Saturday, June 19, 2010

The Summoning Review - Ana

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?

The Summoning starts off the paranormal YA series, Darkest Powers. Just by the summary, I was drawn into the book and immediately went out to buy it, but once I began reading it I found the beginning a bit slow. Now I still had faith in the book because the cover was absolutely exquisite and the garnet gemstone made me know that there was going to be something up with that necklace.

But once I delved really into the novel, I fell in love with it. It was amazing. Kelley Armstrong does an amazing job with developing her character and there were many times where I was scared. Chloe is the type of person I would love to be around just by her personality and how she’s not so dependent on others and always clumsy and falling. She stands up for herself, but not to the point where it gets annoying.

Though I have to say the ending was a cliffhanger which sort of left me hanging, but I didn’t mind it too much. I sort of tied everything together to understand what was going to happen in the next book, The Awakening.


COVER 15 /15

ENDING 15 /20


PLOT 17 /20

89% B+

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