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The Summoning (Darkest Powers #1)

25 Nov 2015 by Becca, No Comments »
The Summoning (Darkest Powers #1)The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Darkest Powers
Published by Harper Collins on July 1st, 1998
Genres: Fantasy, General YA, Thriller
Pages: 390

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.

Quotes from the first 100 pages:

“I am a special snowflake,” said Chloe.

“Ewy. Look at his poo poo acne face,” said Chloe dramatically.

“We are all special snowflakes!” said everyone, everywhere.

Oh.. wait… those quote aren’t actually from the novel? I must have imagined them.


After all, it took at least 100 pages to become mildly entertaining.


I have been fifteen years old (actually, for an entire year of my life) and so I understand that it is not uncommon to have a me-centric attitude at this age. Chloe, however, just became so “unlikable” as the story progressed, that it took the crawl space, the great escape and the major plot twist to connect with the story again.

I hope in the second installment of this series that Derrick’s physical description is made more concise. Throughout the novel I kept picturing a wall of a boy, with a thick neck, a bad case of BO and a pizza face. But then, Chloe BLUSHES when seeing Derrick’s exposed chest. What?!

I’m confused.

There were a few redeeming qualities of the book though – it wasn’t ALL bad.

  1. Tori’s mental breakdown. That was cringeworthy… though I’m pretty sure bricks have the capacity to kill people, or at least cause a mean concussion.
  2. The chase scene – I love Derrick so much more than before. Simon almost becomes a background character at this point.
  3. Chloe’s interactions with Liz – In the earlier AND later parts of the novel.
  4. The plot twist…. I’m not even going to give this one away.

Overall Score: Meh…. 3. Because I’m feeling particularly nice today.


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