Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Summoning (Darkest Powers Trilogy #1)

The Summoning (Darkest Powers, #1)
Guest Reviewer Natalie

The Summoning (Darkest Powers Trilogy #1)
Author: Kelley Armstrong
YA Book
(Natalie's Review)
4 out of 5 Stars


Chloe Saunders sees dead people. Yes, like in the films. The problem is, in real life saying you see ghosts gets you a one-way ticket to the psych ward. And at 15, all Chloe wants to do is fit in at school and maybe get a boy to notice her. But when a particularly violent ghost haunts her, she gets noticed for all the wrong reasons. Her seemingly crazed behaviour earns her a trip to Lyle House, a centre for disturbed teens.
At first Chloe is determined to keep her head down. But then her room mate disappears after confessing she has a poltergeist, and some of the other patients also seem to be manifesting paranormal behaviour. Could that be a coincidence? Or is Lyle House not quite what it seems…? Chloe realizes that if she doesn’t uncover the truth, she could be destined for a lifetime in a psychiatric hospital. Or could her fate be even worse…? Can she trust her fellow students, and does she dare reveal her dark secret?

The Summoning was a very good book.  It jumps right into action and mystery.  Chloe has lived a semi-normal life moving from place to place ever since her mother died with her barely there dad.  Things begin to change when she sees a boy jump in front of a cab, finally enters woman hood and get chased by a ghost janitor all in one day.  She gets sent to a group home because of her "hallucinations", The Lyle House.  Strange things start happening there, and Chloe trusts no one except for her 3 friends Rae, Simon and Derek.  With her friends, they try to plan an escape before something very bad happens.  This book had me hooked from the first page.  It has a perfect mix of mystery, drama and action. 

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