Saturday, April 17, 2010

Review: The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong


After years of frequent moves following her mother’s death, Chloe Saunders’s life is finally settling down. She is attending art school, pursuing her dreams of becoming a director, making friends, meeting boys. Her biggest concern is that she’s not developing as fast as her friends are. But when puberty does hit, it brings more than hormone surges. Chloe starts seeing ghosts–everywhere, demanding her attention. After she suffers a breakdown, her devoted aunt Lauren gets her into a highly recommended group home.

At first, Lyle House seems a pretty okay place, except for Chloe’s small problem of fearing she might be facing a lifetime of mental illness. But as she gradually gets to know the other kids at the home–charming Simon and his ominous, unsmiling brother Derek, obnoxious Tori, and Rae, who has a “thing” for fire–Chloe begins to realize that there is something that binds them all together, and it isn’t your usual “problem kid” behaviour. And together they discover that Lyle House is not your usual group home either…


OK...I read this book a while back, so this will be a quick review as I try to remember what I thought. Look for reviews of the rest of the books in the Darkest Powers Trilogy in the future.

The Summoning was definitely an interesting book with a storyline being something that I never read before. Before reading this book, I have never read a book about a necromancer, so it was nice to explore that aspect of the supernatural world. I had fun spending time with Chloe as she tried to figure out what exactly is going on with her and the world around her. She doesn't really know anything about her new found ability. I like that she was able to make friends with the other kids in the group home even though they are all so different. If I remember correctly, it was a quick read.

I know I thought it was a so-so read with an ending that left me wanting to know what happens next. Not one of my favorite books, but it was still worth reading.

Rating: 3/5

Swords are for fighting,

1 comment:

  1. I've not heard of this before. It sounds like an interesting concept. Thanks for sharing.