This book will leave you desperate for the sequel! I am glad that I had both before I started reading this one. I highly recommend having both before you start reading them. There are some laugh out loud moments. I couldn't stand Tori!
This is what young adult fiction should be like! (can you tell I hated Twilight) I found this book super engaging, read it all in one sitting. It's age appropriate without talking down, and has plenty of action. I picked it up because I'm a fan of Kelley Armstrong's adult novels, and this one definitely holds its own against them.
On the day that fifteen-year-old Chloe Saunders finally gets her period, she sees the ghost, her first since her childhood. It freaks her out so much that she is sent to the hospital and then referred to Lyle House, a private home for mentally ill adolescents--otherwise known as a place to lock the crazy kids up in.
At Lyle House, Chloe takes medication for her diagnosis--schizophrenia--and attends to a strict schedule of chores and schoolwork. But she continues to encounter strange occurrences, such as the ghost who's attempting to contact her. It just might be that there's more to herself than she knows... and more to Lyle House and her housemates than others are letting onto. Chloe and her newfound friends may be in much more danger than they expect.
After hearing so much hype about Armstrong's upcoming sequel, The Awakening, I'm very glad I picked The Summoning up. It felt to me almost like Harry Potter with a female protagonist and fewer subplots. The strength of this series lies in its idea: these teenagers with supernatural powers are funneled into this peculiar house for possibly sinister purposes! The characters' interactions with one another are spiritful, the dialogue vibrant; the characters themselves, though, do not stand out to me in the heavily populated world of YA paranormal fiction.
The exception may be Chloe, who is wonderful, constantly changing and growing and doubting herself--all the things that a normal teenage girl should do, all without being petty or annoyingly shallow. I also found Derek interesting, and would like to see much more of him in the future. Perhaps there will be a romance between him and Chloe...?
But that's a minor complaint, for the story more than makes up for the less-than-outstanding characters. The Summoning ends on a suspenseful, slightly disappointing note as readers wait for the sequel impatiently to find out what happens to Chloe and her friends.
Wow! Talk about a cliffhanger of an ending!! Since this is a trilogy, I am almost hesitant to read the next book in fear of it ending in a similar fashion! I certainly couldn't wait six months with an ending like this one's! The frustrating ending aside, I must say this a really good YA fantasy book. One that I think is surprisingly age appropriate without seeming like a watered down version of the rest of the Women of the Otherworld series. I must admit, that having read her adult series first let me into quite a few clues than if I had started out with just reading this book. Still, this was a lot more fun than I expected - and much more exiting!!
I have not read Kelley Armstrong before, and the story "The Summoning", makes me want to check out all her other books! The storyline is great it keeps you guessing! I am a rabid fan of the vampire genre, so this book was out of my "comfort zone", but I am glad I read it and can't wait to read the next installment of this series! Thumbs up!!!