Review: Summoner by S.D. Grimm (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Summoner

Author: S.D. Grimm

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Publication Date: September 4, 2017

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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.

Now that it’s finally starting to get a bit cooler out, I’m getting in the fall spirit. I want to surround myself in all things pumpkin spice and fall. This also means I’m starting to crave darker and spookier books, which means it was the perfect time to read Summoner. I mean, you open this book in a graveyard. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Allie is trying to get into the swing of things again, as she kind of withdrew herself from everyone when her mother died. One of my favorite aspects of this story was the portrayal of grief and how losing someone close to you can drastically change you as a person. This wasn’t just a paranormal romance, it was a story of teens dealing with grief and loss, and how that kind of tragedy can affect someone’s life.

I ~am~ a sucker for anything paranormal, so that’s what initially drew me to this title. The paranormal aspects of this story are so well done. I was actually pretty creeped out at multiple spots in this story. The beginning scene with Allie and her friends “witching” in a graveyard did an awesome job of setting the tone for the entire story.

All in all, the writing was easy to read with a nice flow, and the story was decently fast paced. I highly recommend this title to anyone looking for a little bit of spookiness in their lives now that we’re entering the fall season. I give it four out of five stars.

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