Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Blog Tour: Manipulation by Jolene Perry, Review, Giveaway



Welcome to my stop on the Manipulation blog tour by Jolene Perry hosted by YA Bound.  Click HERE to see the rest of the blog tour schedule!  Today, I have a review of both Insight and Manipulation, and there is also a fabulous tour-wide giveaway going on for paperback and e-book copies of both Insight and Manipulation, so be sure to check that out below.

Insight (Shadows #1)
Release Date: 09/03/12
Paperback/e-book
367 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
Micah hates her ability to “see” things when she touches people. She’s terrified of relationships, holds on to guilt over the death of her classmate, Lacey, and has no idea what to do with a vision from Landon, a boy from her school. She feels him falling for her, but Micah doesn’t do friends, much less relationships.

Enter a spooky history project about a tragedy from three hundred years ago, and voodoo dolls that Micah somehow feels has to do with her gift. Suddenly she’s sure the shadows in the woods are following her every move—without Landon’s relaxed attitude about what’s happening in her life, Micah would be sure she’s going crazy.

With no ideas on timing or specifics, the visions of both herself and the people she cares about are turning dark—and it appears the shadows around her house do move on their own. But as Micah and Landon try to prevent Micah’s visions of the future, the shadows close in, and they’re now afraid they’ve become the cause…

Micah's story is the first of three girls, with unique talents, who are part of a 300 year old tragedy that follows them in the shadows.


My Thoughts:  It's Micha's senior year and she and her mom have moved because of a job opportunity her mom couldn't turn down.  This would be a huge deal for most teenagers, but not for Micah.  Micha's always been a loner.  She works really hard at blending in and not drawing attention to herself, not because she wants to, but because she has to, because she needs to, in order to keep her sanity.  Micha sees things.  When she bumps into someone or touches someone, she has a vision, a flash or picture of something significant that has or is going to happen in that person's life.  She has been able to do this ever since she can remember, and it is a secret that she has born alone.  

Now she's the "new girl" again, which unfortunately causes more attention to be focused on her than normal.  She ends up in a study group with one of the cutest boys she has ever seen, Landon, not that it matters or anything.  I mean, it is not like she can have a boyfriend because of the whole touching and visions thing, and besides, it's obvious Landon is player.  Needless to say when she ends up coming into contact with Landon and sees herself through his eyes, things start to get really interesting in Micha's life.  She soon finds out that there is a lot more to Landon that meets the eye.  Then there is the creepy history project they are working on which involves the Bahamas, voodoo, people with talents, and weird shadows, which bothers Micha a whole lot more than it should.

When Micha's mom starts dating the principal of her school, who just so happens to be Landon's uncle, they soon find themselves moving into a small house on Senator Michaels' estate, her mom taking on the job of managing the property.  Micha's not thrilled about it, but at least she has access to the ocean.  After Micah confesses to Landon about her gift of "insight," they find themselves growing a lot closer, even though Landon's dad, the Senator, kind of creeps her out.  Things get even worse when she thinks she sees shadows moving in the woods around her house.  With Landon's help, Micha is able to understand her visions a little better, but when she has to confess to him a secret she has been keeping about the death of someone he loved, things seem to fall apart for them.  Little do they know that this is only the beginning of something so much bigger than they realize, something that is very dangerous.

I really enjoyed Insight.  Jolene Perry's writing captured my attention from the beginning and held it throughout the entire book.  The story line was great, and the whole paranormal aspect was very intriguing and mysterious.  I loved the way the author combined the romance aspect in with the unique paranormal perspective, blending the two together seamlessly, giving this novel the feel of a paranormal and contemporary romance mix, that also has that mystery/thriller vibe to it.  I really liked Micha and Landon.  I like watching their relationship and trust grow.  They both had plenty of "issues," and they both messed up pretty bad a time or two, which made them seem more like real people.  Landon is really hot to, which is always a plus.  Micha had her attitudes, but they were more a self-preservation mode she adapted to cope with things, though she wasn't afraid to speak her mind if needed.  I liked Micha's mom a lot to.  The book ended really well, leaving you wanting more, but not hanging off a cliff by your fingertips.  Overall, I really enjoyed Insight and found it to be really entertaining.  If you are a paranormal romance fan, then you should definitely check this series out.  


Manipulation (Shadows #2)
Release Date: January 15, 2013
Paperback/e-book

Summary from Goodreads:
Addison Prince has almost always gotten what she wants.

Dean Courser only wants to find his brother, but it's the one thing he’s failed at... Even with his unusual ability.

Dean and Addison share the gift of Manipulation—a brief touch that forces others to do what they wish. But when they meet and realize their connection, they find more questions than answers. Suddenly Dean is seeing shadows move on their own, and Addison is learning her father’s mysterious group may know more about her abilities than he’s ever let on.

As Dean and Addison second-guess every decision about who they are and why they're wanted, time is running out. With shadows following their every move, they're losing hope they’ll ever get to safety—if such a thing exists.


My Thoughts:  After reading Insight, I couldn't wait to begin Manipulation and find out where Jolene Perry was taking the story next.  The book begins with Landon and Micha, in Landon's POV, which I loved.  Though they are not the main focus of this book, it was such a plus to find out what was going on with them, especially being able to get inside Landon's head a little.  I just fell in love with these two in Insight, book #1. 

In Manipulation, we meet Dean and Addison.  Two teenagers from completely different spheres of the social world.  Both are seniors about the graduate.  Addison comes from a rich family, is very pretty, lives on Park Avenue, attends an expensive private school, and is a hardcore germaphobe whose coconut hand sanitizer is almost an additional appendage.  Dean comes from the other side of the tracks.  He is foster care and has grown up with not a lot of money, he attends public high school, wears faded jeans and Adidas tennis shoes, and looks like he could be a GQ model.  His pet peeve is scraping noises, such as shoes or boots scraping on the floor.  The one thing these two do have in common is the talent of manipulation, being able to touch someone and plant a thought or idea into their head to make them do what you want.  

After both have a brush with the law, they wind up in court on the same day, and end up in the same court-appointed life skills class.  Needless to stay they were pretty blown away when they realized that they both had the same ability.  They also find out another thing they have in common, which is their deep love for their younger siblings.  As they spend more time together, they begin to fall for one another.  Addison is coming out of a really bad relationship experience, and wants to take things slow, making sure that what they feel is real and not something that has been manipulated by the other, whether intentional or not.  Addison's little sister has also done a lot of research on their gift, and they eventually find out about the same creepy legend that Micha and Landon did in Insight, which revolves around voodoo, shadows, and special abilities.  When Addison sees some things on her dad's computer and overhears some of his conversations regarding "Middle Men," along with overhearing other conversations with Senator Michaels, they begin to put two and two together, especially when they have a close encounter with Landon and Micha.  One night when she overhears something about being collected, all her worst fears are confirmed and she and Landon have to take off during the night to avoid capture.  

Pooling their resources they purchase an old crappy car and embark on a road trip together, which sometimes feels like they are on the highway to hell, with both people and creepy shadows after them at every turn.  This sucks for them, but it really makes for some very entertaining and exciting reading.  Finally, with a little help from someone they least expect, they meet up with Landon and Micha.  Of course they are already expecting them, because of Micha's gift of insight into the future.  As they share with one another what information they know, it is rather overwhelming, seeming more like a conspiracy theory that you would find in a movie than something that is really happening to them, and there are still so many questions that are left unanswered.  Landon also gets confirmation regarding his ability, something that Micha has been telling him he has all along.  As danger closes in, both from natural and unnatural sources, it is up to Landon and his ability to help them escape, but can he do it, and will it be enough to keep them safe as they journey to find the answers to their questions?

I absolutely loved Manipulation.  I was thrilled to see Micha and Landon again, and I loved getting to know Dean and Addie.  Again, Jolene Perry captured my attention from start to finish, and I was captivated by both the romance and the paranormal element of the story.  Dean and Addie's characters are great, and I fell in love with them.  Their relationship was one that grew over time, with ups and downs, and I felt like was right there with them as they went through it all.  Dean is such a hottie.  He also was so real, he screwed up with Addison when he drank too much one night, and when he had to tell Addie that the shadows scared the hell out of him, it made me fall for him even harder for him.  I just love imperfect characters, especially ones as hot as Dean.  Jolene Perry took the danger and mystery up a notch in this book and it was much more intense than book one, and it seems inevitable that the third book in the trilogy will be even more so.  This book ended really well also, which is such an important factor, at least to me.  If you love romance in general, especially the paranormal kind, with the added bonus of conspiracy, mystery, and danger thrown in, then you will definitely want to check Manipulation, and this entire series out.  I definitely recommend it and I can't wait to see what happens next.      


About the Author
Jolene kissed a boy on her high school graduation night. One she’d wanted to kiss for a long time. They got married two years later, have built two homes together, survived military deployments, law school, student loan debt, and two children.

Jolene plays the guitar, takes pictures, and loves to hike. She doesn’t like rivers, but loves the ocean. She loves to fly, but gets motion sick. Her ultimate vacation would be to sail through the deserted islands in The Bahamas. Two years ago, she got that wish when her parents retired on a sailboat.

She taught high school French when she was only a few years older than her students, and then taught middle school math with her degree in political science and French.
She spends grocery money on designer fabric, shoes, and books.

Jolene cannot express how many times she wished she could write a whole novel. And now she has. Several times. Life is good.

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Now I'm dying to read the third book in the trilogy.  I read the prologue at the end of Manipulation and it blew me away.  Jolene - I have to, need to, must find out what happens with Landon :).  I am counting the days until Seeker releases.  
Seeker (Shadows #3)
 by Jolene Perry
Coming this Spring 

"A couple hundred years ago, my gift was considered one of the weaker ones, but with the way The Middle Men has grown, people who can seek out talents the way I can have become imperative. We’re both the collectors of new talent, and police the talent that we’ve already collected. No one else could. Insighters can see us coming, and Manipulators could tell us we don’t want to be there. Shields can slow me down. But Seekers, as Mom puts it, see through all the BS, and do what needs to be done.
We also have to be the best at blocking the talents of everyone else. It’s the perfect job for someone like me—structured and methodical with room for creative hunting.
Seeker. It's what I do best." 


Told from the perspective of "the bad guys" Seeker is the final book in The Shadows Trilogy...



GIVEAWAY
Prize #1:  (1) Paperback copies of Insight and Manipulation (International)
Prize #2:  (1)Paperback copy of Manipulation (US only)
Prize #3:  (3) e-book copies of Manipulation.  Kindle or Nook (International)

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9 comments:

  1. I have heard so many great things about this series, maybe because of the blog tour going on, either way, I think I would be crazy not to push this up my TBR pile!!

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  2. These sound amazing! I have been a bit burnt out on paranormal'ish books, but this is a type of paranormal that I really love! I haven't read Jolene Perry yet, but I really need to!

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    1. This was my first time reading Jolene Perry also, though I do have a couple of her books. I really enjoyed it.

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  3. I didn't even know Perry writes Paranormal! Based on all the reviews I've read, the series sounds great. Thanks for the reviews, Ellen!

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    1. It liked it a lot. I am looking forward to reading more from her.

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  4. This is a series that I would really enjoy. Great reviews. :)

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

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