Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Summoning Review

                I just finished a book called The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong which I thought looked interesting and I ended up being only mildly disappointed.
                The story is about a young girl named Claire who only wants to live a normal life, the only problem is that she can see ghosts and that kind of puts a damper on her wish to be normal. So she’s sent away to this mysterious group home for mental kids called Lyle House. Obviously, there is more to Lyle House than meets the eye. And the story goes on in an attempt to be mysterious and sinister but is usually nothing short of contrived.
                The story is written in a very easy style, the dialogue and plot is mostly easy to follow and while some people might find that to be an upside, I think of it as mediocre. The story wasn’t challenging or thought provoking, but, I suppose, it doesn’t really have to be. All in all, it was a quick and easy read and I think that many people would find it enjoyable.
                I mean, I’m all for ghost stories and mysteries but this book didn’t have any real substance to it, nothing that really surprised me or fascinated me. The book was kind of dull and void. Maybe it’s just me, but I’m not a big fan of easy reads. I like books that cause me to think and have an underlying meaning that you can only understand if you look hard enough.
                So if you’re into the whole vampire craze, you might like this book. If you like good, thought provoking literature, I would definitely suggest something else.
                But what about you? Do you like easy reads? Or do you like books that cause you to think?