So, here’s me: la, la, la, it’s late, time for bed. Hm, I want to read for a few minutes first. What should I pick? *Gently thumbing through stack of new books* Ah, yes, this one sounds interesting, The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong.
Now picture poor, innocent me, settling in, tucking in my blankies, getting my book light adjusted just so, and then turning to page one.
Holy cheese on a cracker.
And now here’s me slamming said book shut and freaking out. I’m not kidding. I can’t remember being more scared by the opening pages of a book than I was by this one. I’m talking, turn-on-all-the-lights-nudge-husband-awake-and-make-sure-big-bad-puppy-is-on-the-alert Freaked Out.
Of course it only took a moment for me to open that book again and dive right back in. Because let’s face it – sometimes being scared silly is fun. Kelley Armstrong promises a dark, twisty tale in the first few pages of The Summoning and does not disappoint.
Meet 15-year-old Chloe Saunders, a self-proclaimed late bloomer. Chloe sees dead people. And, you know, that’s a tad bit disconcerting. After a very public meltdown at school when she comes face to face with a ghost terribly scarred by fire, Chloe is sent to Lyle House. The diagnosis? Schizophrenia. Chloe buys into it because the alternative theory would mean She. Actually. Sees. Dead. People.
At Lyle House we are introduced to a colorful cast of characters: Rae, Liz, Tori, Simon and Derek. They are all at Lyle House because they’ve been pegged as ‘unstable’, but it quickly becomes clear that there is much more to it than that. Her new house mates include a girl who loves fire, another convinced she has a poltergeist, a third who is manically moody, a boy who encourages her to research necromancy of all things, and his step-brother, who oddly, seems perfectly normal.
As the story unfolds, Chloe realizes that the ghosts who visit her are not just in her mind. She and the others begin to question why exactly they’ve been sent to Lyle House, and what role the doctors and nurses of Lyle House are truly playing in their ‘recovery.’
The Summoning delivers with chills, intrigue, betrayal and, as with all my favorite reads, a hint of a romance. Simon or Derek, ya’ll? Be warned: it ends on a major cliff hanger, but luckily for us, the second and third books in the Darkest Powers series are already out! So there’s no waiting to see what happens next.
Also, Ms. Armstrong includes a ton of bonus material to go along with the books – a great addition to a great series.
Do you have a favorite scare-me-to-pieces book recommendation?
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