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.
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.