Blog Tour: Manic (Rook and Ronin #2) by JA Huss

Posted August 6, 2013 by Lola in Blog Tour, Contemporary, Review, Romance / 4 Comments

Today is my stop of the Manic (Rook and Ronin #2) by JA Huss! I really liked Tragic, the first book in this series and as soon as I heard about this blog tour I signed up. I will be sharing my review with you today and some info about both Tragic and Manic and there is a tour wide giveaway and don’t forget to grab your copy of Tragic, because it is on sale for 0.99$! And you can check out the whole tour schedule.

Manic (Rook and Ronin #2)
by JA Huss


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 good are on display, and you’ve Manic—a new adult contemporary romance that will definitely make your summer sizzle!

My Review:
I got a copy in exchange of an honest review.

After reading Targic I couldn’t wait to start reading Manic and as soon as I received my ARC of Manic I started reading it. Manic was almost just as good as Tragic, although I have to say I liked Tragic just a tiny bit more.

The story of Manic focuses on the Sturgis contract that Rook signed in Tragic and there is a lot of drama and emotions and developments. I really liked the direction the story took and how much Rook developed in Manic, but there were also some parts that annoyed me. I really love JA Huss her writing style and as soon as I started reading I didn’t want to stop, because her writing is addictable.

And at the ending everything seemed to go so fast suddenly. It seemed like some things where just solved too easily, being no big deal and then it just fast forwarded to ending, at least that is what it felt like to me. There was also a scene towards the end that felt a bit out of tune with the rest of the book and had a different feel than the rest of the book. Actually there is this subplot that I just didn’t like, it just felt a bit off to me. There was also another sub plot that just felt like a distraction and a way to complicate things for Rook and Ronin.

I really liked how some characters develop in this book. There was a character who I didn’t like at first, but he ended up being a really nice character and I would like to get to know more about him. We also get to know more about Spencer, Rook and Ronin. There also is a side of Ronin I didn’t like and while he is really sweet most of the times, I still felt like sometimes he could be a bit more honest towards Rook especially concerning things that happened at the end, but maybe that’s just me. Also I would like getting to know Ronin better, because where I do have a good idea who Rook is, Ronin is still a mystery to me most of the times, but maybe it was intended that way. I did really enjoy getting to know Rook better and in my opinion she really grows in this book.

To conclude: if you enjoyed Tragic I would certainly recommend reading Manic. Manic is just as fast paced and addictable as Tragic. I really love JA Huss her writing style. There were some parts I didn’t like, but overall I really liked it. I also enjoyed seeing the characters develop in this book, especially Rook.

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You can add Manic to your to-read list on Goodreads

You can buy Manic here:

Tragic (Rook and Ronin #1)
by JA Huss


Rook Walsh is TRAGIC
Because life so far – just sucks.  Some girls get parents.  Rook got the foster care system.  Some girls get Prince Charming.  Rook got an abusive frog.  Some girls get lucky…

Rook got a second chance.

And she took it.  Because when fate throws you a bone – you grab it with both hands and run.

Antoine Chaput knows the minute he spies Rook in his photography studio that she’s got The Look.  The dark and desperate look he must have to land the exclusive TRAGIC media contract.

Rook is paired up with top model, Ronin, and he’s everything her abusive ex-boyfriend wasn’t. Patient, gentle, happy, attentive, and sexy!  He knows exactly what to do to make Rook blush for Antoine’s portfolio.

Rook’s luck changes in an instant and suddenly she’s the darling of the modeling world.  It’s a dream job to go with a dream guy and all she has to do is look pretty and follow directions. But there’s always a price to pay – and Rook is about to get the bill.

TRAGIC is a new adult contemporary romance.

My Review:
I got a copy for review in exchange for an honest review.

I was in the mood for a New Adult book so I decided to pick this one up. This book is really good and different than the NA books I have read so far, not only the setting, but also the pace and how the relationship progresses and the fact that this is going to be a series.

As soon as I picked it up I didn’t put it down until I was like 25% into it and then I stopped only because it was time for dinner. I just wanted to keep reading, find out what was going to happen. Bad things happen and good things and it really is a tragic story at some points, but it also is a beautifull story, filled with hope. I finished the rest of the book that evening, mostly in one sitting, because when I put it down I kept thinking about it and decided to pick it up again. Really I just had to know what would happen next and I kept thinking about the characters when I put it down.

There are some sad parts and rough moments. Rook has been gone through so much and sometimes I wondered how she even found the strenght to keep going. And some things she says and her outlook on life can be so bleak, but the focus isn’t on this although it is a big part of the story. There is also a lot of hope. This story has dark parts, but also enough ligth ones. And most of the bad things that happened are in the past.

I really liked Rook, one of the main characters. I love how strong she is even though everything that happened to her. She really shows her strenght and I think she is a great main character, although there were a few scenes where she was contradicting herself a bit, although there was an explanation for it later in the story.

This book is told from two point of views, the other point of view is Ronin’s point of view. I really liked getting to know him too, although I felt like we got to know less about him. There is a great scene towards the end of the book that gives a good idea of who he is. I did like the multiple point of views.

There are a few references in this book to a tv series which I didn’t really get because I never have seen the tv series. I got a bit annoyed at how often this was mentioned, because I didn’t get the refence and I had prefered if they gave each other a different nickname.

To conclude: I really liked this book, I just had to keep reading and couldn’t put it down until I finished it. I liked Rook she is a strong character evn though everything that happened. There were some small parts I didn’t like. Overal it was a great read and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!

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You can add Tragic to your to-read list on Goodreads

You can buy Tragic here:

You can watch the trailer for Tragic on Youtube

Haven’t read Tragic yet? Grab your copy now, because during this tour it’s on sale for 0.99$!

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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And there is a tour wide giveaway! You have the chance to win a signed cpy of both Tragic and Manic! Or a custom made necklace! And even better the giveaway is international!
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4 responses to “Blog Tour: Manic (Rook and Ronin #2) by JA Huss

  1. Great review, Lola! Glad you liked them both and so far the reviews for this series have been really good. I already like Rook based on the reviews and dual POV is the best when done right!!

    • Thanks for stopping by Giselle! Indeed dual POV is really good when it’s done well like it is in this series. I can’t wait to read what will happen in Panic (Rook and Ronin #3).

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