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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great YA novel! March 11 2009
I can honestly say that I REALLY enjoyed this book. I had it finished in 24 hours, and I work full time so that's only reading evenings lol it is young adult literature, which I usually classify as early-mid teens, and even though I'm in my 20s I still loved it. It was interesting and fast-paced, so I never found myself getting bored and going, "get on with it!" It's even suspenceful and creepy, without being over the top. I found myself trying to predict the story along the way and I was almost always surprised. Even if I could predict an element, Ms. Armstrong still found a way to make it new. I think it's a great book about the supernatural, without all that touchy-feely romancy crap that seems to find it's way into almost every plot line.

I only have one complaint. To say that there was so much emphasis on Chloe's necromancy, I don't think Armstrong gave her NEARLY enough communication with the ghosts. Those were my favorite parts!

I am anxiously awaiting the sequel!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing short of brilliant Aug. 7 2008
By ocelott
The Summoning is set in the same world as Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series, but with a whole new cast of characters. Aimed at the YA crowd, the sex and violence themes have been toned down, but there's still plenty of meat for readers to dig into, and I never got the feeling things had been "dumbed down" for the younger readers. I blame my burnt dinner on the dark tone and the involving mystery, both of which kept me turning pages when I probably shouldn't have been.

Chloe makes for a great heroine. She's strong, smart, and easily relatable. I really liked her tendancy to stutter, a quirk I don't think I've seen used before in a protagonist, but it was a simple and effective way to portray the social awkwardness she feels. Chloe felt like a real teenager, with all the insecurities that go with the territory, but this wasn't 400 pages of whiny angst. She faced things that weren't fair, but then she turned around and did something to stand up for herself instead of crying into her pillow.

The story is full of smaller mysteries, all of them piling together naturally to create a bigger mystery that isn't solved by the end of the story. This is the first of a planned trilogy, and my only annoyance with the book is that I don't have the other two in my hands right now. It's very much a horror story, but with the hints of magic, romance, and teen drama, there's something here for everyone to fall in love with.

The long and short of it is, this book is everything Twilight wishes it could be and isn't. I highly recommend it to everyone who likes a little YA now and then, but you have to get your own copy. Mine stays here with me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! April 26 2009
By J. Scully TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Wow! That's my overall reaction to The Summoning, Kelley Armstrong's first foray into YA novels. In case you can't tell, I loved it! The Summoning is the first book in the Darkest Powers series, and tells the beginning of the story of 15-year-old Chloe Saunders, who like every teenager, just wants to be a normal girl with normal high school interests and problems.

At first it seems that Chloe might just be that normal girl. She has girlfriends, wants to go to the school dance, loves movies and is in the film club. Everything seems to be going according to plan, until one day when she starts seeing people that aren't there. At first Chloe assumes it must be her imagination, but when a mysterious janitor with severe burns chases her at school, Chloe understandably panics and reacts badly, landing her in a home for children with mental problems. Upon arrival at Lyle House, Chloe is relieved to see that it isn't so bad, and is determined to get well and get back to her normal life. But Lyle House turns out to be so much more than it originally appeared to be.

As always, Armstrong has created a well thought out, and completely believable world that despite being populated by supernatural beings, never feels unrealistic. And like her Women of the Otherworld series, she brings both the readers and the characters into the supernatural world slowly, giving the characters the same doubts that we as the reader would have if someone told us they could see people that weren't there. As everyone in the story struggles to keep their secrets, we're given little clues that let us know that things are not as normal as they may seem, but we're also kept guessing all the way along, making for an exciting and compelling tale.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I love, love, love this series! It revolves around Chloe Saunders, a girl in high school, who gets shipped off to a house for troubled teens... only the kids at this house aren't what you'd expect. I don't want to ruin it for you, but if you liked any of the "Twilight" series, or the "House of Night" novels, then you will love this series! (I sooo can't wait for the third book to come out!) This is definately a must read! Trust me!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read all 3 and LOVED them! July 29 2010
Is she crazy, or can she really see ghosts? A great book that keeps you guessing and wanting more. Very interesting, to start, I had no idea what to expect. It actually took me the first 4 chapters to realize I was reading a different series than I intended, but I'm glad I made the mistake because I really enjoyed it!

I read the whole series, and loved all 3 books. The characters were so well written and Kelley keeps you on your toes to the very end. I love it when a story isn't predictable and it was certainly the case here!

Chloe was believable and age appropriate. She was totally likable and developed very well over the span of the series. I liked that she second guessed things and didn't just believe in the supernatural because someone told her it was real. She fought to understand the truth and made her own decisions.

Derik; the tough guy with loads of attitude. I had a soft spot for Derik from the start and was very happy with the way his character grew and came out of his shell.

Simon; cute boy who's sweet and artistic *swoon* what girl wouldn't crust on him. I really liked how Kelley handled his relationship with Chloe, I won't spoil anything but I found her approach very refreshing.

Of course there are so many other great characters in the series too. An awesome read, I wish that there were more than 3 books!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ghost Whisperer meets Supernatural
This book was so engaging I never felt the need to skim it was action packed and enticing the whole way through.
Published 3 months ago by toni
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Kelley
She is awesome and you always love her characters! I have read almost all of her books. The TV series doesn't do her books justice at all!
Published 4 months ago by Michelle Ronning
3.0 out of 5 stars Necromancer or just plain crazy
Of all the super powers imaginable, summoning the dead ranks as the worst. No wonder Chloe Saunders prefers to think she is crazy and willingly checks into a clinic; filling her... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Book Cupid
5.0 out of 5 stars Kelley is the Queen
I am a huge Kelley Armstrong fan. She is one of the best supernatural/fantasy writers in the business in my opinion. The Summoning is the 1st book in a series of YA books. Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2012 by Beverly Post-schmeler
5.0 out of 5 stars Comparison
@ Parakeet Your really comparing this to twilight really? This is clearly better. If Derek decided to dump Chloe she wouldn't cry up in a ball like that Bella girl. Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2011 by Tae
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
I am a long-time fan of Ms. Kelley Armstrong. I first discovered her while doing some research on Canadian female writers. Read more
Published on Aug. 4 2011 by Gwenyth Love
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Excellent Urban Fantasy - Aimed at YA, but I Loved It!
I really love urban fantasy and I am a huge Kelley Armstrong fan. However, I was apprehensive about reading this book because it is a YA book and I thought that since I am almost... Read more
Published on April 13 2011 by R. Ditzian
4.0 out of 5 stars One Massive Cliffhanger Coming Right Up!
There is always something happening in this story. At first, I wasn't sure what pieces of information were significant and which ones were not, but it all fits quite well. Read more
Published on April 5 2011 by Linda Nguyen
4.0 out of 5 stars Review by Bibliotropic ([...])
What started off fairly slowly ended up action-packed by the end, and it was a fun read from start to finish. Read more
Published on March 5 2011 by Ria (Bibliotropic)
3.0 out of 5 stars Frosy from Books Like Fairytales >> [...]
This book is very interesting and spooky I would say especially if you read at night before bed as I do. I really enjoyed reading this book; I literally couldn't put it down. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2011 by Effie
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