The Watcher: Book One of The Watcher Saga

The Watcher: Book One of The Watcher Saga

by Lisa Voisin

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ISBN-13: 9780985656225
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Publication date: 01/20/2013
Series: Watcher Saga , #1
Pages: 326
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.73(d)

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The Watcher: Book One of The Watcher Saga 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
orachel More than 1 year ago
I was provided with a copy of ‘The Watcher’ in exchange for an honest review. There is something so sweetly evocative and hopeful about a beautifully written ‘first love’ book for young adults. There is a measure of positivity and possibility that is lacking in much fiction written for adults, I think, and from time to time I find myself needing that ‘measure of hope’ in a sweet story of young romance. Novels like ‘The Watcher’ are what made me fall in love with the Young Adult genre as an adult reader, and they are what keep me coming back for more. Lisa Voisin is an incredible new writer whose evocative words paint vivid pictures and emotional context onto every page. I find myself astounded that this is her first novel, as it typically takes a writer a few books to find such a distinctive descriptive voice. As a very ‘visual’ reader, with artistic tendencies, I found myself reading and re-reading passages just to savor the language, lush imagery, and all of the emotions inherent in Voisin’s descriptive passages. “That night, I had the strangest dream. Two great birds were locked in combat. Talons entwined, they spiraled toward the ground. One of them had blood pooling in holes where its eyes should have been. The other dripped blood from its claws. Behind them, the sky shone a purplish black, the color of bruises, and the air smelled of charcoal. As the birds fell, I kept wishing they would separate, that at least one of them would let go, flap its wings, and fly away. I even cried out, trying to startle them out of their flight, but their battle seemed endless. And I could do nothing but watch, unable to reach them, unable to stop their fall.” The really remarkable thing about ‘The Watcher’ is that I’ve read a number of books in the fantasy young adult genre about angels, just recently, and yet this title is the furthest thing from a rip-off of any of them. This book is truly a credit to the subject matter because the story is so wonderfully researched and presented. Voisin has woven the historical and Biblical mythology of the Grigori into her tale with such a delicate hand that the fantasy in ‘The Watcher’ seems utterly possible, if only it were possible to peel back the veil of our limited human perceptions. The love story between Mia and Michael is beautifully depicted with emotions that ring true to life. Ancient memories of pre-history ebbing to the surface of consciousness and longstanding consequences of lust and betrayal are wound throughout the tale, adding history and credibility to the epic nature of Mia and Michael’s devotion. The ‘downfall’ is so believable and heartbreaking because it is based on the very true reality that sometimes our memories, and our guilt over past actions, can betray us and lead us down a dark path of our own making. The concept of ‘forgiveness’ as redemption is not a new one, but it was beautifully integrated into Voisin’s novel, and is a timely and essential message in a story for young readers. ‘The Watcher’ is a story about first love, and second chances. The evocative prose is lyrical and lovely, and the characters and their stories will bring to mind essential ideas of forgiveness, and the idea that no one is truly beyond redemption. The concept of reincarnation and the mythology of the Grigori are so intriguingly woven into the plot line that this story could well inspire a young reader to explore these concepts in more depth, on their own. I absolutely recommend ‘The Watcher’ to any reader, teen or adult, who enjoys ‘first love’ romances, fantasy, or novels with a well-researched historical or mythological element. This title is more suited for older teen audiences, as the intensity of physical desire might be a bit overwhelming for middle-grade readers ‘reading up’ in the young adult genre. However, that same intensity and physical desire makes the romance read as absolutely realistic and appropriately ‘steamy’ to an older reader. ‘The Watcher’ is a gorgeous story, truly a standout in the young adult genre, and I’ll absolutely be on the lookout for any future books by Lisa Voisin.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, loved this book. Mia and Michael are beautiful together, their love so old but so new I was in awe with this authors writing. They both had their demons to battle, no pun intended. Angles and demons, forbidden love and history of past lives, this is not one to miss. Can't wait to read more from this author. *I received this book in exchange for an honest review (LoP or Lovers of Paranormal)*
scottnl73 More than 1 year ago
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I'd like to start this by saying that I don't read much in the YA genre, my teen years were angsty enough, I don't want to read about anyone else's teen angst until my daughters become teens themselves. That being said, the synopsis of this story sounded intriguing enough that I decided to give this story a try, and I'm glad I did. Since this is a YA story, there are the requisite relationship/friendship/mean girl issues, and even a love triangle (of sorts) to contend with. But with this story, you also get: Heaven, Hell, angels, demons, hellhounds, minions, possessions, love, hate, acceptance and redemption. It was a bit hard to figure out where the story between Mia and Michael was headed, until we're introduced to Damiel. Once I saw his name, I had an idea exactly where the story was headed. We know Mia and Michael have a history, but I was quite surprised to learn exactly how long ago their history started. I also liked that we got to see exactly what happened in the past that caused the angel to fall from Heaven. What shocked me though was finding out what happened between Mia and Damiel all those years ago. This was one of the better books I've read this year, even if a few parts had me rolling my eyes (what teenager talks like that?),  and I hope Mia carries Visine to get the red out after all the crying she does throughout the book. I would highly recommend this book!
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
The Watcher by Lisa Voisin was a story of a love that goes back hundreds and hundreds of years.  It’s a story of soul mates and a love that transcends time.  What could me more romantic than angel who fell a thousand years ago all to be with a human girl he fell in love with.  And who goes in search for her during her many lifetimes so that he can protect her and be close to her again. *insert sigh here* Mia Crawford, a 17 year old high school student, doesn’t quite understand what is happening to her.  She starts to see these wild, red eyed dogs that are intent on getting her.  She starts to see things that those around don’t seem to notice.  Is she going crazy?  After witnessing one of these hellhounds pretty much devouring someone on the street, Mia thinks that there were no witnesses to what she saw…until she sees a guy her age, wearing jeans and a shirt. And low and behold, on her first day back at school, who should happen to be the new guy at the school?  The same guy she saw on the street….Michael.  Although Michael seems to have some sort of feeling towards her…someone times nice sometimes not…Mia just can’t seem to get him out of her mind.  Literally!  She starts to see these images of a past life in another time, and the person she sees in these images is none other than Michael. But Michael’s not the only one who’s new to the school.  There seems to be a new hottie that’s making all the girls swoon, named Damiel.  And Damiel has some sort of obsession with Mia!  And not only that, but there also seems to be some sort of history between Michael and Damiel.  One that is not so friendly. But Mia, Michael, and Damiel apparently do have a past together.  One that slowly unfolds and left me heartbroken and all full of emotion.  It also seems that common denominator is Mia.  Will the past repeat itself?  Or will Mia be the one who’ll be able to change a past that has been slowly destroying Michael for a thousand years. OMG you guys.  As far as stories about angels go, The Watcher by Lisa Voisin is one that you definitely do not want to miss.  With a story of eternal love and soul mates, there was no way that I wasn’t going to totally fall in love with this story.  Author, Lisa Voisin, has an amazing writing style that totally captures the attention and hearts of readers. I was instantly drawn into a world of fallen angels, hellhounds, and demons.  The Watcher was story that was totally engrossing and was difficult for me to put down.  What did annoy me a little was the hot and coldness of Michael.  I mean, come on dude!  Talk about mixed signals.  I totally understand how he’s not able to be with her, due his past and current situation, but dude was messing with Mia’s head big time. But what I did love was the love and devotion that Michael felt for Mia once the hot and coldness dissipated.  I loved learning about their past and what they had together.  And talk about evil villains!  Damiel was wonderfully executed as the nemesis to our hero.  And he got worse and much more evil as the story progressed!  I do love me some good love stories, but to be honest, Damiel was the one that stole the show for me.  And the end!  OMG Damiel…I knew you had it in you!  I. Just. Knew. It. Fans of angel reads, especially ones involving fallen angels, will devour The Watcher by Lisa Voisin.  If you enjoyed stories like Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, you’re gonna want to experience this story of love and loss, pain and heartache, and one of second chances.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
 When I first started reading, I was a little worried because there were some big similarities to Fallen by Lauren Kate. However, the story really stood on its own. I enjoyed getting to know Mia and Michael both in the present and the past. The story gave you some good background information, so I felt like I really knew where the characters came from and who they are. The plot was fast paced and very engaging. I think The Watcher presents some good messages, and readers of any age would enjoy it. I hope this is the beginning of a new series, because I'll definitely be grabbing up the next book! The Watcher by Lisa Voisin was provided to me by the publisher for review. The opinions are my own.
JK1515 More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was unique. I liked the concept. They wrapped redemption, love and evil all up in one pretty package. The choice between good and evil is not as easy when the lines are blurred. This book surprised me from the beginning to the end. It didn't keep me on the edge of my seat the whole way through it, but it was a steady read. The twists and turns were enjoyable and I liked watching Mia's life unfold as well as Michael's. Mia was a good character, but I really liked Michael's the best. I felt that even though Mia was the main character, Michael was the one with the growth. He starts out seeking redemption in the beginning and transforms throughout the pages. I even enjoyed Damiel's character. He was everything I was expecting. There was a lot about this story that was good and original. I don't want to give the twists and turns away, so I suggest you pick this four glittery star read up for yourself!
StephWard More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars 'The Watcher' is a young adult paranormal romance that follows Mia Crawford - our 17-year-old leading lady - as her entire world is turned upside down once she realizes that the world she thought she knew isn't what it seems. After being attacked by a mysterious and terrible creature one day, Mia turns to Michael Fontaine - who claims to know nothing of the things she describes. Mia is sure he's hiding things from her and is constantly confused by the strange feelings she has around him - the way he makes her feel and the weird images of a different time and place that fill her mind. Determined to find answers, Mia goes on a journey where she discovers her past life - one that was filled with jealousy, love, and revenge. It also shows the devastating details of her previous death and the angel cast from Heaven for loving her. Mia must know decide if she will seek out her fallen love or let the past fall far behind her. This was a very intense and beautiful novel unlike any other I've read before. It's full of deep topics like betrayal, jealousy, spiritual concepts, past lives, reincarnation, and true love. Mia was a great main character. I found myself immediately liking her and I could easily identify with her and her struggles. She was a realistic character with obvious flaws, but she was also really endearing. Michael was a great lead male character and I felt that his personality fit perfectly alongside Mia's. The plot of the story wasn't completely original, but it was done in a way that both broke my heart and filled it with hope and love at the same time. The romance and story of true love that broke all boundaries really moved me - and I usually roll my eyes at these types of situations in books and movies. The way that the author wrote the book was simply enchanting and definitely shows her immense talent. I was immediately sucked into the book alongside Mia and I didn't want the story to end. The pace was fast but not rushed and all the various threads of the story were intertwined seamlessly throughout the book. I don't want any spoilers in this review, so I'll stop while I'm ahead. Suffice it to say that this is a completely enthralling novel by a hugely talented author and I'm definitely going to be crossing my fingers for a sequel. Highly recommended for fans of YA fantasy and those who love an amazing love story. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.