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The Summoning

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  33 reviews
ISABELLE LOFFLIN lived an ordinary life until her mom mysteriously died four months ago. Now, with the help of her boyfriend, Jeremy, Isabelle is forced to take care of her younger sister, Brett. When Isabelle arranges to have Brett meet a psychic in the hopes of reuniting with their mother, everything goes wrong. The round-trip turns one-way when the train drives further ...more
Paperback, 163 pages
Published May 2020 by Life Rattle Press
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Aleksandra (drawingandreading)
(I received the ebook by the author)


Though The Summoning found its way to me in a time where work and university kept me very busy, the tension in every page made me welcome every opportunity I had to sit down and enjoy some reading time. Angels as a concept are something that, as fantasy readers, we’ve all come across at some point, but S.V. Filice had such an interesting take on these well-known and beloved beings.

Because of the short length of the book, I was surprised by how
Maria Elena | _mkarys
This book may be short, but it’s so full of tension! I haven’t read many books about angels and demons, but I love the lore and I’m so happy I loved this book! I enjoyed it from the very beginning thanks to its mysterious first chapter. The main character, Isabelle, is one I felt very close to the heart because of her love for her younger sister. Being the eldest in a tightly knit sister duo, I related to this so very much. The author was also amazing at portraying her emotional turmoil as she’s ...more
Thais • tata.lifepages •
The Summoning presents an entirely unique view to angels & demons, and I found myself completely intrigued by the magic system in the novel and how each person needs to find a proper balance in their Senses in order to keep darkness at bay.

Isabelle attends a psychic with her sister and boyfriend in hopes to lighten her sister’s suffering after their mother’s death. Upon discovering that she lacks balance in the sense of Sight, the psychic sends Isabelle (completely unaware and separated from he
Chiara | _ckarys
I was gifted an ebook copy by the author

The Summoning is short and sweet, but filled with tension! I was drawn into the story from the very beginning, probably because I immediately felt a connection with the main character, Isabelle, through her love for her younger sister. My connection with this character only grew with time. Her reactions to the mysterious world she is suddenly thrust into, her doubts, her emotional turmoil, were all so easy to relate to and I really enjoyed her as a charact
Kelly Miller
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Filice is such a talented writer that I was drawn in to her tale from the first sentences. Isabelle, her sister and boyfriend visit a psychic, and their lives will never be the same. Isabelle is transported to a special camp, where she meets new friends and learns to fight against evil forces. I look forward to seeing what this author comes up with next!
Anya Pavelle
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It's part coming of age story, part paranormal struggle, and part romance. The story starts when Isabelle, her boyfriend, and her sister visit a psychic to contact Isabelle and her sister's mother. There, Isabelle discovers that she has a special power running through her blood. She's then transported (sans sister or boyfriend) to a camp so she can learn how to manifest and control her abilities. I'm not going to mention the nature of these powers because I want to leave that ...more
Emily Craig
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book!
I would highly recommend it to any fantasy lover. Although this is technically my first YA fantasy novel, I really enjoyed it.
If you love stories like the "Hunger Games" or "Divergent," you'll love "The Summoning"!
S.V. Filice captures the harsh sides of battle while also shedding light on the emotion that stems from fighting for a purpose/person.
Emily VanderBent
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reminiscent of Percy Jackson and The Mortal Instruments, The Summoning is a perfect blend of action and intrigue. Filice plays with a fun cast of characters, each unique and engaging in their own right and in their roles in the novel. A well-written novel leaving me with just enough questions and anticipation for what is next.
Judy Ferrell
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Light and dark

A visit to a psychic changes three lives. To find that you are part angel is rough. To also find that you must help protect the world from demons is rougher. Thank goodness for camp so you can learn. Unlike anything I've read before. A new take on good versus evil. With some action and a little romance thrown in for spice.
jana [ bookishwiccan ]
Thoroughly enjoyed this story! Full review to come!
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
“The Summoning” follows a young girl named Isabelle whose mom mysteriously died four months ago and now she decides to meet a psychic so she can reunite with her but everything goes wrong.

This was a very interesting read, a little spooky, dark and it has a very addictive plot so it kept me hooked all the time! I read almost all of it in one sitting because it is pretty short and we’re introduced to so many amazing characters and a very fast-paced storyline.

What I absolutely enjoyed about the w
Eva Alton
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Isabelle is thrown into a "bible camp" where they teach her magic and where she gets to meet very interesting people and fight the evil forces. This book took a little to get into, because there's lots of exposition and explanations about the world/magic system, but if you keep reading the story gets more and more interesting with every chapter as you get to know the characters better. A great read for lovers of the young adult academy genre. ...more
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Filice’s exquisitely written first installment in Moral Bloodlines series introduces a spunky heroine and an irresistible hero who’re forced to pick a side in the war between light and darkness.

20-year-old Isabelle Lofflin is struggling to raise her younger sister Brett after her parents’ tragic death. But a trip to a psychic turns Isabelle’s life upside down: separated from her sister, Isabelle finds herself in a secluded camp. The search for Brett takes back seat as the mere survival becomes
A.C. Merkel
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun YA fantasy!
4.5 stars!
Loved this! The author’s descriptive writing is top notch! Intro chapters could have used some more urgency. Isabelle is a little too willing to believe/way too clam about her missing sister. Things are all righted when we hit the train ride to the compound. Onyx and Ash become a fun way to reach conversational exposition. They are cool, mysterious and sexy!
“Adult” characters are mostly just a little older, more like counselors than teachers, adding to that “bible cam
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love fantasy. I love YA stories. And I love light-romance. So, I absolutely loved this book.
From the first pages, I was drawn to the characters and their lives.
There were a few confusing moments in the book when all the explanations of the good/evil, light/dark are given for the first time, but that is normal when the author creates a world and a new extraordinary one at that.
I was surprised to see where the story led when the antagonist made the appearance and the main battle of the book cam
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading about Angels and Demons is always fun, to know different facts enlighten the soul and makes you want more of it. Honestly I was a little apprehensive at the start but as the story progresses you feel good about it. There’s a school which teaches it's students how to be a kick-ass Angel and maintain a balance for the darkness, a new kind of World.

Isabelle is a very likeable character and quite relatable since she questions everything which is not natural in nature. The connection with th
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

My Rating: 4 Stars

As a general rule, short books worry me. One of the hardest things an Author has to do within the pages of a book is develop their characters. I’m always concerned about the depth of character development possible in a book with a low page count. Color me incredibly pleasantly surprised by this novel. Somehow, S.V. Filice managed to make me feel immediately connected to the main character. She was likable right off
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible piece from this author. MUST read, completely captivating.
Christina Marie Reads
This was a fun, fast-paced YA Fantasy that could be read in few hours. I found it entertaining, the characters quite likeable, AND it reminded me a bit of The Mortal Instruments and Percy Jackson - how fun is that?!
Ryan Horan
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great character development and an intriguing plot. Generally, I do not enjoy fantasy, but this story avoids many of the pitfalls and cliches of the genre. I would highly reccomend!
Estelle Tudor
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such an intriguing take on angels and demons and how easy it is to fall prey to the darkness. I really enjoyed this story, I felt Isabelle's fear at not knowing where her sister was and how she needed to go along with the challenges set before her in the hope that it would lead her to find her sibling. The characters were funny, sassy, quirky, and fully realised, the plot intriguing, and the ending satisfying. My only criticism is I wish it had been longer! I really wanted more :) Can't ...more
Jennifer Baxter
Apr 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book because I often find it difficult to find good books for people who are around my age, early twenties. This is a perfect book for an adult who enjoyed the Percy Jackson series or the Mortal Instrument series because this book reminded me of both. The only thing about this book that I did not enjoy was that I found it a little difficult to keep track of all of the characters but other than that it was a good read.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
No ones first book is amazing. Especially when it lacks the tailoring of traditional publishing. Truth is that more eyes on a project usually help improve it, no matter how convenient self publishing may be. And that is fine because that is the pros and cons of each system. This book had potential. This author still has potential. But it’s unfulfilled.
Danielle Pasquale
Amazing and well written book!
I was very much impressed on how this Author portrayed the characters with a captivating and intriguing plot, that keeps the reader mesmerized to wanting more!
Would highly recommend reading "The Summoning" for an entertaining and fascinating experience!
Looking forward to this talented Author's upcoming 2nd Book!
Samantha Morris
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read! Definitely a page-turner, I could not put the book down!
Sep 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 ⭐️

This was definitely a plot driven book and I enjoyed it. Anything that has to do with magic/powers, count me in. I loved the concept of it.

No time was wasted getting into the history about The Sight. Isabelle was sent to a camp to strengthen her Sight so the darkness wouldn’t take over. From then on you learn a lot about the categories of Sight, and affinities peoples have very early on which I liked. But I wish there was a little more detail about them. The different types of Sight were
Tatum Damman
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Jane Shand
Mar 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Small spoilers.
At the beginning this was a 3 by the end almost a 4 so I give it 3.5. It was very well written. The descriptions of people and places allow you to vividly see them. None of the characters was bland or unreal. It was also a new take on fallen angels/good vs evil. It was also pretty well edited though the author might need to check on the rules for ‘past’ vs ‘passed’. However, a couple of negatives. It felt like Isabelle accepts what happens at the beginning a little too easily, sh
Apr 02, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The book was just slow, not descriptive, and just very distant from the readers. I have no reason to care about the protagonist other than her dead mother and her disloyal father, who get referenced maybe twice. Isabelle (the protagonist) is just a Mary-Sue for the most part and is a passive character. All the rest of the characters spend lengthy paragraphs describing the rules of the world to her and those characters are just two dimensional. I was overall just disappointed because the cover ar ...more
Apr 16, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book had a significant amount of world building, but I just couldn't get into it. There were numerous places where sentences were very awkwardly written, and there were obvious words missing ("she ushered inside" is a notable example). I'm not sure if the main reason I couldn't love this book were those issues or my dislike of present tense but I don't think I'll be reading any other books in this series. ...more
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Samantha-Victoria is a Canadian writer of fantasy fiction. Her debut novel, The Summoning, was self-published in 2017. Though, this was not the start of her writing dreams. A storyteller in childhood, a reader in her youth, and a writer in her teens, SV Filice later attended the University of Toronto to study Professional Writing as well as Culture, Communications and Information Technology. After ...more

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