Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong (Review)

Reading level: Young Adult
Edition: Hardcover (400 pages)
Language: English
Synopsis: 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… Source

Review: I got this book finally and honestly could not stop reading this book once I got it. At first, I thought this might be a long read when Chloe was describing every little detail, but I started thinking that the plot needed to be described in detail to make it more intense.

I loved the plot about how this staff is more than just a psychiatric staff. The plot is full of twists and turns that still leave you hungry for more at the last page. I love this book because of how you know the plot will continue to the next book, but it leaves it on a note to leave you wanting more but willing to wait. I mostly love how the plot is not just about the main issue, but there are all of these other underlining issues that needed to be resolved.

Chloe is a very good character because of her willingness to face her flaws. She wasn't the most perfect person, but Armstrong didn't make her a complete rebel that went all out with sex, drugs, and alcohol. She had her flaws, but because of her flaws, she grows as a character. She goes from a shy and fragile girl to a brave and courageous young lady.

I know this sounds weird, but Derek was my favorite character. He was uptight and obnoxious, but there was something about him that I liked. There seemed to be something about him that he isn't telling Chloe, but you know he wants to tell her everything. And, I truly am an advocate of getting Derek and Chloe together. They are way too perfect for one another and I love the times when Chloe stands up to Derek and she doesn't back down. There are some things about him that made my jaw drop, but he is my favorite character right now.

I give this book a four out of four because of the eventful plot and amazing characters. You have to check out this series for yourself, honestly.
Peace and Fangs,

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