Friday, January 6, 2012

The Summoning (Darkest Powers Trilogy #1) by Kelley Armstrong

Book Summery (Via Goodreads): 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, and 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” behaviour. And together they discover that Lyle House is not your usual group home either…

Book Review:
I have been meaning to read this series for a long time. I didn't know much about this series until I read The Gathering. Several of book blogging friends recommended the series, and I knew I had to see what all the buzz was about. When I started The Summoning, I wasn't so sure that I would really be into it. However, as the story progressed, I knew I stepped into a unique paranormal world. I had to know more. This story is exactly what everyone promised and more. Chloe is an excellent protagonist. I enjoyed watching things unfold through her eyes. I know that Derek is a bit of the underdog, but I'm really looking forward to getting to know him more. I'm also looking forward to discovering more about the "Lyle House." Great first book in the trilogy. I'm hooked and can't wait for more!

Favorite Quote:
“Simon: Anyone ever tell you your sense of timing really sucks?
Derek: That's why I don't play the drums. Now what's up?” 

Cover Art Commentary:
I'll be honest. I'm not really a fan of the covers for this series. I didn't think much them when I saw them on the shelves at the bookstore, which is one of the reasons I think it took me so long to read this series.



  1. I love this series! It's a lot of fun to read. Glad you liked it!!

  2. Yay, I'm so happy you decided to give this series a try. It's such a good one and you will love the second and third book! LOVE. :)

  3. I've wanted to read this series for a while now. I'll bump it up on the to-be-read list. :)

  4. Aaah! I know EXACTLY what you mean! This book has been on my shelf forever, and I still haven't started it. Not that I don't want to, but I just have so many choices! Lol. Glad to hear you enjoyed it though. 5 stars is high praise!

  5. @Bookish in a Box
    This series seriously gets as it goes on! I'm already on the third book!

    It definitely lives up to the hype! The books are all in paperback, at $8.99 each!

    Preach sister! I devoured the second book and am already on the third!!!

    I really can't recommend it enough!!!

    The series just gets better and better! I should have given this one a 4.5 because the next book is even better!!!

  6. Oohh, I love this series, glad you enjoyed it!! Derek has my heart!!

  7. It's been awhile since I read this one but I remember I enjoyed it. I do still need to read the last book in this series though!

  8. @Jessi @Candance
    I'm already on the third book! Fabulous series! :D