REVIEW - The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

Book Information

Series: Darkest Powers | Book No.: 1 | Source: Library | Rating: 4.5 / 5 (☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ 1/2)


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.


I can't believe that I waited THREE YEARS to read this book. I waited until my library offered a newer copy of this book due to the fact that the original one they had was water-damaged and appeared to have been thrown up on. Enough with what you don't care about.

It was such a refreshing read. I haven't read anything like this. The book follows the character, Chloe Sanders, who is lifted from her normal like the day she sees her first ghost. She is taken to the Lyle House where she is labeled to having schizophrenia. Chloe is smarter than that, and she believes that something suspicious is occurring within in the Lyle House. A dark secret that will determine her fate and those of her newly-formed friends. 

I love this book! It was such a new thing to read due to the fact that I've never read a book about a necromancer before, and I will DEFINITELY be reading more books about necromancers. 

The whole plot in itself was unique, but I don't really plan on revealing most of it due to the fact that it might give away some spoilers, and who wants that? All the characters, ranging from crush-worthy to I-want-to-rip-their-heads-off-and-feed-them-to-children, shaped and molded the book into its awesome foundation. The characters that I loved were Chloe and Derek, who turns out to be someone COMPLETELY different than you thought he was, and the character I hated the most because of the last twenty pages of the book is Aunt Lauren. Read the book, and you'll find out why! 

All in all, I highly recommend this book, and I definitely will read the rest of this series to see where Chloe and her friends end up!  

Kelley ArmstrongMeet the Author

Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers' dismay. All efforts to make her produce "normal" stories failed. 
Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked away in her basement writing dungeon. She's the author of the NYT-bestselling "Women of the Otherworld" paranormal suspense series and "Darkest Powers" young adult urban fantasy trilogy, as well as the Nadia Stafford crime series. Armstrong lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids and far too many pets. 

1 comment:

  1. Your review is great! I'm really looking forward to reading this series. I'm hoping to read it this year for my YA series challenge.


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