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A fantastic read, full of suspense and excitement! Cindy M. Hogan writes brilliantly and she knows just how to keep you on the edge of your seat. It's virtually impossible to just relax reading this book and when you finish you feel as if you've been right there in the midst of it all!" 

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Choices can make all the difference in your life. Go with Christy on a ride that forces her to make decisions she never thought would be placed before her so early in her life. How would your choices differ?

I had so much fun exploring my characters in this book and hope you are able to care about them as much as I do. In book 2 in the series, "Protected", you will find even more twists and turns as you follow Christy on her fast-paced journey. I can't wait to hear your thoughts about it all. 
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Brigham Distributing (June 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615493386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615493381
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (272 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cindy M. Hogan is inspired by the unpredictable teenagers she teaches. More than anything she loves the time she has with her own teenage daughters and wishes she could freeze them at this fun age. If she's not reading or writing, you'll find her snuggled up with the love of her life watching a great movie or planning their next party. Most of all, she loves to laugh.

She is the bestselling and award winning author of the Watched trilogy, a YA suspense series with a dash of romance. She has since branched off to write a mystery, Gravediggers, that won Best YA novel of 2013, a contemporary romance, Sweet and Sour Kisses, and three in a spy series, Adrenaline Rush, Hotwire, and Fatal Exchange. Her newest action/adventure novel, Kate Unmasked (Code of Silence: Book 1) is now available. She also has two novellas, The Descension in the Strange and Lovely anthology and Dangerous Truth in the Sweet and Sassy: Castle Collection

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By D.N. Giles on September 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
When socially awkward Christy wins a scholarship and takes the trip of a lifetime, she has no idea what she's in for. First, she's thrust into a group with beautiful rich kids--who actually treat her like an equal. Then, after sneaking out one night, she and her friends witness a brutal murder (FYI, this one scene is somewhat graphic), after which none of them will ever be the same. The bad guys are watching. The FBI is watching. But amid all that, Christy discovers that two really hot boys are also watching, and considering her non-existent experience with boys, she has no idea how to deal with any of it.

This story is entertaining with twists and turns that keep the reader guessing up to the very end. A quick and fun summer read.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Vals on June 30, 2012
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Personally I like stories with a touch of paranormal and lots of romance, but because of the amount of five stars, I ended buying this book. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the author's creativity and added my own five stars.

The main character Christy is a genius, and because of this she is an outcast in her little city, even among her own family, which thinks that since she is such a good girl she doesn't need to be taken care of. Without money, without friends, without the feeling or parental love, and with zero experience with the male population, she thinks that winning a scholarship to an educational trip to Washington D.C could bring the answer to all her problems.

Once there, with the help of her roommate Marybeth, she is accepted among their mini-group. For the first time in her life, Christy has not only friends, but also the attention of two gorgeous guys. Then accidentally she and Marybeth witnesses a murder and, since her friend passed out, the other members of their group return to their location and end seen different parts of the after crime. Now all eight of them are been targeted by criminals and under the questionable protection of the FBI.

Christy has all the brain needed to solve the mystery behind the crime, but none when the problem is related to the boys. She made a mess of the situation, like any other fifteen girl without experience, and that made me love her even more. Her `boys' are opposites from one another and it makes things much more appealing.

I recommend this book, even if you think it is not your style. Who knows? You may be surprised.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By KBL on June 22, 2013
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I do not like giving bad reviews but this book deserves one.
My major issue is a heroine that is supposed to have convictions and intelligence .... just doesn't.

There's a painful love, or should I say, lust triangle. Rick' s character is the decent guy. Alex is your typical rich bad boy. (Stereotype). And our horrible heroine who totally sells her convictions, beliefs and integrity so the bad boy will kiss and like her. But she wants her cake and icing too and there are pages and pages of angst 'oh whatever will I do'....gag me. She and the good boy hit it off too. The suspense and mystery are ok. Good premise but not executed to the fullest potential, it was easy to see writer setting up a series, and so a lot of the plot elements were obvious as they were dropped into the lust triangle and were the only deviations from silly drivel.

And, yes, I was angered by the fact the writer portrays a girl with intelligence being too idiotic to not be able to control her emotions, and being willing to do ANYTHING to be liked, and kissed, and unable to think.

Last annoying thing...our "brave" heroine when scared completely freezes in danger, like an ostrich, she is completely unable to move or think, and all but sticks her head in the sand paralyzed by fear. And it isn't that she's not in danger but it is completely unrealistic. She can't think when she's boy crazy, she can't think when she's terrified......So how am I supposed to buy into the fact that "she alone is able to save our country". It is insulting! Insulting to the reader, insulting to the men and women who do fight and serve our country, insulting to compare the truly brave to this girl.

I wish this were a real book so I could at least burn it and have a nice fire to look at. This book is bad. You have been warned.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By La2k on September 17, 2012
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The premise of this book was interesting. A group of teenage students witness a high profile murder while on a school trip to Washington D.C. I think it could have been very intriguing, but somehow the story fell short. For instance, none of the students considered notifying any of their adult chaperones of what they'd seen, which was really strange IMO. I also found it difficult to believe how the FBI handled the protection of the witnesses. There seemed to be a lack of common sense in how things were handled, that made it difficult for me to suspend belief and enjoy the story.

I was also disappointed in the weakness of Christy, the heroine. A lovely, intelligent girl, but almost completely crippled with insecurity 98% of the time. It would have been nice to have seen her have more confidence, or at least grow into more confidence during the course of the story. It disappointed me that she seemed to base so much of her self worth on the attention of two boys (Alex and Rick) she was attracted too. She did have a moment where she re-defined her core christian values. I was glad to see her finally decide that the values she had been raised with were best for her, and voice it to one of the boys, Rick.

I also didn't care for how horrible Summer, one of the other female students, behaved towards her. I kept hoping to see this character realize how wrong her attitude was, and it never happened. She never grew past being an incredibly self-centered snob and bully. Worse yet, no one really called her on it either. An opportunity for a good message seemed to be lost there.

An OK read, but it could have been much better.
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