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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

Too much spoilers. Warning:
After years of frequent moves following her mother’s death, Chloe Saunders’s life is finally settling down. She is attending art school, pursuing her dreams of becoming a director, making friends, meeting boys. Her biggest concern is that she’s not developing as fast as her friends are. But when puberty does hit, it brings more than hormone surges. Chloe starts seeing ghosts–everywhere, demanding her attention. After she suffers a breakdown, her devoted aunt Lauren gets her into a highly recommended group home.
At first, Lyle House seems a pretty okay place, except for Chloe’s small problem of fearing she might be facing a lifetime of mental illness. But as she gradually gets to know the other kids at the home–charming Simon and his ominous, unsmiling brother Derek, obnoxious Tori, and Rae, who has a “thing” for fire–Chloe begins to realize that there is something that binds them all together, and it isn’t your usual “problem kid” behaviour. And together they discover that Lyle House is not your usual group home either…
No wonder Melissa Marr quote: "You'll be desperate for a sequel". Yeah you are if you aren't so pissed as I am. This is a book of questions. Everything was very vague, the Lyle house itself, the true nature of the main teens Chloe, especially, so she's a necromancer, what else can this book tell me that does not say that she can raise the dead or something in that background that I don't already know. The plot was confusing. I like the normal setting of a paranormal book (most especially in Series), 1st book, readers are given all these mystery then towards the end, they solve away at least one of them, in these book aside from Chloe's Aunt's betrayal and a deeper mystery concerning the Lyle house (that itself isn't even a mystery) nothing was achieved. Her characters are really cool. A shaman, A werewolf, a hal-demon who can evoke fire, a necromancer and a currently unknown, she just needs to develop them and mold them into better and far more interesting characters. The ending was the worst, that kind of style (as far as on what I've read) worked on the Morganville Vamps, and Caine made sure I buy the next book right away. That was the best cliff hanger ever, but this one, ended so lame. I wasn't to crazy in getting the 2nd book.

1 comment:

Andrea [Buried In Books] said...

Thank you! I thought I was the only one who didn't enjoy this book. I had to really push myself to even finish just moved way too slow for me.

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