- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 967 KB
- Print Length: 332 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1974576884
- Publisher: Entangled: Teen (4 Sept. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074SWLFVQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,593,051 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I received a free ARC of the Kindle book from the author, via Netgalley, and I am voluntarily giving an honest review.
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Speaking of teens and romance, it's definitely a PG-13 kind of book, desire and kissing (eventually! the almost kisses may drive you a little crazy if you're rooting for the whole Allie / Cody ship to take off) and scenes where teens have to make some choices about how far they'll take their relationship. Overall, I felt it was handled responsibly. As a Christian mom, I cringed at parts, and I applauded at others. But hey, that's real life, right?
Oh, but if you're more into cemeteries, witching, curses and rituals with blood that can bring ghosts to life... there's plenty of that, too. In fact, there's so much danger that Allie decides she cares too much for Cody to let him endanger himself to protect her. So she makes some decisions that put her in a no-win situation. I couldn't figure out how she was going to survive the story. Which is probably why this book did actually keep me up later than usual to finish it. (It's cliche, but if you're wondering whether it's that kind of addictive, just wanted to share my experience. It was for me.)
That said, I really enjoyed the creep factor of Allie summoning a ghost when she and her friends go "witching". The ghost story and supernatural realm were well-drawn and kept me reading.
I have a book-loving teen in my family who is also a big fan of both the TV show Supernatural and supernatural/paranormal books. Summoner was one of two books I purchased for her Christmas present.
As another reviewer noted: the romance is PG-13, nothing sexual but there are some scenes that may give more sensitive readers/parents a bit of pause. However, Allie and Cody make mostly wise choices, and they're both eighteen/nineteen through most of the story.
When Allie’s turn arrives to use the rods she finds that she begins to hear a female voice speaking to her and little does she know she has summoned the ghost with the rods. Allie then finds herself beginning to have nightmares with the voice haunting her and when she’s up in the middle of the night she runs into her new neighbor, Cody. Cody has also suffered a loss due to an accident leaving him scarred and missing a hand. As the two grow close Cody helps Allie return to the cemetery to face the voice to see what is going on bringing him into Allie’s curse as her guardian.
Summoner by S.D. Grimm really seemed to be a bit of a blend of a young adult contemporary romance with a supernatural fantasy. Allie and Cody were both battling with dealing with their respective loses in their lives which that alone could have brought them together to begin a relationship without the ghostly aspects of the book but adding those in gave the book a whole other layer to the story making this quite the interesting mix.
I rather enjoyed most everything about the story. The characters were extremely likable and the fantasy element was a rather interesting plot to follow and not one that I’ve seen often. My one complaint really came from a small bit to the story were Allie tries to find out more about summoning by heading to the library to read a few paragraphs then complain of needing to know more. My first thought here was what teen is really heading to the library in this day and age? It would have felt a lot more realistic to hop on the internet.
Overall thought this one was a nice little mix of genres all bundled into one fast paced and enjoyable young adult read. I’d certainly recommend checking this one out if it sounds like one you’d enjoy reading.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.