Author: Jolene Perry
Series: Shadows #2
Publication Date: January 13th 2013
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.
I was planning on reading and reviewing Insight (book #1) for this blog tour because of time constraints, but I couldn’t stop after I finished it. Seriously, I had to immediately start reading Manipulation. I loved Insight, and got totally sucked into Micah and Landon’s story. I knew that Manipulation was going to have a new set of characters and be told from their perspectives, so of course I was a tiny bit apprehensive. I ended up loving Addison and Dean, too!
It’s really cool the way the Shadows series is told. We started out with Micah and Landon in the first book, and then we get Addison and Dean in the second book. Even though Manipulation focuses on different character and their abilities, Micah and Landon are integrated into it. The third book, Seekers, will follow another set of characters and bring it all together. I am loving this style so much!
Addison is a New York rich girl with the ability of manipulation. I honestly wasn’t sure if I was going to like her at first, but I totally did. She’s a girl who’s used to getting her way, not just because she’s from a rich and powerful family. Addison can persuade people to do things just by touching them. What a great ability to have! When she gets into some trouble and is sentenced to life skill classes, she discovers she’s not the only one that can manipulate people. Dean is a foster kid, who wants nothing more than to find his younger brother. Turns out he can do the same thing as Addie.
I loved the relationship that developed between Addison and Dean. Addie has been hurt and used by a huge jerk, so she’s reluctant to jump into anything new. And Dean, he just doesn’t want to screw anything up with her. But there’s no denying that there are some major fireworks between them. The way Addie reacted sometimes to certain things annoyed me a little, so I’d have to remind myself what she had gone through. Then her feelings and behavior made sense.
Just like with Micah and Landon, the Shadows begin stalking Addie and Dean once they turn eighteen; and it gets worse each day. In Manipulation, we also get more insight to who or what is after them. It’s not just the Shadows. Turns out Addie’s dad has been hiding something big. Who should Addie and Dean trust is the million dollar question.
Manipulation was fun, sweet, and exciting. I’m seriously counting down the days until the release of Seekers.