Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Darkest Powers Trilogy #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: July 1, 2008
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.
First Sentence: Mommy forgot to warn the new babysitter about the basement.
It is no secret that Kelley Armstrong is one of my favorite authors. (For proof, check out this and my comments in this post.) I’ve read every single one of Kelley Armstrong’s young adult books (yes, that includes The Summoning too – this is my fourth re-read of it in fact) and will read her adult books as soon as I have the time to (which might as well be after I graduate college). Kelley Armstrong’s books just have a special place in my heart.
The Summoning is the first book in the Darkest Powers trilogy and it grabs your attention right from the very start. A creepy basement, a mysterious past, an evil babysitter, and it all took place in a flashback? Hell yes, I’m in. The first few pages sets the atmosphere for the book and is absolutely perfect.
“Come on, Chloe. You aren’t afraid of the dark, are you?” Emily laughed. “I guess you’re still a little baby after all.” (4)
The main reason why I love The Summoning is because Kelley Armstrong writes about some paranormals that I haven’t read about or even heard of before anywhere else. Kelley Armstrong’s Darkness Rising series is a good example of that too. I mean, have you ever heard of a “skin-walker” before? I bet not (unless you’ve already read one of Kelley Armstrong’s books).
The main problem other people had with The Summoning is that the book is very predictable. Like, very predictable (like the summary of the book doesn’t tell you enough about the plot already). However, even though The Summoning was really predictable, I enjoyed every single moment I was reading it. The Summoning just pulled me into the story and kept my interest right to the very last page. Honestly, I couldn’t get enough of the book because of the one reason below.
The thing raised its head. A skull stared at me, strips of blackened flesh and dirty encrusted hair hanging from it. Empty eye sockets turned my way. The jaw opened, teeth clacking as it tried to speak, uttering only that horrible, guttural groan. (238)
Kelley Armstrong is the master of drawing up fear. She creates these tense, panicking moments where you can’t help but be scared for the characters, fearing that they would be hurt, betrayed, or injured in any way, shape, or form. Kelley Armstrong manages to pull up such strong emotions from me, making me jump up and down in my chair or flail my arms, or even yell at the book, making me look totally crazy and not sane. Every time I read one of her young adult books, I know that I would definitely be gripping her book tightly, maybe wrinkling those pages forever.
Overall, I know a lot of people don’t like The Summoning or this series, but that’s fine, it’s just not the book/series for them. I personally loved every minute of The Summoning and every moment of this series. It was one fun ride that I can re-read over and over again without getting tired of it.