Monday, January 3, 2011

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

#1Darkest Powers
Copyright: 2008
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: young adult
Pages: Audio  7 disks/8.75 hours
Author's Website
My rating: 3.5/5

Simple Description:
It starts off like any other day, then things improve, then they just get weird.  Weird, as in Chloe Saunders saw a ghost.  Then she was admitted to Lyle House, a home for troubled teens.  She is suppose to deal with this illness, which they diagnose her as being a schizophrenic.  However she doesn't show any of the symptoms other than seeing a ghost.

At first she feels she is seeing things, but then she realizes that they are ghosts. She does have a super power.  It appears that several other kids at Lyle house have one too.  Even Derek, the boy who scares her, seems to have a power.

Chloe soon realizes that Lyle house might not be exactly what it appears.  Why is there a door in the basement kept locked?  Is it just a coincidence that so many kids seem to have special powers at Lyle house or are they there for a reason?  Does she dare run away in hopes of finding answers?

Now what you really want to thoughts: 
I thought this was a fun YA novel.  This is the first in the series and it is left with a bit of a cliff hanger, pulling you to pick up #2 in the series right away.  Chloe has moved around a lot growing up due to her father's work.  The last thing she wants is to have some kind of power that would set her apart from others, she just wants to be a normal kid.  She tries to ignore the ghosts and what she sees, but as more things happen she realizes that's not something she can do.

I liked how the author introduced the different powers from these kids.  It wasn't something totally obvious to them or to the reader.  It's something that Chloe learned and it appeared as if some of the kids are still getting used to it.  Simon and Derek are the exception.  They play an important role in this series too.  While you can't help but like Simon right away, you end up liking Derek too.  For me, Derek ended up being one of my favorite characters.

This is a paranormal book, so it's not for everyone, however if you like a bit of paranormal and YA, I recommend giving this one a try.  

Thoughts regarding the audio version
The audio version of this book was narrated by Cassandra Morris.  At first the author's voice seemed too young for the character. I realize the character is only 15 in the book but I just expected her be older maturity wise and to sound older.  So at first I admit this bothered me.  However, as I listened to it the narrators voice grew on me and it did feel like it fit Chloe.     Other than that, I didn't have any issues with the audio version. I thought it was well read and will definitely borrow the others on audio from my library.


Taminator said...

I really liked this one, too! I just finished #3 and think there must be another one coming.

Rhinoa said...

I just started this yesterday and am really enjoying it so far (only 100 pages in).

Kris said...

How do #2 and #3 stack up to it Taminator? Just as good? Better? Inquiring minds would like to know. :)

Kris said...

Rhinoa - oh...I hope you like it! Can't wait to read your review.

Serena said...

I'm not sure how many books you read for the challenge, but there are 3 giveaways up for participants of the Vietnam War Reading Challenge. I hope you'll enter and spread the word.

Kris said...

Thanks Serena - I've been busy and not checking my google reader for the last several days so I didn't see the post. I just filled out the form and I'll be sure to blog about it so others can do the same.

Professor Stacy said...

sounds interesting!

Kris said...

Prof. Stacy - It was a good YA, loved the concept of the kids being in a group home being treated for a mental illness when they really had super powers.

Literary Feline said...

I really like the author's "adult" books but haven't tried this series yet. It sounds like it would be a good one though!

Kris said...

Literary feline - It is good...just be prepared for a cliff hanger (something I hate!)