So I have a confession to make. Kelley Armstrong is probably my favourite author. And this is a feat, because I like SOOOOO many authors and read them faithfully. However, the biggest reason I say that she’s my fav is that when I was travelling in Australia I contacted her to see when her next book would come out there, as I was dying to know what happened next in her Women of the Otherworld series. And she responded!!! Unfortunately it was to tell me that she didn’t think I could get her books in Australia, unless I had it sent from North America. Huge bummer, but very awesome all the same. Any author who responds personally to me about something like that is aces in my book. (She’s a fellow Canadian too, eh. Excellent!)

Also, I just love her writing. And this book did not disappoint. So YAY KELLEY ARMSTRONG!!!!!!!!! 😀

book cover of "The Summoning" by Kelley Armstrong

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

Summary:

15 year old Chloe has a pretty average life. Granted, the fact that her mom is dead, her dad is always away working, and she’s pretty much always on her own doesn’t make for the most average circumstances to grow up in. But despite this, she’s pretty normal. She’s worried about flunking Spanish, busy with friends, and wondering if putting red streaks in her hair really will make her look older. Or less like she’s 12 at least.

But one morning on her way to school someone steps out in front of her cab… and disappears. He doesn’t get run over, and the cabbie doesn’t see him! The day just get’s stranger from there, until Chloe realizes she’ll never ever be average again.

Review:

I DEVOURED this book. I don’t even think it took me a day to read it. Granted, I’m one of those annoying people who reads really fast, and can easily read a book in a day if I am hooked. However, I really think that the pacing and plot of this book played a big part in why I was able to get through it so quickly. There is quite literally no point in this book where I was tempted to jump ahead a few pages to skip a dull spot. And I’m bad for that. 🙂 Kelley Armstrong’s writing draws you into Chloe’s story, and demands that you follow it through until the end.

Another awesome thing about this book is how well Kelley manages to capture teens’ understanding and awareness of some pretty heavy things, like mental illness. She doesn’t shy away from difficult topics like this, but she also doesn’t get heavy handed or preachy like some authors do. It is clear that Kelley respects and understands that the general population doesn’t give teens nearly enough credit for what they know and can handle.

But the best part about this book, in my opinion, are the supporting characters. Chloe’s an awesome girl, and I really liked her, but I loved the kids she meets on her journey. Even Victoria… and she’s not the most likeable character out there!! I don’t want to spoil things for you though, so I’ll just leave it at that. 🙂 I really hope that Kelley writes more books in this world of Chloe’s… because I honestly can’t get enough.

Rating: 4 of 5 star rating

I really hope that Kelley writes more books in this world of Chloe’s… because I honestly can’t get enough. This book is nearly 5 stars… but I’m going to give it a 4 because it’s not long enough. I want more!!! And I hope you will too. 🙂

How to get this book:

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We also have The Awakening and The Reckoning, books number 2 and 3 in the Darkest Power’s trilogy. So get reading! But get in line, b/c I’m going to be reading these first. 😉

Oh and look out for the Darkness Rising trilogy, too. The first book came out this year: The Gathering.

So much to read… so little time!!

(If you really like where these books take you, you can also try Kelley’s Otherworld series. It starts with Bitten. They’re in the general fiction collection… don’t be limited by the yellow YA stickers folks!)

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