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Are You Watching? Vincent Ralph 4* #Review @PenguinUKBooks @VincentRalph1 #AreYouWatchingMagpieMan #YA #Teen #CrimeFiction #Mystery #SocialMedia #YouTube #RealityStar #Suspense #BookReview #BlogTour #Paperback #RandomThingsTours @AnneCater

Ten years ago, Jess’s mother was murdered by the Magpie Man. She was the first of his victims but not the last. Now Jess is the star of a YouTube reality series and she’s using it to catch the killer once and for all. The whole world is watching her every move. And so is the Magpie Man.

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I received a copy of this book from Penguin UK Books in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

‘Are You Watching?’ has universal appeal for those drawn to page-turning reads. The social media and YouTube concept is aimed at young adults.

Jess hopes her story will attract a viral audience and draw out her mother’s killer. Told from her point of view, the reader has immediate and uncensored responses from the main protagonist. It also maintains the mystery, as we only know what she does. Relatable and realistic, Jess is a likeable character, with authentic teenage emotions and motivations.

This is an emotional story. Jess feels her mother’s loss but also griefs her family’s demise. Her father is an understandable emotional wreck and she is doing this for him as much as for herself. Parents may question, whether they would have allowed their teenager to do this. Jess’s father feels guilty about his daughter’s damaged life, and will make amends anyway he can.

The book’s structure of short chapters aids the pacing and suspense, which builds as the story progresses. The plot has twists and an unexpected ending.

This story has dark themes, but it is written to engage its target audience. Contemporary fiction focused on crime, relationships, suspense and technology, which will appeal to an older adult audience too.

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Vincent Ralph has been writing in one form or another since his teens and always dreamed of being a novelist. He owes his love of books to his mother, who encouraged his imagination from an early age and made sure there were new stories to read. Vincent has lived in London, Cornwall and Chester but he now lives in his home county of Kent with his wife, son and two cats.

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Its My Blog’s 1st Birthday – What’s Happened Since I Took Those First Steps?

Happy St Patrick’s Day.

March 17th is also my blog’s 1st birthday and I’ve been so busy writing The Revenge Masquerade I haven’t written  a birthday post 😦 Yet.

As I love Birthdays I thought a whistle-stop tour of my  blogging year would be a fitting celebration:-)

I have posted 164 times.

Regular followers know I love reading and reviewing books and  I post all the reviews here. 🙂

17 March 2013 – First ever blog post Three’s a Charm

The Dragon Legacy cover

30 April 2013  – First post about The Dragon Legacy 

24 May  2013 – First Book Review

18 June 2013 – A walk in the Meadow on a Summer’s Day

31 July 2013 –The Dragon Legacy Release Date

23 August 2013 – Official Opening of Crimson Frost Books

24 September 2013 – First author Interview

4 October 2013 – Writing Journey Update

25 November 2013 – The Dragon Legacy Blog Tour

20 December 2013 – The Dragon Legacy Release Day Blitz

21 January 2014 – The Dragon Legacy Book Trailer

27 February 2014 –  Have You Ever Stayed in a Haunted House

5 March 2014 – The Revenge Masquerade

This week on Jane Hunt Writer First Steps

Another Ghostly Experience

My Review of Susan Arden’s Collared by the Cowboy

I’ve won a Liebster Award

Writing Journey Update on The Revenge Masquerade

  See you soon 🙂