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Tuesday 6 August 2013

Manic by JA Huss Blog Tour {Tragic Review + Giveaway}

Welcome to my tour stop for 

Manic by JA Huss,

the book following Tragic

Please visit the other stops of this tour by clicking on the event banner above for the complete tour schedule

About The Books


by JA Huss

Series: Rook & Ronin #1
Published: May 20, 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

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.

Paperback Princess Review

Tragic is a story of Rook, a 19 year old girl, alone in Denver, having just ran away from an abusive relationship and prior to that being raised in the foster care system. She is very much down on her luck, but when she is mourning the loss of a cleaning job after being accused of stealing, she goes to spend her last $10 on a Starbucks coffee. Fate works in strange ways, and as she's having said coffee a group of models come in and literally throws an invitation to a famous photographer's studio, Antoine Chaput, at Rook. Seeing the promise of money at the end of a photo shoot Rook takes her chance and runs to Antoine Chaput's Photography studio where she becomes the chosen girl for the "Tragic" campaign. This is the story of Rook as she tries to run from her past, tries to better her future, fit into the new world she's been thrust into and all the while trying not to fall in love with Ronin.

Rook is a very broken and tragic character. At 19 she had undergone far too many tragedy for her age. Despite all that she had gone through I still enjoyed her character because she was strong, self sufficient but at the same time she was real and I saw her insecurity at times through the book. I really appreciated having a realistic character and it made me more emotionally invested in Rook and I was cheering her on hoping that she got all the good stuff that she finally deserved. The plot itself wasn't amazingly unique but because of Rook and Ronin I was very much invested in the novel that I read it in one sitting.

Speaking of Ronin, Rook's love interest. To be honest I'm still not quite sure about Ronin, he is certainly swoon worthy, good looking and some times I felt his kindness seep through but there were other characteristics of his that I didn't like, most especially his sarcastic, violent and controlling tendencies. However, as we get through the book he becomes more likeable and as his life story unfolds also I understand him a bit more and he becomes more likeable to me. 

Elise is one of my favourite secondary characters, she's Ronin's older sister and Antoine's girlfriend. Her character is very straight forward, business-like but at the same time she's very genuine and what she says upfront is exactly what she means. I love how she had Rook's best interest at heart, even against her own brother.

Tragic has an interesting plot with a unique backdrop of a photography studio specialising in erotic artistic photography, so it's certainly not a type of story that you've read before. It's also fast-paced and I read through the entire novel in one sitting. Huss created such fantastic characters that literally lift off the pages that each reader will be emotionally invested in each one that you can't help but keep turning the pages just to know what happens to each of the characters next. There are quite a few heated scenes, and those scenes are certainly not for the young adult age group so be forewarned. 


by JA Huss

Series: Rook & Ronin #2
Published: August 1, 2013

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!

About The Author

JA Huss

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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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Giselle said...

Great review, Angelica! Rook sounds like a very sympathetic character who I would really enjoy as an MC. I also like how there seems to be a lot of great characters and character building in this series! Glad you liked it! :)

Unknown said...

Great review! I loved both of these books and I definitely like the unique setting. I also thought Rook was a pretty awesome character and she really grew and overcame her terrible situation.

Alise said...

This one sounds pretty interesting, and I will probably pick it up when I get tired of YA. I agree the setting is definitely unique, and the romance sounds pretty good although Ronin seems kind of... violent?

Paperback Princess said...

Alise I'm kinda thinking that because it was written in Rook's POV that maybe she's seeing some of Ronin's advances to be more "violent" that is truly being seen because of her past experiences. I'm hoping that Ronin becomes more likeable in Manic or at the very least we understand his POV a bit better with more info towards the characters/story.

Paperback Princess said...

Giselle thank you for choosing me to participate in this tour, I really enjoyed Tragic and will be picking up Manic as soon as I finish my other blog tour reads LOL

Paperback Princess said...

Thanks Chelsea for the comment. I'm not even quite sure what exactly I really loved about this book but there was something that made me keep turning the pages :D


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