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The Summoning Paperback – March 31, 2009
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“Suspenseful, well-written and engaging.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
“...splendidly haunting, with hair-raising suspense, disturbing effects, and a running undercurrent of unease.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
Top Customer Reviews
Lyle House is for mentally-ill teens who must work through their problems, or at least that is what it is advertised to be. Bizarre situations are occurring at this house, not only with herself, but also with other residents of the house. And no matter how much she tries not to believe it, Chloe sees more ghosts. Through strange events, the secrets everyone is hiding spills out, connections are made, and soon nothing is as it was thought to be. But with secrets.... there are always people who want to keep them quiet.
The Summoning was unlike anything I had expected. Kelley Armstrong has managed to mix a supernatural drama with a dash of teenage angst and a whole lot of conspiracy. This novel had an underlying sense of eeriness throughout it, waiting to burst. The middle of the story did drag a little, I will admit, but the end was thoroughly exhilarating. This book was amazing and the ending left it completely open for what is sure to be a fantastic trilogy.
I like the style and if she writes this series the way she writes her adult books they won't all be left on cliffhangers and some could be stand-alones with some character crossovers. The only fault I could find - and it's purely because I'm an adult now I would assume -is that I really couldn't lose myself in the character as I can typically with most of her stories. I found the lead character's desire to storyboard everything distracting... and yet I remember doing something similar at that age -so it still comes across realistic. Hopefully a sequel will come out soon...
I recommend this book to any and all who love a well-told, riveting story! One chapter and you'll be hooked for life!
I want to start with the characters... Chloe is very appealing to me. She's not over-the-top brave when the book starts. She's a sweet girl who likes movies and isn't very remarkable. Then THINGS HAPPEN. Suddenly she's thrown into a situation that is very, very, VERY different from anything she's ever had to deal with. She blossoms as she comes to terms with what's happening to her. For the love of small furry animals, she stands up to Derek -- and he's a little rough around the edges at first glance.
Derek... I kinda love the guy. I love that he's not the most sociable. He's smart enough to find the answers but he doesn't know when to stop pushing and let people come to grips with things in their own time. He's fiercely protective, which comes across as dangerous and surly to people who don't know him. When Chloe takes a chance and begins to trust him, he adds her to his pack. It's really kind of sweet.
Simon... I like the guy, don't get me wrong, but he's a pale shadow next to Derek. Simon is charming and funny. He has some magical skill and he's as protective of Derek as Derek is of him. But... I'm smitten with Derek and his surly attitude and Simon just doesn't measure up.
I (honest to gosh and all sorts of other things) ADORE this series. I love the twists and the turns, the betrayals and the bonds that are forged. I love that Chloe has to face some hard truths and that the boys are there to give her a bit of guidance.
I will be rereading the rest of this series soooooon.
-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like that even though a girl seeing ghost is a big topic a lot of people write about that the author took that perspective and the plot in a way you would never expect.Published 1 month ago by Mikel A.W.
Loved....Loved...Loved This totally made me a Kelley Armstrong Fan.
it is really hard to put this book down. Beware it may cause Book Hangover. Read more
Book one if this trilogy sucked me in. The stakes rise and the characters get more interesting as the story progresses.Published 2 months ago by spoongirl
I felt like the beginning dragged. It really didn't get interesting for me until the end, and then there was a freaking cliff hanger. Read morePublished 2 months ago by tripleaaa