Jun 11, 2012

Memory Lane Monday: The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

Yes, it is that time of the week. The day we dread and wish would never come- Mondays. *Wipes tear* But have no fear, Memory Lane Monday is here! Every Monday, here at TheYABookworm, I'll do a special post called Memory Lane Monday. What's that you ask? Memory Lane Monday is a once-a-week post where I (or any other bloggers that wish to participate)  choose one book that I've previously read to be featured on that day. From the book chosen, I will pick two of my favourite quotes and write a little blurb containing my quick thoughts on the book. The books that I choose will not be books I've reviewed- since I've read so many books, I want to share with you my opinions on ones that I won't get the chance to fully review (because seriously, rereading dozens of books would take a year...or two)! Be sure to participate by leaving your "Memory Lane Monday" in the comments, or a link to your blog post with the hash-tag #YAMemoryLaneMonday on twitter :D

This Week's Memory Lane Monday...
The Summoning By: Kelley Armstrong

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?

Top Two Favourite Quotes...

#1 He pivoted, gaze following me as I crossed to the shower and turned on the cold water, so it would drown out our conversation without steaming up the room.
"Great," he muttered."Now they're going to think we're showering together. Maybe we can just tell them we were washing off the crawl space dirt and trying to conserve water.” 

#2 “Cleavage is great," she said. "Like an extra pocket.”

The Summoning is the first book in Kelley Armstrong's Darkest Powers trilogy. This book is part of a precious group of books I have on my shelf that I like to call "The Shelf of Fame"! These are the books that started it all- the ones that got me completely hooked on reading! The Summoning's characters (Chloe and her friends) are characters very dear to my heart.

One thing I noticed while rereading the synopsis is that I am now the same age as Chloe- although this is probably not very interesting to you, my dear unknown reader, it is definitely a plus for me! Other really great traits this book has includes necromancy, a sketchy institution, and a budding romance...or two ;) This book seriously has everything a fabulous book needs- including endless quirky humor that will certainly have you laughing!

The best part? It doesn't stop here! The second and third book (The Awakening and The Reckoning) continue to be even more addicting than the last. I definitely recommend this series to any of you who have read Armstrong's newest series The Darkest Rising- in fact I think its essential to read them before the final book comes out next year. Kelley Armstrong has said, as well as hinted in The Calling, that the characters will meet up for the epic conclusion! I'm extremely excited to get the chance to see these characters return!

Have you read The Summoning and the rest of The Darkest Powers series? If not then be sure to check it out and look at my review for The Calling (Book two in Kelley Armstong's other series!) See you next Monday!

Your Y.A. Bookworm,
Caitlin <3 

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