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Dark Summer (The Witchling #1)

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  2,389 Ratings  ·  229 Reviews
A school for Witchlings...
The ultimate choice between Light and Dark...
Where the price of a your soul.
Sixteen-year-old Summer doesn’t expect her new boarding school to be any different than the rest: a temporary stay, until her uncontrollable magic gets her thrown out again. In her mind, there’s no point in getting too friendly with anyone. That is, until she
Paperback, 250 pages
Published March 1st 2013 by Evatopia Press (first published August 13th 2012)
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Oct 22, 2013 Wanderlust rated it really liked it
Oh.. so freaking close to a five it is unbelievable!

My reactions to the book.. not in order of storyline.

Mar 07, 2013 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm torn on what to give this book. It probably deserves 5 stars but I just can't do it. The writing was excellent, I've been reading all of Lizzy Fords books since she started a mere 2-ish years ago and you can see how she has grown as story teller. Her stories are always excellent, but this one flowed very well, I think better than the others. The characters are ones you fall in love with. From the main ones of Decker and Summer, to the minor characters of Biji and Sam. If they are named in ...more
Lisa Markson
Sep 07, 2012 Lisa Markson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lisa's review of
Dark Summer
By Lizzy Ford

I was given a copy of Dark Summer by Lizzy Ford in exchange for an honest review. This was Lizzy's first book in the YA genre that started out as a dare by YA author Julia Crane. Let me tell you after reading this first book in the series you would think this is her genre of choice. The pace of the story was free flowing never a stagnant moment. You were constantly captivated by the bases of each and every one of her characters. She developed the character
Jan 01, 2013 A rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read most of Lizzy Ford's books and looked forward to this series. Like everyone else lately I've been reading a lot of YA, and overall I liked the book, but I had a few issues that caused it to be a 3.5 star read for me.
I think overall there seemed to be a slight disconnect with the teen's in the story. Sometimes acting to be several years younger than depicted and at other times acting several years beyond their maturity level. The character development, especially in terms of the char
Julia Crane
Aug 15, 2012 Julia Crane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to get my hands of a pre-release copy of Dark Summer. Lizzy Ford is one of my favorite writers, and she outdid herself on this one.
Dec 03, 2012 Justine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
OMG!!! What a freaking amazing book! I wish I could have given this book an even higher rating. This book had me hooked from the beginning and still hasn't let me go. I'm now in love with this series. Honestly, I don't even want to finish my review, I want to start the next one yesterday. LIZZY FORD I WANT TO MARRY YOU!!!! That's how amazing is book was. I'd call it new adult because of the numerous sexy, turn- you-on pa
Kendall {Book Crazy}
I was so lucky to get LOADS of goodies from Lizzy Ford and her assistant and Dark Summer was a part of those goodies! I loved this book! I thought that it went at the right pace and it held my attention all of the time! I absolutely loved that Dark Summer was told from Summer and Decker's point of views as it made it even more interesting! I loved the characters! Summer was the main character of Dark Summer and I really liked her! I felt really sorry for her as she had been through a lot! I ...more
Aug 21, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the start to another great and addictive series from Lizzy Ford. From the first words of the book, I was hooked! There is everything in the book from suspense to romance. I absolutely love the creativity and ability of the author to bring these stories to life.
I can not wait for the release of the 2nd book because I am so anxious to see what is next in store for the series.
Adela Cacovean

English review, followed by the Romanian translation of the review (Recenzie în engleză, urmată de traducerea în română a recenziei)

I received a paperback copy of this book from the author. Special thanks go to Jesabella, who hosted a giveaway for this book. Withouth her blog post, I wouldn't have discovered this great series!

Summer is a sixteen-year-old orphan girl, who has been sent from school to school in the latest years. The reason - wherever she goes, bad things start happening. However,
Aug 29, 2012 Turtles rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-modern
I would have given this 3 stars for "liked" but the end bumped it down for me. I liked the way the author portrayed most of the characters, being this is a teen boarding school of kids with magical powers. The magic system was a bit under explained, but I seemed to get the gist of it. I liked the dark/light and that either were not necessarily good/evil. I didn't really like the random references to being a devil or demon. Considering the mythology of the magic, it felt out of place to throw in ...more
Claire Kuelbs
Dec 08, 2012 Claire Kuelbs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED IT! Sat down to read it and finished it in about an hour and a half. I didn't even want to take the time to write the review right after I finished it. I just opened the next book and started reading because I wanted to see what happened. I am officially in love with the series. I have finished all three within 24 hours. The story really drew me in and I found myself rooting for all of the characters and HATING DAWN. Tricky how she came back. I have seriously fallen in love with Lizzy ...more
Oct 31, 2012 Allison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dark Summer was my first Lizzy Ford experience. I call it an experience and not just a "read" or a "book" because it is so much more than that. Dark Summer was hands down the best book I have read in years. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars. I sometimes hate recommending certain books because I am not sure how the other person will like it, but I recommend this book to everyone on the planet. Lizzy Ford is an amazing talent; she has a way of sucking you right into the story. I honestly ...more
Kathryn Merkel
Jan 08, 2013 Kathryn Merkel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The secrets in Dark Summer are intriguing, well crafted & revealed at just the right pace to keep you reading. I enjoyed every minute I spent in the world that Lizzy Ford has created here & would have been disappointed when I reached the final page, if I hadn’t known that there was more to the series.

Summer is a great character. Her insecurities due to being an orphan & having a ‘gift’ that causes her more trouble than it appears to be worth, are totally understandable. I connected
Genevieve Scholl
Apr 07, 2013 Genevieve Scholl rated it it was amazing
Both of these books were authored by Lizzy Ford and I must say that I am very impressed with her level of imagination, along with her ability to portray the worlds and spirits of Light and Dark.






DARK SUMMER: I love the purple words against the dark background. It’s a very magical cover; spirit animal and all.

AUTUMN STORM: Perfect. The golden colors with the hint of orange is a perfect representation of the seas
Mar 11, 2013 Alena rated it it was amazing
Oh my, where to start? :) The first impression at the beginning: diving right into the story. The first impression after completing the book: OMG, I need the second book asap! Dark Summer by Lizzy Ford combines love, hate, problems of finding your place, of trust and making the right choice.

The book starts with Summer's arrival at a boarding school. She is picked up by Beck, whom she likes at once, since he seems to be a good-looking, good-natured and easy-going type of the guy. Shortly afterwar
Fern (whirlwindbooks)
This Author was recommended to me by a friend and I cannot express to her how grateful I am, This was the first book from Lizzy I purchased as the blurb was literally music to my ears and sounded exactly like my cup of tea.

The book starts off with you meeting Summer, who quite frankly has had a bit of a rubbish life, she has spent most of her life living in a foster home and going from school to school as they always end up asking her to leave, if only she could stop the strange things from hap
Nanette Bradford
Dark Summer (Witchling Trilogy #1) By Lizzy Ford

Reviewed by Nanette Bradford (Member of the YATR Review Panel) Date read: 20th October 2012

I haven't read about witches in a while and what a treat you've got waiting for you here. This book took me to the edge of the forest and back. You'll understand what i mean by that once you've read it. :) I was captivated with it from the very beginning. I don't know about you but, I love when a book grabs your attention from the start and you want to read m
♥ Sarah
Nov 25, 2012 ♥ Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4/5 stars

Alright, so I'm not going to rehash the description/summary, but I will mention:

There's a difference between being innocent, and being stupid right? Unfortunately, with Summer, the distinction wasn't clear. I was beyond frustrated at her embarrassing naivety, as she was constantly picked on, and made fun of by Dawn (Mean girl), and her followers. It was just embarrassing. I wanted to crawl under my blanket and hide or something, every time Summer did something "stupid" b/c apparently sh
Nov 09, 2012 D. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: great-series
I was so captivated by this book, I went online to see when the next one is coming out. End of 2012...yay for me, because the end is almost here (hope the Author get that's hint) Anyhoo, while I was online I was excited to read how everyone else loved this book too. Maybe even see if they had predictions on the next book. I was completely baffled that a "couple" were actually taking away stars because the book ended in a serious cliffhanger. So you know my first thoughts! HA YOU GUYS LOVED IT ...more
Sabrina Olteanu
Mar 09, 2013 Sabrina Olteanu rated it it was amazing
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Apr 21, 2015 Torie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: witches-warlocks
Summer is an orphan who has been moved around from one boarding school to another becasue strange things happen around her. She is determined when she gets moved to this school that she isn't going to get attached to anyone because she know its won't be long until her curse takes over again.

When she gets dropped off the train she is giving a warning from the driver to not go into the woods at night. She is there just a few minutes when she meets Beck. He talks of magic but she doesn't understand
Ashley Stoyanoff
Nov 15, 2013 Ashley Stoyanoff rated it really liked it
I always enjoy Lizzy’s stories, and this one was no different than the others. Within just a few pages I was pulled into this magical world and it held me tight right to the end.

Dark Summer pulled on my every emotion. You know it’s an awesome book when you find yourself muttering at the characters as if they can actually hear you. I did A LOT of muttering throughout this book. There were times I wanted to strangle the characters and times where I wanted to reach through the page and hug them. I
Heather andrews
Dec 08, 2012 Heather andrews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What happens when a girl (Summer) with a broken past and a boy (Decker) with a twisted future, and no second chances get together? Sparks start to fly, but will those sparks be enough to keep them together forever?
I fell in love with Summer right off, but yet I felt bad with her being poor and being ridiculed every time she turns around. It really hit home for me as I used to be that girl. I didn't feel sorry for her for long as I continued reading I noticed how pure and strong she really was
Jan 26, 2013 Heidi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from Young Adult and Teen Readers for an honest review.

What an amazing and captivating story! This is one of those stories you pick up to read and are not sure what you will find when you first turn the pages. As the story unfolds, you are pulled deeper and deeper into the lives of magical students living in a secluded private school setting in the middle of the woods.

Orphaned as a young child, Summer, the main character, is sent from an LA orphanage to a secluded private s
Alexia Purdy
Original review on my blog:

What a ride! This tale of light and dark witchlings was amazing! It follows Summer, an orphan who has been shipped all over the place because bad things happen around her that she can’t control. Now shipped to a witchling school, could it be the place for her to finally call home? And what of the dark broody boy named Decker, who enchants her heart in every way?

I loved the characters! They feel individually unique, act authentic
Jul 18, 2013 Ellen rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying that I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.

I loved this book. As soon as I started reading it, I was hooked. I ignored my husband so I could finish this book and then immediately started the second book in the series.

The writer does an excellent job with character development. It starts a little slow, but the longer you read, the more you start to care. I felt like the book hit a bit of a lull in the middle, almost as if the writer couldn't de
Apr 29, 2013 Aimeekay rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

Lizzy Ford drew me in from the first page and the story stayed with me long after the last page. I really enjoyed watching her weave magic into our modern day world. Her descriptions really brought the forest and the camp to life. I loved seeing the characters, especially Sam through her eyes.

I also enjoyed her characters immensely. I have to say I got really attached to them. I so wanted to see Decker and Summer work out. Biji was hysterical and sweet. There were times I just wanted to
Jul 17, 2013 Shelby rated it it was amazing
*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

In case my 5 stars don't give you a hint, I thought this book was nothing less than fantastic. The range of emotions you go through when reading it is incredible. You literally feel as if you are right there with the characters experiencing everything right along with them. Love, sorrow, joy, despair, loss. You experience them all. The cast of characters is flawless. You have the good guys who are exceptionally good at bein

Summer is an orphan who doesn't fit into any of the numerous schools that she's tried.She is sent to a new school which turns out to be a school for witchlings who must choose to be either Dark or Light. This reminded me a lot of Beautiful Creatures and claiming. “There are three rules for those on the side of light to obey. One, do no harm to others. Two, help those who need it, no matter how undeserving they may be. Three, it is better to let evil win than to commit evil.” Lizzy Ford is a real
Aug 21, 2012 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I was lucky enough to be able to read an advanced copy of this book, and I LOVED it!!

This book had a wonderful story line and lots of plot twists that will keep you guessing until the very end. I absolutely loved the introduction of the characters in this series and getting to know what makes them tick. This story was so good that I was unable to put it down, and I am counting down the days until the next book in the series comes out. I can't wait to read it, to see where the story leads me.

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