Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

After years of frequent moves following her mother’s death, Chloe Saunders’s life is finally settling down. She is attending art school, pursuing her dreams of becoming a director, making friends, meeting boys. Her biggest concern is that she’s not developing as fast as her friends are. But when puberty does hit, it brings more than hormone surges. Chloe starts seeing ghosts–everywhere, demanding her attention. After she suffers a breakdown, her devoted aunt Lauren gets her into a highly recommended group home.

At first, Lyle House seems a pretty okay place, except for Chloe’s small problem of fearing she might be facing a lifetime of mental illness. But as she gradually gets to know the other kids at the home–charming Simon and his ominous, unsmiling brother Derek, obnoxious Tori, and Rae, who has a “thing” for fire–Chloe begins to realize that there is something that binds them all together, and it isn’t your usual “problem kid” behaviour. And together they discover that Lyle House is not your usual group home either…

I first fell in love with The Summonign by the synopsis on the jacket cover. When I begna reading this one, I actually was a bit frightened. But as I went along I felt it dragging on and on, but boy does it pick up pace.

Chloe is such a sweet and fun character. She was thought of as crazy, but actually she's not. She has supernatural powers and so do all the others in Lyle's House and Lyle's House is nothing ordinary. The teens may not be the bad guys, but the people sure are and Chloe and her friends are in for a long journey trying to get away from them. When Derek first showed up in the book, I thought he was a jerk, but towards the middle of the book, I began falling in love with him.

The ending was a cliffhanger and I didn't know what to actually think of it. I didn;t know what was going to happen and couldn't wait for The Awakening to find out.

The cover for The Summonign is very pretty and I love hoe the girl (which I'm guessing is Chloe and matches Chloe's description perfectly) is holding the red necklace on her hand (the necklace has a big meaning, especially the color).

Overall, I loved this book and the second book is a definite must read. Also, this is a great new series.


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