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Monday, October 19, 2009

The Summoning (Giveaway Points Post)



The Summoning
By Kelley Armstrong
Pub: July 1, 2008
400 pages

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Synopsis:
She sees dead people and they see her.
Chloe Saunders used to have a pretty normal life. But that changed on the day she met her first ghost. When Chloe begins seeing dead people she's locked up in Lyle House, a group home for troubled teens. Imprisoned in the mad house, Chloe soon discovers that the home's residents aren't what they seem. Will Chloe be able to uncover the dangerous secrets of Lyle House...or will its skeletons come back to haunt her?

I read The Summoning after seeing the sequel's book trailer, The Awakening - which is pretty awesome by the way - so when I started The Summoning I knew a few things before they were revealed, I think that helped me get through it as fast as I did.

The Summoning is a very good adventure, although in the middle it seriously slows down while Chloe is trying to figure things out. However, once she starts putting it all together the pace just keeps picking up speed and you are flipping pages at lightening speed.

The ending was good and bad. Good in that I was running to the bookstore for the sequel. Bad in the sense that the end left me feeling Kelley Armstrong cut me off rather abruptly. She ended her book in the middle of the story line - actually the peak of the story line. There was no closure, with many open questions that needed answering... hence the speedy drive to the bookstore.

The only thing I didn't like about Chloe is that she would take a step back from everything and analyze it as though she were writing or directing a movie to cope with what was happening (she wants to be a screenplay writer/movie director). The first few times it was fun, but after a while it became distracting and I found myself skimming for when we got back to the plot. Other than that, Chloe is a unique character that is very easy to relate to.

I loved the opening scenes when Chloe sees her first dead guy - and totally freaks out. Very funny and realistic in her reactions. I also thought Armstrong did a good job with the main characters and their relationships.

On the whole, I love the trilogy so far and can't wait for book three The Reckoning. Kelley has a great website if you want to check out more about her and see the listing of her many books, most of them adult urban fantasy and very popular.


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31 comments:

Faith Adeline said...

I've been wanting to read this book for a while, because I love Kelley Armstrong. I'm glad to hear it's good!!

Llehn said...

I've been hearing good things about the series. Looks like I'll be checking this one out soon.

elnice said...

Interesting review. I am glad to hear it is worth the read and you are interested in the last book. I am drawn to the covers but haven't read any yet.

ladystorm said...

I am waiting my turn for this one at the library, I think I am getting close to the front of the list..lol Can't wait!

Ladytink_534 said...

I just finished The Awakening the other day! It was SO good. I can't wait for the next one :)

TJ said...

I've been awfully curious about this series...!

babygirlG said...

I picked this book up at the library the other day. Can't wait to read it.

titania86 said...

I agree that the middle lagged a lot. I think I liked the book a bit less as a result. I think I'll give the second one a chance.

elaing8 said...

I love this series and can't wait for The Reckoning.

Jessica Secret said...

I won this one in a contest and have heard nothing but good things about it. Great review!

Melissa said...

This looks like a great book. Cannot wait to read it.

Krista said...

I really wanna read these! I'm glad you enjoyed them because I have already added them to my to get list :)

Blodeuedd said...

I do wanna read this book since I loved one of Armstrongs previous books. So how does she write YA. Sounds good

brizmus said...

A good and bad ending. . .interesting.
I have been wanting to read this book just for the cover, though it sounds great, too!
And Kelley's website is awesome.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Great review. You are right about the beginning with her first dead person. That was really good. I had totally forgotten about that.

Amy J said...

I heard good things abou this book and I can't start to read this! Great review!
Amy J
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Book Whisperer said...

I love this series. Great Review...

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Nina said...

Great review, I so want to read this serie. :)

Jessica (BookLover) said...

The third book can't come out soon enough!

Alessandra said...

I've wanted to read this book for a while, too. Haven't been able to find the time so far, though. I think it sounds very, very good. The beginning is promising, at the very least.

natalierenae said...

I've heard a lot of mixed reviews about this one, but the premise seems very interesting! I've been waiting around for my turn to read it at the library, but the waitlist is FOREVER!


Natalie @ Mindful Musings

Mandy said...

I've really been wanting to read this.

Teddyree said...

Great review, I'm seriously hanging out for The Reckoning. Love Kelley Armstrong's writing :-)

Sheere said...

I have heard great thing about this book and it's sequel. I can't wait to read it, I just don't have enough time!

Bella said...

I love Kelley Armstrong and need to pick up this book and the sequel! Great review!

mariska said...

Great review! Patienly waiting my turn to read Kelley's books!

Brodie said...

Great review! I haven't read this yet but I think I might have to start. Though you've given me some very beneficial advice: make sure I have a copy of the second book right beside me when I finish otherwise I'll go nuts LOL

Alexia561 said...

Love Kelley Armstrong and am really looking forward to reading this one. Really enjoyed your review!

Misty said...

I really like this series, and I think it is just getting better. I'm excited for the third, too. I was happy to see Armstrong write YA, and it was exactly what I would have expected from her.
Great review.

Sarbear said...

I've wanted to read this for FOREVER now. I'm going to have to just make time for it.

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