The Summoning

The Summoning
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: Harper Collins/July 2008
Series: Darkest Powers #1
Genres: Young Adult/Supernatural/Science Fiction

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? {}



I really enjoyed this novel. I have a soft spot for paranormal mysteries, especially ones that involve teens and all their angst! 

You can definitely tell that this is Kelley Armstrong’s first foray in to the Young Adult genre, and it is definitely a brave try since this was published in the midst of the Twilight craze. That being said, in comparison with the current amazing YA lit this novel is not as spectacular, but at it’s time it was an awesome book (and still is). 

Armstrong’s characters are a bit flat at times. This is seen often (too often) in YA lit. Mostly because authors have a hard time remembering what their teen years were like. However, Armstrong’s characters begin to redeem themselves throughout the novel. 

Overall, as stories go I was kept on the edge of my seat the entire time, and was not disappointed. I plan on moving on to the second book of the series. 




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