ARC review: Summoner by S.D. Grimm

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After her mother’s death six months ago, Allie Billings pushed everyone away.  Finally, one night, she decides to reconnect with her friends, and, on a dare, heads into a cemetery for a night of witching.  Allie doesn’t think that anything will come of it, doesn’t even believe that witching is a real thing, but she soon finds herself haunted by a vengeful ghost who has bonded to her.

Allie’s only hope of protection comes in the form of Cody Burkhardt, her cute new neighbor with a tragic past of his own.  Cody becomes Allie’s guardian, the one person who can protect her from the evil spirits that wish to harm her.  As the full moon draws nearer and the ghost’s power increases, it becomes more and more obvious that this spirit isn’t going down without a fight.

If you’re following my blog, you probably saw my post a couple weeks back that I’d been approved for a boatload of ARCs.  What happened was an email from Entangled Teen offering “highly-anticipated contemporary, sci-fi, and paranormal fall ARC’s available… now!”  I read the plot summaries and opened the request form, and thinking I’d maybe be approved for one if I was lucky, requested them all.  Well, I was approved for every last one.  I’m reading in order of release date, so Summoner came first.  I picked it up on a lazy Sunday afternoon and finished it Sunday evening.  I couldn’t put it down because I just had to know what happened next!

I know that the ghosts are the main focus of this book and Katerina totally freaked me out, but can we talk about the romance for a second?  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.

The writing was fast-paced with just enough swoony bits in between the action. I loved both Allie and Cody and rooted for them both individually and as a couple.  As for the actual paranormal plot, it’s been a really long time since I read paranormal YA on any kind of regular basis, so I wasn’t really expecting the twists.  (If you’re someone who reads a lot of paranormal YA, you might not be as surprised.)

All in all, Summoner was just really well done.  This was my first book by S.D. Grimm, but it will not be my last.  I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for more of her work.

I received a free copy of Summoner from Entangled Teen in exchange for my honest review.

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That’s What He Said: The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin

“Can’t you just picture everyone in their underwear?” he asked.

“I would prefer not to picture you in your underwear,” I said.

“Ouch!” he said. He picked up a book that had been misplaced on the shelf behind me and rearranged it, resting his hand right above my head. I held my breath for a few moments as I realized just how close we were. “For the record, I’ve been told I look rather refined in my underwear.”

The Big F, Maggie Ann Martin