Mikayla is a typical teen. All she wants is to be with friends play video games and enjoy a life with little responsibility, all that changes when she is attacked and has a near death experience. When she returns from that moment between life and death Mikayla can see auras, pretty cool. Well not really. The auras are really demons and Mikayla has been tasked with seeing them dispatched back to hell.
But how does a teen who did not know she had supernatural powers learn to defeat demons, with the help of Lucas, a hottie who happens to be a shape shifter. He will guide Mikayla and teach her all there is to know about returning demons to their rightful place, hell.
Richardson’s debut novel Watched is as addictive as chocolate. The author creates a heroine who is sassy, brash and no-nonsense. Mikayla is the kind of character young adults will identify with and fall in love with.
The book has heavy subject matter,demons,violence, Mikayla being abandoned by her birth parents but Richardson infuses humor throughout the book allowing Mikayla’s sassy, witty brand of humor to lighten these dark moments.
The character development is great allowing Mikayla to go from a sheltered teen to a demon hunter and all the emotional issues that go along with such an abrupt and shocking change. Richardson is able to take her readers into the mind of a teenager and we never for a minute doubt that her character is one hundred percent an angsty, hormonal teen. Speaking of hormones, there are the beginnings of a romance with Lucas and Mikayla but it is subtle and not heavy handed. The relationship is more of an exploration of feelings with hopefully more to come in the next books in the series.
In this first book we begin to see the unraveling of the mysteries surrounding Mikayla’s past. Watched ends with a cliffhanger to end all cliffhangers so readers will have to be patient to find out what happens next. I for one can not wait to read the next book in the series.
“Three months ago, I was the girl who wore her hair in a saggy ponytail, the girl with the stutter. I despised my mom’s cooking, gamed too much, and laughed at all my dad’s jokes even when they were corny as hell. I’d never been kissed, or gotten into trouble. I was Mikayla Blake, human, prone to fuckups and mishaps. No more, no less.
Three months ago, my new life started. And nothing’s been coincidence since.”
- Paperback: 290 pages
- Publisher: Jolt; Jolt Books; 1st edition edition (May 30, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0983149801
- ISBN-13: 978-0983149804