designer top goes best with her designer jeans.

    Shaley is far from being a hero in this story. She cries. She faints. She gets sick. She complains. I had to keep reminding myself that this was a 16 year old and not a 13 year old. Not exactly the stuff that a super sleuth is made of.

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