Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Review: Cindy Hogan's Protected

Looking for a YA thriller with cheerleaders, a motorcycle entourage, and terrorists? Look no further! Cindy Hogan's new sequel, Protected, takes her strong character, Christy, from her Washington D.C. adventures in Watched and gives her a transformation you won't believe.

What I loved about this book was that Cindy is able to take one story line (that felt wholly complete at the end of Watched) and takes a whole new direction that felt natural but completely different from the first book. And being in one of her critique groups, I happen to know there are many more hard twists in store for the next book, but I don't think I'm supposed to tell you that, so shhh...don't tell Cindy I told you! Just know that the story you loved in Watched gets better in Protected and will astound you in the third novel.

I think many young adults will connect with the transformation Christy takes in Protected. It's got to be at least a few kids' fantasies, which made it fun to think about the ability we have to make over our own lives if we want. It makes you think about what makes you who you are and what things are most important in life, but it does so in the midst of adventure and intrigue.

The back cover blurb reads:
She has the guy. The terrorists have been taken care of and she is on the brink of being popular. Life is GREAT! Until they find her. Now she must run and leave behind everything she knows, including herself.
I liked Watched, but I loved Protected. Purchase your own copy at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or through links on her blog for other eBook versions and paper copies.

And for just for fun--Cindy is running a cover contest for her third book! If you'd like to be featured on the cover (or know someone who would) check this out! What a fun opportunity!

If you'd like a "second opinion," head on over to the next stop on the Protected blog tour: Arla on Leave Mommy Alone.