Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Paranormal
Number of Pages: ebook, 359 pages
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC (Entangled: Teen)
My Rating: 4 / 5
Although the paranormal is not my typical genre, I enjoyed the change of scenery. Summoner was fast-paced, interesting and I loved the main characters quirky sense of humour.
When Allie’s best friend dares their group to play a game in a cemetery—something she calls “witching”—Allie never expects what it might mean for her. When she plays, she doesn’t just find bodies, she summons their souls. But one soul wants more than Allie is willing to give.
And the boy next door could be the key to saving her.
Cody Burkhart. Straight from Montana, cowboy hat wearing, and smoking hot, he’s just the thing to help Allie become “normal” again after the death of her mother. And as her newly appointed Guardian, he’s also just the thing to help Allie ward off the vengeful spirit who’s after her soul. Except Cody has his own demons to slay that keep him closed off. But as the full moon approaches, so does their only chance to break the curse, and Cody will have to make the biggest sacrifice of all.
When I first started reading Summoner it was about 1am and the opening scene in the graveyard set my teeth on edge. I am familiar with the shenanigans that a group of teenagers can get up to so I know how exciting a fear induced adrenaline rush can be. However, this particular rush turned into something much more sinister when a soul attaches to Allie.
Allie Billings is quirky and funny. With her as the narrator, the novel is filled with strange little sayings like “Heat hit my cheeks faster than if I’d eaten a jalapeno…”. Even though she is confused and scared at the prospects of being able to summon spirits, Allie never loses herself or her quirky humour. Allie was different from most teenage protagonist as she is not shallow and no matter what happened she did not let other opinions of Cody deter her from her affection.
Cody is often described as shy and self-conscious. However, there are moments where Allie see’s the confident and strong-willed guy who is trying to find his place in the world. Cody is also not our typical love interest. He is realistic as his past has a major impact on how he relates to present situations. The loss that the characters have suffered hit home because the way that Grimm described the pain and the after effects of that loss was true to my own experiences. This made the characters and their actions relatable and added to the realism of the novel.
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Happy Reading !