They’re Watching You-ARC Review

When a secret society has you in their sights, it can lead to power, privilege… or death.

It’s been two weeks since Polly St. James went missing. The police, the headmistress of Torrey-Wells Academy, and even her parents have ruled her a runaway. But not Maren, her best friend and roommate. She knows Polly had a secret that she was about to share with Maren before she disappeared― something to do with the elite, ultra-rich crowd at Torrey-Wells.

Then Maren finds an envelope hidden among Polly’s things: an invitation to the Gamemaster’s Society. Do not tell anyone, it says. Maren is certain her classmates in the Society know the truth about what happened to Polly, though it’s no easy feat to join. Once Maren’s made it through the treacherous initiation, she discovers a world she never knew existed within her school, where Society members compete in high-stakes games for unheard-of rewards―Ivy League connections, privileges, favors.

But Maren’s been drawn into a different game: for every win, she’ll receive a clue about Polly. And as Maren keeps winning, she begins to see just how powerful the Society’s game is―bigger and deadlier than she ever imagined. They see, they know, they control. And they kill.

They’re Watching You by Chelsea Ichaso

FIZAH (4)Pages: 352
Publishing Date: January 3rd, 2023
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

MY THOUGHTS

THANKS TO NETGALLEY AND THE PUBLISHER FOR THIS REVIEW COPY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.

Private Academy and Secret Society—-It only took words to convince me. Maren’s best friend, Polly, has been missing for two weeks and Maren can’t get over it. Rumors say she ran away but Polly shared everything with Maren, does she? wasn’t her behavior a bit odd from the last few months? Something strange happened to her but Maren needed a shred of evidence to convince others.

This book started really well, with dangling suspense, slow introduction, and character development along with a good amount of suspense. But as the story proceeded, this book wasn’t much different from Dead Girl Can’t Tell Secrets.

The concept had the potential but the execution was half-baked. The characters were so flat and dull. I couldn’t think of anything else after reading Remington’s name except hair straightener 😂. The force love triangle was one of the worst I’ve ever read, everything sounded so middle school so maybe the target was a young audience but I am not sure. The entire concept of secret society couldn’t be executed more poorly. There were so many plot holes and loose strings that I stopped thinking about logic. The story was far from reality-I agree that it is fiction but the entire concept of running a secret society for centuries didn’t sit well with me, I needed more background stories to believe that people were able to keep it secret for YEARS.

I don’t think I’ll read another book by this author, It was pure disappointment.

⭐⭐

FIZAH

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