High Summons by Eli Celata

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review**

Too many YA books, focus more on the characters acting as mini adults and the storyline takes a backseat. I have heard more than one young adult complain that books geared for them focus too much on romance. Young adults are interested in more than romance. That is why I think books like High Summons are awesome. It’s a great story of a new adult, Jon, struggling to balance his magic life with the rest of his life. As a college student, he knows he has to work hard in his classes, but his desire to learn more about his abilities and the world of his father overwhelms him. When he finds a mentor, he knows this is his chance to develop his skills. It is even more fortunate that the mentor was a friend of his father who left him when he was young. (I suspect there is more of a connection than is revealed). Jon quickly realizes that the world of magic is more intense and dangerous than he realized and there is always a thin line between what he thinks is right and wrong.

I enjoyed this book. The characters and plot were well developed. I think the author did a great job of crafting a world that is believable and complete. This is a strong debut novel and a great start to a series. It was a book that for sure kept me turning pages.

 

Jon Blythe is sick of waiting for his Yoda. After years of hiding his magic, he’s ready to retire from his mortal life, drop out of college, and jump into the world of demon hunters. He just didn’t really expect a bleach blond bookstore clerk with light up toys for weapons. Unfortunately, Jordan is Jon’s only hope. When rogue magic users come to Rochester with a malicious plan, the odd couple strikes out to save the day. Jordan might not be what Jon expected, but between demons and Econ homework, the demons win every time. Wild nights drag Jon further from normal into the world where his father vanished. Maybe he’s becoming an addict. Maybe magic just comes with a price. Either way, he’s hooked.

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