Spencer’s Corner~The Summoning

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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 has fairly decent reviews, so I decided to read it. I started in to the book, and it was pretty good. Once I hit about page 100 it took a turn in an entirely different direction. The book just became confusing and after that no enjoyment came of the book. The main character Chloe is super skittish to most of the side characters, but then she acts downright mean and unfair to the one character in the story that could help her later on. She has little to no back story, so you tend to not care what happens to her because she is usually just whiny. I would not recommend this book. I gave this book 2 out of 5 stars.

About the Author:

Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers’ dismay. All efforts to make her produce “normal” stories failed.

Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked away in her basement writing dungeon. She’s the author of the NYT-bestselling “Women of the Otherworld” paranormal suspense series and “Darkest Powers” young adult urban fantasy trilogy, as well as the Nadia Stafford crime series. Armstrong lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids and far too many pets.


  1. The story seemed so interesting to read but based on your review, I thought maybe not really worth it. I’m always reading reviews when it comes to what books to read. Thanks for your thoughts.

  2. Rita VonCoupon says

    I feel like it’s hard to find contemporary authors who can really develop a character. This is exactly how I feel about many books. It’s like you can almost find the exact moment when the publisher calls and says ‘you’re taking too long, finish it’.

  3. Hmmm….I thought this is interesting. But thanks for your review I will pass looking up for it.

  4. Based on your review I doubt that this will be entered on my TBR list. The synopsis itself sounded interesting–losing interest in a book is not good!!

  5. I love the thrill of the story!

  6. Maybe this book my granddaughter will like

  7. the book write up made it sound so interesting boo ;(

  8. I’m sure your review is helpful to others, I will not read books with 2 stars only 🙂

  9. Sorry about that. I have never read that much books lately though. Thanks for sharing your review on this book.

  10. The synopsis sounds wonderful.

  11. Well Darn!! That book started out sounding very interesting. It caught my attention.. A friend and I were just talking about seeing ghosts.

  12. So sorry you didn’t enjoy the book. Thank can be so frustrating! Glad you warned us!

  13. When a book gets like that for me, it’s hard to keep reading. I understand you had to finish for the review. Thanks for your honest opinion!

  14. tonygreene113 @ 113tidbits says

    The majority of the books that I’ve read over the past couple of years have been Jack Reacher type thrillers.

  15. Thanks for the heads up on the book!

  16. Jacqueleen Rainville says

    I have had books like that before. If I am not into by the 50th page, I pass it along to another reviewer.

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