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The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

January 17th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


I give this one a 3 out of 5 stars.

Description from Kelley Armstrong’s website: Chloe Saunders sees dead people. Yes, like in the films. The problem is, in real life saying you see ghosts gets you a one-way ticket to the psych ward. And at 15, all Chloe wants to do is fit in at school and maybe get a boy to notice her. But when a particularly violent ghost haunts her, she gets noticed for all the wrong reasons. Her seemingly crazed behaviour earns her a trip to Lyle House, a centre for ‘disturbed teens’. At first Chloe is determined to keep her head down. But then her room mate disappears after confessing she has a poltergeist, and some of the other patients also seem to be manifesting paranormal behaviour. Could that be a coincidence? Or is Lyle House not quite what it seems…? Chloe realizes that if she doesn’t uncover the truth, she could be destined for a lifetime in a psychiatric hospital. Or could her fate be even worse…? Can she trust her fellow students, and does she dare reveal her dark secret?

I would say this is a good book for teens but it did not grab me the way other YA books have.  It’s funny reading the description, all I could think was “I see dead people” from The Sixth Sense.  The story does hook you wondering what do all these teens really have in common and who should Chloe trust.  In fact it ends with quite the surprise.  I am looking forward to the next book but it is not a “I’m dying for it to come out” series.

Stop here if you don’t want any spoilers.

I was surprised to see that Chloe’s aunt was in on the whole thing.  I wonder if this group is really going to be evil.  It seems like it but Aunt Lauren really seems to care about Chloe so we will have to see what happens.  I do hope Liz is still alive although if she is I don’t see how Chloe can summon her at will.

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10 Responses

  1. J. Kaye

    I read a few pages and then had to put it down as other books needed my attention. I’m not sure if I’ll continue with it. It was the same for me. It didn’t grab me right away.

  2. dsuzuki

    I think this is definitely a YA book that is geared solely to the YA audience and doesn’t grab adults as much as other YA series. It was just the writing style and character development that I couldn’t get into as much.

  3. Emily

    I picked this one up last time I was at Borders. I’ll still give it a try since I paid all that money for it but I’m not nearly as excited about it as I was!

  4. dsuzuki

    Yeah, this was a hard one to get through. If you have other books I would definitely go through other books before this one.

  5. Jessica Sickler

    You’re all crazy! I ♥ this book. My mom picked it up for me and I actually didn’t think I’d like it but WOW! I’m bored with all this cliched romance between vamps and humans after the release of Twilight….

  6. dsuzuki

    LOL. To each their own. I have seen a lot of positive reviews so it’s all a matter of taste.

  7. Amanda

    I agree with Jessica Sickler. This book is a breath of fresh air to the supernatural YA genre. As an avid reader in possession of my own library containing over 3000 books, I’ve read a lot of supernatural novels and most were vampire novels simply because they interested me. However, after falling in love with Twilight over four years ago, I couldn’t find any more that interested me. It honestly annoyed me that no one wanted to read the book I loved yet right before the movie came out, every ditz in my school decided she was “Edward Cullen’s biggest fan”. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong may not be the right book for anyone obsessed with reading smutty sex scenes but for any supernatural fan who could stand to live without those disgusting scenes, The Summoning is the perfect place to look.

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