Sunday, 27 July 2014

Book Review - The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

The Summoning

(Darkest Powers #1)

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal

Published: July 3 2008

Pages: 390 pages (Paperback Edition) (Orbit)

Read: July 2014

Rating: 5 Stars

All Chloe Saunders wants is a life like any normal teenager – the chance to get through school, make friends, and maybe meet a boy. But when she starts seeing ghosts, she knows that life will never be the same again.

Soon the ghosts are everywhere, demanding her attention. When Chloe finally breaks down, she’s admitted to a group home for disturbed kids. At first Lyle House seems okay, but as she gets to know the other patients – charming Simon and his ominous, unsmiling brother Derek, obnoxious Tori, and Rae, who has a 'thing' for fire – Chloe begins to realise that something strange and sinister binds them all together, and it isn’t your usual ‘problem kid’ behaviour.

And they’re about to discover that Lyle House is not your usual group home, either..

The Summoning is the first book in the Darkest Powers trilogy which follows the protagonist Chloe Saunders as she delves into a dangerous, mysterious world that was kept secret from her her whole life.

The plot of this novel is strong. It kept me completely immersed in the story as new developments showed and the story moved forward. I thoroughly enjoyed the pace of the plot as it was neither too slow or too fast but just right to keep me hanging onto every page. It was unpredictable (which is the best thing a novel can be) and I was often left in the 'Oh My God Did That Just Happen!!' phase. I also extremely enjoyed the vivid imagery of this novel. I love haunted, dark tales and this book just kept the graphic ghost scenes coming. 

I found that it was easy connect with most of the characters although to be honest I really only care about two. Chloe, herself, and a boy called Derek. Apart from Liz as well all the other characters felt a bit meh to me. I hated Tori, Rae really annoyed me at the end and now I really dislike her and I don't know how I feel about Simon, he's kinda just there with no emotional attachment from me. Don't get me wrong though, just because I didn't like most of the characters didn't in any way affect my enjoyment of the book. 

I loved this book and to list out the things that I liked about it would take too long!! I am just a crazy Kelley Armstrong fan!!

To my dislikes, it was mainly just some of those characters which I ranted about above and will not go into again.

The ending of this book had me sad. Really really sad. And to be honest (MINOR SPOILER AHEAD) the ending reminded me of The Fiery Heart ending by Richelle Mead. It was just that damn good cliffhanger stage where you are dying to read the next book to see where it all goes. 

So yes, I enjoyed this book immensely and yes I will be reading the rest of the series. I have the books waiting on my shelf. I just have to read the 6 other book that I have already started this month.

*PS* There are also plenty of novellas with this series and I will be posting up one complete review about all the novellas together, when I read them.

So that's it :) I hope you enjoyed my review!!!

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