Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Summon | Meredith Mawr

What if dreams always came true?--or at least parts of them did? That's what happens to Electra Vance, a smart, small-town, Beaufort, South Carolina girl who's excited to go to far away Killewycke Academy for her Senior year (at least 99% of her is), a new school brimming with the promise of new experiences. 
But even before Elle arrives, unusual things start to happen-- then the dreams begin... And, once she meets beautiful and mystifying Sam, her logical, rational world changes in strange and frightening ways. Away from home for the first time, Elle discovers that so much she thought she knew for certain is chaotically, unimaginably wrong. And, Elle hates messy unknowns!
Join Elle in Summon, the first novel of The Summoner Series, on her unforeseen journey, discovering more about herself, her world, her family-- even about Sam-- than her wildest dreams dared foretell.

Non-Spoiler Review

I began reading this book right after the Unwind Dystology, so right off the bat it was difficult for me to really delve into the characters and plot of the book. But once I got into it, the plot was pretty interesting, and by the end, the book was moving so fast, I didn't even realize when it had ended. The book leaves off on a horrible cliffhanger, leaving the reader dying to know how it all ends. If you enjoy books like Twilight or the Lux Series, I recommend picking this book up!

Spoiler-Filled Discussion

When I went into this book, I thought it was just going to be a typical love story between the small-town quiet girl and the completely perfect boy. It turned out to be so much more. The light cover doesn't at all portray the darkness and evil within the book. Meredith Mawr does a wonderful job in creating up a type of world that hasn't been written about before. 

This was one of the few books where I enjoyed the minor characters more than the main protagonists. Elle, Electra Vance was the ultimate female. And although I admit having a lot of the same thoughts she does, most of the book seemed to be dominated by how gorgeous Sam was. I definitely didn't mind the extremely vivid visuals of Sam, but when I was trying to get into the plot, a lot of her lustful thoughts got in the way of the development of the plot. I actually thought that Sam was a lot better than most of the YA male characters in books. Unlike Edward in Twilight, Sam gave just enough information to subside Elle's curiosity, but not enough to reveal anything important, until of course, the end. But their relationship really made me cringe. When I read about relationship I adore the antagonizing relationships when neither party refuses to admit their feelings for each other, so this constant coddling between Sam and Elle didn't really appeal to me. It also felt like their relationship moved in fits and bursts: she'd kiss Sam one day, and then barely talk to him the next, and then practically jump him the next. It just seemed extremely inconsistent. 

Throughout this whole book, Camden was one of my favorite characters. He didn't handle the situation with Elle very well, but I personally think he got the short end of the straw, and I really hope to see him again in the later books of the series. 

The plot began to get more and more intense near the end, especially after we discovered that Elle was a summoner herself. Although I feel like a little more explanation of what a summoner actually is and a little more backstory behind it would be good. Overall, I'm really excited for the next book! I can't wait to find out what actually happens to Elle and Sam, and how they battle against the venators, and what happens to them after that.  

*This book was provided by the author to read and review. This is a 100% honest review.*