The Summoning book review

Posted October 6, 2017 by Jordann @thebookbloglife in 3 star, book reviews / 3 Comments

The Summoning book reviewThe Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Darkest Powers #1
Published by HarperCollins on 1st July 2008
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Pages: 390
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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.

The Summoning is the first book in a series that has been sat on my shelves for a very long time. I am currently trying to keep my book buying to a minimum and reading all the books that I have on my shelves at the moment. I have a load of books by Kelly Armstrong and some of them I really like and then others I’m not too keen on. If you couldn’t tell I wasn’t particularly keen on The Summoning.

I don’t think it was entirely what I was suspecting and I think I struggled with that aspect of it. I was thrown off guard before I even started. The plot holes in this books were more than gaping. Plus the threat needed more development, it wasn’t particularly scary, and I struggled to relate to the threat which meant it just didn’t feel real at all.

I loved the concept of the care home in The Summoning and the ulterior motive that kept the children them, it was wonderful to learn about so many of the characters in such a short space of time, but I definitely think the shock elements were underplayed and therefore fell flat when we needed it the most.

My favourite character in The Summoning would have to be Liz, I loved her humour and the spirit she brought to the story. She was also the only character that seemed to be developed past a 2-dimensional level. I just enjoyed every scene she was in, I just wished she had had a more central part to play.

My least favourite character in The Summoning would have to be Tori. She annoyed me throughout the entirety of the story! I just couldn’t see past the spoilt brat persona, and I could relate to her as a character. I struggled to sympathise with her, she was a completely unlikable character with no redemption in my eyes.

I don’t think I’m going to recommend The Summoning to any of my friends, I just didn’t enjoy it enough. It had so much unfulfilled potential though, if only it had played to its strengths.

Have you read this series? Did you enjoy it or did you have the same problems with the characters and plot? Let me know in the comments!

3 responses to “The Summoning book review

  1. Such a shame you didn’t enjoy this 🙁 It’s one of my favourite books, but I think a lot of it is nostalgia associated? It was one of the first books I read back in high school that really gripped me and never let me go and I never really overthought the structure of it too much haha.

    • thebookbloglife

      Yeah I think it’s a book I would have liked like five years ago but it just wasn’t my cuppa tea this time around. My best friend rants about Kelly Armstrong books in general so I’m gutted. Haha.