Tuesday, February 5, 2013

~Book Review + Giveaway: Manipulation by Jolene Perry~

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!

Manipulation (Shadows #2)
by Jolene Perry
Release Date: January 2013

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.

Addison is the poor little rich girl.  She has always gotten what she wants and if she doesn't she has ways to make it happen.  With a touch, she can persuade others.  She has no idea how or why she has received the gift of touch and thinks that she may be the only one.  Dean is the poor foster kid who only wants to find his little brother who is being kept from him.  What in the world would he have in common with Addison?  When they meet, there is that instant attraction, almost electric.  They find out they both have the same gift.  Not only that, they can tell what each other is thinking.  When Addison finds out that a group called The Middlemen are looking for her and Dean to use their powers, they have to run.  Not knowing where to go they know they have to find Micah and Landon; possibly the only people who will be able to help them.  Who can you trust when you are on the run?

What a wonderful book.  I read this book without reading Inight first and had no problem keeping up with the storyline.  You can read it by itself but I am sure it would be better to have the background story in the first book.  I always love the rich girl, poor hunky boy storyline.  Addison shows us there is so much more to her than her parent's money.  She cares about her sister and takes care of her.  Dean does the same with his brother; doing anything possible to track him down.  When they find each other it is like they have been together forever.  They are comfortable.  This is an amazing book and I do recommend it!  Thank you to the author and YA Bound for organizing this book tour.  I received this book for a fair and honest review.

Insight (Shadows #1)
by Jolene Perry
Release Date: 09/03/12
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.


About the Author
Jolene Perry

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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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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