Monday, February 4, 2013

[Blog Tour & Jolene’s Top 10 YA Books] 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!

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.

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.

A little bit about Jolene ...

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.

Jolene’s list of top ten Speculative Fiction YA books:

 1. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake – because of the swoon-worthy guy, ghost-hunting, action and a crazy twist on a love story.

2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – because the language is gorgeous, and the world is SO unique. And because I’m terrified to read book two until book three is out because I know I’ll by dying at the end of book two.

3. Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay – because I love to see an original idea come from a story that’s completely overdone. She did a fab job.

4. Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts– because even though the book had some logistical problems for me, it was unique and brought me INTO the moment.

5. Shifting by Bethany Wiggins – because HOLY hot “unattainable” guy, and very cool world building, and also a good book for people who love contemporary. I will probably re-read this one.

6. The Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin – because I love it when I have NO freaking clue what’s going on. Oh. And because of Noah Shaw ;-)

7. The Raven Boys – because Stiefvater had me at the title and premise, and the book totally lived up to both.

8. Every Day by David Levithan – because it was fascinating and still had the author’s angsty, heartbreaking style.

9. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson – because, again, cool ghost story and WOW ending.

10. Twilight – because I’m not afraid to admit that I love Edward ;-)

11. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins – because it was everything I loved about Twilight (hot guy, forbidden romance) but a totally different kind of story.

 And those are my top 10 11 fav YA speculative fiction books… for now.

Thanks SO much for having me on!

 -Jolene Perry

Thanks Jolene!! Loved the list! That's some great books! Good choices! :)

What do you think? Leave me a comment and tell me what you think of Jolene's Top 10 11!! 


Unknown said...

Great post. Love her top books list.. Mara dyer series & sweet Evil are two of my favorites!!

Eva @ All Books Considered said...

Love Jolene and love this list -- so many I need to add to my TBR

Thanks Jolene!

Elisabeth said...

Is it sad that I haven't read any of the top 11? :(