The Summoning (Darkest Powers #1) by Kelley Armstrong
Release Date: July 1st 2008
Publisher: Harper Teen
Page Count: Hardcover, 390 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
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 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… - Good Reads
I really enjoyed this trilogy. The Summoning was a great start to it. In this book we meet the heroine Chloe and it sets up the series. It starts out with a flashback from childhood, which thoroughly creeped me out. Honestly! Kelley Armstrong really did a good job of writing in the mind of a young child though in that opening scene - I felt like a little girl who was seeing boogey men in the basement. I was a little put off by one scene in the book and that was when Chloe dyed her hair in the sink at school. Wait, what? Really? YES. That just too unbelievable for me and after reading the entire series: not something I believe Chloe would do. Other than that the book was pretty much fantastic. It moved a little slow in the beginning of her stay at the Lyle House, but it quickly picked up. This was a twist on the paranormal genre and I loved it. Unexpected turns galore! Definitely something I'd recommend.