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Darkest Powers Trilogy (Darkest Powers #1-3)

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The Summoning
The Darkest Powers Series, Book I

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
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Published November 2nd 2010 by Doubleday Canada (first published May 4th 2009)
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I can honestly say that this is one of the most underrated series out there. Everyone talks about the mortal instruments, the hunger games or even the vampire diaries, that twilight crap, being good (some are far from it) but I would put the darkest powers right up there with them. The first book had a good intro, I loved the way Armstrong set the atmosphere of where everything began which was at Lyle house. A lot of the time I can't stand to continue a book because of the setting but this one w ...more
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Kelley Armstrong is #1 on my list of favourite authors thanks to her phenomenal WOMEN OF THE OTHERWORLD series, so I thought it was high time that I gave her Young Adult trilogy a chance. Like most first installments, this audiobook has its share of flaws, but still managed to do a decent job of introducing the characters, and the DARKEST POWERS universe. The paranormal elements were subtle in the earlier chapters which was kind of disappointing,
May 27, 2012 Taylor rated it it was amazing
I can't say enough great things about this book! I just re-read them and loved them all the same! It's impossible to pick a favorite out of the three though. Each book has qualities that makes you adore the series as a whole. I think even though it touches on the cliche paranormal/supernatural/group of teens with powers category that a lot of y-a does I think it's extremely original! The writing is written pretty flawlessly (kudos to Kelly Armstrong) The characters are very developed and clear f ...more
Oct 20, 2015 NatashaSonya rated it it was amazing
This series is set in the same world as Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series, however that doesn't become extremely apparent until around the second and third books. I read the first book and really wondered if it would be any good. However, the fact that I sat around in bed and read the whole book non-stop until I was finished says quite a lot. This series is nothing like I've ever seen. Chloe is a 15-year-old girl who just wants a normal life, though everything out of the ordinary ...more
Oct 03, 2011 Charlotte rated it liked it
Recommends it for: paranormal lovers, sci-fi lovers, conspiracy lovers, teens
Spoiler alert:
Ah, Chloe, Chloe, Chloe. I wanted to like you, I did. You were certainly a lot more likeable than the stereotypical Ever Bloom, more aware of your own body than Bella Swan, and nicer and certainly SMARTER than Nora Grey. Another good factor: you weren't sixteen or seventeen, like them, and--shudder--Luce Price, who I hate to mention comparitavely in ANY review. You were younger, but still depicted as smart and self-aware. I liked that about you.
But I didn't like some things, as sad
Aug 31, 2011 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, best-of-the-best
I have so much love for this trilogy.
Kelley Armstrong's spin on modern day necromancers grabs the attention and sympathy of the reader immediately. Chloe Saunders has just hit puberty and her powers are starting to flair up. She is haunted by dreams and ghostly specters that no one else can see. After being placed in a home for psychologically disturbed teens, she uncovers a conspiracy that threatens her life and the lives of those around her.
This has to be one of the best series that Kelley A
Juliann Whicker
Mar 31, 2011 Juliann Whicker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This world and series was so really high quality YA that after I read it I immediately bought her first novel in her adult series. Bitten or something. It was really really really awful. It's hard to believe that one writer could make two such entirely different impressions, but there you go. I loved this. Clean, plot driven, good character development, appropriate and believable romance, enough action, and a different fresh world without being weird. The main character was interesting and a tee ...more
Alba  BookPics
Nov 15, 2010 Alba BookPics rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
loved the series...
and the developing of the not always what you want...
but the story of Chloe...takes people to a whole new level of fantasy...and in the end...maybe love¿?...haha..
just saying!!but loved the books!!!
Mar 07, 2011 Blythe rated it it was amazing
Loved this series, very cool. Reminded me of the tv series "Heroes", which I loved except in these books the characters are younger, I love Derek though.
Laura Merchant
Apr 10, 2015 Laura Merchant rated it really liked it
This was a super quick read -- I made it through all three books in about four days. I have been reading so much drawn out fiction this year where very little happens over the span of a lot of pages that whenever I return to YA books I feel like the action is nonstop. I liked the characters and the interplay among them and thought having the female protagonist be a necromancer was a nice twist (a really disgusting superpower it turns out). I only wish the denouement was a little longer -- it end ...more
Jan 17, 2015 Adira rated it it was amazing
When I first picked up the book and began reading it, my first thoughts were "this has got to be the most cliche book in the history of ever." Normally I don't read books like this, but I am SO glad I decided to give the series a chance. By the end of the book I was in love with the amazing Chloe, the mysterious Derek, and the charming Simon. And I almost died the days I had to wait for the rest of the series to arrive at the library. And even after I finished the series, my first though was "I ...more
Feb 02, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it
Since this is three books, it was hard for me to give it an accurate rating. So i tried to average it out as good as I possibly could based on my opinions of each book. I also rated it based on my opinion of the entire series.

The First book (The Summoning) got of to a quick start and pulled me into a mysterious world that I needed to know more about. I was very much into the characters, and I felt like the story really flowed nicely. I gave it 4 stars (really liked it).

The second book (The Awak
Feb 16, 2013 Stephanie rated it really liked it
15-year-old Chloe is frightened and confused by the visions that have been plaguing her. She sees people and things that aren’t there, people and things that terrify her but that nobody else can see. Quickly labeled as mentally ill and shipped off to a live-in youth centre, Chloe is determined to prove that she doesn’t belong there. As she learns more about the centre and the other young teens who live there, she starts to understand that there is something far more dangerous and sinister going ...more
Samantha Muellner
Jun 21, 2013 Samantha Muellner rated it it was amazing
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May 17, 2012 Taylor rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing!! Its one of those books you cannot set down until you finish it and since there is two other book, which only makes you want to go out to a book store and buy both right after you finish it. Other people that have read this have compared it to Twilight and it is so not like Twilight. The whole series is about a group of kids who are "different". Chole who is the main character has an episode at her school. She sees a man, that no one else sees. She runs down a hallway and ...more
Apr 05, 2011 Manda rated it liked it
If you are in the mood for a young adult supernatural thriller, this is great. I like young adult books of this genre because they usually don't have bad language and sex. I really enjoyed these books. I've read a few of the author's adult supernatural books and there were so many pages I had to skip over, because of things I didn't want to read, even though I like her writing style a lot, so I was excited when I saw that she wrote a young adult series. I hope she does more! I wanted to give it ...more
Dec 13, 2015 Lauren rated it liked it
OVERALL: 3 stars

The Summoning (Darkest Powers #1) - 3 stars

The first book in the Darkest Powers Trilogy brings a bunch of supernatural beings together in the form of a house for the mentally ill. Chloe Saunders thinks that she needs to be reformed because she has the ability to see ghosts, which would be a problem. Soon she realizes all of the other people in the house have similar supernatural abilities just like her. Simon comes off as a prissy playboy same as Victoria while Derek is more on t
Cristina N.
Apr 05, 2015 Cristina N. rated it it was amazing
The Summoning is the first book of trilogy and here we meet the main characters and everyone's story in a way that demands all the attention because the twist are at every page. Here Chloe - the main female character - has to decide on how to protect her own life and if survival after escape will be better. And of course, being selfless she tries to protect her few friends.

The Awakening , the seconds book of trilogy begins with the seconds escape and the attempt on finding the boys. Chloe con
I enjoyed this book. It was a nice light read, even if it was 800+ pages. I do feel like there definitely could be more in the series and maybe there already are but I'm not left with a ton of unanswered questions.

Chloe Saunders gets is a 15 year old girl in the midst of puberty (she just got her first period) and that's when things start happening to her. The next thing she knows she's in a group home with other troubled teens.
To check out what I thought for each of the individual books, please see my reviews on the specific ones. To sum up briefly what I thought of the series: It was wonderful. Fast-paced, suspenseful and filled with believable characters. I loved every minute of it and read it all way too fast. It was too good! Armstrong's style certainly keeps me entertained and I'm looking forward to reading more of her stuff. 5/5
Jan 24, 2011 Shayla rated it really liked it
This was one of thoes series I had to read to entertain myself between publishing of other series. But after the first book was done I went straight to the second and then the third. This was a very different prospective on the world of supernatural than what I am used to but I really enjoyed the different view.
Aug 13, 2014 Taliesin rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone who likes YA Paranormal Romances without sexy times.
There will probably be a lot of spoilers in this review and I’m too lazy to hide them all, so I’m just going to put my whole review into one big spoiler tag. If you don’t want to see any spoilers, I wouldn’t read any of this review. :)

WARNING: I’m not used to writing reviews, so this may be pretty crap.

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M.J. Moores
Feb 09, 2014 M.J. Moores rated it really liked it
Imagine being told there’s a medical condition for why you’re a freak and then learning that it’s all collusion by a supernatural institution started 80 years ago. For Chloe Saunders being able to tell the difference between schizophrenia and necromancy is literally life and death. Toss in a brooding house mate and his brother, along with ‘Miss Perfect dope-me-up’ and getting out of the nut house Chloe’s aunt dumped her in turns into a race against time and popular opinion – between those who wa ...more
Nov 26, 2012 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Kelley Armstrong continues to amaze me! I loved her adult paranormal series and was a little concerned that these books would be too juvenile...instead, I got to meet new characters, in a new way, but in a world I already love! :)
Can't wait to follow this series through!
Mar 17, 2015 Nolidoli rated it it was amazing
Okay, so this series is amazing! Every part enjoyable, the plot scary and suck you in amazing I'm not kidding the first book was so good I took a day off school and work for the rest, and yes I read those in a day because you couldn't put this book down. This series took characters like Simon and Tori (both I originally didn't like) and made one of them into a favorite (Tori) and the other into a character with depth that I still like to this day.
I liked the characters in this series so much I
Jessica Subject
Jan 23, 2014 Jessica Subject rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it, young-adult
This is my first Kelley Armstrong series, and I'll definitely be reading more.

The Darkest Powers Trilogy is about a teenage girl named Chloe. She has seen ghosts since she was a young child, but an encounter at school leads to her being sent to a group home for mentally ill students. Turns out all the teens there don't have issues, but are paranormals, Chloe being a necromancer.

Throughout the series, Chloe makes friends with the other teens at the group home, and they must escape the people who
Alessandra  Nicolini
May 19, 2015 Alessandra Nicolini rated it really liked it
Recensione dell'intera trilogia scritta per il blog di leggereromanticamente:


Cosa c’è di più affascinante del mondo dei fantasmi? Se poi aggiungiamo sei adolescenti un po’ speciali, un pizzico di magia, scene da brivido come nei film horror e zombie che si risvegliano con la luna storta… il piatto diventa molto più succulento.
E poi la Armstrong ha questo suo modo di scrivere semplice e diretto, uno stile che ti trascina con sé a ritmo
Jan 21, 2012 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
Started off good, but got better as you read more. You wouldn't be able to stop reading once you have started. Also, you wouldn't have a clue what was going to happen next. Has an amazing ending, but wish she wrote more.
Mar 27, 2014 Louisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-reads
So good, loved having all 3 books together, and just keep reading, though reading the short stories between them! Loved, loved, loved!

*First read January 1st 2011*
Yeah for having 3 books in one!!!
Dec 16, 2012 Micheal rated it it was amazing
I took the book out this summer from the local library, so than after a while I keep reading and bring the book with me to work and at home. One of my favorite books. Defiantly gonna re read it again.
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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
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Other Books in the Series

Darkest Powers (3 books)
  • The Summoning (Darkest Powers, #1)
  • The Awakening (Darkest Powers, #2)
  • The Reckoning (Darkest Powers, #3)

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