Friday, January 25, 2013

Book review: The Summoning


The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

Description from Goodreads (below) can be found here along with other reviews. Linking up with Blonde... Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday.

My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again.

All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don't even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost - and the ghost saw me.

Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won't leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a "special home" for troubled teens. Yet the home isn't what it seems. Don't tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? it's up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House...before its skeletons come back to haunt me.


The Summoning is a quick and easy read targeted at the younger end of the YA fan base.

The main character Chloe is 15 and starts the book with typical teenage concerns: boys, friends, parents, etc. Then she sees a ghost in her school, is diagnosed with schizophrenia, and is sent to a group home for "troubled teens."

The Summoning is entertaining. I never wanted to put it down, and it went in a few different directions that surprised me -- I don't think the author ever did what I was expecting.

But.

I think the author was laying a lot of ground work for the future of the series, which left it with a bit of an unsatisfying end.

Not a whole lot really happens in The Summoning, but a lot is alluded to, and I think it'll get to that eventually. And obviously the author wouldn't give everything away in the first book of the series. But the book should be able to stand on its own, and I don't think it completely does. Also, there's a ton that's brought up early in the book that the author never gets back to. So I think there's a LOT that can happen in the next books.

There are great twists and turns and it definitely kept me interested. I gave it three stars on Goodreads.

Have any of you read The Summoning? What did you think?



5 comments:

Breenah said...

I've read the series and I really like it. Definitely a starter book, but read the sequels, you should like them :)

Jordan said...

Sounds interesting! I think I'd be more likely to read it if the main character was a few years older. How did you feel about her being 15? Thanks for sharing!

Tamara said...

I've read the first couple books in this series, and felt the same way. The first one is just kind of a appetizer for what's to come, but I definitely couldn't put it down either.

Maya said...

I should definitely read it!

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Sarah E. said...

I haven't yet, but it's on my TBR list :)

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