The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong 


The Summoning (Darkest Powers, #1)
by Kelley Armstrong
Pages: 390
My rating: A
Chloe Saunders is perhaps your most average 15 year old…or so she thinks. One day Chloe wakes up from the strangest dream; one where she’s seeing and speaking to ghosts. Unable to shake off the strange dream, she goes to school where even stranger things begin to happen. Chloe wakes up at Lyle House, a place for disturbed teens. She sort of remembers how she got there, but can’t really explain it. Before long, she realizes that Lyle House isn’t your average teenage loony bin. The other teens there are far from normal as well.
I wasn’t expecting to like this nearly as much as I did. I completely devoured it yesterday, and now I’m bummed to have to wait for the library copy of the 2nd book in the trilogy. (No more buying books this month…bummer!) Chloe was far from the usual whiny teenage girl, and she was surrounded by such quirky characters that it totally worked. There was a point in the book (I don’t want to spoil) where I was afraid it was headed in a totally predictable direction. Thank goodness I was proven wrong! Armstrong threw in some really interesting plot twists. Beware though: If you don’t like cliffhangers, this is NOT the novel for you.
Check out the author’s website and she provides a great trailer for the book, as well as Chloe’s own website where you can learn about the characters.