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The Summoning Paperback – March 31, 2009

4.3 out of 5 stars 363 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Darkest Powers Series

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Grade 6 Up—A well-written opening to a paranormal series. Chloe, 15, has the ability to see dead people, but before she can figure out what is happening, she has a breakdown, is diagnosed with schizophrenia, and placed in a group home. She befriends some of the teens at Lyle House and tries to accept her treatment. However, two of her more mysterious housemates suggest that maybe she isn't crazy. Derek tells her to look up necromancy on the Internet, and she finds out that it's the ability to communicate with the spirits of the dead. He appears to have superstrength, and his foster brother has magical powers. Chloe's roommate, who causes things to fly around the room when she becomes angry, is taken away to a hospital and never heard from again. When she returns in Chloe's visions, Chloe suspects foul play, a misgiving confirmed when the dead speak to her again and reveal that they were "supernaturals" who were experimented on, killed, and buried in the home's basement many years before. Together with her new friends, Chloe escapes Lyle House, only to be betrayed. This suspenseful novel sets up a secret underworld where some people support and help supernaturals, while others persecute them. Armstrong combines bits of horror, teen relationships, and a dash of mystery to create a page-turner. Readers will look forward to the next installment.—Corinda J. Humphrey, Los Angeles Public Library
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“Teen readers might scream loud enough to raise the dead. ” (Kirkus Reviews (Starred review))

“Suspenseful, well-written and engaging.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))

“...splendidly haunting, with hair-raising suspense, disturbing effects, and a running undercurrent of unease.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
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Product Details

  • Series: Darkest Powers (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (March 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061450545
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061450549
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (363 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Chloe Saunders is your average teenage girl. She lives in Buffalo, with her aunt and attends an art school. She spends time with her friends, talks to boys, that kind of thing. Then she meets a ghost. This ghost is terrifying and grotesque. The interaction sends her into a breakdown, which gets her sent to a group home, Lyle House.

Lyle House is for mentally-ill teens who must work through their problems, or at least that is what it is advertised to be. Bizarre situations are occurring at this house, not only with herself, but also with other residents of the house. And no matter how much she tries not to believe it, Chloe sees more ghosts. Through strange events, the secrets everyone is hiding spills out, connections are made, and soon nothing is as it was thought to be. But with secrets.... there are always people who want to keep them quiet.

The Summoning was unlike anything I had expected. Kelley Armstrong has managed to mix a supernatural drama with a dash of teenage angst and a whole lot of conspiracy. This novel had an underlying sense of eeriness throughout it, waiting to burst. The middle of the story did drag a little, I will admit, but the end was thoroughly exhilarating. This book was amazing and the ending left it completely open for what is sure to be a fantastic trilogy.
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I read all of KA's other books so when I saw this in the young adult section - I bought it out of curiosity. I'm glad I did. It is about young high school age children but it's still her slow build writing that holds the readers interest without losing any of the detail of the world she creates. It's her adult supernatural universe focused on some children who are lost in it and their too strong abilities.
I like the style and if she writes this series the way she writes her adult books they won't all be left on cliffhangers and some could be stand-alones with some character crossovers. The only fault I could find - and it's purely because I'm an adult now I would assume -is that I really couldn't lose myself in the character as I can typically with most of her stories. I found the lead character's desire to storyboard everything distracting... and yet I remember doing something similar at that age -so it still comes across realistic. Hopefully a sequel will come out soon...
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This is not a standalone novel! This was the first of this author I had read. It will be far from the last. This book held my attention until the very last page and had me immediately going to find the remaining in the trilogy. The plot was engaging and left me guessing “what’s going to happen?????” repeatedly. The novel content is appropriate for the YA genre and one I have recommended to my teen family members. As an adult I still had absolutely no problem staying invested in the story and characters. This trilogy has become one of my absolute favorites. Ms. Armstrong has weaved a story that was impossible not to vividly “see” and experience the adventure with the characters. I highly recommend this book and trilogy to teens and adults alike. You will not be disappointed!
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Format: Hardcover
This book does a good job of introducing all the principals and whetting your appetite for what's to come, but anyone considering reading it should be forewarned that it is not a stand alone story and that it ends cliffhanger style. Having said that though, the author did a good job of setting up each character and making this introductory story readable. I found the characters likable and believable. The story moves along at a nice pace and the setting is well utilized. I would have preferred the story stand alone, but I will probably be back just the same for the next one to see what happens next. FWIW though, a much better series in the same genre, teen supernaturals, is Richelle Mead's "Vampire Academy" series. Thanks for listening. Happy reading!
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The Summoning was my first favorite YA book and one I will return to year after year - yes it's THAT good. Kelley Armstrong does a magnificent job at portraying the teenage mind, gripping the reader from the start. She crafts a mysterious, intriguing, and unique world filled with supernatural obstacles.

I recommend this book to any and all who love a well-told, riveting story! One chapter and you'll be hooked for life!
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Oh, my GLOB! I love this series so hard! SO HARD! It's been ages since I read it and now all these feelings are coming back to me. Chloe! Derek! Simon! Evil Tori! LIZ! If we can calculate my love for this series by the number of exclamation points I just threw down, I LOVE IT TONS! *throws in some fangirl flail for good measure*

I want to start with the characters... Chloe is very appealing to me. She's not over-the-top brave when the book starts. She's a sweet girl who likes movies and isn't very remarkable. Then THINGS HAPPEN. Suddenly she's thrown into a situation that is very, very, VERY different from anything she's ever had to deal with. She blossoms as she comes to terms with what's happening to her. For the love of small furry animals, she stands up to Derek -- and he's a little rough around the edges at first glance.

Derek... I kinda love the guy. I love that he's not the most sociable. He's smart enough to find the answers but he doesn't know when to stop pushing and let people come to grips with things in their own time. He's fiercely protective, which comes across as dangerous and surly to people who don't know him. When Chloe takes a chance and begins to trust him, he adds her to his pack. It's really kind of sweet.

Simon... I like the guy, don't get me wrong, but he's a pale shadow next to Derek. Simon is charming and funny. He has some magical skill and he's as protective of Derek as Derek is of him. But... I'm smitten with Derek and his surly attitude and Simon just doesn't measure up.

I (honest to gosh and all sorts of other things) ADORE this series. I love the twists and the turns, the betrayals and the bonds that are forged. I love that Chloe has to face some hard truths and that the boys are there to give her a bit of guidance.

I will be rereading the rest of this series soooooon.

-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
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