12 December 2009

Book Review-The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

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.

My thoughts:

This book was definitely something that was unexpected. But not unexpected bad, unexpected good. At first I was not really sure what it was about. Is it about seeing dead people or is it about witches and sorcery. And then toward the end I was thinking, “oh so there’s werewolves in this book too.” But I guess in the book’s defense I was fore warned because one of the main characters called “their kind” the “supernatural.” But the werewolf thing definitely came out of left field; it was excited and I was totally surprised.

So I was thinking, “What’s up with this whole group home thing and why were her guardians so quick to send her there.” To me, being sent to a group home, especially at her age, would be a last resort; there are no parents around, parent kicked the child out or it is the other option than jail. Certainly getting sent to a group home for having a freak out moment at school seems pretty extreme.

Of course it was obvious that there was going to be a sort of romantic connection between Chloe and Simone. I’m sure that they would be cute together and all but they’re chemistry just didn’t seem to jump off the page to me. I’m hoping that Derek is going to grow out of his puberty acne, develop a personality and become the hunky hero that saves the day and gets the girl.

But then again, these are just my thoughts and I will most likely be reading the Awakening and the Reckoning. I hope in the future book that Armstrong will delve more into the history of the “supernaturals” and more into Chloe, Simon and Derek’s family histories.


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