The Summoning

Darkest Powers Book #1
by Kelley Armstrong
Read August 2009

the-summoningI am so happy to move on to something other than Inkdeath! That sounds really horrible, but I just struggled through that book! It was nice to change subject matter.

I am back to my normal reading self, taking a day or two to read a book rather than weeks! I think it helped that I really enjoyed this book. I’m going to have to go out and buy the second in the series now. 🙂

The first thing I have to say is, “NOOOOOOOOOOoOOooooooOOO!  You can’t stop there!”  This book ended too soon for me! 

Chloe Saunders is seeing ghosts. Everyone, including Chloe herself, thinks she is crazy, schizophrenic to be exact. She is sent to live in a group home for teenagers with mental illness. She begins to believe she isn’t so crazy after all.  There is something strange happening to her, and in the group home in general.  While she is there, she befriends other teens with odd symptoms as well and makes an enemy of one moody, disturbed girl.

I loved Chloe’s inner monologue (dialogue?!?! Not sure which word I want to use there!). It read with lots of sarcasm and self-doubt. It made Chloe very likable as a character. Her comments and her unwillingness to accept that she is actually seeing ghosts makes her believable. I hate when you read a story and someone just accepts something paranormal without doubt. Would anyone really do that in real life? I think not! You would think you are crazy, dreaming, drinking too much coffee….anything before you believed it was ghosts or werewolves or zombies!

I really am looking forward to reading the second book in the series, The Awakening. I hope it is as action-packed as the first book.  It feels good to be back in my normal reading routine!


ISBN 978-0-06-145054-9

390 Pages Paperback Edition (Really!?!?!  It didn’t seem that long at all!  I thought it was much shorter)

Published 2008 by Harper Collins (Harper Teen)


~ by jennifermorrill on August 25, 2009.

6 Responses to “The Summoning”

  1. I am reading The Summoning right now so I didn’t read your whole review in case there were spoilers. However, I can’t seem to put it down!

  2. P.S. I tried to subscribe but I did not see a subscribe button ;(

  3. I don’t think I put any spoilers in there! I couldn’t put it down either! I want the second one now!!!

    I’m trying right now to figure out how to get a subscribe button…I can’t seem to figure it out! I’ve emailed wordpress and hopefully I can figure it out with their help. Anyone out there know how to do this? I can add RSS feeds from other sites….but I can’t seem to add a button for others to subscribe to MY blog!!!!!

  4. First off, I LOVE the new style of your blog. It totally goes with your recently reviewed books. They are dark and stuff.

    I so want to read this book and series. I can’t get to it until 2010 unfortunately. Sucks I know!

  5. Thank you! I decided I needed a change. You are right, I have reviewed a lot of “dark” books lately.

    2010 is a long time to wait, but worth it! I really did enjoy this book!

  6. […] was so pleasantly surprised with the first book in the series, The Summoning, when Chloe Saunders first begins her story and I personally think this book was better than the […]

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