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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

The Summoning

Updated: Jul 14, 2021

Rating - ⭐⭐1/2

"Chloe Saunders used to have a relatively normal life.

But now she finds herself in the middle of some really strange situations because:

~She suddenly starts seeing dead people.

~She gets locked up in a group home for unstable teens.

~The group home isn't what it seems.

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."


The Summoning is the first installment in the YA fantasy Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong.

Younger me was so wrong about this. I loved this book growing up and read it multiple times and thought I would give it a shot now and see what current me thought about it. At this point, I am a year deep in reading a book pretty much every day so my tastes and tolerances have changed.

So, it was no surprise that my low tolerance for Chloe ruined the entire experience for me. While I think the plot is still interesting (aside from the catalyst of the story), my enjoyment of a book will always hinge on how likable the main character is to me, and Chloe was kind of insufferable. Her thoughts towards Derick were less than kind, and this kind of behaviour was also done by other characters as well (I'm talking about you Tori). Tori would mock Chloe for her speech impediment which, of course, was not very appreciated.

So, note to self, re-reading childhood favourites is probably not a good idea.

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