Always Watching, Rayne Tour Series #1   -     By: Brandilyn Collins, Amberly Collins
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Always Watching, Rayne Tour Series #1

ZonderKidz / 2009 / Paperback

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The daughter of a rock star, 16-year-old Shaley O'Connor has everything---until she discovers her friend's body backstage. Is Tom Hutchens's death connected to her? Soon, frightening messages appear and paparazzi begin to stalk her. Can Shaley find Tom's killer before he strikes again? Where's God when she needs him? Ages 13 to 16. 224 pages, softcover from Zonderkidz.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: ZonderKidz
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0310715393
ISBN-13: 9780310715399
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Ages: 13-16
Series: Rayne Tour

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Publisher's Description

This daughter of a rock star has it all—until murder crashes her world. The exciting and suspenseful Rayne Tour series features sixteen-year-old Shaley O’Connor, on tour with her mother’s popular band. Shaley lives in a whirlwind of backstage secrets, hotels, and limos. With beauty and fame of her own, Shaley wants for nothing … except the one thing she can’t have. During a concert, sixteen-year-old Shaley O’Connor stumbles upon the body of a friend backstage. Is Tom Hutchens’ death connected to her? Frightening messages arrive. Paparazzi stalk Shaley. Her private nightmare is displayed for all to see. Where is God at a time like this? As the clock runs out, Shaley must find Tom’s killer—before he strikes again.

Author Bio

Brandilyn Collins, known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense™, is the bestselling author of Violet Dawn, Coral Moon, Crimson Eve, Eyes of Elisha, and other novels. She and her family live in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Visit her website at www.brandilyncollins.com and her blog at www.forensicsandfaith.blogspot.com

Amberly Collins is a college student in Long Beach, California majoring in marketing with a minor in fashion. She's active in her Alpha Phi sorority and dotes on her Yorkie puppy, Bear.

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The daughter of a rock star, 16-year-old Shaley O'Connor has everything---until she discovers her friend's body backstage. Is Tom Hutchens's death connected to her? Soon, frightening messages appear and paparazzi begin to stalk her. Can Shaley find Tom's killer before he strikes again? Where's God when she needs him?

Always Watching by Brandilyn and Amberly Collins is a great story told in a believable young adult voice. There is just enough intrigue and suspense to keep you reading. The typical Collins “ick” factor is present when the first body is found, but it's not overly done. Some description is distinctively in Brandilyn’s style, but this story had a combined voice that was well done. The spiritual tone is a bit stiff at times, yet remains relevant to the plot. The first-person point of view also added a unique presentation. The missing dad element was a bit cliché, but it does make for a great underlying mystery.

When the chase is on, it leaves the reader a bit breathless with its intensity. It won’t be difficult for readers to figure out who dunnit, but the pieces fall together later on in the story, which makes for good storytelling. The ending wraps up some--but not all--of the elements of the story. This works well for a series, but the cliffhanger ending may not satisfy all readers. I would recommend Always Watching for those who enjoy mysteries from a young adult perspective. – Michelle Sutton, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Editorial Reviews

“This solid teen mystery, the initial entry in a new series, will appeal to young girls and adults who enjoy a good yarn.”
“… a fast paced whodunit set against the intriguing backdrop of rock star celebrity. [Brandilyn’s] adult fans will find much to rave about, while new teen readers will love the youthful voice and perspective that Amberly Collins brings to the table ... Mother and daughter have stormed onto the YA scene in exhilarating style.”
“Shaley and Rayne are not believers. However, Shaley has a clear sense that she is missing something valuable in her life. Carly Sanders, one of the band's back-up singers, is a Christian. She is a solid lifeline in the midst of the tragedy, offering prayer and comfort when Shaley is on the brink of despair. Carly speaks openly with Shaley about her Father in heaven and assures Shaley that she is not alone in her grief. Shaley asks why bad things happen, and Carly admits that she doesn't know everything. Instead, she shares her own story of redemption and encourages Shaley to rely on God for strength. Although Shaley does not immediately accept God's salvation, Carly's gentle and persistent faith stirs her to contemplate the truth behind the claims of Christianity.”
“With a satisfying ending, Always Watching leaves enough of a cliffhanger to make you want to finish the tour!”
“…this book turns into a suspenseful read for teens, complete with a cliffhanger ending.”
“It is incredibly refreshing to read fiction for young women that does not have a vampire or a morose, moody, teenage girl as the hero… This is a great one to hand off to your book-obsessed junior-high girls.”

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  1. Indiana
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Amazing cover. Amazing characteers. Amazing Story.
    August 23, 2011
    Cara Putman
    Indiana
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Amazing cover. Amazing characteers. Amazing Story.

    My almost eleven-year-old read the book in two nights, probably as fast as I did. She loved the suspense. Shaley is a really strong character. You get the feeling of what it would be like to have a celebrity mom and away from home for months at a time. The characters became friends. Going back and forth between Shaley and the murderer's perspective made interesting and fun. My daughter is so like me -- she loved trying to figure out who did it before the story reveals the murderer.

    The pacing kept the pages turning and her light burning way too late at night. But she had to know what happened next.

    A great suspense for young adult readers and adults who enjoy a page-turner and don't mind a ya protagonist.
  2. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    Average
    February 24, 2011
    Elizabeth Sykes
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Not my best read but I didn't realize when I purchased these two books that they were for teenager reading; so I am sure that is why it has not been up to my expectations as other books written for adult readers have been. I will be donating them to our Church library for the appropriate age readers.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 30, 2010
    Kathleen Goodwin
    I just finished the second book in the Rayne Series and they were excellent. I have given them to my granddaughter to read. Very suspenseful and well written. I had never read anything by this author but would again.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 18, 2010
    Mary Bell-Foster
    Life is far from boring for young Shaley OConnor, traveling with her mothers tour. The Rayne Tour is going strong, the excitement of the fans lending energy to the beautiful Rayne. But life is going to get busy with danger lurking in the wings.Who is watching? Why are they watching? And who exactly are they watching, Rayne or Shaley? Can the tour continue? Will Brittany be frightened away by the upheaval? Will Brittanys mom let her continue the tour with Shaley? Action fills the pages of Brandilyn & Amberlys newest book. Youll anxiously hold your breath as you read scenes filled with suspense. Questions arise that must find an answer before you can move on. I couldnt put this book down for wanting to know who caused the danger that surrounded the members of the Rayne Tour. I cant wait to read the next book in the series.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 5, 2010
    darla
    It is a very enticing read!!!! I couldn't stop and put the book down. If you're a fan of mystery books, this is a good pick. This is a great book for the jr. high genre.
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