Stifled (Summoned, #2)by Published 01 Jan 1970
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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.
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.
Saddle up and brace yourself for another spine-tingling, action-packed, darkly wicked thrill ride like none other. The sequel to Summoned lives up and excels my expectations. I was blown away and loved it! Not only do we get to experience more of Dimitri and Syd but we get to watch their relationship evolve and each of the characters grow. They uncover a dark secret that changes everything. Tensions are high and more than just their lives are on the line. In this fast-paced sequel, you'll have a hard time putting it down as you dive deeper into Rainy Kaye's dark and wonder world of jinni. I can't wait for the next to see what happens next!
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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Dimitri and Syd return from Italy to follow some clues that Syd has found about a killing spree that may have been done at the hands of another genie/jinn. Dimitri is against going back but Syd is determined to find out more about the bond that has Jinn's bonded to their masters blood line. I have to say that this book was more action packed then Summoned and that's saying something because if you read the first one (and you really should before you read this book) then you know that there was a lot of action in that one as well.
With all of the twists in this book I have no idea what is in store for us in Shattered but I know that I cannot wait to read it.
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