Book Review: The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

Warning: May Contain Spoilers

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

Synopsis: If Chloe knew what puberty would bring, maybe she wouldn’t have wanted it so much. Chloe is fifteen, and, with puberty, she sees her first ghost and it lands her at the Lyle House. While the group home is supposed to help teens learn to deal with their “illnesses”, Chloe slowly learns that the other kids are just as special as she is… and that maybe Lyle House isn’t all that safe for teens with a talent like hers.

Author: I adore Kelley Armstrong. Not only is she a wonderful author, but a Canadian! Kelley has a writing style that allows you to read her books over and over again, without becoming bored. This is my second time reading the Darkest Powers trilogy and I love it just as much as I did the first time.

Character: Chloe is the main character and makes for a believable teen. No fifteen-year-old girl doesn’t question when puberty will hit, though she is a little more wishful than I ever was. Chloe also pretends to have a crush on one of her male friends just to satisfy her BFF’s boy-crazy requirement that every girl have a love interest; it isn’t unusual for a teenager to lie in order to fit in.

Plot: The story basically surrounds the Lyle House; being sent to, living at, and trying to escape the group home. Chloe has to meet with a psychiatrist and tries to believe the doctor because it would mean going home, but eventually Chloe refutes the mental illness and tries to run away. Normally, you shouldn’t be in denial about any psychological problems, and running away never solves anything. But sometimes, the adults have it all wrong, thus leaving you with no choice.

Quote: “You think I have schizophrenia… I’ve seen A Beautiful Mind.”

The Verdict: Read it. If you have read it, read it again.

What would you do if you could see ghosts?  Have you ever considered running away from a bad situation?


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Author: JaimeKristal

JaimeKristal is a freelance editor and writer. She started her book review blog "Tales of a Booklover" for the enjoyment of sharing her love of reading.

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