The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

Kelley Armstrong – The Summoning
The blurb: My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again.

All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don’t even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost – and the ghost saw me.

Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won’t leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a “special home” for troubled teens. Yet the home isn’t what it seems. Don’t tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? It’s up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House… before its skeletons come back to haunt me.

My rating: 4/5
Tagged: young adult, paranormal, urban fantasy, supernatural
Date I started this book: 03/02/2016
Date I finished this book 06/02/2016

What did I think? I thought The Summoning was a really thoroughly enjoyable read and am very much looking forward to reading the next two in the series.

The first chapter (which is a prologue featuring a young Chloe) had me hooked from the first page. It sets the tone for how this book is going to be, a bit creepy with lots of ideas left for you to get your head around. I really liked how it takes a while for the reader (and Chloe for that matter) to really grasp what is going on in this book. There is so much that is teased out slowly as the book goes on and Chloe gets so many mixed messages that she starts to doubt herself which means you as the reader do too.

Another thing I loved about this book was the characterisation. Chloe was a fab leading lady and enjoyed following her story but I also loved all of the other teenagers around her, even Tori was was a complete bitch to everyone. I loved the dialogue between them as it was often witty and amusing.

Once the book kicks off the action is fast paced and exciting. I loved finding out about the supernatural potentials of the main characters and delving more into the whys and wherefores of how they all ended up at Lyle house and why the place was built in the first place.

The ending was jaw dropping. I was stunned about what happened between two of the characters and when the book ended I wanted more straight away.

All in all an excellent start to a trilogy that I can’t wait to continue.

9 thoughts on “The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

  1. Thank you very much, you really made my day. 🙂
    I spent several hours trying to find the best icon and color scheme, so comments like this really lift my soul; thank you again.

    By the way, I love your reviews (I only read a couple, but I plan to read more); can I add you to my blog roll (and viceversa)? 🙂


    • Oh, thank you. Very sweet of you to say so. It’s always nice to hear other people are interested in what you have t say! I think you’ve also made my day.

      And yes of course, a blogroll swap would be cool 🙂


  2. Funny enough, I just finished watching a Korean drama where the main character can see ghosts as well. They can see her because she’s bright like the sun, so they’re attracted to her. It was really good! The supernatural always intrigues me.

    I definitely like the sounds of this book, and I shall be adding this to my neverending list 🙂


  3. The summary is very catchy! It’s not a genre that I normally would read, but it does sound very interesting and I’d be willing to give it a try, especially with your review! 🙂 I’m glad you really liked it!


    • It’s probably my favourite genre to read, but it really is a great book. I’m about half-way through the second book in the trilogy and it’s just getting better and better. I really do recommend it! 🙂


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