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Amanda Shofner

Grand Mistress of On a Book Bender. On the path of least revision. Wine supplier for grammar pain sufferers. #BecauseWine. Idea wrangler. Wielder of words. Black coffee drinker.

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Amaryllis
Jayne Castle
Rampant
Diana Peterfreund
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Jennifer A. Nielsen
Light of the Moon (Legend of the Dreamer, Book 1)
David James
Amaryllis (St. Helen's Series #1)

The Summoning (Darkest Powers Series #1)

The Summoning - Kelley Armstrong Original review: http://onabookbender.com/2012/02/13/review-the-summoning-by-kelley-armstrong/I spent my time reading swinging between being completely engrossed in the story and being completely frustrated with the lack of answers (or rather, the slow pace at which some questions were answered). In some ways, it is a psychological thriller, as there is so much going on here that neither we as readers nor Chloe understand. What is Chloe? What is real? What’s up with the Lyle House? Even as the book finishes, there are still questions to be answered. It’s not really a cliffhanger, but it’s obvious that the story is far far from over.Chloe was a good main character. She was the right mix of doubt and humor. While wading through the millions of questions that she had, I felt myself doubting Chloe right along with her. But what I appreciated was that through all the niggling doubt, it never turned into simpering despair or wallowing on everything that was going wrong. Any doubts that Chloe had pushed her to answer the questions she had. If she began to spiral too far downward, she pulled herself out with humor or by turning life into a movie. The supporting characters (Simon, Derek, Tori, Rae) were an odd mix, but theThe strength of The Summoning really comes in the final quarter of the book. Up until then, I had been intrigued, but not overly impressed or falling all over myself to finish the book. Once everything in the plot started to come together, I began to understand why so many people (*cough*RubyandKelly*cough*) have told me to read this series. The ending left me scrambling to add The Awakening to my wishlist, and this is definitely one of those books that you will want to read with the second book close by.