Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Review: The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

The Summoning (Darkest Powers #1) by Kelley Armstrong
Synopsis (Goodreads):
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.
My Thoughts: Oh, my GLOB! I love this series so hard! SO HARD! It's been ages since I read it and now all these feelings are coming back to me. Chloe! Derek! Simon! Evil Tori! LIZ! If we can calculate my love for this series by the number of exclamation points I just threw down, I LOVE IT TONS! *throws in some fangirl flail for good measure*

I want to start with the characters... Chloe is very appealing to me. She's not over-the-top brave when the book starts. She's a sweet girl who likes movies and isn't very remarkable. Then THINGS HAPPEN. Suddenly she's thrown into a situation that is very, very, VERY different from anything she's ever had to deal with. She blossoms as she comes to terms with what's happening to her. For the love of small furry animals, she stands up to Derek -- and he's a little rough around the edges at first glance.

Derek... I kinda love the guy. I love that he's not the most sociable. He's smart enough to find the answers but he doesn't know when to stop pushing and let people come to grips with things in their own time. He's fiercely protective, which comes across as dangerous and surly to people who don't know him. When Chloe takes a chance and begins to trust him, he adds her to his pack. It's really kind of sweet.

Simon... I like the guy, don't get me wrong, but he's a pale shadow next to Derek. Simon is charming and funny. He has some magical skill and he's as protective of Derek as Derek is of him. But... I'm smitten with Derek and his surly attitude and Simon just doesn't measure up.

I (honest to gosh and all sorts of other things) ADORE this series. I love the twists and the turns, the betrayals and the bonds that are forged. I love that Chloe has to face some hard truths and that the boys are there to give her a bit of guidance.

I will be rereading the rest of this series soooooon.

Books in this series
0.5. Dangerous
0.6. Hunting Kat
1. The Summoning - Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle
1.5. Divided
2. The Awakening
2.5. Disenchanted
3. The Reckoning
3.5. Facing Facts
3.6. Belonging
Bonus Pack 1 (#0.5, 1.5, 2.5)
Bonus Pack 2 (#3.5, 3.6)

Author Links
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  1. Dang. You just reminded me that I never did move past this book. I need to reread it and move on to the rest of the series. It was fun.

    1. Honest to gosh, this series is one of my all time favorites. I get all crazy whenever I crack open these books.

  2. Kelly, did you literally have all the feels?

    1. I had all the feelings. Literally. ALL OF THEM. Did you see the number of exclamation points I was throwing around? THOSE WERE ALL MY FEELINGS!

  3. Oh my gosh! I completely agree with you. I love this series, Derek is my favorite Kelley Armstrong character next to Clay ofcourse.

    1. I get SO excited when she releases another new short story in this world. It makes my heart go pitter patter when I get a chance to revisit them. Especially Derek. I just love the guy!

  4. According to GoodReads, I already have this on my Kindle. Which means I should read it. Like soon.

    1. LOL! Yes, I think you should. They're quick-ish reads, too, if that helps sway you.

  5. I'm happy you liked this one! I remember liking this book, but the series kind of fell flat for me. BUT I do hope you enjoy it!

    1. The overall series is one of my all-time YA favorites. I'm having SO MUCH fun with the reread.