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Summoned Blog Tour - Book Review + $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway: Summoned (Summoned #1) by Rainy Kaye


Author: Rainy Kaye 
Series: Summoned 
Number in Series: 1
Format: ARC PDF
Pages: 237
Cover Design By: Kris Wagner
Release Date: March 28, 2014
Publisher: Immortal Ink Publishing 
Genre: New Adult/Paranormal/Romance/Urban Fantasy













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Synopsis from Goodreads


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 Syd—assertive, sexy, 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 the genie folklore, SUMMONED follows a reluctant criminal as he unravels the mystery of the paranormal bond controlling him.

SUMMONED is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA.

Note: SUMMONED contains strong language, naughty scenes, mature content, terrible wishes, mystery, violence, discomfort, explosions, and an apple.



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     This is my second book about genies and/or wish making in general. I have to say, I wish this were more of theme. I read this book in a day. I was expecting this to be fun, but it went way beyond that. This is definitely one of my favorite reads this year. I want more of this, like right now.

      I really liked our main character, Dimitri. He is not a character you should like, but he has his reasons. Dimitri is our main character, but he is also technically the villain. He is a genie and whatever his master commands him to do, he must do or risk the consequence of his brain pretty much exploding on him until the task is done. He has been commanded to steal, kidnap, or kill people. The book opens up with him kidnapping a little girl. He was so nonchalant about it and I really want to hate him. 

       We soon learn more about him, however. He comes off as the biggest jerk ever, but he has to be considering what his "job" entails. Once he is summoned by his master, he has to leave immediately or else. He has no free will and is basically a pet. But he meets a girl named Syd. They hit it off instantly. It was supposed to be a one time thing, but she seems to like Dimitri despite him not being the most charming person. I loved it when these two were together. It was steamy, but not too steamy. This isn't necessarily a romance book. As a matter of fact, it was a bit more realistic than you would think. The fact that Dimitri is a genie has nothing to do with him as a person. He has no super powers of any kind or anything. He is the greatest criminal. He mentions time and time again how stealth is not his thing. He is really an average guy who happens to have the genie gene which means he can't have a life of his own. His life belongs to his master and he must do what they say.

       Syd was awesome in this book. The book is told through Dimitri's POV, so we don't get to know a lot about Syd. Dimitri doesn't know how to handle relationships and I don't think he realizes he is in a relationship until it is too late. But we get to know her more in the second half and I loved her. She is quite the badass. We also some of the Walkers. They will scare the mess out of you. Karl is Dimitri's master and he is a maniac. But then we have Karl's daughter, Silvia. She was a bit off her rocker. Ok, not a bit, a lot. I really thought she was the devil. At first, I did feel a bit bad for her since it is obvious that she has been so sheltered. But then she would do or say something that squashed any sympathy I had for her. Seriously, she will scare you more than her dad and everyone seemed to be afraid of her dad. No one knows what Silvia is capable of.

       One of the greatest things about this book is the originality. I love what how Kaye used the story of the genie or the jinn here. Dimitri and his whole family are owned by the Walker family. They have been for generations. Karl Walker is his master and has been having killing people left and right as of late. It is Dimitri's job not to ask why. But Karl does something not of the norm that is bugging Dimitri. He starts to think and dig and soon discovers things he didn't know about the Walkers or himself. I love the way this story unravels. I loved putting all the pieces while reading and boy, there are a lot of pieces. 

        I think I could go over this book all day. I am that much in love with him. I loved Dimitri's dry sense of humor, I loved all of the action, and I loved this incredible story. I could see this as a movie. Hollywood could use some creativity. Look no further. I wasn't expecting explosions and insane car chases or chases in general. If you want a book to really sink your teeth in, this is the perfect choice. Again, I read it in a day. It is one of the best page-turners I have come across in a while. Original, exciting, steamy, and just downright thrilling. Trying to connect the dots and trying to figure out how Dimitri will get himself out of a sticky situation (well, situations) was such an exhilarating experience. I can't believe this is a series. I am dying to see what else Kaye has up her sleeve. Highly recommended. Make it your next read. You won't regret it. 


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About Rainy Kaye

Rainy Kaye is an aspiring overlord. In the mean time, she blogs at RainyoftheDark and writes paranormal novels 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.

She is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA.


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