The Compulsive Reader: The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

Saturday, April 4, 2009

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

When sensible Chloe Saunders wakes up one morning from a nightmare and begins seeing ghosts, everyone believes she's gone insane. The official diagnosis is schizophrenia, and she's placed in Lyle House, a group home for other troubled teens. At first, Chloe thinks her condition is just a blip in her otherwise standard life, and the other teens are weird. She strives to get better as soon as possible. But her ghosts keep coming back. And fellow patients Derek and Simon seem intent on convincing Chloe what she is seeing is real. It isn't long before Chloe discovers that maybe she isn't schizophrenic, and Lyle House is harboring some dark, dangerous secrets.

The Summoning is an extremely well-written, engaging, and intriguing read. It's heartening to see a novel as practical and yet brimming with thrilling supernatural elements as Kelley Armstrong’s The Summoning, and its Armstrong’s unique setting that makes this novel stand out. Chloe is a very realistic and authentic narrator, and her struggles with the truth are relatable are sure to elicit sympathy from the reader. Armstrong keeps a nice, even balance between the paranormal drama and the politics of the new world that Chloe and her friends are thrust into, resulting in a suspenseful read that poses many unshakable questions that easily propel the reader through the novel. Gritty and full of action, betrayals, and plenty of chills, The Summoning is a read that is smart, unique, and completely entertaining.

Cover Comments: I do like this novel's cover. Even though many have spearheaded an anti-headless model movement, I think this is a very well-done one that will appeal to those who usually shun headless covers. It's a bit glamorous and mysterious, which will certainly reel readers in.

Great news--this one just came out in paperback! I highly reccomend that you run out and pick up a copy!


Anonymous said...

It sounds really good. I keep meaning to buy this one but I always bypass it for another book. I am going to have to read this one soon.

Great review! (I also love the cover!)

Bow-ties are Cool: Alyssa Guyll said...

This one sounds really good. Great review. I just saw it at the book store, but I chose Nobody's Princess and Princess of the Midnight Ball instead. Both of which I really enjoyed!

Khy said...

Everyone says this one is amazing. But I still haven't read it. *shame*

Jess (The Cozy Reader) said...

I did enjoy this book.
Here's a link to my reivew.

I'm looking forward to the sequel The Awakening.

Rebecca Herman said...

It's an interesting cover. I'm one of the anti-headless cover people but it's not so much that the random headless cover bugs me so much as the big headless cover trend. Let me see the main character's face sometimes, darn it!

Jill said...

I just finished listening to the audio version of this one, and it was very gripping!

grace crawford said...

I thoroughly enjoyed The Summoning. The characters were all beautifully written, the premise was exciting and intriguing and it left me eagerly anticipating the next book. I know that I am extremely late on the bandwagon for this one, but if you haven't read it yet, please do. You will not regret it.
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