Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Book 36 - The Summoning

I've been on a bit of a Kelley Armstrong bandwagon these past few months, mostly because after falling in love with Bitten, I vowed I'd be much more responsive to my BF's recommendations.

So when Karen encouraged me to read the first in Armstrong's young adult series, The Summoning, I didn't hesitate. And for good reason.

The Summoning has all the good stuff - good craft, good characters, good plot, good pacing, good dialogue, good cliffhanger ending. It's just a damn good book. But then, I didn't expect anything less from the author who has fast-tracked her way to the top of my most-recommended list.

Fifteen-year-old Chloe Saunders has led a relatively normal life until one day she realizes she can see - and communicate - with dead people. Her family doesn't believe her (surprise), and Chloe is sent to the Lyle House, a place for...disturbed teens. Where of course, nothing is really as it seems.

While at the Lyle House, Chloe interacts with several sidekicks - some of whom are long dead. As typical with this author's work, Armstrong gives as much attention to the supporting characters as she does the protagonist, creating a wonderful cast of great people. I really love how the sensory detail throughout the book drew me in and allowed me to live vicariously through Chloe.

Between feeling sick and then playing catch-up at the day job, I didn't have as much time to read as I'd hoped - and so I'm not sure if the slight drag in the middle of the book was due to a lack of concentrated reading time or a bit of a plot sag. Nevertheless, I kept turning the page. When it comes to Armstrong, I seem to always turn the page...and then reach for the next book.

Not this time, though. Much as I loved The Summoning - and am very much aware that this is the first in the trilogy - I'm in the mood for a thriller by an author I've not read before. Last night I picked up a book I scored at a used book sale...and I have a feeling I'll be writing about it by end of week.

The Book In My Bag This Week: The Broken Hearts Club, Ethan Black


  1. at first i'd get excited when you'd write a book review, because you pick great authors and novels.

    but now i'm almost hesitant to read the reviews because it only adds more books to my TBR list!

  2. Oh, this sounds right up my alley! Thanks for the review!

  3. This seems to be really interesting! Kick ass review!

  4. Sorry, Mi :-) Sounds like you need a vacation to catch up on your reading. Europe sounds good...

    CQG - Actually, I thought of you while reading this. It IS up your alley. Hope you enjoy it.

    Thanks Clara!

    Thanks Hilary. Can't wait to review your book!