The Summoning is the first book in the Darkest Power Trilogy by Kelley Armstrong. After years of frequent moves following her mother's death, Chloe Saunders's 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" behavior. And together they discover that Lyle House is not your usual group home either…
I have had this series on my to read list forever and finally decided to give it a go. I have to say considering the amount of teenage angst I really enjoyed it. I loved that our little heroine Chloe was just a normal kid, she wasn’t popular but not an outcast either I even liked her stutter, and for someone who has started to see ghosts has adapted pretty quickly all things considered. I like that the kids screw up a lot, they react without taking a ton of time to think everything through, It made a bunch of unusual kids seem like normal teenagers in the real world. Obviously starting out I knew it was a series and had the next 2 books ready to go so I wasn’t bothered by the cliffhanger ending
I gave this book a 4 out of 5 star rating
The Awakening book II in the Darkest Powers trilogy takes us deeper into a world where the supernatural intrudes on the everyday with riveting effect.
If you had met me a few weeks ago, you probably would have described me as an average teenage girl - someone normal. Now my life has changed forever and I'm as far away from normal as it gets. A living science experiment- not only can I see ghosts, but I was genetically altered by a group of people who call themselves The Edison Group. What does that mean? For starters, I'm a teenage necromancer whose powers are out of control: I raise the dead without even trying. Trust me that is not a power you want to have. Ever! I'm running for my life with three of my supernatural friends - a charming sorcerer, a cynical werewolf, and a disgruntled witch - and we have to find someone who can help us gain our freedom back before The Edison Group finds us first. Or die trying.
Again I really enjoyed this book while it was filled with running and hiding, I enjoyed the character development and the direction the author is going with both Chloe and Derek. I really enjoyed the flow and natural progression of their characters while they try and figure out how to deal with their powers and what their abilities and disabilities in regard to them will be. They are pretty smart kids that are learning to question everything and everyone around them.
I rated this book a 4 out of 5 stars
The Reckoning book III in The Darkest Powers Trilogy. Only two weeks ago, life was all too predictable. But that was before I saw my first ghost. Now along with my supernatural friends Tori, Derek, and Simon, I’m on the run from the Edison Group, which genetically altered us as part of their sinister experiment. We’re hiding in a safe house that might not be as safe as it seems. We’ll be gone soon anyway, back to rescue those we’d left behind and take out the Edison Group . . . or so we hope.
The final book in this series I loved it, I know, I know, I know I said that already about the other two books. This was action packed straight out the gate starting out where the others left off it would be easier to believe that everything happened over the course of month not days to these kids, they adapted and moved on while still dealing with all the other stuff that kids deal with girl likes boy, boy likes girl, girl thinks she like boys brother instead………….. Great wrap up to the series it didn’t answer all of the questions in my head but the spin off series just might do that for me.
I gave this a 4 out of 5 star rating.
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