Wednesday, August 13, 2008
The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
Chloe Saunders is an ordinary 15 year old girl whose main concerns are hanging with friends, meeting boys, and becoming a movie director. But things spin out of control when Chloe sees a terrifying ghost at school. She has a breakdown and is sent to Lyle House, a “special home” for troubled teens. There, she is diagnosed with schizophrenia, her “hallucinations” a symptom. But the medication does nothing and Chloe keeps seeing ghosts. She quickly realizes that there is more to her housemates than meets the eye and they all agree that Lyle House is hiding something; but what?
As Kelley Armstrong’s first YA novel, this was a great success and a wonderful mix of supernatural drama and lots of conspiracy driven action. The writing was simple and kept the story flowing quickly. The only fault I have is that a few of the minor characters (Rae and Simon) were not developed enough; hopefully the sequel will expand on them. I did find myself falling in love with the character Derek: brooding, scary, and super strong, afraid to show that he really does care. The Summoning is a great page-turning read. If you love YA paranormal, you’ll love The Summoning. I cannot wait for the next installment, The Awakening, due out in May 2009.