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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 34 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HarperAudio
- Audible.com Release Date: August 5, 2008
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B001DVZU0A
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The Summoning: Darkest Powers, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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Actual Rating: 3.5ish
I'm conflicted. While I find Kelley Armstrong's writing superior to a lot of what's out there in the ocean of Y/A, this story lacked something. Yes, it was fast-paced and, yes, the characters were interesting, it's just, I don't know... I wish there were more. Often times I just found myself saying "oh, come on" or "really?" or sometimes simply "um, okay".
There seemed to be a lot of scrambling going on in this novel, a lot of moving pieces not really going anywhere, not really moving the story along. It was kind of distracting. I expected the story to flow more, taking me with it on it's journey, which, by the way, started out fantastically. It just seemed to peeter out somewhere around the middle and never seemed to get very far beyond that. The action sequences, however, were exciting and the characters seemed interesting, I am looking forward to knowing where their collective and individual stories are going, I just wish they'd get there on a less jarring path.
Another niggling issue: the physical characterization of Derek. I liked him. Really, liked him. There's something dark and troubled about him, and not in that angsty Y/A bad-boy kinda way. Somewhere deep inside I see a squishiness to him that I love and I GET why he's gruff on the outside. But is it really necessary to remind me how repulsive he is? Do I need constant reminders of his acne? Or that he's stinky? He's one of the best written characters in the book, why do you have to hack him off at the knees constantly, Ms. Armstrong? Ugh.
Other than that, it was engaging and worth reading, especially if you're looking for something outside the normal Y/A pnr crap.
I read this entire trilogy in a little over a day. It was a decent story, but my main complaint was that I didn't see the need to break it up into three separate books for the story. It seems that each story ends in the middle of a scene and the length of the novels was short, therefore I'm not really seeing the need to have made three books out of the story.
The prologue begins with a little girl being tricked into the basement of her home by a frightening ghost. It doesn't really give an explanation as to why or tell what happens next and the scene isn't really mentioned again in any of the rest of the series, however despite that the prologue is interesting enough to hook you into the book from page one. I do find it unfortunate that none of this material is really brought up later, explained or expanded upon.
When we really enter the story at chapter one Chloe is 15, attending an art school in Buffalo, she seems totally normal except for being a little bit of late bloomer as far as puberty is concerned. When she gets her period though her world is turned upside down when a gory looking janitor only she can see chases her through her school resulting in her being subdued by teachers and removed from the school on stretcher. The next twist in this book however seems a little odd. Chloe isn't described as having ever been a trouble maker or ever prone to violent outbursts, but the school is requiring her to spend two mandatory weeks in a home for teens with mental issues before she returns to school unless she wants for the incident to appear on her permanent record and therefore destroy her dreams of a good college and future. While the story after this point is interesting, the plot twist that throws her into Lyle house seems incredibly unlikely to have happened. I could see the school making her see a counselor, but without a history, I can't see them forcing her into a home.
So she enters a group home of children with mental issues just like her, the doctors tell her she's schizophrenic, the other residents tell her she's a necromancer, a person who can communicate with ghosts and raise the dead and the focus of this section of the story is mostly Chloe's journey to deciding which one is the truth, is she crazy, or cursed?
The pacing is good, but not excellent and while I did enjoy the book I might not have bought the sequel if she didn't save the climax of the story for the very end of the book and leave the book off mid-scene. The Darkest Powers Trilogy might have received an all 5 Star Rating from me if it had been one solid book, however for a stand alone title the first story itself does leave much to be desired. Don't get me wrong there are quite a few exciting and intriguing scenes within the book, but you won't really understand how good what you're reading is unless you buy the entire trilogy at once and read them all together. What the first book in this series really reads like is the opening to a longer and more intriguing novel. Without the additional parts, it's definitely missing something.