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Peek Inside Summoner

When Allie accepts a dare in a cemetery, she never expects what that might mean. She accidentally summons a soul who wants more than Allie is willing to give.

And the boy next door could be the key to saving her.


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When Allie’s best friend dares their group to play a game in a cemetery—something she calls “witching”—Allie never expects what it might mean for her. When she plays, she doesn’t just find bodies, she summons their souls. But one soul wants more than Allie is willing to give.

And the boy next door could be the key to saving her.

Cody Burkhart. Straight from Montana, cowboy hat wearing, and smoking hot, he’s just the thing to help Allie become “normal” again after the death of her mother. And as her newly appointed Guardian, he’s also just the thing to help Allie ward off the vengeful spirit who’s after her soul. Except Cody has his own demons to slay that keep him closed off. But as the full moon approaches, so does their only chance to break the curse, and Cody will have to make the biggest sacrifice of all.


“[A] lot of fun and the perfect ghostie novel to get us into the season.” –Mandy, Book Princess Reviews

“[H]ats off to Grimm for providing two characters whose chemistry grew and was founded on an understanding of each other and their boundaries. Their relationship progressed with a natural flourish. Not only that, but the staccato writing mimicked the breathlessness and dizziness of a crush seamlessly. ” –Hope, Sipping Tea By The Sea

“It was interesting, well written, and the characters practically flew off the pages as I read to the very last page.” –Panda, Goodreads Reviewer

“The characters are very, very real and I felt like I knew them. The theme of love and sacrifice was beautifully woven into a spooky story that left me on edge at every turn.” –Avily Jerome, Goodreads Reviewer

“The characters were extremely likable and the fantasy element was a rather interesting plot to follow and not one that I've seen often.” –Carrie, Carrie’s Book Reviews

“If you are looking for a fun stand alone ghost story that will keep you engaged and up your creep factor check it out!” –Laura Mauro, Booktuber

I found the ideas about Summoners/Guardians really unique [...] this is a new thing placed on them somewhat at random and they have to figure it out entirely. No special community or anything exists to educate them [...], so it really seemed to set itself apart from other, potentially similar books.” –Olivia Farr, Goodreads Reviewer

“I think that the slow burn almost actually killed me. The anticipation of Allie and Cody’s relationship, just waiting for one of them to make the first move -- ugh, it’s one of my favorite things about YA romances. It was so well done here.” –Sara, Bibliophagist

I loved Cody and his back story was heartbreaking. The fact that he was not perfect but scarred and missing a hand was a plus with him being a guardian.” –Tammy, Goodreads Reviewer

“[P]erfect for fans of paranormal with an extra helping of romance. Plus I will admit: that epilogue was perfect. I had such a huge smile on my face!!” –Lauren, Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf

All my favorite tropes in one book, YES PLEASE!!!” –Mina Verga, Amazon Reviewer

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640633322
Release Date: Sep 4, 2017
Page Count: 359
Imprint: teen
Genre: contemporary, fantasy, ghosts, paranormal, urban fantasy, young adult
Tropes: bodyguard/protector, boy next door, coming of age/family/social issues, friends to lovers

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By Carrie August 25, 2017

Six months ago Allie lost her mother to cancer which caused her to cut herself off from her boyfriend and friends. Now Allie has started to feel more like herself again and wants to repair her relationships that she had ignored however she's told her boyfriend that they should only be friends moving ...more

By Lin September 18, 2017


Oh wow, this book was really something. I wast not sure what to expect and I am glad that I did not look into reviews and just dived into it.

I had some minor issues with it, but overall I really did like it and It really did scare me where it had to. I was pretty much like

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Yep... not ashamed to admi ...more

By lacy August 31, 2017

A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen for allowing me to read this book! All thoughts and opinions are my own.

4.5 stars

Another book that has ripped my heart into shreds. I'm not sure how much more my heart can take these types of books. But damn, if they are addicting.

I think what is one ...more

By Mandy September 04, 2017

*Thanks so much to Entangled Teen for sending me over a n advanced copy! I really appreciate it!!*

September and October always bring out the need to find books that I can curl up around an imaginary campfire, bring out the fuzzy sweaters, sip some tea I don't even like, and read a ton of ghostie nov ...more

By Amanda September 24, 2017

I received an Advanced Review Copy of this book from Entangled Teen Publishing and Netgalley.

Let me start off by saying that I nearly passed this one up because of the title. I have read far too many books with some variation of the same title, and honestly, they are all pretty similar. The main c ...more

By Hope September 04, 2017

Every now and again you read a book that absorbs you and settles in your soul as you read it. The moment you finish, and the first read experience ends, you feel the cold seep into the hollow left by the end. You have to sit, the text heavy in your lap, as you mourn and readjust to the world around ...more

By Kathy September 04, 2018

I won a copy of this book during a Goodreads giveaway. I am under no obligation to leave a review or rating and do so voluntarily. So that others may also enjoy this book, I am paying it forward by donating it to my local library. ...more

By Jess September 04, 2017

I have an ARC copy of this book for a blog tour. I went into reading it thinking it was horror, but as a cute surprise it had a love story tangled up into it. I enjoyed reading it....nice quick read! ...more

By Olivia August 22, 2017

“Summoner” follows Allie, 6 months after she lost her mother to cancer, as she rejoins her friends on a crazy dare. Nell seems to find the oddest things to do, and now she has them using a divining rod to locate dead bodies in a cemetery. Although creeped out, not wanting to be a chicken, Allie give ...more

By Sharon September 12, 2017

Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Our MC is Allie Billings who has avoided her closest friends since the death of her mother, trying to reconnect she joins them on a dare to the local cemetery for a night of witching. Allie doesn’t believe in witching but after this night her opinion changes when she become ...more

By Teddi September 26, 2017

First I'll admit that I'm not much of a fan of ghost stories. But this book was recommended to me and I found that it isn't a ghost story so much as it's a story about loss and friendship and what it means to really love someone. It's a great teen romance, actually (if you're into that sort of thing ...more

By Laurie September 10, 2017

I'm not usually a fan of ghost stories, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Grimm's writing style is very engaging, and the ghost appearances all gave hints to solving the mystery of how Allie became a Summoner and how the curse could be broken. Cody was a great male lead ...more

By Jackie August 20, 2017

Summoner was a read that I hadn't fully expected. It was also a read that gave me topics I'd like to look more into such as witching. I'd like to thank Chapter by Chapter blog tours, Entangled Teen, and Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read an e-ARC of this one! You guys can look forward t ...more

By heather - NightlyReading August 30, 2017

I have been on the lookout for a great paranormal read that would suck me in and not let me go. I have found that in this book!

The story intrigued me and it was so unique to the genre that I couldn't help but be mesmerized by it. I adored the characters and all of their flaws and loved what the auth ...more

By Laura September 14, 2017

I just finished reading this, and the tears are still streaming down my face in a continuous flow. Wow! What an utterly captivating read. This author has written a beautiful paranormal story with well-developed characters that reach out to you and not only pull at your heart strings but have you che ...more

By Anie September 27, 2017

Received from NetGalley

Allie and friends go witching on the cemetery, on a dare. For Allie is more than that, she start to hear and see the ghost.

She is sweet girl, living with her father and her dog. Her mother died few months ago and she is still mourning her death. One night she wakes up by the ...more

By Debbie September 07, 2017

The newest book by author S.D. Grimm is a combination of the paranormal and a young adult romance. This ain't your mama's scariest ghost tale but it does have some witching, divining, a spirit summoner and a guardian that might catch your interest. Grimm's coming of age story delves into some comple ...more

By Sara August 20, 2017

After her mother’s death six months ago, Allie Billings pushed everyone away. Finally, one night, she decides to reconnect with her friends, and, on a dare, heads into a cemetery for a night of witching. Allie doesn’t think that anything will come of it, doesn’t even believe that witching is a real ...more

By Narelle September 29, 2017

Allie has a pretty clear understanding of what it feels like to grieve - she recently lost her mother to cancer and isn't feeling very positive about life. She is finding it hard to connect with her friends which is probably why she agrees to go 'witching' with them. A silly prank, playing with dows ...more

By KarenJo September 13, 2017

This was surprisingly really good! Review to come.

4.5 – A Fantastic Heartwrenching YA Paranormal Romance

Summoner by S.D. Grimm surprised me in so many ways and it was pretty fantastic! To be honest, this book was not what I expected it to be, but that turned out to be a really good thing.

Grimm’s wr ...more

By R.J. September 04, 2017

This was such an amazing read. Truly, I started it with the honest thought of, "just one chapter tonight, and I'll read more tomorrow, after I finish editing." Ha! The first chapter had me intrigued. The second chapter had me hooked. The third chapter had me wondering how well I could function the n ...more

By Macy September 04, 2017

I received a copy of this book from the publisher.

Now that it's finally starting to get a bit cooler out, I'm getting in the fall spirit. I want to surround myself in all things pumpkin spice and fall. This also means I'm starting to crave darker and spookier books, which means it was the perfect ti ...more

By Isabella September 03, 2017

Copy provided by Entangled Publishing via NetGalley for honest review.

I LOVED the plot because seriously, a dare in a cemetery? that’s just how the best stories (or nightmares, if you wish) begin.

The book was great, I love paranormal and anything to do with witches, ghosts and all that fun stuff rig ...more

By ☘Tara September 04, 2017

Grimm provides these characters that draw you into the story with this emotional depth and chemistry that feels so real you almost believe it’s tangible. You get a romance angle between a couple of them but it’s not done in that oft irritating YA way, this felt more like a slow burn who wanted to en ...more

By Eva November 16, 2017

in summoner, s.d. grimm introduces us to allie billings six months after the death of her mother. she's only just started to come out of the fog of grief and hanging out with her old friends is part of that. she's not thrilled that her friend nell has decided that they need to go witching at the loc ...more

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S.D. Grimm

About the author

S.D. Grimm

S. D. Grimm’s first love in writing is young adult fantasy and science fiction. She is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency and author of SCARLET MOON. She currently has four books under contract, including the remainder of her YA fantasy series Children of the Blood Moon. When she’s not writing or editing, Sarah enjoys reading (of course!), practicing kickboxing and Brazilian jiu jitsu, training dogs, and binge-watching shows with great characters. Her office is anywhere she can curl up with her laptop and at least one large-sized dog. You can learn more about her upcoming novels at

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