Header image with four cats and the text: Pussreboots, a book review nearly every day. Online since 1997
Now 2024 Previous Articles Road Essays Road Reviews Author Black Authors Title Source Age Genre Series Format Inclusivity LGBTA+ Artwork WIP

Recent posts

Month in review

Apt. 3 by Ezra Jack Keats
Beekeeping for Beginners by Laurie R. King
Black Wind by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler
The Boggart by Susan Cooper
Cat Comes Too by Hazel Hutchins
Catch that Cat by Monika Beisner
Dandelion by Don Freeman
Doll Bones by Holly Black
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
The Emperor's Code by Gordon Korman
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker
In Lucia's Neighborhood by Pat Shewchuk
Jenny and the Cat Club by Esther Averill
Ladybug Girl by David Soman
The Last Camel Died at Noon by Elizabeth Peters
Lizard by Banana Yoshimoto
Man in the Empty Suit by Sean Ferrell
Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes by Salley Mavor
Sorcerers & Secretaries, Volume 1 by Amy Kim Ganter
Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen by Marilyn Chin
Sticks & Scones by Diane Mott Davidson
Stitch Head by Guy Bass
Storm Front by Jim Butcher
The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judith Viorst
The Three Pigs by David Wiesner
Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears by Verna Aardema
Winter Study by Nevada Barr
Zombie Haiku: Good Poetry for Your... Brains by Ryan Mecum

Previous month

Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

Beat the Backlist 2024

Ozathon: 12/2023-01/2025

Canadian Book Challenge: 2023-2024

Chicken Prints
Paintings and Postcards

Privacy policy

This blog does not collect personal data. It doesn't set cookies. Email addresses are used to respond to comments or "contact us" messages and then deleted.

The Summoning: 08/17/13

cover art

The Summoning is by Kelley Armstrong is the first of the Darkest Powers trilogy. I listened to the entire series on audio, but in retrospect, I think I should have just read the books in print.

Chloe Saunders lives with her father. After moving around for most of her childhood — after the death of her mother — it looks like they will be settling down in New York City. She's eager to make new friends, have a normal routine of homework, and eventually go to film school.

Chloe, though nearly sixteen, is small for her age and somewhat under developed. One of the BIG events that sets this whole trilogy off is her getting her first period. That was one detail that made me roll my eyes numerous times early on.

Along with her new found womanhood is the ability to see and talk to ghosts. Except she doesn't want to believe that and the ghosts scare the dickens out of her. Her hysteria gets her put into Lyle House for troubled teens.

Chloe continues to be visited by ghosts. And she begins to suspect that the other teens have powers. Not only that but Chloe and the others are in serious danger.

Although I enjoyed the mystery of Lyle House and following Chloe as she came into her powers, I do have some trouble with the audio. The first is in how Chloe, the protagonist and narrator, is voiced. She's given a high pitched, breathy voice, that makes her sound like she's twelve. I know she's small and mistaken for younger than she is, but a slightly older, less chipper voice would have been more believable.

The other problem is how many times Chloe is brought out of her internal monolog (mostly movie related) by the sound of her own name. It's always said in a very menacing, drawn out way — CLOE-ee. Mind you, much of the time, she is in danger, but not all the characters are out to get her. A little variation in tone would have been nice especially as she does make friends with the other teens.

Four stars

Comments (0)

Lab puppy
Email (won't be posted):
Blog URL:

Twitter Tumblr Mastadon Flickr Facebook Facebook Contact me

1997-2024 Sarah Sammis