The Summoning (Darkest Powers #1)
by Kelley Armstrong
Doubleday Canada (Random House)
Suggested Ages: 12+ (Mild violence and sexuality)
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Description: After years of frequent moves following her mother’s death, Chloe Saunders’ life is finally settling down. She is attending art school, pursuing her dreams of becoming a director, making friends, meeting boys. Her biggest concern is that she’s not developing as fast as her friends are. But when puberty does hit, it brings more than hormone surges. Chloe starts seeing ghosts–everywhere, demanding her attention. After she suffers a breakdown, her devoted aunt Lauren gets her into a highly recommended group home.
At first, Lyle House seems a pretty okay place, except for Chloe’s small problem of fearing she might be facing a lifetime of mental illness. But as she gradually gets to know the other kids at the home–charming Simon and his ominous, unsmiling brother Derek, obnoxious Tori, and Rae, who has a “thing” for fire–Chloe begins to realize that there is something that binds them all together, and it isn’t your usual “problem kid” behaviour. And together they discover that Lyle House is not your usual group home either…
Mini Book Review: Every-time I open up one of Kelley's books I stand in awe of her brilliant storytelling ability. She is truly gifted, once you start reading, you do not want to put down. Even if you don't like the characters (One of her short stories, I hated the heroine, but the story was so good had to finish) you will still be enthralled by her tale. This story is no exception! Chloe irritated me at times, but as the story progressed I found myself feeling for her. Obviously Kelley is gifted at character development as well. The story is extremely fast paced and intriguing. I was hooked from the first paragraph and the cliffhanger ending left me wanting more -- thank goodness Helen lent me next book in series because I cracked it open right away. I like her secondary characters and look forward to the deepening of their back stories in future books. Great beginning to the series and I look forward to reading the next one (Ok I am already 3/4 through the Awakening and I don't want to put it down either) Highly recommend especially if you have never read Kelley before. My only complaint (and we have all heard it before for ALL of my YA book review) is 99% of the adults are incompetent jerks!
I bought this at Forster's Book Garden in Bolton at Kelley Armstrong signing
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