Monday, August 5, 2013

MANIC by J.A. Huss Blog Tour (Review & Giveaway!)

Manic by J.A. Huss
Manic (Rook and Ronin, #2)
Release Date: August 1, 2013
Format: eARC, 300 pages
Publisher: Science Future Press
Series: Rook & Ronin #2
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
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Description from Goodreads:
TRAGIC is over and Rook is ready for the future—Spencer Shrike and the STURGIS contract!

It’s three months of body art modeling! That means three months of Spencer Shrike’s paintbrush all over her body, three months in front of Antoine’s camera, and three months of twenty-four hour filming for Spencer’s Biker Channel reality show.

Wait a minute…what reality show? Maybe she should’ve read that STURGIS contract a little closer? ;)

Sure, Rook’s bank account is almost overflowing, but Ronin is angry, Clare is trying to escape rehab, Antoine is a worried mess, and Elise is just trying to hold everyone together. Her new family is about to fall apart before she even gets the chance to enjoy them.

Add in a mysterious man from her past, a road trip to the famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and a final show in front of the entire world where all her goods are on display, and you’ve got Manic—a new adult contemporary romance that will definitely make your summer sizzle!

This book made me happy. I actually think I may like it more than I liked the first book. I'm not POSITIVE, but it's a possibility. In this book, there are some new characters, and I enjoyed them. Very much. But I'll explain that more in a minute.

In this sequel, we also learned more about Rook's past, and we got more into the world that Ronin is from. And the sweetness. There was sweetness. (I mean, of course. With Ronin around, how could it be anything but?)

Character Rundown:
Rook: Rook has always been a strong character--she's big on protecting herself. She was still like that in this one, but she was also learning to open up and let people help her, which I really liked. She's still not my favorite person ever, but I definitely liked her better in this one.

Ronin: Oh, Ronin. I will forever crush on this book boy. Ronin was still Ronin in this book, through and through. Actually, he was kind of better in this one. Since he's WITH Rook this time, and he gets all protective and I found that amusing and cute. So, yeah. I still heart this boy.

Spencer & Ford: These were new characters (well, for the most part), and I loved them! Especially Ford. He is mine. I am looking forward to seeing them more in the third book!

Plot. I was not a fan of the times Ronin was not there, but then there WAS Spencer and Ford around to keep things interesting. Also, the THINGS that happen in this book...I enjoyed them. And...HOW, exactly, am I supposed to discuss this without spoiling? I am seriously having trouble with this right now, grrrrr. *sigh*

Romance. Seeing as Rook & Ronin are actually TOGETHER in this book, I liked this aspect more this time around. Plus, Ronin makes me smile. And then there's the fact that this relationship was already started in book 1, so it didn't seem like such a stretch that they would be so close now, since their relationship seemed to develop fast in the first book. So I APPROVE.

The ending. Awwwww. Also, can I have Panic now? Please?

Overall, I very much enjoyed Manic and think it is very possible that I liked it better than the first book. That said, if you liked Tragic, you should definitely pick up Manic. I think it will make you happy. :)
About the Author
J. A. Huss likes to write new adult books that make you think and keep you guessing. Her favorite genre to read is space opera, but since practically no one reads those books, she writes new adult science fiction, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and books about Junco (who refuses to be saddled with a label).

She has an undergraduate degree in horses, (yes, really–Thank you, Colorado State University) and a master’s degree in forensic toxicology from the University of Florida. She used to have a job driving around Colorado doing pretty much nothing but shooting the breeze with farmers, but now she just writes, runs the New Adult Addiction and Clean Teen Reads Book Blogs, and runs an online science classroom for homeschoolers.

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  1. Great review, Jessica! Love the character run down especially for a NA contemp novel which I find have to have great, memorable characters or they slip through with the million others. I think I'd really like Rook as an MC she sounds easy to root for!

  2. Thanks for the review, Jessica! I'm so glad you enjoyed Manic! :)


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