GIVEAWAY!! Blog Tour: Manipulation (Shadows #2) by Jolene Perry

Manipulation (Shadows #2)
written by Jolene Perry         
published by Next Door Books

find it here: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Goodreads

Why did I pick this book: I participated in the blog tour hosted by YA Bound(I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)

Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book but not as much as the first book, Insight. It was different – a good second book in a series – but not quite as exciting as Insight. I think that is because the reader is already aware of what is going on with the shadows after reading Insight. So, the air of mystery is gone. However, this book held my attention, I read it every free chance I could, and I finished Manipulation rather quickly. 

We are introduced to Addison and Dean in Manipulation, which is their particular “talent”. Through touch, Addison and Dean can make people do what they want them to do. These two meet each other in an unlikely location…a court-ordered life skills class. It was funny to me that Addison – the spoiled rich girl – has the “talent” of manipulation. It seems like she has what she wants anyway, so why does she get to have the “talent” for getting what she wants. I liked her growth and change throughout the book. She grew up and matured a bit as the book progressed. I felt bad for Dean. It seems like he had a rough childhood. I would have liked to have learned a bit more about it but the reader could understand where he was coming from. He was a sympathetic character. I wanted him to get the girl that was supposedly out of his reach. However, I did not see these two as a couple…or even as friends. As the book progressed, it was still difficult for me to see these two together. They worked in a way but not enough to make me care about them. 

I wanted more about Landon and Micah. I wish there were a chapter here and there from their perspective so that we knew what they were doing. I enjoyed finding out more about Landon’s “talent” and how their story was progressing but I wanted more about them.  They had to be going through a lot. 

The story moved and I enjoyed reading it. I’m looking forward to the next installment in this Shadows series. 

Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book. Be sure to read boo
k #1, Insight, first. (See my review here.)

Will I read it again: I will not. 

About the book – 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.

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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