The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
Release Date: July 1st, 2008
Publisher: Harper Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Chloe Saunders sees dead people. Yes, like in the films. The problem is, in real life saying you see ghosts gets you a one-way ticket to the psych ward. And at 15, all Chloe wants to do is fit in at school and maybe get a boy to notice her. But when a particularly violent ghost haunts her, she gets noticed for all the wrong reasons. Her seemingly crazed behaviour earns her a trip to Lyle House, a centre for 'disturbed teens'. At first Chloe is determined to keep her head down. But then her room mate disappears after confessing she has a poltergeist, and some of the other patients also seem to be manifesting paranormal behaviour. Could that be a coincidence? Or is Lyle House not quite what it seems...? Chloe realizes that if she doesn't uncover the truth, she could be destined for a lifetime in a psychiatric hospital. Or could her fate be even worse...? Can she trust her fellow students, and does she dare reveal her dark secret?I have never read any of Kelley Armstrong’s other books. This book caught my eye however, and so I had to pick it up and read it.
The characters were interesting enough. Chloe was cute and adorable and easily relatable…that is if I too could see ghosts. Derek was also a personal favorite of mine, and I could already see my hope for a romantic interest to bud between him and Chloe. I liked Simon just fine, but he is not the one I would want for Chloe.
The book didn’t disappoint. It was a fun easy read that kept me entertained. While I wasn’t completely hooked into the book, the ending made me want more. The introduction of what was going on was finally over and the story could truly begin.