Saturday, April 24, 2010

Review : The Summoning


Synopsis: 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…


Thoughts: How can I describe The Summoning? Umm, awesome? No, that doesn't seem right. Really awesome? Ok, I'll settle for really awesome. The Summoning is jammed pack, full of fun and adventure.

Since Chloe was a little girl, she has seen ghosts. How do you explain that to people? Luckily, she hasn't seen any in ages. Of course, things tend to happen when you least expect them. A freak encounter with a ghost sends Chloe off the deep end and lands her a spot at Lyle House, school for the mentally disturbed.

While at Lyle House, Chloe finds out the truth about the other kids and herself. Soon she'll find out the truth about Lyle house, but not soon enough. The story takes you from chapter to chapter wondering what do these kids know and what do the doctors know. You'll question what's happening Chloe, alliances and what kind of powers these other kids really have.

At times, the pacing seems a bit slow, but Kelley has a way of writing that still keeps you intrigued as to what's going on in the story. There's always that point in the book where you can't put it down. Those cliffhangers will have you flipping throuh the pages, wanting you to know what happens next.

Usually, there's a swoon worthy boy in each book. This one gives you an option. Are you Team Simon or Team Derek? I'm personally Team Derek, but my allegance wasn't declared until The Awakening (book 2). Both boys have great qualities, but that'll come later. The Summoning is more action than romance.

For those of you who have read The Summoning, you know how awesome it is. And for those of you who haven't, well...you need to. I highly recommend it, especially if you are a fan of The Otherworlds series by Kelley Armstrong.

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