16 July 2016

Summoned - Review

Summoned #1
by Rainy Kaye

What they say: Twenty-three year old Dimitri has to do what he is told—literally. Controlled by a paranormal bond, he is forced to use his wits to fulfill unlimited deadly wishes made by multimillionaire Karl Walker.Dimitri has no idea how his family line became trapped in the genie bond. He just knows resisting has never ended well. When he meets the assertive, sexy and intelligent Syd he becomes determined to make her his own. Except Karl has ensured Dimitri can’t tell anyone about the bond, and Syd isn’t the type to tolerate secrets.Then Karl starts sending him away on back-to-back wishes. Unable to balance love and lies, Dimitri sets out to uncover Karl’s ultimate plan and put it to an end. But doing so forces him to confront the one wish he never saw coming — the wish that will destroy him.A dark twist on genie folklore, SUMMONED follows a reluctant criminal as he unravels the mystery of the paranormal bond controlling him.

Rerelease - first published in 2014 but has been updated & edited

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I received a copy from the publisher (via Netgalley) in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: Honestly I'm conflicted about this one. I've seen the many reviews which either seem to be really for or against Summoned, but I fall somewhere in the middle. I'm going to start by saying how much I loved the concept. I haven't read much about genies or Jinn/Djinns and relished the chance to discover more. I have to say I couldn't seem to really connect with the characters because I didn't find Dimitri of Syd all that likeable.

Dimitri is trapped in a family curse aka genie bond. Stuck without powers he's at the beck and call of his hideous master. What would you do with your own genie? Karl wishes for murders, kidnapping and exploitation - all of which Dim has no choice but to carry out.

Dim is really cynical and disassociated but to be honest I completely understood why. He's coping technique is to stop viewing humans as people. That is until he meets Syd who forces her way into his life and refuses to leave. 

I didn't understand Syd who seemed more that a little unhinged at times. I kinda expected her to go all Fatal Attraction on him, but my doubts were misplaced as Dim has other far more dangerous women in his life.

Their relationship happens pretty quickly so I found it difficult to invest in them as a couple, but after a particular event I found myself more involved in their story and hoping they could find a way out of their dilemma.

3 Stars in my Sky

Author Spotlight:

Rainy Kaye is an aspiring overlord. In the mean time, she blogs at RainyoftheDark, edits for amazing authors, and writes paranormal novels all from her lair somewhere in Phoenix, Arizona. When not plotting world domination, she enjoys getting lost around the globe, studying music so she can sing along with symphonic metal bands, and becoming distracted by Twitter.

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