Friday, January 16, 2009

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

****The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong****

Originality- 18/20
Characters- 19/20
Quote-ability- 8/10
Entertainment- 20/20
Ending- 9/10
Recommend to read- 9/10
TOTAL- 92/100
Grade- A

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…

Let me just say that I love Derek even though he's pimply. Derek is smart, caring and sweet (sometimes) and just plain awesome. The mystery that is presented in The Summoning is really cool. I can't figure it out and everything is unexpected. Even the characters have very distinct and well crafted personalities. Don't you just love people in a mental home? Great, great times. I absolutely loves when Tori freaks out on Chloe! Being bored wasn't even an option while reading The Summoning. How could you be when something is always popping up. Be it a ghost or a crazy "nurse". I seriously can NOT wait untill I can read The Awakening, which is the next book. My friend told me The Summoning was good, but not this good! Overall I think that The Summoning is a very interesting and alluring read for everyone. So go out and get yourself a copy!

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