Book Tour, Review & Giveaway: The Soul Summoner by Elicia Hyder

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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-summoner-cover400-200x300The Soul Summoner
by Elicia Hyder

Published: November 9th. 2015 by Forge Creek Press Genre: mystery, thriller, fantasy Source/Format: ebook; 268 pages Avg. Goodreads Rating: 4.53
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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.
I’ve spent many a sleepless night wishing for superpowers. When I was younger, I was the type of girl who stared at candle flames and attempting to snuff them out with my mind or move my beloved Holly Hobby doll from the desk to the cozy safeness of my bed without moving a muscle. I’ve gone over it a million times. Reading anyone’s mind would suck. Moving things with your mind would be a much better alternative. Teleportation? Sign me the hell up and take all the money I’d be saving from not buying gas (I drive a Prius, that’s like $20 bucks). For as much time as I’ve spent wishing and dreaming and practically praying to whatever deity/higher power that could possibly be responsible for bestowing this gift, I have never wanted anything so bad as I want Sloan Jordan’s power. Or whatever you want to call it.Let’s cut to the chase. Allow me to explain to you why Sloan Jordan is the fictional world’s luckiest lady.

Sloan can read people. She can tell if they’re good or if they’re evil, dead or alive, all by looking at them. On top of that nice little imbedded radar system in her mind, she can also “summon” a person by merely talking about them. Nifty trick. Granted, it’s never worked on any supremely attractive actors, she’s tried. In my opinion, still nifty. Her little ability has made her overly popular, easily likeable and secured her dream job of being a publicist. The twist is, she’s only ever told her very best friend. There is no way I’d be able to keep that secret. Even better, on top of all of this, super hot detective Nathan McNamara strolls into town and thinks she’s all that and a bag of potatoes chips. Especially after mysterious Warren Parish seeks Sloan out with a super power of his own. Did I mention he’s also hunky? Did I mention that he’s like heroin to a junkie? The yin to yang? Shall I proceed?

I blew through The Soul Summoner. I may have actually pulled my kindle closer and closer to my face until I smacked it on the screen on the last page.

Edit: this actually did happen.

Source: the forehead smear across the screen.

The Soul Summoner delivered on so many levels for me. It was funny, compelling, entertaining and mysterious. Sloan Jordan has this fantastic, relatable feel to her. For every snarky comment she made I felt like I was giggling right along with her. I think this could attribute to the familiarity in Hyder’s writing. Each sentence read like having a conversation with a dear friend. Not to sound cheesy, but for a book about a girl that has “never met a stranger”, I felt like I knew Sloan. She is a pretty ideal protagonist for me. Sassy, knows her IPAs, has a tendency to get herself into mysterious trouble involving a killer on the loose. She’s the ideal woman.

But the romance! Oh! The romance! I will admit, sometimes it was a bit much, even I felt overwhelmed by the amount of attraction that laced itself within scenes. It was a bit intoxicating. I went from the typical “will they won’t they” scenario to “love triangle!” to “if you don’t choose him, I will literally throw myself off this metaphorical bridge”. I fortunately did not have to throw myself over said bridge. I’m usually not one for heavy romance, I usually feel like a bit of a voyeur, but holy hell if I wasn’t completely into this. Honestly, I could and would have read an entire extra book revolving just around the relationships in this book. They hit hard and fast and full emotion.

What I really loved was that regarding the case of the serial killer; I felt every AH HA scene right along with Sloane. Hyder does a great job of diverting the readers attention away from the case long enough to drop major news on you like a deer in the headlights. It was a simple thing that I really appreciated as someone who always attempts to solve the mystery before the end of the book, or movie or episode. Don’t watch anything mysterious with me; I will try to ruin it for you. You have been warned.

Overall, I was super happy with The Soul Summoner and very excited to read more early next year when the next book comes out.


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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23 thoughts on “Book Tour, Review & Giveaway: The Soul Summoner by Elicia Hyder

  1. candacemom2two says:

    Yes, yes, YES! I agree with everything you said! I LOVED this book so much it hurt (literally, in the case of the head smacking, right? lol). I don’t usually like a triangle but I actually loved this one. I’m so glad to see you loved it just as much. Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop and sharing your thoughts!

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    • Kay - The Desert Bibliophile says:

      Oh my god, I’m so glad that you liked my review! I absolutely adored The Soul Summoner and I’m super excited to grab up everything you’ve written! Cannot wait till the second book comes out. I need more. Thank you so much for writing a book that felt like hanging with an old friend.

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  2. Debbie says:

    omg are you my twin? lol I grew up in a religious family and didnt fit with my enquiring mind and I decided I should be able to use my mind to move stuff. So I laughed not in an unkind way but the memory of believing as kid thanks for sharing 🙂

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