The Summoning is written by Kelley Armstrong. It was published in 2008 by HarperCollins. It is the first book in the Darkest Powers trilogy. Armstrong’s website can be found here.
Genre: Supernatural, Realistic, Young Adult
“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.”
Rae threw up her hands and disappeared down the hall. Tori shot a scowl over her shoulder, as if this were my fault. As she turned, something flashed between us, and I stumbled back a step, grabbing the railing.
Her scowl twisted. “Geez, I’m not going to hit you.”
Over her shoulder, a hand appeared, pale fingers wriggling like worms.
“Chloe?” Liz said.
“I—I—I—” I peeled my gaze from the disembodied hand. “I tripped.”
“Listen—girl—” A man’s voice whispered in my ear.
Liz came down the two steps between us and laid her fingers on my arm. “Are you okay? You’re all white.”
“I j-j-just thought I h-h-heard something.”
I stiffened. It was the ghost from the basement, the one who kept insisting I open the locked door. I took a deep breath. Whoever he was, he couldn’t hurt me. Even that janitor, as hard as he tried, couldn’t do anything more than scare me.
I had the power here. I was the necromancer.
“Who are you?” I asked.
“I can’t understand you.”
Something was blocking him from making contact? Leftover meds in my system?
Recommended Age Range: 14+
What I Liked:
I really, really enjoyed this book. I really liked Chloe and her confusion over her powers and I liked the twists and turns that the plot had, especially at the end. Definitely was not expecting that. It’s supernatural, but it really could also be fantasy, because, really, what Chloe and the others have is essentially magic of different types. Maybe that’s why I liked it so much.
I’m interested to see if Chloe’s ruby necklace has anything to do with her powers. I’m really only wondering because the book cover focused so much on it, but then again, most of the time book covers are not good representations of the content of the book at all. But it was brought up a few too many times in the book for me to be anything but suspicious about it.
Also, Chloe seemed a very realistic fifteen years old. Armstrong did a really good job writing her.
Glad I did not pass this book up.
What I Didn’t Like:
Both Rae and Tori seem a bit too stereotypical, cliché, side character types. Tori is the bad girl and Rae is the tag-along, but maybe they’ll develop along the way. I’m also interested to see if Rae really is supernatural or if she’s just imagining it. Although, since she is in Lyle House, she’s probably supernatural.
The Summoning is a book that really just sucked me right in to the world. I’m looking forward to see what happens to Chloe and the rest. One of the better books I’ve read in a while, and not of a genre I generally read much. Two thumbs up to Kelley Armstrong.
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