Manik by Amo Jones
Published by Indie on October 1, 2018
Genres: Dark, Romance
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I’m Beatrice Kennedy, but everyone calls me Beat. I live a low-key life, fresh out of college and drifting from town to town until I find my home.
I love music, and how it stirs even the deepest and untouched parts of your soul. Depending on what you choose to listen to, would depend on what it touches. It’s the drug we all damper in, only different strains. My strain is Jazz. The smooth instrumental strums that take over me. The sound of cigar smoke, bourbon and an old dusty fedora hat. My strain wasn’t rap, and it sure wasn’t laced with some A-class shit like murky blue eyes casted down from the Lord and the Devil’s handcrafted smile. I knew who he was—the whole world did. One fateful night set off a chain of events, events that no one was coming back from. You can’t save people who don’t want to be saved. You can’t pull them up from the ocean when they’ve latched themselves to an anchor. Love was my anchor, destruction was the water that was drowning me, and the rope that was so tightly clamped around my ankles, was woven with the lyrics of Aeron Romanov-Reed, also known as, 'Manik. He steals hearts from all around the world, but one night, he stole something that wasn’t his to steal.
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“How can someone so achingly beautiful hold a soul so dark. Or maybe that’s how it works, maybe the most beautiful faces hide the darkest souls.”
That. Right. There. That quote is everything to me. Jones has this rare ability to bring out the beauty in the darkest areas and MANIK is no exception. It’s raw, gritty and deliciously dark.
I’m going to start off my saying that the ONLY thing that held me back from a 5 star rating was because I’m so used to this explosive darkness from Jones from the start and while the story did provide a set up towards that quickly, I didn’t really start to feel it in my bones until closer to the second half of the book.
HOWEVER, do not get me wrong. I absolutely loved MANIK. I loved the contrast between Beat and Manik that on paper should look like sweet and innocent versus dark and dangerous but in reality, they are more alike that one would think. There are so may twists in their story that will make you gasp and keep your head spinning. Just when you think you have it figured out, BAM, you get hit with something else that will either fuck with your head or your moral compass. Most likely both and for that, I couldn’t get enough of them.
I’ve kept this review pretty vague because I want readers to form their own opinion on Beat and Manik’s story. Some parts of their story we’ve heard before but other’s make them unique, which I find exciting. If you want something dark that will push your boundaries and won’t ask for forgiveness, then you need to read MANIK.