Review: The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
First Line: Mommy forgot to warn the new babysitter about the basement.
This is Armstrong’s first gander into the young adult realm with The Summoning, which is part of a trilogy called Dark Powers. The Summoning is about a 15-year-old girl named Chloe Saunders, who attends a special arts school. She’s like any normal girl who has friends who tease her about boys, dreams about being a director, and just started her period. When she starts her period that’s when things really start to change for her. She starts to see people who are not really there. Really deformed and messed up people who others cannot see. They peg her for someone having schizophrenia and assume she is crazy. They send her to a special home called the Lyle House for young people who have their own “issues” and she meets a bunch of different teenagers who are not what they seem either.
This trilogy is set in the same world as The Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong, but those characters are not in this book and Armstrong has toned down the profanity and sex for her directed audience. We are going to see a lot of urban fantasy authors jumping on the young adult market with the success of Twilight and I think that’s okay.
This is a wonderful book and I would highly recommend it. It’s “Girl Interrupted” meets “Sixth Sense”. The details Armstrong puts into the book is astounding. The personality she puts into the characters are pretty remarkable. You very much sympathize with Chloe and want what’s best for her. The story itself doesn’t have a whole lot of action or romance, but there is a big mystery and a little bit of horror.
The problem I find with this book and why I won’t give it an A, is that it’s a trilogy and has the major cliffhanger that I hate so much. I hate cliffhangers because I feel it’s cheating us by making it necessary to buy the next book in order to find out what happens. It’s also a pain because the reader has to remember what had happened in the previous book in order to comprehend what is happening in the latest book. It’s not a TV show which we watch from week to week.
Other than the fact that it has the cliffhanger ending, it’s a story to be cherished because it was amusing to see how Chloe operated under this much stress. I will be reading the next book in the trilogy and hope it has a softer landing.
For: Readers who like creepy young adult novels
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