Review: The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

Review

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Genre: YA Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 390
Series: Darkest Powers #1

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4 Stars

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So… Where do I start…? Oh, yes.

This book follows Chloe Saunders whose big goal in life is to be normal. Not the rich girl, the short girl or the new girl. Just a girl. That becomes difficult though after being chased down the school hallway by a ghost only she can see lands her in Lyle House, a “special home” for troubled teens.

On top of that, something seems to be amiss with the house and it’s residents and Chloe has to find out what that is before it’s too late and…

I liked this book. In the beginning, I wasn’t sure if I would because I didn’t like the writing, but it got better. It still wasn’t the best, but it didn’t hinder my reading experience. There were a few scenes that, had they been better written, would have been so much more creepy and awesome, but overall, it was okay.

The story I found really interesting. And the way it was handled. There was just something about it that was refreshing. I think it was a combination of the fast pace, the narrative and what the author put emphasis on.

The narrative I liked because it was influenced by Chloe’s love for movies and her desire to make movies herself one day. That gave it a personalised touch. And Chloe was a smart girl. She did make some silly mistakes but rarely was there a time when you wanted to yell at her.

Also, even though Chloe was actually seeing ghosts, the book still managed to provide some insight into how someone who is mentally unwell might feel and how he/she may be treated differently even though it’s not their fault. That was probably my favourite aspect of the book.

Another great thing was that the romance was low. There is literally a scene in the book when Chloe yells at someone that she has more important things to worry about that getting a boyfriend. Did I mention I love Chloe? Because I do.

Last but the not least, the ending. It was slightly rushed and abrupt in my opinion. Could’ve been smoothed out a little.

Overall though, I really enjoyed this book. It was very engrossing and I flew through it. I’ll be reading the next book soon and I highly recommend checking this one out.

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