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The Summoning (Darkest Powers, Bk 1)
The Summoning - Darkest Powers, Bk 1
Author: Kelley Armstrong
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 so...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780061450549
ISBN-10: 0061450545
Publication Date: 4/1/2009
Pages: 400
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 261 ratings
Publisher: HarperCollins
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed The Summoning (Darkest Powers, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 6
This book will leave you desperate for the sequel! I am glad that I had both before I started reading this one. I highly recommend having both before you start reading them. There are some laugh out loud moments. I couldn't stand Tori!
reviewed The Summoning (Darkest Powers, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 4
This is what young adult fiction should be like! (can you tell I hated Twilight) I found this book super engaging, read it all in one sitting. It's age appropriate without talking down, and has plenty of action. I picked it up because I'm a fan of Kelley Armstrong's adult novels, and this one definitely holds its own against them.
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Helpful Score: 3
On the day that fifteen-year-old Chloe Saunders finally gets her period, she sees the ghost, her first since her childhood. It freaks her out so much that she is sent to the hospital and then referred to Lyle House, a private home for mentally ill adolescents--otherwise known as a place to lock the crazy kids up in.

At Lyle House, Chloe takes medication for her diagnosis--schizophrenia--and attends to a strict schedule of chores and schoolwork. But she continues to encounter strange occurrences, such as the ghost who's attempting to contact her. It just might be that there's more to herself than she knows... and more to Lyle House and her housemates than others are letting onto. Chloe and her newfound friends may be in much more danger than they expect.

After hearing so much hype about Armstrong's upcoming sequel, The Awakening, I'm very glad I picked The Summoning up. It felt to me almost like Harry Potter with a female protagonist and fewer subplots. The strength of this series lies in its idea: these teenagers with supernatural powers are funneled into this peculiar house for possibly sinister purposes! The characters' interactions with one another are spiritful, the dialogue vibrant; the characters themselves, though, do not stand out to me in the heavily populated world of YA paranormal fiction.

The exception may be Chloe, who is wonderful, constantly changing and growing and doubting herself--all the things that a normal teenage girl should do, all without being petty or annoyingly shallow. I also found Derek interesting, and would like to see much more of him in the future. Perhaps there will be a romance between him and Chloe...?

But that's a minor complaint, for the story more than makes up for the less-than-outstanding characters. The Summoning ends on a suspenseful, slightly disappointing note as readers wait for the sequel impatiently to find out what happens to Chloe and her friends.
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Helpful Score: 3
Wow! Talk about a cliffhanger of an ending!! Since this is a trilogy, I am almost hesitant to read the next book in fear of it ending in a similar fashion! I certainly couldn't wait six months with an ending like this one's! The frustrating ending aside, I must say this a really good YA fantasy book. One that I think is surprisingly age appropriate without seeming like a watered down version of the rest of the Women of the Otherworld series. I must admit, that having read her adult series first let me into quite a few clues than if I had started out with just reading this book. Still, this was a lot more fun than I expected - and much more exiting!!
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Helpful Score: 2
I have not read Kelley Armstrong before, and the story "The Summoning", makes me want to check out all her other books! The storyline is great it keeps you guessing! I am a rabid fan of the vampire genre, so this book was out of my "comfort zone", but I am glad I read it and can't wait to read the next installment of this series! Thumbs up!!!
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reviewed The Summoning (Darkest Powers, Bk 1) on + 2 more book reviews
I liked all the characters in this book.They have their own issues they try to deal with while discovering and controlling their gifts. I can't wait to read the next book to see where and how the characters end up
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Do you see things that aren't there? Maybe your mind is playing tricks on you. Maybe you're seeing a ghost.

Chloe Saunders is your average teenager. She likes talking to her friends, wears cool designer clothes, and talks to cute boys. Then one day at school, Chloe see a custodian with half of his face burned off. She runs off screaming, but he follows. The teachers thought Chloe needs some help, some counseling, but Chloe is still shaking from her first episode of seeing a ghost. Regardless, Chloe is sent to a group home that specializes in trouble teens, Lyle House.

Lyle House isn't so bad. Its run by a few female nurses who make sure the kids eat nutritious meals, exercise, and get their homework done. In between their day of schooling, there is usually an hour or so put aside for their individual counsel sessions. Chloe is told she may be schizophrenic and she just wants to get better so she can go home. But either the medication isn't working or she really is seeing ghosts because she keeps seeing them everywhere.

After Chloes roommate is transferred from the facility, strange behavior from the remaining teens flourishes. Chloe believes there may be more to her housemates besides a mental illness. How else could Rachelle burn people with her hands or Simon levitate items with just his mind? But digging into the dangerous secrets that surround Lyle House may reveal more skeletons than Chloe can handle.

I've read all of Kelley Armstrongs adult series to date, and was intrigued when I found out about her new Young Adult DARKEST POWERS series. She has done another wonderful job of world-building and character development. Just the right mix of drama, mystery, and a touch of the paranormal turns THE SUMMONING into a superb, engaging read. The ending though is a cliffhanger, so be prepared! I will be looking to read more about Chloes adventures in THE AWAKENING.
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16 pages into this I give up. Boooooring. Snzzzzzzz. I can't understand these reviews. I could barely make it through the first few pages. I only kept reading because I was hoping for a better plot to swallow. The book jacket summery reads better than this splinter in my hand.

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