Insight by Jolene Perry

Posted January 24, 2013 | 15 Comments

Insight by Jolene PerryInsight
Author: Jolene Perry
Series: Shadows #1
Publication Date: September 3, 2012
Format: eBook
Pages: 367
Source: Author

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…

I had a feeling I’d like Insight! I’ve kind of been on a kick lately for books that have characters with powers that can see the future, have visions, or similar. After time travel, that’s my favorite type of power. Sure, it could get frustrating at times, but c’mon, how cool would that be?

I actually signed-up for the Manipulation blog tour, which is the second book in this series, but planned on reading and reviewing Insight for it because of time constraints. That is until I finished Insight and needed to immediately read Manipulation. So I’m reviewing this one now, and Manipulation for the tour.

There was something about this book that completely sucked me in. Yes, I liked the premise of the story, but it was more than that. I hadn’t read anything by Jolene Perry before Insight, but found that I liked her writing style quite a bit. I don’t want to say it’s easy, because that doesn’t seem right. I guess I would say … it feels comfortable. Oh hell, I don’t know how to explain it, but I love it.

Micah and her mom move to a new town in the middle of her senior year so her mom could take a teaching job. That would be devastating for most teenagers, but Micah doesn’t really care. She’s kind of a loner and likes to keep people at a distance. Literally. But she has good reason to. When Micah touches someone, even accidentally brushing against them, she sees visions of that person’s life – from their perspective. It could be something from the past, present, or future, but she can’t always tell which. Not only does she see these visions, but she feels the emotions that go with it too, which can be pretty intense. Call me crazy, but I’d still want that ability.

I liked Micah, especially as the story progressed. As much as she wanted to be a loner and just disappear into the crowd, she didn’t quite get her way. Especially after touching Landon and seeing visions from his perspective.  I loved Landon and Micah’s relationship. Landon was the perfect person to diminish her constant scowling. Sure, he’s a sexy son of a Senator, but his sweet, laid back personality made him so damn adorable too.

While Micah and Landon try to figure out some of the disturbing visions she’s having, weird shadows seem to be stalking them. Not to mention Landon’s dad is kind of being creeper. I loved how Micah was finally learning more about her power/talent, and the legend that surrounds them. Not everything is fully explained in this book, though. It’s the first in a three part story that will bring it all together. And since I’ve already read the second book, I can honestly say that I’m loving how the overall story is being told. Very creative.

So yes, I loved Insight. Hell, I’m already loving the whole series.


15 responses to “Insight by Jolene Perry

  1. I recently read this one as part of the YA Bound Blog Tour, I post my review on 8th February. I am also now reading Manipulation which is Bk#2 in The Shadows Series by Jolene Perry. I loved bk #1 Insight and am really enjoying Manipulation so far, I am about 49% of the way through.

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  2. This sounds like something I’d really like! I love books with psychics or that have visions, etc. I have been a bit burnt out on paranormal type YA books, but I think this would be something I would be okay with. I haven’t read Jolene Perry yet, but I think I have some of her books on my kindle already.

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  3. Great review Christy. While not an original idea, still something that I’d be interested in. I’ve only read one of Jolene’s other books, Knee Deep, but I really liked it and enjoyed her writing style so I can understand how you would find it “comfortable”. I hope you enjoy Manipulation just as much. I look forward to your review 🙂

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  4. Sam

    Oh I completely understand what you mean about Perry’s writing. I’ve read a couple of her books in the past and flew through them because the writing worked really well for me. I haven’t actually heard of this one, but it is going straight on the list! Looking forward to your review of Manipulation. 🙂

  5. I love Jolene Perry and just found out she wrote paranormal. Never even knew that for the longest time. LOL So I’ll be reading this soon for the blog tour as well. Looking forward to it. Sounds like a unique concept.

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