Friday, April 25, 2014
Summoned Tour: Guest Post & Review
Today I have an awesome guest post as part of the blog tour for Summoned by Rainy Kaye! Be sure to read to the bottom of the post to check out my review and the tour giveaway!
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.
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Rainy Kaye is an aspiring overlord. In the mean time, she blogs at RainyoftheDark.com 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 (@rainyofthedark). She is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA.
Why SUMMONED takes place in Arizona: A Guest Post by Rainy Kaye
Books have to take place somewhere, and they can’t all be in Middle Earth. Not without some seriously angry Amazon reviews anyway, you hack. Sometimes California is as good as New York. Sometimes, though, there’s a real purpose behind the location. And other times, like with SUMMONED, the reason falls somewhere in between.
So why does SUMMONED primarily occur in Arizona?
Familiar. Prior to writing SUMMONED, I had been working on a series which happens in a fictional world. I wanted to step away from that and get back to the real world for a while, and where better than my home state?
Centralization. Phoenix has a few things going for it, to make up for all the cacti. Primarily, it is a few hours from forest, a few hours from the beach, a few hours from Vegas, and a few hours from Mexico. Some of those places, Dimitri visits. Some he does not. Some he hasn’t—yet. It was a pretty efficient way to mix up the scenery, though.
Mansions. If you haven’t visited my dry patch of the world, you might not know this: Arizona has quite a few rich people. And with rich people come luxury houses. Like mansions. It really wasn’t a stretch to plop the Walker estate somewhere in the Arizona desert. Which brings me to. . .
Desert. As much as I bastardized the genie story in SUMMONED, I did keep some of its root. The summoning chamber, for example, is Arabian-inspired ad naseum. A few other things too, but I can’t exactly talk about those here with adding some big, flashing “spoiler alert” signs. In the end, throwing Dimitri into the desert works as a sort of homage to the genie folklore.
There were definitely other places SUMMONED could have occurred, but I liked the imagery of the Walker estate secluded in the Arizona desert.
This book is edgy from the start so if you are looking for a fluffy read, this is not it. The tone of Summoned is dark and mysterious. There are scenes of an adult nature so be warned. I felt like Summoned was very much an Urban Fantasy. I really enjoyed it overall. The characters were real but they had some mystery to them. Syd was probably my favorite part of the book. She is just so sure of herself and her goals. I felt like she was a great female lead. Dimitri was interesting for me. I was not sure how I felt about him for over half of the book. He was a hard nut to crack. I couldn't understand how anyone could do what he had to do but seeing how compelled he is to carry out the wishes... I thought that it must be terribly difficult to be Dimitri. He has to do so many things that he doesn't want to. There is just a ton of depth to the world, the characters and the mystique of the goings on in their lives. I really liked the idea that Dimitri was a play on the traditional idea of the Djinn, Jinn or Genie. If adult reads that are full of grit and mystery are your thing, then Summoned is for you. I give Summoned 4 out of 5 Fairies for a book that was gripping and emotionally draining at the same time. I highly recommend it!
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