Book Review: The Summoning

Title: The Summoning (Darkest Powers #1)

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Synopsis: 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 Lyle House, a “special home” for troubled teens. Yet the home isn’t what it seems. Don’t tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? it’s up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House…before its skeletons come back to haunt me.

My Review: I would previously have said that this is not the kind of book I go for but I find myself constantly being drawn to scary/ creepy books. This book isn’t necessarily scary but it is one hundred percent creepy. Chloe, the protagonist, is a necromancer. Before I picked this book up I had no clue what that was. In my own words, a necromancer is a person that has the power to communicate with the dead. In Chloe’s case she also has the gift(?) (maybe it’s a curse) of being able to raise the dead.

After Chloe gets her first period, she begins to see ghost. She is put into a group home and is labelled schizophrenic. She is told that it is only for two weeks and goes because she has no choice. As the story unfolds a series of things that appear to be coincidental occur. However, Chloe soon learns that that is not the case.

This book is suspenseful and creepy and is nearly impossible to put down. I absolutely loved it! Chloe is learning what her abilities are and how to control them. It is exciting and absolutely addictive. Kelley Armstrong really has a gift of drawing the reader into a story and keeping them there. While Chloe is seeing ghosts and learning how to manage her powers as to not accidentally put the spirit back in their corpse… Well I so into it and at times had to kind of pinch myself. You know, in a ‘Snap out of it Tiffany!’ kind of way.

This is definitely a book I recommend.

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