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"[H]ats off to Grimm for providing two characters whose chemistry grew and was founded on an understanding of each other and their boundaries. Their relationship progressed with a natural flourish. Not only that, but the staccato writing mimicked the breathlessness and dizziness of a crush seamlessly. " -Hope, Sipping Tea By The Sea
"It was interesting, well written, and the characters practically flew off the pages as I read to the very last page." -Panda, Goodreads Reviewer
"The characters are very, very real and I felt like I knew them. The theme of love and sacrifice was beautifully woven into a spooky story that left me on edge at every turn." -Avily Jerome, Goodreads Reviewer
"The characters were extremely likable and the fantasy element was a rather interesting plot to follow and not one that I've seen often." -Carrie, Carrie's Book Reviews
"If you are looking for a fun stand alone ghost story that will keep you engaged and up your creep factor check it out!" -Laura Mauro, Booktuber
"I found the ideas about Summoners/Guardians really unique [...] this is a new thing placed on them somewhat at random and they have to figure it out entirely. No special community or anything exists to educate them [...], so it really seemed to set itself apart from other, potentially similar books." -Olivia Farr, Goodreads Reviewer
"I think that the slow burn almost actually killed me. The anticipation of Allie and Cody's relationship, just waiting for one of them to make the first move -- ugh, it's one of my favorite things about YA romances. It was so well done here." -Sara, Bibliophagist
"I loved Cody and his back story was heartbreaking. The fact that he was not perfect but scarred and missing a hand was a plus with him being a guardian." -Tammy, Goodreads Reviewer
"[P]erfect for fans of paranormal with an extra helping of romance. Plus I will admit: that epilogue was perfect. I had such a huge smile on my face!!" -Lauren, Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf
"All my favorite tropes in one book, YES PLEASE!!!" -Mina Verga, Amazon Reviewer
- File size : 967 KB
- Publication date : September 4, 2017
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 332 pages
- Publisher : Entangled: Teen (September 4, 2017)
- ASIN : B074SWLFVQ
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Not Enabled
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- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1974576884
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,921,614 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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.
This story balances gracefully between young adult fiction and midnight in the cemetery style ghost story. Lighthearted and soulful in the right parts, but creepily unsettling at other times.
The characters are rich and sympathetic, not just fodder for the monsters. I am happy to have this book on hand so I can go back and visit these characters over and over again.
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.