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The Summoning (Darkest Powers, Book 1)
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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.

Customer Reviews:

  • greatest story of all time
    this was such an amazing book! she had very great detail and i fell in love with every character! i'm 100% sure her next book will be twice as good! right now i dont think i could recommend a better story...more info
  • Review: The Summoning
    Chloe Saunders sees dead people. After a terrifying encounter with a dead janitor at her school, Cloe is sent to a group home for troubled teens. She soon finds out that things at the home aren't exactly what they seem. As she learns more about the other residents, Chloe realizes that they each have unique abilities and begins to believe that it is no coincidence that they all were sent to the same place.

    Many of my favorite authors of adult novels are trying their hand at writing young adult novels lately. I was very interested in seeing how The Summoning compared to Kelley Armstrong's adult fiction. Overall, I think Armstrong did a fantastic job transitioning into the world of young adult fiction. The voice used in this book is very different from the voice used in her adult novels and is extremely well-suited to her young adult audience. This is also noteworthy because Chloe's universe is the same one that Armstrong uses in her Otherworld novels.

    Chloe feels alone and scared as she tries to understand what is happening to her and why. While there are times when Chloe wants to pretend that none of what is happening is real, she chooses to investigate her circumstances and to take action based on her findings. Unfortunately, Chloe doesn't know who she can really trust. Armstrong writes Chloe with strong emotions that the reader can relate to.

    I was excited to find that I liked Armstrong's young adult novel as much, if not more than, her adult novels. I can't wait for the second book in the series, The Awakening, to come out in May.
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  • Still the Otherworld but....
    As a big fan of Kelley's Otherworld series I, of course, went and ordered this. The premise being young supernaturals coming into their own, which is a great idea as the characters in her 'Women' series have already had their powers, so it would be interesting to see that side of things. I know being a YA novel that it wouldn't be as graphic as the others in the series, but I felt a little disappointed in this as the main girl, Chloe just didn't make me feel sympathetic towards her. It was an easy read (just under 2 days to finish) and may be a good primer for Kelley's younger fans to ease into the main OW series when they're older. I'll probably buy the next (because I'm a completist on stuff like that) and hope that it begins to pick up....more info
  • the summoning
    this book is amazing. the characters are likeable and the book is fast paced and exciting all the way through. the end is so shocking and sudden it will leave you dying for the next book....more info
  • Loved It! Hard to put down
    I have never read any of Kelley Armstrong's other novels, so her writing and world was completely new to me! I loved both! I loved the way she slowly revealed things to you so it kept your interest and i loved the characters. At first i did not like the main character that much, b/c i felt she was too immature, but after a couple of chapters i loved her. I got the book from the library, and finished it in one day. It was just so easy to do, since i never lost interest. I highly recommend this book, although you might want to wait to read it until after the sequal comes out because the ending is a major cliff hanger!...more info
  • A great ride
    This book is a great ride and has some fun characters. She builds the mystery really well. Can't help but fall inlove with this book! I can't wait for the second one to be released!...more info
  • Loved It!
    This book captivated me from page one. Brilliant ly done book about a girl who sees ghosts and learns that shes not the only one who has special powers. It shows how hard things can be growing up and not understanding what your growing into and having to figure it all out on your own while still protecting yourself and friends and family...more info
  • Kelley Armstrong Summong
    Great book from a great author. You can't go wrong when reading Kelley Armstrong. Even though it is YA adults would still enjoy. ...more info
  • Spooky and a well-written story
    I am an adult that enjoys reading YA from time to time. I've read and enjoyed the Twilight series, Vampire Academy series, & House of Night series to name a few, and I must say that "The Summoning" (or Darkest Powers series) rates very high on story content and entertainment. Even with just one book done, it has drawn me in, anxious for the second book to be released.

    Chloe is a character that the reader can sympathize with, even if we've never had the same personal experiences she's had, and a world that, though fictional, can be believable. She's not perfect and the friends she makes in Lyle House are also not perfect. She develops an interest in a young man who isn't the typical handsome mesh we read in so many other series. And her power is something we would hate to have for ourselves. Her's in not the "superpower" that makes you wish you had it.

    This book both creeped me out and kept me interested at the same time. There were parts that were just down right scary and then there were tender moments as well. A bit of warning: this book has no ending; it's a cliffhanger for the next book, and a clever way to bring the reader back for more. It was well done, however, like a tv show wrapping up for the summer break.

    I rented this from the library and I was glad I did because I don't like to spend money on authors or books that are bad. But this book was not and would not be a waste of money. ...more info
  • Cliche
    Well, I bought this book because the back cover looked like a original storyline.
    Wow, I was totally mistaken. This sounds like almost every other supernatural book out there, and was incredibly boring at times. The author had very little characterization except for Chloe and Victoria. I had to guess what Simon looked like, because after she first mentions him, there is no longer any mention of his physicality.
    The ending was TERRIBLE. It stopped dead in the middle of the plot line. I know you want to keep your readers tuned for the sequel, but you need to give some sense of closure to at least one problem in the book.
    This book asks millions of questions to advance the plot line. To me, that's the mark of an unexperienced writer. As a writer, if you create enough suspense, your readers will automatically question the plot line. You do not need to ask questions. For example, "If both Derek and Simon has powers, is that how they'd ended up together, as foster brothers? What had their dad told them? Did his disappearance have something to do with being magical? Was that why the guys had enrolled in school under fake names and kept moving around? Is that what our kind had to do? Hide?"
    Good grief, that was so many questions!
    I do not recommend this book....more info
  • The Brain Lair on The Summoning
    So far we've met Chloe and she sees dead people. She saw a custodian, at her school, who looked as if he was in a fire and he started chasing her around the school - appears he needs help so he can leave the school - she was screaming, teachers came and they sent her to a group home. Most interesting resident so far - Liz - she can moves things with her mind. Also, we just uncovered some possible powers for the other students at the Lyle House with Chloe.

    * Simon - can levitate things
    * Rae - can burn people with her touch

    Chloe's Aunt Lauren seems to be hiding something. She's really upset over Derek "bothering" Chloe. Hmm.... Derek and Simon have filled Chloe in on a little of their background. Turns out Derek is sort of a superman and also extremely bright. We keep seeing Liz as a ghost so Chloe is wondering if she is now dead. Rae and Chloe broke into the closet in the basement but Chloe didn't get to talk to a ghost. She did find a box of old property records though! Simon can do some spells. Don't know about Rae yet - I think she may be hiding something. She might be a spy. It turns out that Tori is actually crazy. Also, the adults KNOW the children have powers. Apparently the founder of the Lyle House used to bring supernaturals there to do experiments on them. Chloe learned this by talking to some ghosts. Now Chloe, Derek, Simon and Rae are on the run and Dr. Davidoff and the others are chasing them. Chloe is hurt and the girls have been separated from the boys!...more info
  • Amazing
    The Summoning is so fast pasted I could never find a place to stop so I could got to sleep. It kept my interest till the last page, when I closed the book and hit myself over the head with it. Its a trilogy! I cannot wait until the The Awakening in April! ...more info
  • More please
    I consumed this book in one sitting... and I am looking forward to the rest of the series and how these young people get back together and grow up; and how Ms. Armstrong is going to integrate these people into the 'Women of the Otherword' and the 'Men of the Otherworld'.... I am facinated by the whole concept of reality that exists within our 'mundane' world.... More please.. :)...more info
  • The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
    Chloe Saunders is an ordinary teenage girl. She wants to meet boys, hang out with her friends, and become a movie director. Chloe realizes she's not so ordinary when she sees a horrifying ghost in the halls of her art school. She has a breakdown and is sent to the "Lyle House", a group home for teenagers with mental illnesses.

    The Lyle House is full of interesting characters, and Chloe wonders if any of them are really on her side. The nurses tell her with the medications her hallucinations will go away, but why is she still being contacted by ghosts? What do they want from her, and can she help them? Chloe and the other kids realize that their symptoms don't match up with the illnesses the doctors have pigeonholed them into, thus making them question what they really are and what really goes on at the Lyle House.
    I recently just started Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld Series, and knew I had to have this book when it came out. I couldn't wait to see what she could do in the Young Adult Paranormal Arena! She definitely didn't let me down. I love the characters, especially Derek. He's so dark, strong, and scary, but deep down he cares. He just has a hard time showing it. Simon and Rae are still kind of mysterious, and I don't feel like they were developed enough. I'm sure we will get to know them better in future books. There of course is the mean girl at the home, Victoria. Thanks to the evil Victoria there is one scene in a crawl space...in a basement that is super intense! I think the book took an interesting twist at the end, and leaves us with a cliff hanger! Evil...Evil Authors!
    I think this is a great beginning to a YA series, and can't wait to read the rest.

    If you love Kelley's other writings, please don't hesitate to pick this one up when you see it. I thought it was really fantastic to see the teenage side of this world.
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  • wonderful addition to the YA paranomal genre...
    Chloe Saunders has always seen ghosts. Of course, she didn't know they were ghosts. After another particularly frightening episode, Chloe's mom decides it's time to move, and that is the last Chloe sees of them.

    Fast forward to age 15. Chloe is now living with her maid because her mother has died and her father is too busy working all over the world. She's attending yet another school, but at least this time it's an art school and she's managed to be there for more than one year. It's nice not being the new girl for once. She's your average teenage girl just trying to get through the typical trials of high school - exams, friends, and boys. When Chloe officially hits puberty and finally starts her period at school and kind of gets asked on date to the school dance, she thinks life couldn't get any better. Evidently, she's wrong because with the onset of her period, the ghosts come rushing back at her. After having a breakdown at school, Chloe finds herself admitted to Lyle House - a group home for troubled teens.

    Diagnosed as schizophrenic, Chloe vows to the doctors and her family that she's determined to get better. She dutifully takes the medications they give her and tries to ignore the strange phantoms talking to her. After all, if she's schizo, hearing voices isn't all that uncommon - right? As Chloe slowly gets to know the rest of the teens at Lyle House she begins to question that reasoning. After one of the girls is taken from Lyle House, Chloe begins to have doubts about the group home. Chloe and the rest of the group slowly come to realize that Chloe really isn't crazy - and neither are they. But why are they all here and who are these doctors that claim they just want to help them to get better? And most importantly, can they really be trusted?

    While Kelley Armstrong is a huge presence in the urban fantasy genre, this is her first foray into the YA arena and I must say she does a fine job of it, too. The story is set in the same world as Armstrong's adult urban fantasy series, Women of the Otherworld. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Chloe and riding along while she begins discovering who - and what - she really is. Up until she's placed in Lyle House, Chloe had lived a very sheltered, but pampered lifestyle. When she ends up teaming up with some of the residents at Lyle House she's exposed to more than she could imagine is really out in the real world. While there are times that I have to remind myself that Chloe is just a teenager and there's a reason she acts/reacts in certain ways, overall I really enjoyed the book. By the end of the book there is a lot of action happening and I found myself not wanting the story to end, knowing I'd have to wait for the 2nd book, The Awakening, to release months from now. If you are a fan of the ever-growing YA paranormal genre, I recommend this book.
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  • Bookalicio.us review of The Summoning
    I discovered Kelley Armstrong about two years ago. I picked up a copy of a book from her "Women of the Otherworld" series and really enjoyed it. So when I heard Kelley was working on a new trilogy well I had to pick up "The Summoning". This book was quite a lot different from what I have previously read from Armstrong. It was meant more for a teen audience, when I am used to reading her adult series. It was a bit over simplified even for a teen plot. The book took a while to get going, the main character was a bit too self conscious and not confident to the point you got annoyed and if Chloe Saunders was in front of you, you would probably slap her and scream at her to stop being such a baby. The character whines a lot for a character who is constantly showing how tough, and out of the box thinking she is supposed to be.

    The plot was super slow through two thirds of the book and it gave me the feeling the ending was rushed, the plot unties itself in the last small bit of the book and I felt it moved too fast after the first part of the book dragged on so slowly. I felt the book ended in a weird way. Like ending in the middle of a chapter, not ending a story. I understand the first book of a trilogy needs to end open, but this was like WAY OUT IN LEFT FIELD open. Like middle of a conversation open. I was really disappointed in the ending. When something ends like that, I really don't want to read the second book, its apparently really not worth my time if it is going to upset me and if I don't like the writing style.

    All that being said, the book does have three stars for a reason. The book flowed together well. Armstrong understands the supernatural world like no one else. When she fits several genres of supernatural together it doesn't ever feel meshed or complicated. It just fits. The Lyle House where the supernaturals are being held on the pretense of mental illness was described well. You feel like you are also inside the walls of the house while you are reading.

    If you are a fan of Armstrong or really like teen supernatural books, like Meyers or Bray have written then I suggest you pick up a copy of The Summoning. You may really like the character of Chloe and her friends. I did think the supporting characters of the book were awesome. Simon and his foster brother Derek are especially well developed and also are supernaturals. So yeah go ahead and read it. I am hoping on my personal feelings of Armstrong's previous works that the second book coming soon is going to tie all this together for me and not end in such an open way. I think the Darkest Powers series is worth a chance....more info
  • Great Start to a Hopefully Good Series
    I originally bought this book because it was displayed next to the Twilight Series in my local bookstore. It's about a group of kids with special powers that are sent to a house for troubled teens. You can tell things arent quite right and of course there is a thing developing between two characters. Just when you think they escape they are betrayed. The second book looks promising and hopefully they will be rescued by their "friends" who did not get picked up after they escaped. Worth buying and reading. For older children, teens, and adults.
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  • Action packed conspiracy
    Kelley Armstrong mixes supernatural drama with a whole lot of action packed conspiracy. The Summoning has an underlying sense of eeriness throughout it, waiting to burst through for the exhilarating ending.
    Chloe Saunders use to have a relatively normal life; loving aunt, great friends and attending one of the best Art Schools in Buffalo, but now her life is beginning to resemble a horror movie, monsters and all.
    Chloe is seeing ghost and not the nice and normal transparent kind, but ghosts with serious agendas and they all are awful chatty, especially when word gets out among the spirits that Chloe is able to listen.
    Naturally, Chloe freaks out when she is chased by a janitor with horrific burns, becoming hysterical when she is caught and held down by her teachers. Admitting to her Aunt Lauren she has been seeing ghosts wasn't the smartest thing to do since claiming to see and talk to the dead gets you in whole lot more trouble.
    Convinced that Chloe is mentally unstable her aunt sends her to Lyle House; a `special' group home for troubled teens. There Chloe meets others with problems like hers; mysterious problems that don't fit with the diagnoses the doctors want to label them with. Turns out the people who are sent to Lyle House don't have mental conditions; they are all Supernaturals; scorers, witches, necromancers, and shamans. It's up to Chloe and her friends to figure out the secrets behind Lyle House... before its skeletons come back to haunt her.


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  • From J. Kaye's Book Blog
    THE SUMMONING is my first Kelley Armstrong book. This is also the first book in the Darkest Powers series. The book's main character, Chloe Saunders, reminds me of the Ghost Whisperer. She sees dead people, only she doesn't know it. With John Edward, Sylvia Browne and other psychics on TV, I'm not sure why she doesn't realize she is seeing ghosts. Instead, she believes she is having a psychotic breakdown and ends up in the Lyle House - a group home for kids with mental issues diagnosed with schizophrenia.

    As the story unfolds, Chloe discovers there is a dark past attached to the Lyle House. She also learns she's a bit more than a ghost whisper. She's a necromancer, a person who can raise the spirits of the dead. What she does realize until later is that she is abnormally powerful. She also discovers some of the resident teens at Lyle House also have special abilities. There is Simon who can create mist. Derek has superhuman strength and heightened senses. They aren't 100% sure what Rae is yet.

    Questions mount and Simon needs to find his father. He believes his father will have the answers needed. There are a lot more of them - people with special powers - out there, but in hiding. When Chloe and the other three set out to find him, the staff hunts them down. Derek now has the ability to morph into a primitive creature. Since the staff at Lyle House have discovered this, he'll be hunted and killed. Chloe isn't sure the same fate won't happen to her.

    I hate to continually label books as page-turners, but that's the correct term for THE SUMMONING. I skipped work in order to finish the book. I simply couldn't put down. The question will be why not five stars? One reason has been mentioned - believability. In the age of Google and cable TV, teens aren't stupid. In fact, they know more than adults. I just don't buy the fact she didn't get she was seeing ghosts.

    The next issue I had was with the ending. Teens might love cliffhangers, I don't. I don't mind lingering questions when another book is coming, but this ended right in the middle of a scene. "There's something I need to tell you." The End. Stuff like that makes me scream and not in a positive way. Leave me wanting more, but not just hanging in the wind screaming "WHAT?"

    If you haven't read this book, do so. When you do, make sure you have the second book, THE AWAKENING, too. You aren't going to want to stop. Trust me....more info
  • The Summoning ,kelley armstrong proves she has the imagination
    This book hook me with the first page and did not let go till the end. Her character development proves that she is a writer to read. She has a style that makes it almost impossible to wait for the next book. I also met her at the comic con this year and was impressed with how approachable she was. I love her work and recommend this book to all the readers. highly recommended can't wait for the sequel...more info
  • YA Magical Mystery
    Dark Powers Book 1
    An excellent first outing for Kelley Armstrong into YA fiction. I adore her other books and was excited to see her transition to this different style of writing. The writing is simpler but still excellent and should appeal to the teenage audience.
    I cannot wait for the sequel and can only beg for KA to write faster!
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  • Good story telling, but far from stand-alone
    Kelly Armstrong, as usual, weaves an involved tale with compelling characters, making good use of supernatural elements. This is a good choice for the young adult reader, but it doesn't even pretend to be anything but the introduction to the series. If you're a Kelly Armstrong fan, you might as well go ahead and pick up the next book or two in the series now, because you'll want to keep right on going with the story at the end of this first volume....more info
  • excellent young adult fantasy novel
    While I am not in the teen demographic and haven't been in a long time, I read this book very quickly and was disappointed that it ended so soon. I very much look forward to the next one.

    It incorporates a lot of the classic elements of young adult fantasy-- kids with extraordinary powers, questioning authority-- but it is refreshingly lacking creepy romantic elements. And the plot is suspenseful, fast moving, and builds to a cliffhanger ending.

    There are some scary elements, but in my judgement not more than any teen could handle....more info
  • Amazing
    This book was drool worthy fantastic. I read it in one sitting. Absolutely spectacular. It blew other teen series like Twilight or my much beloved House of Night, right out of the water....more info
  • Teenage Paranormal
    This book had a great plot and it kept things at a speed that made it hard to put down. The charaters are multi-faceted. It is a great start for a late teen interested in beginning the paranormal experience. ...more info
  • Gripping and chilling
    When sensible Chloe Saunders wakes up one morning from a nightmare and begins seeing ghosts, everyone believes she's gone insane. The official diagnosis is schizophrenia, and she's placed in Lyle House, a group home for other troubled teens. At first, Chloe thinks her condition is just a blip in her otherwise standard life, and the other teens are weird. She strives to get better as soon as possible. But her ghosts keep coming back. And fellow patients Derek and Simon seem intent on convincing Chloe what she is seeing is real. It isn't long before Chloe discovers that maybe she isn't schizophrenic, and Lyle House is harboring some dark, dangerous secrets.

    The Summoning is an extremely well-written, engaging, and intriguing read. It's heartening to see a novel as practical and yet brimming with thrilling supernatural elements as Kelley Armstrong's The Summoning, and its Armstrong's unique setting that makes this novel stand out. Chloe is a very realistic and authentic narrator, and her struggles with the truth are relatable are sure to elicit sympathy from the reader. Armstrong keeps a nice, even balance between the paranormal drama and the politics of the new world that Chloe and her friends are thrust into, resulting in a suspenseful read that poses many unshakable questions that easily propel the reader through the novel. Gritty and full of action, betrayals, and plenty of chills, The Summoning is a read that is smart, unique, and completely entertaining.

    Cover Comments: I do like this novel's cover. Even though many have spearheaded an anti-headless model movement, I think this is a very well-done one that will appeal to those who usually shun headless covers. It's a bit glamorous and mysterious, which will certainly reel readers in....more info
  • She's done it again!!
    Once again, Ms Armstrong has outdone herself. As soon as I heard this book was coming out, I decided I was going to buy it whether it rocked my sock drawer(100x better than sock rocking =P) or stunk it up; one of the best decisions I've made!! After a while, I forgot that I was supposed to be wary of how the story was going to go, and completely lost myself in it. This book is a definite "stay up all night with a flashlight under the covers and read until you finish" kind of book, but I don't recommend hiding with a flashlight in the summer and trying to read this; it's way too hot for that xP I agree with another reviewer that this book does feel like it left off in the middle, but that just means there'll be a sequel that's just as page turning as this one.
    Hope all you Kelley Armstrong fans AND teen fantasy fic readers read this book; you'll be glad you did =]...more info
  • Soap Opera style
    When Chloe was a toddler, she lived in a house that had ghosts in the basement. One of the ghosts was a hanged man. Another liked to scare her. Chloe's mom talked her dad into moving them to another place and Chloe forgot all about the experience and now doesn't believe in ghosts. Her mother died when she was 8 and she's been raised mostly by housekeepers as her dad travels for his job.

    A late bloomer, she doesn't get her period until she's turned 15. On that day she wakes up dreaming about her last experience in that basement, still not recalling that she ever lived there. Later that day, the ghost of a custodian at school who had obviously been in a fire, notices Chloe and won't leave her alone, wanting to talk to her. Chloe is totally freaked and runs from him screaming. The school staff has to tackle Chloe, sedate her and she's taken by ambulance to a hospital before being transferred to Lyle House, a group home for kids with mental issues.

    Like all of the other kids there, she's put on drugs and for her daily therapy session with the doctor, acts like she's accepted her schizophrenic diagnosis in order to get out of there sooner.

    At first this seems to be a story about someone with unique abilities (she's a necromancer) who is labeled with mental problems and drugged because the establishment doesn't understand or believe that there could be a perfectly healthy reason for what the person experiences. But it comes to light that other teens in the home have their own abilities and something bigger is going on.

    Unlike the author's other series, this one appears to be one continuing story by the viewpoint of the same character. The biggest difference is that when the book ends, you don't feel like a story has completed; like the book ended in the middle. There is no feeling of conclusion to the drama that had taken place near the end of the book. Everything is left hanging.

    The story itself and the characters are good, although for me (an adult who does like to read YA), it was getting kind of boring at times, at least until we get to the point of realizing that something bigger is going on. But it's that ending that has me downgrading the rating to 3 stars. ...more info
  • Kelley Armstrong light
    I am a huge Kelley Armstrong fan. I ordered this hoping that, while written for younger readers, it would still have enough there to keep me interested. Unfortunately, not quite.

    If I had read this as a teenager, I probably would have given it a 5. It has everything you could want - suspense, an interesting main character, a mystery, supernatural activity, etc.

    As a more experienced reader, I'm giving it a 3.5. There could have been more characterization and a grander story arc. I was left wanting something. That said, I'll probably read the sequel, though I'm not sure I'll buy it in hardback....more info
  • No Ending
    I felt cheated. The book was a good story but there was no ending. It just cut right off like I only got to watch the first half of a movie....more info
  • Fan-Frigging-Tastic!!!
    This book was great, I was blown away after reading the first two chapters!
    Forget vampires, this book is not only different but is creepy in a good way, it almost draws you inside the story.
    I commend Kelly Armstrong for making a new series about necromancy, we haven't had a good book about people talking to dead people sice Meg Cabot's "Mediator", and even though the two books are way different, I would reccomend anyone who's read that series to read this book.
    Even though I'm only 17 years old, I still really appreaciate authors who are thinking of new and different things, and I'm not constantly being bombarded by books that are about someones love life. I personally like the slightly more darker books, and this book did not fail me. Thanks soooo much for writing it!!!!!...more info
  • Worth the Read
    Reviewed by Christina Wantz Fixemer
    on 07/24/2008

    Things are looking up for Chloe Saunders. She's in to the arts-focused high school she's dreamed of attending. She's making friends. And nothing weird has happened in a long time.

    Until now. On what started out as a normal day, Chloe's world is shattered. Terrifying ghosts come out of nowhere, and no one believes her. Chloe's bizarre behavior lands her in a home for troubled teens. Surrounded by other misfits, she soon learns there's more to everyone's "troubles" than they realize. Learning the truth behind Lyle House could cost Chloe more than she imagines.

    This novel is the first in a new series by bestselling author Kelley Armstrong, in which she brings her fascination with the paranormal to the Young Adult audience. THE SUMMONING blends popular elements of the genre with an interesting spin of its own.

    Armstrong presents a well-defined subculture in an otherwise ordinary world. While the plot is a little thin at times, there's a solid foundation for future installments. Most of the characters have enough depth to keep them interesting, although Chloe seemed like a watered-down version of what her character could be.

    This novel offers promise for an enjoyable series. It had a few bumps, but it was fun enough for me to read in less than a day. THE SUMMONING isn't the strongest book available in the genre, but it is fun and worth a read....more info