27 July 2009

The Summoning

Authoress: Kelley Armstrong
Pages: 390
Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Condensed: Chloe's life flips upside down when on her fifteen birthday she realizes she can see ghosts and consequently gets sent to a rehab center for troubled teens. But the home isn't what it seems and neither are her fellow housemates. Nothing is a coincidence in this tale.

My take: The Summoning fell short for me. Despite the dazzling array of unique characters I did not find my self drawn in. Ultimately it was the characters (and not the story) that propelled me to continue.

Adventure-o-meter: Medium.
Kiddie-o-meter: Pretty safe for even younger teens. There is no sex, no social commentary, and despite a little death it's pretty mild on violence.
Adult-o-meter: Due to it's lack of intrigue I would only recommend this one to young@heart fantasy lovers.

My rating: 3 stars

Worth-a-read?: Visit your library first and see what you think.

Noteable: See below to browse inside this book.

Share worthy: "I closed my eyes - meaningless since I could see nothing with them open, but it made me feel better. The fingers crept and poked over my back, plucking my shirt, the corpse making gah-gah-gah noises as if trying to talk."

Final say: Maybe a little more love would have helped suck me in.


  1. I have to read this now - just to see how I feel about it. Thanks for the review.

  2. Hmm I have this one on my TBR pile.

    Im having a contest for Meridian at my blog, care to check it out?


  3. I found the plot was underwhelming with this one, but I liked the characters and enough people have told me the second one is better that I'm going to keep going. I picked up the Awakening last week and will be reading it soon.

  4. Nely: Can't wait to see what you think.

    T. Cullen: Thanks! I'll definitely check it out :)

    NotNessie: Underwhelming. What a great way to describe this one. I know what you mean about the characters. I too like the characters enough that I think I'll read the second one and see how it goes. Thanks for letting me know it's better. :)

  5. Yes, I need a little more love this week too.

  6. I am a reader too, but I have little time and it takes me forever to finish a book. I dream of a time when I can read a book a week, but I will be too old to see by then ... I am doomed. thanks for visiting!

  7. You kinda have to post the ABC thing on your blog... Lol.

  8. I really need to read this series!

    Hey, I was wondering if you would want to be interviewed for my blog.

    If you're interested, would you shoot me an email at bittahsweetharmony@yahoo.com and I'll shoot you some basic questions.

    I'm trying to start up a Saturday Spotlight, spotlighting a newer, or less known blogger.

    If you're not interested you can email me and let me know that too.

    :-D Thanks!

  9. I saw this book the first time on NotNessie's blog. The description reminds me of the movie The Sixth Sense, which is one of my favorite movies so I really want to read this one!

  10. Arielle: O I loved The Sixth Sense (I adore M. Night). This one is more The Ghost Whisperer meets Heroes.

  11. Aww you didn't like it much?
    Bummer. :( I loved it. Couldn't get enough of it. I guess I'm a sucker for the supernatural and a sprinkle of a love story. :D

  12. I'm reading this one right now and really enjoying it. I get to meet the author next week at a book camp!

  13. It's a shame you didn't like this book all that much. Perhaps the next one? I haven't read it yet myself, but it would be cool to see what you think after the second book.

    I have linked to your review!

    Also, just want to say, I love the way you set out your reviews! They're awesome! Would you be interested in perhaps being interviewed about your blog? If so, email me: joannestapley[at]googlemail[dot]com :)

  14. I'm reading this right now & I'm almost done (I think 100 pg. left to go) but so far I feel the same way as you. It's just moving really slowly for me (the plot, & just the process of reading it, moving so slow..)

    Undecided about whether I'll read the second. I guess I'll finish this one first.

  15. I feel ya Anndrreaa! That is why I didn't love it either. But I've heard the second is better.