January 29, 2019

#BookReview for Smoke & Summons (Numina Trilogy #1) by Charlie N. Holmberg

Synopsis: A captivating world of monsters and magic from the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician Series.

As a human vessel for an ancient spirit, Sandis lives no ordinary life. At the command of her master, she can be transformed against her will into his weapon—a raging monster summoned to do his bidding. Unlike other vessels, Sandis can host extremely powerful spirits, but hosting such creatures can be fatal. To stay alive, she must run. And in a city fueled by smoke and corruption, she finds a surprising ally.

A cunning thief for hire, Rone owns a rare device that grants him immortality for one minute every day—a unique advantage that will come in handy in Sandis’s fight for freedom. But Sandis’s master knows how powerful she is. He’s determined to get her back, and he has the manpower to find her, wherever she runs.

Now, to outwit her pursuers, Sandis must put all her trust in Rone and his immortal device. For her master has summoned more than mere men to hunt her down…
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About the Author: 
Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie N. Holmberg was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters who also have boy names. She is a proud BYU alumna, plays the ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and finally adopted a dog. Her fantasy Paper Magician Series, which includes The Paper MagicianThe Glass Magician, and The Master Magician, has been optioned by the Walt Disney Company. Her stand-alone novel, Followed by Frost, was nominated for a 2016 RITA Award for Best Young Adult Romance. She currently lives with her family in Utah. Visit her at www.charlienholmberg.com.

Rating: ✪✪✪
My Review: 
I was so excited to read this one but sadly this one was not for me.  It had a ton of chasing and it felt like the author did a lot of telling and now showing. And if memory serves there was no mention of Numien mythology at all. So it really lacked in world building.

I really did like the characters but I think this one with the whisper of the romance just wasn't needed.  I would really like to have a young adult title where they have two characters that don't fall in love.  Please, they can just be friends you know!!

I really felt like this one was like the Fallen book by Lauren Kate that we get some few hundred pages and nothing really happens.

In the end, this one just was not for me and I am very sad about that because this was one of my most anticipated reads!

“[An] enthralling fantasy…The story is gripping from the start, with a surprising plot and a lush, beautifully realized setting. Holmberg knows just how to please fantasy fans.” Publishers Weekly
“With scads of action, clear explanations of how supernatural elements function, and appealing characters with smart backstories, this first in a series will draw in fans of Cassandra Clare, Leigh Bardugo, or Brandon Sanderson.” Library Journal
“Holmberg is a genius at world building; she provides just enough information to set the scene without overwhelming the reader. She also creates captivating characters worth rooting for, and puts them in unique situations. Readers will be eager for the second installment in the Numina series.” Booklist
“A gripping adventure that keeps your heart racing from the first page to the last!” —Jessica Day George, New York Times bestselling author of Silver in the Blood

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