June 30, 2014

Summoned Blog Tour: Dream Cast, Review + Giveaway


Welcome to my stop on the official blog tour for SUMMONED! Today I have the author's dream cast for the book to share with you, along with my review. Don't forget to enter the tour wide giveaway either! To follow the rest of the tour, click on the banner above.

Summoned (Redemption's Heir #1)
Author: Anne M. Pillsworth
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal
Release Date: June 24, 2014
Publisher: Tor Teen


When the Elder Gods extend an invitation, be wary of the strings attached

While browsing in a rare book store in Arkham, Sean finds an occult book with an ad seeking an apprentice sorcerer, from a newspaper dated March 21, 1895. Even more intriguing, the ad specifically requests applicants reply by email.

Sean’s always been interested in magic, particularly the Lovecraftian dark mythology. Against his best friend Edna's ("call-me-Eddy-or-else") advice, he decides to answer the ad, figuring it’s a clever hoax, but hoping that it won’t be. The advertiser, Reverend Redemption Orne, claims to be a master of the occult born more than 300 years ago. To prove his legitimacy, Orne gives Sean instructions to summon a harmless but useful familiar—but Sean’s ceremony takes a dark turn, and he instead accidentally beckons a bloodthirsty servant to the Cthulhu Mythos god Nyarlathotep. The ritual is preemptively broken, and now Sean must find and bind the servitor, before it grows too strong to contain. But strange things are already happening in the town of Arkham....


Dream Casting of the Summoned Movie: 

Since it's dream casting, I'm going for the perfect looks, though the actors may now be the wrong ages for the parts. 

SEAN: Jared Padlecki a while back (the hair is just right): 

EDDY: Natalie Portman a while back: 

JEREMY: Viggo Mortensen, because Viggo! 

HELEN: Scarlett Johansson, when she looks like this:

UNCLE GUS: Bryan Cranston: 

AUNT CEL: Cate Blanchett: 

PROFESSOR MARVELL: Jason Isaacs forever: 

MR. HORROCKE: Ian McKellen, already in the bookstore! 

MR. GELDMAN: Alan Rickman, the Voice: 

CYBELE: Amanda Seyfried a while back: 

NYARLATHOTEP: Benedict Cumberbatch, that face: 


THE SERVITOR: Andy Serkis, back in the motion capture suit: 
Summoned is the exciting first book in a young adult fantasy/paranormal series. Our hero, Sean, is obsessed with the occult - magic in particular. When he goes into an odd bookstore with his best friend Eddy, Sean finds a book over a century old with a strange classified inside. The date on the paper is from 1895 and says it is seeking an apprentice in magic. Even weirder is the part where the ad says to reply by email. Sean all this to be incredibly fascinating and decides to answer the ad - because it obviously has to be a joke. The answer he receives, however, is no laughing matter - and Sean finds himself following the occult master's orders to disastrous results. Sean has let a bloodthirsty familiar into the world and must find a way to stop it before even worse things begin to happen.

This was a really fun and fast read for me. I read it in one sitting over the course of an afternoon. I love almost any book involving magic and the occult, so this was right up my alley. Sean was a great main character for the book - he's an average teen with a somewhat odd obsession with magic and the occult, due in large part to his Uncle Gus. He's smart, thinks outside the box, and is open to possibilities that others would immediately dismiss. I loved watching how his character grew throughout the book and how he handled all the strange and dangerous situations around him. The plot was full of ancient myths, gods, magic, spells - and just about everything related to them. I loved reading about all the various myths and magic along with Sean - and I hope that the author includes more of that information in the following books. The writing was well done with a fast-paced and fluid plot, a story line full of action, adventure, and fantasy - and it was all written with fantastic descriptions and vivid imagery that made it easy to slip inside the story alongside Sean. I'll definitely be picking up the next book in the series to see what happens next. Definitely recommended for fans of YA fantasy and paranormal fiction!

I was born in Troy, New York, but I currently live just outside Providence, Rhode Island, at the head of beautiful Narragansett Bay. New England has long been my spiritual home, and the region informs much of my fiction. One day I hope to find Lovecraft’s portals to his mythical towns of witch-haunted Arkham and Kingsport, shadowed Innsmouth and accursed Dunwich. Until then, I’ll just have to write about them..

I am a member of SFWA and HWA and a rabid Austenite. Don’t those three always go together?

Apart from writing, I like gardening, swimming, king cobras, jumping spiders, and cats. No cobras or cats at the moment, but the jumping spiders are always with us. In spite of maintaining a mental age of between twelve and sixteen, I have just married my partner of more than thirty years. Thanks to the RI Legislature for finally living up to Roger Williams’ philosophy of crabbing at people he disagreed with but never denying the primacy of the personal conscience.

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