Review: The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

Friday, October 12, 2012
Series: Darkest Powers #2
Publication Date: July 1, 2008
Pages: 390
Reviewer: Amber R. 
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.

I absolutely loved this book. I finished this and immediately started reading the second one even though I wasn't going too. When the book first starts out you get the idea that Chloe isn't a normal little girl. But then she grows up and there are no signs of anything odd. Until she starts seeing ghosts that is. She gets shipped off to the creepy Lyle House. And she gets a tidy little mental disorder. But things aren't that simple.

I really like Chloe as a main character. She's very level headed. I like that she can see the end resolution. It sucks that she was put in Lyle House but she's going to do what she needs to do to get out. That is, until things stop adding up. Slowly she starts to realize that things aren't what they seem and the other kids at Lyle House aren't "normal" kids.

I have to throw in here that I really like Derek. A lot. I think he's a good guy and I felt bad for him a lot in this book. I actually like him a lot better than I like Simon. Neither one are really a love interest, which I really like. Although Simon and Chloe do seem to like each other some. But they have a lot more to be focused on than trying to date each other.

Chloe is a necromancer. She gets betrayed by someone very closer to her. She's dealing with a lot of stuff and trying to make some normalcy out of her crazy life. This book is amazing. It's very fast paced, there wasn't a moment when I felt like I was forcing myself to read on. I can't wait to see where this series is going to go.

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  1. I loved this series! I glad you like Derek so much! He's a favourite character of mine but I always loved how Chloe would try and put things in a movie perspective in this book to help her cope with things, directing the scene to get a sense of control! She's a great character! There are DP bonus packs as well, short stories Kelley wrote and put in an e-book involving the characters, set before, during and after the series! Kelley can do no wrong in her writing!

  2. I love this series. Kelley Armstrong is amazing! Once you are done with this series I am making you read her Otherworld books. I know you read the first book but I am making you read them all. There are only 13. :)

    1. haha and I've only reviewed the last 2 I think . next time your here I'll send you home with some.

  3. I don't normally read YA, but since I loved the Otherworld books I gave these a try and .really liked them

  4. OOh I have this one and now I understand it's the second one and not the first one lol. I'll have to buy it I think... It sounds nice I'm curious to discover it!


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