Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Summoning - Review

The Summoning (Darkest Powers Trilogy #1)

By: Kelley Armstrong

Published: July 1, 2008 by HarperCollins

390 pages

Source: Checked out at local library

(Goodreads / Amazon)

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 generous rating is based on a couple of factors. There were no "wow" moments for me in this book. In fact, it was like pulling teeth for over half the book for me to read it. I will say the most interesting things happened in the last 25%. That boosted my opinion of it but I felt the story could've been so much more interesting. It was very juvenile in a lot of ways and I prefer my YA books to be more mature in nature and in content. I do realize the main female is only 15, newly 15 too, so I guess my expectations were too high given her age. I may give book 2 a chance (when I run out of options to read that are sitting on my night stand) since the ending left me wanting to know more. But for the first in a series.....I felt it needed more.  3 stars.


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