Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Review: The Soul Summoner by Elicia Hyder + Giveaway


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Welcome to my tour stop for for The Soul Summoner by Elicia Hyder. This is an adult contemporary fantasy. The tour runs November 9-20 with reviews, interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.

soul-sommoner-cover400 Book Title – The Soul Summoner
Series – The Soul Summoner Series Book 1
Publisher – Forge Creek Press
Release Date – November 9th, 2015
Genre – Contemporary Fantasy
Rating – PG13
Length –  290 Pages

About the Book:
Blessed–or cursed–with a connection to the souls of others, Sloan Jordan can see the best in people… and the worst. For twenty-seven years, she's kept her ability to judge the innocent from the wicked a secret, but eleven young women have been murdered in the mountains of North Carolina, and Sloan may be the only hope of finding their killer.

She has just agreed to help Detective Nathan McNamara with the case, when a stranger--who is as alluring as he is terrifying--shows up at her doorstep with a dark past and another puzzling mystery: she can't see his soul at all.

Now, Sloan is on the hunt for a deadly psychopath with two irresistible men. One of them would die for her, and the other would kill to keep her safe.



My Review: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

The Soul Summoner is a fast-paced read that pulls the reader in right away. Featuring unique characters in a suspenseful, urban fantasy plot, it has a little something for every type of reader.

What I Liked
*No doubt, my favorite thing about this novel was the characters, especially main character Sloan. I immediately connected  with her and loved following the story through her eyes.
*The voice-- that ineffable something that makes a story for the reader. This novel had a voice that I really enjoyed.
*Author's style-- I liked the author's writing style- fluid and easy to read.
*Plot-- Loved the crime aspect mixed with the paranormal.

What Didn't Work
*Love triangle-- I hate them. I knew it was in the book going in, but I still hated it, especially since both guys were quite intriguing in their own rights.
*How quickly Sloan opened up to Det McNamara-- She went her whole life keeping her power secret (revealing it landed her in the hospital when she was a child). Even her parents didn't know. She didn't tell her best friend until they'd been friends for twelve or so years. Within a couple meetings, she bares all to the detective. It seemed out of character for one who has kept her secrets in the past. He also accepted everything a bit too easily, especially for a cop. I was surprised that he didn't accuse her of being part of the first crime he investigated with her. That seemed more likely than her being supernatural.

Even with the love triangle, it was a very good read. The flow, the pace, the plot, and the characters were all aces.


About the Author:
Elicia Hyder is the author of several contemporary fantasy novels such as The Soul Summoner, The Siren, The Angel of Death, and The Daughter of Zion as well as a few contemporary romances, The Bed She Made and To Be Her first. Elicia studied American Literature and Creative Writing at the American Military University. She lives with her husband and five children in central Florida.

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17 comments:

  1. Sounds like a fantastic read! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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    1. It was a nice blend of romantic suspense and paranormal

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  2. Glad you liked it. I hate the triangles, but they seem to be in at least half the books I read. I would hate to miss the story just because of that and I like your review because you covered all the bases.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. Thanks, Sherry! I started doing the bullet point reviews because it forces me to stay on target :)

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  3. I don't usually like love triangles but I actually really liked this one a lot. Which is weird. But it worked for me. I'm glad you enjoyed the book, thank you so much for hosting a tour stop and sharing your thoughts!

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    1. I guess I just always feel so bad for the loser in the love triangle scenario-- especially when both guys are worthy.

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  4. I like the whole idea of this story. Sounds very interesting and judging by the review looks to be a good read!

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    1. It was. Her power wasn't one I've read about before.

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  5. Great post! Thanks for the review. I'm looking forward to reading this. Thanks :)

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  6. The ability to instantly read read people's souls is intriguing, I think most of us would fall somewhere between absolute good and absolute evil. The trick is knowing which one outweighs the other.

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    1. It would probably depend on the time and situation as well.

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