Author: Sharde Richardson
(Taken from Amazon.com)
Mikayla doesn’t want much: just to rock out to her favorite band, become the next Kwiki Stop video gaming champion, and keep her Q-tip habit under control. What she does want is the sight of the sudden inexplicable dark auras around everyone to stop. Problem is, those auras are demons and Mikayla is the last trait holder with the power to ban them. Which is a total buzz kill.
To make matters worse, the town folk of Sulphur Springs don’t look the same, and her classmates are a little dark in the eyes. There are murders, suicides, reckless skinny-dipping, gratuitous use of Q-tips, and newfound powers that Mikayla must learn to control.
Her past becomes present when a shape-shifter tells her what her true identity is, and how to keep the demons of Hell from nipping at her Converse. Through him she’ll discover who to trust, who to kiss, and how valuable her abilities are to the right beings. Because the evils of Hell aren’t staying down without a fight.
Or without her soul.
Mikayla, the main protagonist, is as real as real can be in this fictional paranormal tale, Watched. There isn’t a thought that doesn’t pop in her head that doesn’t seem realistic, genuine, and hilariously funny. You can not help but love such a true to life character. Slipping into the story is incredibly easy and before you know it, you’ll find yourself reading the last word and craving more.
Watched begins on Mikayla’s birthday. Having a a stutter has caused her to feel comfortable in her own solitude, and her birthday is no different. Alone and on the lake, Mikayla celebrates her birthday by ice skating in one of her favorite places. Unbeknown to her, a mysterious man has followed her to her spot to prey on this birthday girl. Attacked and left for the dead, Mikayla some how materializes to a place of safety, the hospital. It’s not something she understands, herself. One minute she’s being attacked and the next, she is dying on the ground outside the hospital.
After Mikayla has recovered enough to wake up, she begins to see auras around everyone, which turn out to be their demons. Not knowing how to make sense of her new visions, she meets Lucas (a mysterious stranger) who tells her that she was born to kill demons. Mikayla can’t quite wrap her head around it — kill demons?
The reason I loved Watched was because the way Mikayla reacts to the news of her destiny is so real. She doesn’t just accept the news but struggles to understand her past and what her future holds. That… and there is Lucas who was sworn in to bond to her and protect her during her battle with the demons. Lucas can be distant and stern, but there is no doubt that you will fall in love with him. No doubt at all, as I have!
Watched has everything a teen paranormal romance should have — romance (of course), intrigue, adventure, and horror! You are sure to love it as much as I did. It was beautifully written. Sharde Richardson definitely has multitudes of talent and it won’t be long before she realizes it herself!
I can not wait until the sequel comes out. Sharde, get on that — will ya?