Christy has the guy. The terrorists have been taken care of, and she has a shot at becoming popular. Life is great! Until they find her. Now she must run and leave behind everything she knows, including herself.
When Christy returns home, she discovers that not much has changed. Not only is she still an outcast, but the bullies are even more persistent than before. When the guy that sends her pulse racing shows up, everything changes.
Unfortunately, her feeling of triumph is short lived when the terrorists from DC come calling. Now, Christy and her boyfriend need to find a way to escape and hide.
©2012 Cindy M. Hogan (P)2014 Cindy M. Hogan
Protected by Cindy Hogan is an adventurous YA novel that is well written, fast paced, and consistent throughout. It is the sequel to Watched: Murder Was Just the Beginning, the first book in the Watched series. Not having read or listened to Watched, all you basically need to know for this book is that the heroine of the series, Christy, is a brainiac 10th grader who goes a high school trip to Washington, D.C. where she witnesses the murder of a senator's aide. In Protected, Christy is back from her high school trip and the terrorists who killed the aide in DC are now after her.
The majority of the book is focused on Christy entering into the FBI's Witness Protection Program, where her parents believe she died in a car crash. She moves across the country and starts training to assume her new identity as a varsity cheerleader in a new high school (keep in mind she is a true nerdy girl). Her training is more like boot camp, with a team of professionals training her in everything from gymnastics to martial arts. Besides taking lessons on self defense, she is also taught awareness of her surroundings and knowing possible escape routes at all times.
Laci Morgan did an excellent job narrating. She portrayed Christy as a likeable young woman surrounded by unbelievable events. Laci had great intonation and pace, keeping the story suspenseful throughout. She had differing voices for male and female characters, and expressed frustration and urgency when appropriate without becoming shrill. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audio book!
I've both read the book and listened to it on Audible. Loved it both times and really enjoyed listening to it.
This is an intriguing story line with great plot twists and suspense. I LOVED how it didn't have teenage smut like so many young adult novels. It was refreshing, intense and gripping.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. Great listen!!
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