Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Summoning {Darkest Powers Book 1}

Title:  The Summoning
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Ideal Age Range: Young Adult
Mass Market Paperback: 390 pages
Copyright Date:  2009
Blurb: She sees dead people-and they see her.  Chloe Saunders used to have a pretty normal life. But that changed on the day she met her first ghost. Locked up in Lyle House, a group home for troubled teens, she finds out that there’s more to the home’s teen residents than meets the eye. Will Chloe be able to uncover the dangerous secrets of Lyle house…or will its skeletons come back to haunt her?
This thrilling first volume in the supernaturally charged Darkest Powers series by international bestselling author Kelley Armstrong will keep readers awake well into the darkest time of night.
My Rating: (★★★)  That last sentence of the blurb is right, I’m not much of a reader of Thrillers or Suspense novels, so I probably wouldn’t have picked this up had I known that I was going to get freaked out by it.  That’s how much of a sissy I am that a YA paranormal ghost book freaks me out.  But, as I read it, and Chloe conquered her fears, I because less freaked out as I was reading and enjoyed it a lot more.
It certainly helped that the last half of the book isn’t as scary and I read it in the light of day on the loveseat in our living room in a ray of sunshine.  No dark hallways or whatnot to freak me out.
I’ve loved almost all of Kelley Armstrong’s other books, especially Bitten and Stolen.  This is definitely written in an easier style that is pretty much the norm for YA fiction, in my experience. 
I had thought, in the dark when I was reading it before bed that I might not read the rest of the series because I really don’t like being freaked out, especially when I do happen to do most of my reading before bed, but as I finished the book, and enjoyed it even more, I changed my mind and decided that I would probably try to pick up The Awakening at my next volunteering session at the Library. 
If you are a fan of Kelley Armstrong, or just of YA Paranormal, I definitely think you might enjoy The Summoning.  I was won over.
Happy Reading!

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