The Summoning (Darkest Powers, #1)
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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 L...more
Hardcover, 390 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by HarperCollins
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Kat Kennedy
Jun 29, 2010 Kat Kennedy rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who hate puppies and rainbows and sunshine
Recommended to Kat Kennedy by: not Tatiana, that's for damn sure!
I sat down at my computer this morning and tried to think of something interesting to say about my reading experience of The Summoning. It seems though, that all of my creative faculties have been sucked away since I spent eighty percent of this book imagining what the story COULD have been.

The story is like the little engine that could. It has the potential, it's chugging away, it's working hard. Only as it turns out it's The Little Engine That Could Have Been Something interesting.

The first pa...more
Heather
This book was nearly impossible to put down and I have no doubt that the menacing allure of the setting and plot hindered my ability to do so.

There were several compelling plot points going on in this chilling tome, but somehow they not only found a way to co-exist, they actually enhanced one another. The idea of necromancers alone was an eerily intriguing concept but to then confound it with a mental institution setting was sheer sinister brilliance. As if it weren’t creepy enough for the hero...more
Vilde E.S.
Reading this book made me clench my jaw so much it's still hurting several hours later. Although the story is not a standalone, it really left me with a bone chilling feeling and I truly can't wait for the next book in the series.

Chloe's a young girl struggling with her new found power, Lyle House and her housemates, the setting itself is filled with teenage hormones and jealousy. It's filled with mysteries and no one seems to be what they appear,this is especially true for her housemates. We jo...more
Kristi
I think I’m one of the last people to read this! I’ve heard nothing but how good this novel is, and that I must read it ASAP. When I received a copy of The Awakening, the next novel, I knew that I needed to read The Summoning, right away. (I’m almost glad I waited to read it, so I could start The Awakening right away! What an ending!)

This book is everything I was hoping for and more! I’ve never read Armstrong before, I really want to read her adult fantasy series, but I just haven’t had a chance...more
Tatiana
Sep 12, 2009 Tatiana rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of YA paranormal fantasy who like cliffhangers
Recommended to Tatiana by: Heather
Shelves: 2009, ya, urban-fantasy
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"The Summoning" is the first YA novel written by Kelley Armstrong. It tells a story of Chloe, a 15-year old girl who suddenly finds herself capable of seeing ghosts. Only, of course, nobody believes her and she is quickly sent to a boarding house for disturbed kids for psychological evaluation. It turns out however, that the house and its inhabitants are not quite what they seem to be.

While this book was definitely a page turner, I was a little disappointed in it. I fe...more
DarienMoya
^^SURPRISINGLY GOOD!^^

So I bought this book last year at a summer book fair, I was not expecting to like it cus me and Kelley weren’t friends after reading Bitten, which I felt was mediocre at best but this book came as a surprise. First I was all like typical teenage stuff, girl complaining about life, afraid to ask boy to the dance typical stuff. Until this girl starts to see things that no one else can and then it became all kinds of interesting.

Chloe Saunders is having some weird dreams abo...more
Arlene
The Summoning by Kelly Armstrong is a story about Chloe Saunders who is a fifteen year old necromancer just beginning to realize her powers. She is not quite aware of its possibilities and at the onset of her revelation; she suffers a meltdown in school and is placed in a house supposedly for mentally ill teens. When she arrives at Lyle House, Chloe discovers that her fellow patients also have unusual powers and all is not what it seems to be.

The story started off well enough, but really didn't...more
Monisha
This book was ^^SURPRISINGLY GOOD!^^ .

At first I thought it was kinda weird but that made me read it more to find out what was going on.


This book has everything a book needs.


Interesting, mind you, very interesting, characters, mystery, crazy people, and a writing style that says, "If you put me down, so help me you will regret it. Keep reading, you know you want too."


Did you hear that?
It sang the last part!
Sad part is, you keep reading for fear of waiting until the next time you might pick it...more
 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
Mar 03, 2014 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* by: Secret Santa 2010 Pick by JessicaB
3.5 - 4 Stars

This was a We Love Lisa Kleypas Group “Secret” Santa pick from JessicaB. Thanks, Jessica!

This is going to be a fairly short, and a bit uncertain, review. Yes, I can do short ones without hottie photos! ^_^

This is my first Kelley Armstrong book.

Chloe Saunders is a late bloomer and puberty doesn’t fully hit her until her 15th birthday, when weird things start happening to her. She's seeing people that nobody else can. When she suffers a breakdown in school, her guardian, Aunt Laure...more
Rachael
From when Chloe Saunders was just a little girl, she saw ghosts. Of course then, she thought they were only nightmarish imaginary friends. And her life seemed to become almost normal when they moved out of that haunted house and after her mom died. But when Chloe hits puberty, she starts seeing the ghosts again. Now she’s forced to stay in Lyle House so she can learn to cope with her “schizophrenia.” But the other kids at Lyle House have also been incorrectly diagnosed with mental problems. Ther...more
BJ Rose
Jan 25, 2010 BJ Rose rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to BJ Rose by: Book Haven
'I see dead people' - well, it worked in "Sixth Sense" and it definitely works here, mainly because there's so much more here than that. Chloe gets her first period and is harassed by a very gross-looking ghost on the same day - at school, of course! She's happy about the first event, even tho she has to vandalize the bathroom dispenser to get a sanitary napkin, but the ghost (her second of the day) really freaks her out, and the school insists on two weeks of counseling in a group youth center...more
Tez
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Sarah
Dec 27, 2008 Sarah rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teenagers, adults
This book turned me into a shameless fiend for the Chloe and Derek relationship - I adored their banter, and their romantic date in the basement with the dead bodies, and their other romantic encounter in the shower. (Note: my views on what is romantic may be deeply weird.)

On the first read, I found the book a little hard to get into, but on subesequent re-reads that hasn't been a problem at all. Realistic characters, interesting powers, cliffhanger ending... I'd do a lot to get the next book!
Kait
Jan 01, 2009 Kait rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Hanna, Steen
Recommended to Kait by: Nicole
I don't know why I wasn't expecting this book to be very good, but I really liked it. It's Kelley Armstrong's first young adult novel, and I think she really nails it. It was interesting enough that it can captivate an adult audience, but wasn't too mature that it would turn off some of the younger readers.

I enjoyed the story line, and I remembered that it takes place in the Otherworld, the same as her adult series about half way through the book... and it all made sense then! I wonder if we'll...more
Hilda
3.5 stars

Chloe Saunders’ life was as normal as she can get. Her family keeps moving, so it’s kind of hard not to get too special as being a new-rich-girl-in-school. It was normal… until her puberty kicks, and she gets to see a burning janitor.

Is that a hallucination? Or a real ghost? Chloe didn’t have time to consider, because her school and family send her right away to Lyle House, a group home for disturbed kids. Counselor there somehow seems so keen to label her having schizophrenia. All Chlo...more
Phoebe
Oh, how I wanted to adore Kelley Armstrong's The Summoning.

And, to be fair, there's a lot to like here between just the cover and the first handful of chapters. Armstrong promises us the dark and alluring story of Chloe Saunders, a fifteen-year-old girl who, in one day, both gets her first period and starts seeing ghosts. I was initially won over by what seemed like the depth of Chloe's character--not only does she suffer from the very real adolescent affliction of menstruation, but she also see...more
Lou
Finally I stepped into untreaded waters! that is to say reading YA Urban fiction that a majority of the female audience seem to have been reading on goodreads and enjoying. I must say it has been pleasant and enjoyable experience reading Armstrong's first novel of a series here and I am hooked and loved walking P.O.V through Chloe's world in this story.
"I see Dead people"
Chloe is a Girl you'll love a movie buff who's got boyfriends at the bottom of the list at the moment.

Put a label on it! Medic...more
Sayjil
When I first read this book I was like...


I remember when I first read this book, it was the night before I wrote my Life Science exam last year. After waiting for the shipment of the book (I ordered it online) and then ignoring it for a whole week it finally caught up with me. Of course it was like freaking Pandora's box near me. I told myself I’d just read a few chapters and leave it, so much for that happening; I remember I couldn’t put the freaking book down. Now after re-reading this book I...more
Susana
4,5 stars

What i think, is that i should have read this book a long time ago...that's how good i though this one was.
This is a story about a very special group of teenagers. For those of you who are familiar with the author's series "Woman of the otherworld", i will just tell you this: _Imagine all those characters, werewolfes, necromancers, witches, half-demons, the whole group....now imagine them growing up having no idea what they were. Imagine them growing up without someone who understands w...more
Patricia BookExhibitionism
Wonderfully written characters, exceptionally good and genuine rendetion of human relationships and paranormal elements that aren't too complex to annoy the reader, but used in the fresh, urban-fantasy-ish way that I adore.

The whole Darkest Power-series captivated me from page one on.

I'd like to point something out that makes me seriously fall for Kelley Armstrong. Authors tend to give their characters mental deceases or a traumatic childhood but then, later, make it unrealistic, unbelievable. I...more
Chris
I feel I should state three things before starting this review.
1. I am older than the target audience for this book.
2. I like Armstrong's adult novels (that's why I picked this up).
3. The first part of this review is going to include a rant. Positive remarks follow.

I wanted to like The Summoning more than I did; it is after all basically "Teens of the Otherworld". The first problem occurred early on in the novel where Chloe describes herself to the reader. She is skinny, very skinny, so skinny...more
Scarlet
2.5 STARS

Basic Review:
Ehmmm....this book was ok. There wasn't really anything special about it, and it was all sorta...forgettable (not to mention really predictable). The plot was average, the writing was average, the characters were average - If you're looking for a "Wow" book, The Summoning is not it.

Full Review:
**CONTAINS SPOILERS**

A few scenes I'd like to discuss:

I found the whole reason Chloe was first taken to the Lyle House to be a bit unrealistic. Yeah, she screamed as she ran down the...more
The Flooze
Fantastic! The Summoning is a thrilling book, with characters who are truly teenagers and a plot that’s disturbing and twisted. Kelley Armstrong sucked me in with a terrifying and gripping opening chapter, promising a strong story and fascinating characters. She certainly delivered.

The story is well-paced and Chloe is a likable heroine. For once, the lead in a YA is more concerned with sorting out her life than she is with the opinion of the cute boy down the hall. She suffers the appropriate d...more
Adriana
I really liked this one. I was hooked within a few chapters. Chloe sees dead people. But when she has an unexpected encounter with a dead janitor at school, she gets sent off to a home for troubled teens. Soon though Chloe realizes that she isn't the only one with unusual talents. This is the first of a trilogy, and I do have to agree that it is very much a set up for the rest of the story. The ending was a little frustrating, but I loved the premise and all of the twists and turns. I think it w...more
Nic
I enjoyed this book. It had a fast pace story that sucks you right in and leaves you wanting the next book.

I like the mix of supernaturals characters in the story. Especially Chloe and Derek.

Well written, interesting and suspensful story with strong characters and many make you smile moments.
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Not bad. In fact, pretty good. It started off kinda weird, and it had a few parts that were a little strange and/or predictable. Over all, though, the plot developed nicely, and I liked the characters ... I got kind of addicted to it, and I'm eager to read the sequel when it comes out. :)
Lucy
Well, reading the first book in a Kelley Armstrong trilogy is a bit like sex with my exboyfriend. Lots of build up and then it's just over and you're not really sure how that could be it.
Kristy
March 2011 Street corner TBR Challenge #1 per Alexa!

Okay, so I'm really glad Alexa picked this one for me. I had tried about a year ago to read this and for some reason just put it aside, I guess I couldn't get into it. But this time was different; I was totally immersed. This was such a great story, I'm not sure if I like the way the author writes it or how some things play out, but the actual storyline is great. I have to admit though, at first it was a little 'I see dead people, Sixth Sense"...more
Mia Queen
Payah nih. Saya yang semangat ngajak temen-temen baca bareng, sepertinya malah paling kecil ngasih bintang, hihi.

Hmm, sepertinya sejak era Harpot dan Twilight, seri fantasi meningkat drastis, plus semuanya berseri pula. Ada yang sukses menyusul, ada pula yang tersendat-sendat. Balik ke Summoning ini, imho sih dark fantasy ala TW, walau dgn sentuhan supranatural kali ini.

Summoning berkisah tentang Chloe, gadis yang bisa melihat hantu, ala Haley Joel Osment di 6th sense, hanya saja si Chloe ini b...more
Margaryta
This review has been edited for a large number of reasons. First off I found I as too hotheaded after reading the book. Now that I have my head in the right place I'll be editing it so that not everyone feels so angry about it. Sorry bout that, but I get like that often. It's the anti-Twilight part of me coming out, and I'm trying really hard to bottle it in


The plot I can't say is original, which was probably the first turn off for me. I go for books that have that something in them that sparks...more
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Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers' dismay. All efforts to make her produce "normal" stories failed.

Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked a...more
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“He pivoted, gaze following me as I crossed to the shower and turned on the cold water, so it would drown out our conversation without steaming up the room.
Great," he muttered."Now they're going to think we're showering together. Maybe we can just tell them we were washing off the crawl space dirt and trying to conserve water.”
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