Stifled (Summoned, #2)by Published 17 Apr 2018
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Dimitri would like nothing more than to live a low-key life in Naples, Italy. His girlfriend, Syd, has other plans.
After three months of researching, she is positive she has found a jinn on a killing spree in San Diego, California. Since Syd gave Dimitri the one thing he thought was out of reach, he feels obligated to use his ill-gained talents for her cause.
A few hours back in the US proves that Dimitri and Syd didn't quite make the clean escape they had thought. As they trail the elusive jinn, someone else trails them. What should have been a simple trip to confirm once and for all if the jinn are living among humans, instead reveals a community keeping dark secrets.
Unfortunately for Dim, the only way out is in.
"Stifled (Summoned, #2)" Reviews
I would like to thank both author & publisher for the copy of the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I'm sorry I just can't connect with this book and I think it would be unfair of me to go into detail as I wouldn't like to try and influence anyone as I have strongly disliked both books finding myself having to DNF the second at 50%.
I can see why people would enjoy this kind of book but I can't seem to connect with any of the characters nor do I like them, not even a little.
This review is based on digital copy I received from NetGalley. It is an honest review and the complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
After reading this book, the second in the Summoned Series, I can say that it is better written than the first (click HERE for my review of the first book, Summoned). Both Dimitri and Syd, the main protagonists, are more realized and Syd especially is no longer one-dimensional. Dimitri is still the same, witty and nonchalant all at the same time.
Unable to let things go, Syd is determined to find other Jinn and the trail leads her back to the US. Dimitri is conflicted about this because he just wishes to stay away from all the drama. I guess a lifetime of slavery to a master will do that to a former Jinn and although he is former Jinn he still sees himself as a Jinn.
Once back in the U.S. Dimitri realizes that he is being tracked and trying to discover who is tracking him leads to another surprise. What they stumble into is the JiNet organization and that is a rabbit hole they should have never gone down because now they are caught up in a situation that threatens to tear them apart. With a revised goal of freeing other Jinn, Dimitri and Syd must work together and through their own emotional baggage and see this to the end.
Having not been the biggest fan of the main characters in the first book, I am much happier with them in the second book. Dimitri is exploring his new freedom and with that comes personal growth, nice. The story picks up nicely from the previous book and it is fast-paced. Dimitri is still bumbling with his assassin skill set but at least this time it is set up better and is more realistic so it did not drive me insane. It was a light read and ended nicely but left room for another sequel. I would now recommend this book to anyone interested in reading a unique concept of the dark side of a Jinn-master relationship.
*Thank you to Bastei Entertainment & NetGalley for this complimentary copy of Stifled*
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This was an amazing book to read. As a follow up to Summoned, Rainey has excelled herself in telling this exciting and enjoyable story. At times the antics and dialogue of Syd and Dim ( aptly named ) are so hilarious i had to stop reading to recover from my laughter. A terrific tale that is serious as well as funny ends up with a good solution but an equal chance of a continuation. A MUST for your TBR shelf.
Syd and Dmitri had gotten away to safety in Italy, but are obsessed with the idea that Dmitri is not the only jinn. Reports of a serial killer back home make them suspicious, wondering if the seemingly random murders are caused by another jinn, the way Dmitri had been forced to kill at the command of his (thankfully) now-dead master, Karl Walker.
The structure of this book is pretty much like the first, which I found interesting. The first act, or part one, is non-stop action with occasional sex, whereas the first book's part one was non-stop sex with occasional action, but otherwise it was Syd and Dmitri together again, with no one else entering their tight little world except as enemies to be escaped or pursued.
When they discover that yes, there are more jinn, they decide to investigate--and part two is a great deal like part two of the previous book, in which Dmitri is flung into non-stop action, at great physical cost (he gets almost as beat up as Crawford of Lymond, for fans of hurt/comfort), without understanding the why of any of the missions he is sent on. The difference is that he is not constrained against his will, though he is questioning the power of emotional connection in a way that adds another layer of interest to the story. This exploration of Syd's and Dmitri's relationship was one of the best parts of the book for me.
Bringing us to part three, which like the first book, is where he and Syd begin to make sense of what's going on, launching yet more grueling action, peppered by plenty of sex.
It's clear that this is developing into a series, with these two smart young people becoming crusaders on behalf of the jinn. [spoilers removed]. The narrative voice, like in the first book, is taut, vivid, with breezy humor. The violence quotient is not quite as intense as the first book [spoilers removed], but it's right up there.
Readers who like a distinctive voice, tons of non-stop action, and plenty of sex should find themselves immersed in this series.
Copy provided by NetGalley.
Stifled is a modern day fantasy action/adventure written in first person and is the second book in the Summoned series. Taking place some three months after where the first novel left off, we get to see the main character, Dimitri, falling back on old habits. Both he and Syd are having trouble finding their way and keep butting heads. As the danger mounts, they seem to be getting more and more out of sync. Hired goons and snipers lurk around every corner. As they try to discover who is hunting them, they realize they may have bitten off more than they can chew. When all is said and done, will their insane plan and their relationship fall apart?
I would first like to state that I received this free through NetGalley for an honest review. This book had an insane amount of action but seemed a bit too predictable at times and I found my attention wandering from the story at intervals. That being said, I love how finally the relationship between the two protagonists felt real in its complexity and turmoil. It didn't seem as forced as in the first book. While I preferred the plot in the preceding tale, this one was quite good in its own right. It was quite the rollercoaster ride of suspense and 'face-palming' incidents. I must say that I do love Dimitri's wry sense of humor - he can be quite droll at times, particularly his inner monologue, and I found myself chuckling out loud a few times. I am definitely looking forward to the next in the series.