June 4, 2009

The Summoning, Kelley Armstrong

-Darkest Powers book 1-

Chloe Saunders sees dead people. Yes, like in the films. The problem is, in real life saying you see ghosts gets you a one-way ticket to the psych ward. And at 15, all Chloe wants to do is fit in at school and maybe get a boy to notice her. But when a particularly violent ghost haunts her, she gets noticed for all the wrong reasons. Her seemingly crazed behaviour earns her a trip to Lyle House, a centre for 'disturbed teens'. At first Chloe is determined to keep her head down. But then her room mate disappears after confessing she has a poltergeist, and some of the other patients also seem to be manifesting paranormal behaviour. Could that be a coincidence? Or is Lyle House not quite what it seems...? Chloe realizes that if she doesn't uncover the truth, she could be destined for a lifetime in a psychiatric hospital. Or could her fate be even worse...? Can she trust her fellow students, and does she dare reveal her dark secret?

Not much more to say than what the summary says, but I confess that when I read it I almost backed out on reading it. Almost. Glad I didn't because I loved it. It is kind of weird the way the supernatural part is given, but after that its awesome. I fell in love with the non-nice-nor-lovable character, Derek. I'm glad he's not the perfect guy for a change. Absolutely amazing writing like hers, mixed up with this trapping story and such normal characters leave you in the edge of your seat. Like Melissa Marr said, "You'll be desperate for a sequel"

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