Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Review: The Summoning


The Summoning (Darkest Powers, #1)
Title: The Summoning (Darkest Powers #1)
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Release Date: July 1, 2008
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Paperback, 390 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal-Supernatural

SUMMARY: 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.

REVIEW:

CARRIE meets PARANORMALCY -- in a mental institution.

If you're tired of cliche's in supernatural fiction, give this one a read. Colorful characters and a chilling atmosphere bump it up to one of my favorites.

Armstrong either really did her research or actually spent some time locked up to breathe life into the group home setting in this novel. Details are spot on.

Definitely got some goosebumps while reading. Creep factor: A+

Also, this has one of the best first chapters I've read in a while. It really... grabs you. 

Can't wait to read the rest of the series!

CONTENT:

Profanity: 
Rare (B-word used twice)
Sensuality: 
Mild
Violence
Moderate (Disturbing imagery, physical violence)
Drugs/Alcohol: None

This review also appears on Goodreads.

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