The Darkest Powers Series, Book 1: The Summoning

Paperback | July 1, 2008

byKelley Armstrong

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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…

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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 ho...

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Praise for Kelley Armstrong:“Witty and original. She’s at her best when examining the all-too-human dilemmas of being superhuman.” The Globe and Mail“[No Humans Involved is] hard-to-put-down entertainment.” Booklist

Kelley Armstrong is the author of the internationally bestselling series, Women of the Otherworld. In 2007, she launched a mainstream crime fiction series with Exit Strategy, which was published simultaneously in Canada, the United States, and the UK. Kelley Armstrong lives in rural Ontario with her husband and three children.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.18 × 5.58 × 1.03 inPublished:July 1, 2008Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385665342

ISBN - 13:9780385665346

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from EVERYONE HAS TO READ THIS I used to hate reading...and then I picked up this series and I couldn't stop turning pages. This is a series that everyone should read at least once in their lifetime
Date published: 2016-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My all time favourite book ever! Can't stop re-reading it! I got the books when they first came out and I have read the entire trilogy at least 10 times!
Date published: 2016-07-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great YA Wow! As I am an adult I wasn't expecting to like this book as much as I did. I love Armstrong ' s adult books and thought I would give this one a read. I am do glad I did. The story was fast passes, exciting and totally unpredictable. I have loved YA novels in the past and now I remember why!)
Date published: 2015-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good paranormal teenager novel I really liked this book as a teenager! This novel is filled with stupendous paranormal beings and is about a young girl trying to find her place the world.
Date published: 2015-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of my favourite books ever!!! this was my first time reading a Kelley Armstrong novel, and now I've read ten of her books. This book was amazing, it was faced paced and very intense. The writing style is enticing. I have read the trilogy twice now. When I first read the trilogy I finished all three books in a weekend, and i would never have been able to predict how it ended! Loved it!
Date published: 2014-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Summoning A good start, must read.
Date published: 2014-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Summoning Amazing story line
Date published: 2014-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The darkest powers A very hoof book. So good I read it in 2 days. But you might want to read the gathering book and series first!
Date published: 2014-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book iv read...ever!!! Iv read the hole series and it is just an amazing book that battles the cliches that seemed so popular. I love it, it has so many twists and keeps you on edge and one of the only series iv ever really re-read.
Date published: 2014-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunned and Gobsmacked This book was recommended to me by a friend of mine and normally I never read books that people recommend to me because my taste and interest in books is very picky. I took her advise this one time and decided what's the worst that could happen? I don't like the book? It's happened more than once that I haven't liked a book. I usually take at least a week or more to read books but this one was finished in three days. I'm so happy I listened to Synnie and read this. It grabbed my attention and interest so fast that I couldn't put it down. The end of this book is what stunned me the most. Not the fact that she's a necromancer, or Derek being a werewolf, Simon being a sorcerer or even Chloe bringing the dead bodies back by forcing their ghosts back into their bodies. I'm twisted enough in the head to thrive on things like that happening in books that I read. But what Chloe's aunt does to her in the end of the book. I was rendered speechless for a good twenty minutes before the incoherent words started being babbled. I can't wait until I can get to the bookstore and buy the next two in the trilogy. I'm itching to read them so bad!! I would definitely reccomend this book to anyone who has an interest in supernatural area kind of books. Amazing book!
Date published: 2014-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Another fabulous read by Kelley Armstrong. Very series she writes has me on the edge of my seat, always wanting more, and this is no exception. From Chloe's initial struggles, to the cliffhanger ending. This book is the opposite of disappointing!
Date published: 2014-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suspense Slow start but suspenseful ending.
Date published: 2013-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magic and Secrets Chloe remembers a time when she used to see things that weren’t there, when her mother was alive and her father was around. Now, in her fifteenth year, she once again sees people that others cannot, and deemed unstable, they send her to a group home where she is diagnosed with schizophrenia. After meeting all of her housemates, she feels suspicious that things are not as they seem. She later finds that many there feel the same way. As she uncovers the mysteries surrounding the house, she finds that she and all of the others have supernatural abilities…and so they are all in grave danger. I loved this book! The description was perfectly balanced and the characters were thoroughly developed. Chloe is a strong, determined heroine who never gave up. I recommend this book to those who would like a creepy, thrilling, unpredictable story. Similar books include “Hold Me Closer, Necromancer” by Lish McBride and “Nevermore” by Kelly Creagh. Fans of L.J Smith may also enjoy this book.
Date published: 2013-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The summoning I really enjoyed this book. It had great characters and an interesting plot. It was a quick read with only a little drag in the middle. The ending makes you want to pick the second book up and just start reading.
Date published: 2013-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Juliet Amazing, can't wait to read the rest of the series
Date published: 2013-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Juliet Amazing, can't wait to read the rest of the series
Date published: 2013-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great start A great start to another Otherworld series!
Date published: 2013-07-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Summoning this is a good book. Kelley Armstrong is a great writer. this book has everything, love, adventure, hatred the works if you like books about science (ie. maximum ride) this book is right for you.
Date published: 2013-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book The best part of this book was the part were chloe was a little kid and she went unto the basement
Date published: 2013-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I really like the intro, with the institution and all that. The middle seemed to drag a bit but it sped up at the end. A good book overall.
Date published: 2012-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book is a bit old now because Kelley Armstrong has already finished the series long ago, but old doesn't always mean bad. Usually the starting of a book could be quite boring but whoa, this book jumped right into the point. Thank God. I've always hated when they take forever to explain the beginning ( which her new series "The Gathering" does. Anyways different story.) And this book was just amazing i mean i don't know what else to say amazing, great , terrific basically sums it up. Great story. Great author. I recommend you read this series and other work by Kelley Armstrong. feel free to write notes on my page if you wanna have a chat about books, i'd love to! Take my word, read it! As you can see ive recommended some books those are the other two books if you are looking for them.
Date published: 2012-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome ! To be honest at first when I started the book I couldn't get into it, it was slow and the main character was annoying. But I promise if you keep reading passed page 150 at least you will be pleasantly surprised. I am so happy I continued reading and finally got into it. It is awesome once it grips you it won't let you go. I can't wait to see what happens next and I'm glad I'm passed the slow part of the series. The twist at the end of the book is great, I actually wasn't expecting it for once. I love Kelley Armstrong, this is my first book series by her and certainly will not be my last. Must read series, really good, don't give up on it !
Date published: 2012-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Dakest Powers The Summoning Review Before I get into this review I would like to tell you that I really did not have high expectations going into this book. This was my first Kelley Armstrong book that I ever read. I bought this book originally because I was looking for something that I could read while on vacation in Cuba and boy was I surprised. This is the first Novel in Kelley Armstrong’s Darkest Powers Trilogy. This book falls into the young adult urban fantasy category however I think that even adults would enjoy reading this book The Book is written in the point of view of 15 year old Chloe Saunders our protagonist who has lived a normal life until she finds out that she is seeing ghosts and is sent to Lyle house a home for troubled teens and their she learns that she is really a necromancer and meets up with the other teens of the house who are also supernatural. She learns that their is a lot more going on then she thought. I love that there are a lot of paranormal elements in this book. It is not a book just about vampires or ware wolves. There’s a ton of different supernatural characters Kelley Armstrong has incorporated witches, sorcerers, ware wolves, necromancers, and more. There are no vampires in this book, they are mentioned yes but that’s it. With twilight being around it’s hard to find books that don’t have vampires in it, but this one did not which made me happy. Kelley Armstrong has such a great imagination. Chloe’s character is rather interesting she is not your typical 15 year old girl and does a lot of stupid things that get her in trouble but she knows what she is doing is stupid. She also likes to make fun of girls who act stupid herself. You learn that she want’s to one day be a film director. I often found myself yelling at Chole for some of the things that she was doing. I enjoyed how Chloe’s character is a different kind of supernatural rather then the more typical stereotypes. Even the other Characters in this book are really well written, they all seem to have there own past If you are expecting romance in this book, unfortunately there is none, however there are some small moments throughout the book that suggests that there could be something between her and the other two boys at Lyle house. I found this book to be a very easy read, I really enjoyed the mystery aspect to this book, I think its that mystery aspect that made it so hard to put down, it really kept me reading from beginning to end. I always wanted to know what was going to happen next. The artwork for this book is absolutely stunning, they could not have done any better. I absolutely loved this book, I was hooked from day one, I just could not but this book down. When I finished it I had to run out and buy the next two books. I hope you enjoyed this review I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy and can go without a huge romance story.
Date published: 2012-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The BEST Series This series is truly the best series I have ever read, I swear I could read it a million times. Though this book I personally thought was not as good as The Awakening or The Reckoning, this book is still AMAZING. I promise you you will not be disapointed in this book or series.
Date published: 2012-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!! I read this a long time ago but I thought I'd do a review on it anyway. I remember I wasn't sure if I'd like this series, but I bought this book (#1) and the 2nd one at the same time. As soon as I started reading the first page of this book, I was immediately drawn in and i couldn't stop reading it! I finished it in two days, it is one of the best books in this genre I have ever read! Chloe is an awesome character and very relate-able. She gets sent to this house for troubled kids, even though it's actually for "special" kids with powers and special abilities. Her two best friends end up being 2 brothers, and they find a way to escape Lyle House. It's at the Lyle House where Chloe first discovers her real abilities, not just being able to see ghosts. Right away in the first chapter things start happening. There are a couple slow parts but none that make you want to fall asleep because they drag out so long. I devoured this book and had to read the 2nd one as soon as I finished this one!
Date published: 2012-01-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This book is very interesting and spooky I would say especially if you read at night before bed as I do. I really enjoyed reading this book; I literally couldn’t put it down. Make sure you have the next book because you will be dying to find out what happens next. Basically the first book starts with Chloe seeing ghosts and other events that happens in Lyle House but it doesn’t explain anything. So you will need the next one. The storyline is very promising and the writing is excellent. It’s a page turner and as the characters run for their lives you will find yourselves turning the pages like crazy to see what happens to them. The characters are enjoyable but I didn’t bond with any of them, hopefully the next book will change that. Overall it’s a good paranormal read nothing romantic going on as I hoped to but there are two more books so cross your fingers!
Date published: 2011-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great this was i good book not what i thought it was gonna be but good
Date published: 2011-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 3 words: LOVE IT, LOVE IT and LOVE IT!!!!!! OMG! i couldn't stop reading the book until i finished it! even in class i would just open my book and read! i have no words to explain how i loved this book!
Date published: 2011-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing at first i thought this book was a just a little off. i stopped for a while & decided to read more & i am glad i did. the book was intense & exciting. i absolutely love this novel so much i bought it. i do recommend this book to anyone who loves the supernatural.
Date published: 2011-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this book!! A very well written book. I absolutely loved Derek's character the moment him and Chloe have their first run in. Kelly Armstrong has done a great job with plot and character development. She really knows how to capture your attention and make you want to keep on reading. The only thing I did not like was how she left the end of the book as with all of them they end in huge cliff hangers i was just glad i had the rest of the series to read after this book. i know leaving a cliff hanger makes you want to read the next one but if i had read this when it first came out i would have been mad having to wait so long in between each book. But over all i loved the series. :)
Date published: 2011-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great first YA read! When I went to my local Chapters go pick up this book, my heart was racing. It was my first YA read and I didn't know what to expect! Boy, the book was good! I reminded myself no one would read this 'cause no one in my class reads YA... But I made Goodreads and this Chapter's account and I can express my thoughts freely with anyone. So... Chloe Saunders and Dereek were my favourite characters and Simon was a pain in the butt. " Wow!" " Ooooh!" Those thought's travled my head as I read. " What have I been missing out on in the YA world?"
Date published: 2011-03-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from When your bored This story is very interesting. Keeps you thinking for sure. I liked the parts about ghosts in it and the bring back the dead. Chloe isnt a girl I can relate to but I understand bits of where shes coming from. Its very confusing at some points but it sorts its self out around the end. The ending just sets you up for the second book 'The Awakening.' I kinda would have liked it if Kelly Armstrong could have showed Chloe a bit difrently. Check out my review on the second book!
Date published: 2011-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Really liked this book. Never a dull moment, would recommend to anyone who enjoys learning about supernaturals and their powers
Date published: 2011-01-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Spooky and Snarky Goodness The Summoning is a promising first instalment to this spooky series by Kelley Armstrong. Choe Saunders is a 15 year old girl who just wants a regular life. But no such luck for Chloe, who has already suffered the loss of her Mother at an early age, combined with seeing ghosts when she was just a toddler has abnormal written all over her future. She does, however, get a handful of years of normalness including school, friends, and boys. The moment she becomes a woman, everything changes. Poor Chloe, hitting puberty seems to be double the curse in her case. She starts to see ghosts again which sends her into a terrified fit in public making her look like she needs to be shipped off to the loony bin. And that’s exactly what happens in the most drastic manner. Chloe gets put in a group home, Lyle House, under a promise by her Father and Aunt that it will only be for a couple weeks to clear everyone’s worries away. Only things don’t seem that simple when Chloe settles into the group home for troubled teens. She begins to question herself, if she’s really seeing ghosts or if she really is crazy as everyone is seeing her to be. Even if the doctors and her family just want her to get better on the surface, something is very wrong with this place she is stuck in. The more she gets acquainted with her peers, Rae, Simon, Derek, Liz and Tori, the more Chloe knows something bigger is going on and even feels that her life may be in danger. Along with her colourful peers, they begin to reveal the secrets of Lyle House and the history behind it. For me, this book had a slow start and it really didn’t get a grip on me until more than halfway through. On the brighter side, the pace picked up more after the halfway point, giving the spooks and thrills you expect from a ghost story. But don’t worry its much more than a ghost story. The characters that Chloe interacts with in Lyle house have much to contribute with lots of surprises up their sleeve. With plenty of snarkyness, intelligence and intrigue you will be sucked into this series by the end. Being patient through the slow parts really will pay off. I really enjoyed this overall.
Date published: 2010-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from an amazing book?! it's an amazing book, i absolutly loved it , i would reccomend it to anyone and everyone it's definetly a must read ?!!
Date published: 2010-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a read-until-the-last-page-even-if-it-means-staying-up-all-night-type-of book! this book litterally had me reading up all night just to finish it, and when i did i couldnt wait to get the sequel! i highly reccommend it. Its worth the time and the price :)
Date published: 2010-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great book(s) This title was recommended and I didn't know if I was going to be able to read another teen book but I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed it enough that I had to get the next 2 books in the series so I could find out what happened.
Date published: 2010-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Dark, Mysterious Adventure! Minor Spoliers. The Summoning is the first book in The Darkest Powers Series. I've had this book on my plan to read shelf for a really long time. I saw it at Costco and just picked it up with a couple of other books to read, and I was really glad I did. The story was everything a Paranormal book really needs, cute boys, characters with rare powers, and of course an epic adventure. Chloe Saunders, pretty, rich, fifteen, and normal. Once she reaches puberty, everything changes. An incident happens with her and a teacher, people accusing of her of fighting with him. But she saw someone, a janitor, except he wasn't really there. He was a ghost. So Chloe is being sent to Lyle House a special home for unusual teenage kids. Chloe is used to being the new kid, especially after her mom died, the only thing she left for Chloe was her red necklace, said to protect her from 'bogeymen' that she saw when she was little. Once Chloe arrives at Lyle House she meets Liz, Tori, Rae, Derek and Simon. Her roomate was Liz, her problem was that she could lift things up with her mind. And she was sent away to a different home instead. A better place for her, but Chloe began to spot her at night, wondering if it were hallucinations or not. We get introduced to Tori, her real name is Victoria. And she's the kinda of girl with rich stuck up parents, as well as a concieted queen like attitude. Chloe runs into some problems with her, but she still has Rae to depend on. The administration gives the students pills to help them recover from their problems. So they know that she can see ghosts. But it was supposed to be a secret, until Tori shouts it out infront of everyone at Lunch because of her eavsdropping. So Derek, Simon and Rae are the only students who know her secret. Chloe got along with Simon, as with Derek, well he kind of creeped her out. Simon and Derek are foster brothers since they were five. Derek was sent to live with Simon and his dad, so they were practically best friends. Once Chole gets comfortable with both of the boys, they decide to plan an escape from Lyle House. To find their Dad, who can help with them with the tense situation they were in. Rae joins along, but someone rats them out. They think it was Tori. But well...Let's just say the people they thought they knew aren't really the people they expected.
Date published: 2010-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book, bad ending This was my favourite book in the series. lots of adventure and kept you on your toes as the mysteries unveiled themselves. However I was not happy with the ending. It seemed as though she was just racing to the end without caring how that happened. Otherwise I recommend this book to everyone.
Date published: 2010-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very interesting After reading the entire series of "Otherworld" novels, I thought it was time to try another series that Kelley Armstrong has created. The Summoning is a very interesting and creative novel about a girl named Chloe that experiences some very unusual and frightening events, which unfortunately leads her to a home for troubled/mentally ill teens. You feel a lot of emotion for Chloe as she faces a world of doctors, medication, new friends and enemy's. This book is very interesting and leaves you wanting more. Luckily there is a second and third book to keep you occupied.
Date published: 2010-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprisingly Good!!! So I bought this book last year at a summer book fair, I was not expecting to like it cus me and Kelley weren’t friends after reading Bitten, which I felt was mediocre at best this book came as a surprise. First I was all like typical teenage stuff, girl complaining about life, afraid to ask boy to the dance typical stuff. Until this girl starts to see things that no one else can and then it became all kinds of interesting. Chloe Saunders is having some weird dreams about basements and ghosts, with no idea where they are coming from she easily forgets it. Until she gets her period and then all hells breaks loose. Yeh I know its sounds crazy right, but its true. With this new walk into womanhood comes ghost, and this one’s face is all burnt up and Chloe is two seconds away from losing it. A run in with a teacher, who claims Chloe became violent, leads her to being incarcerated at some group home like place called Lyle House. That is when all that Chloe knows no longer exists, she is about to enter into a world she never thought possible and find friends in this unlikely place. Well something is up, the kids in this house don’t seem quite normal especially the huge boy with the acne face who gives Chloe the creeps. Derek is a brooder but he seems to know a lot more than he is letting on; him and his brother. A talk with the house doctor claims Chloe has schizophrenia, and that seems impossible because she still is seeing ghosts. Well going along with their diagnosis seems to be the better thing to do, the quicker she can leave. Well there is something fishy up with Lyle House and the people who run it, all the kids seem to have some kind of power and some are turning up dead. A quick plan for an escape comes up and thus begins the beginning of their lives. Chloe will come to learn she is a necromancer( can raise the dead) and a powerful one, there is a company hell bent on harvesting supernatural’s and if they seem defective they are terminated. Life aint easy for this 15 year old. This book was a prime example of pill pushing, your kid seems to be acting out of character, so that means they have a mental illness. How about you try talking, that works where I come from. Plus this book characters are so well developed it just blew my mind, they seem adult yet they manage to still come off as teenagers, very realistic. It’s also creepy all that raising the dead was well done. The character of Chloe is likable, lets talk about Derek I love him. He is described as being ugly and scary but the way he is super sexy. Yeh I know its YA, but he is still sexy, the other characters create a good foundation for a very solid read. As I said I was surprised that it was sooooo good, and I will be continuing the series. 2010-045
Date published: 2010-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Quick Read A friend recommended this book to me and I have to say it was really good. It got my attention right from the start and it had a surprising ending! This is a really great series! I definitely recommend this book to everyone!
Date published: 2010-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read! This is the first book in the Darkest Powers Trilogy. It is definitely suspenseful and a page turner. Don’t wait too long before checking this out! For the plot: (Warning: may contain spoilers!) From the time Chloe was a little girl, she had a special gift. No one took it seriously because they didn’t know the truth…or did they? This special gift faded as she grew older but, after finally getting her period at the age of fifteen Chloe gets this gift back; she begins to see people who aren’t really there. People make her believe she is crazy, her own father and aunt send her to a crazy home for teenagers… but she soon discovers she is not the only one with a special gift, and she is not really crazy.
Date published: 2010-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it The first book in the Darkest Powers trilogy. This is the second time I have read this one, and I enjoyed just as much if not more then the first time. A great quick paced read. And stays well in the boundaries of the young adult genre, though I recommend it for any age. 77/1000
Date published: 2010-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "amazing" the book the summoning was a really great book. i honestly was so into it that i read it twice in one day!!! i was pretty amazed. but this book really kept me going " what's going to happen? is she going to get caught? willthey not make it?" it was a really good book and i highly encourage young readers to take a look.
Date published: 2010-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Unforgettable Read The Summoning was great. And it's one of those few supernatural books that don't have vampires in them, if you get what I mean. There's no true ending - it's more of a third of the whole trilogy. Suspensful, a page-turner, I loved the way Chole deals with problems like a movie director. There were no 'dry patches' at all in this book - an unforgetable read!
Date published: 2010-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK EVER just two simple words READ IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2010-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the read It's a good introduction to the story. Very detailed though in some areas, it's a bit dry but that doesn't last too long. There's a long debate in the plot whether she thinks she's crazy or not which wasn't too bad. One thing that I admired her for doing was that there was no "true love" story; that the relationships were based on friendships. I closed the book in the end and wanted to know what happens next. For sure, I'm reading the next book.
Date published: 2010-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Normal is paranormal Normal becomes paranormal for Chloe Saunders. After the dead becomes undead for her, and the truth is too strange to beleive, Chloe is sent to a facility for teens who are kind of crazy. But are the teens crazy, or do they actually have powers. And after Chloe reveals some of the truth of the institute, she knows that she and her new friends have to escape before...
Date published: 2010-03-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Really JUST for young adults There are some "young adult" fiction books that I've loved, but this one was just too "teen angst" for me. There just didn't seem to be anything beyond the drama of being a teenager here - well, except that Chloe sees dead people, that is. But even that couldn't make up for the focus. This would probably be a terrific book if you actually ARE a teenager who is experiencing the challenges that being a teenager involves. But since I am decades beyond those experiences, this book just didn't have anything to offer me in terms of something I could relate to with the characters or what they were going through. Not a bad book, just not the right book for me.
Date published: 2010-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A creepy story that will keep you spellbound Chloe Saunders is a normal teenager, well normal as normal can get, who goes to an art school. One day at school she’s exiting the bathroom someone calls out to her. She does not know this man and just walks away. He shows up in front of her, with his face disfigured. Chloe runs into a class room, where the teachers catch her and hold her down. She doesn’t understand what’s going on. When she wakes up, she’s in the hospital. Her aunt informs her that she will not be able to go to back to her normal school, she has to go to the Lyle House., a “special” home for troubled teens. When she arrives there she meets the other teens Tori, Rae, Simon, Derek, Liz and Peter. She learns that these teen have problems. While she’s there they tell her that she’s schizophrenic. As she’s dealing with this new “label” on her she tries to get accustom to the house. She has chores to do and homework. One night while she’s doing laundry in the basement she hears a voice, though it’s distorted. She think she’s going crazy, that it’s a part of her condition. Dealing with her problems, she see’s more of what the other teens are like, what their conditions are. One night Liz asks for Chloe’s help. She thinks that she has a poltergeist that’s following her, she wants Chloe to tell it to stop, that she has everything under control. Though before Chloe can things start being thrown around, crashing to the floor, hair gel thrown over the place. Liz is taken away to the hospital, though will she ever be seen again? Peter leaves with his parents, leaving Derek, Simon, Rae, Tori and Chloe at the house. Through the whole time Derek is bothering Chloe, though she doesn’t know why. Is it because he knows more about her “condition” then she does? This is the first book in the Darkest Powers series. This story was creepy to say the least. It had me from the first page wanting to know what happens next. Kelley Armstrong really does have a sense of wonder and can captivate the audience. The characters come alive, everything they go through comes out like it could be you. I give this book a four.
Date published: 2010-02-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from well written This book was almost boring sorry to say, but it was very well written. The author is a great author and wrote this very detailed so detailed that it almost felt like you were there watching it go down. Tough it was well written it was a very boring and dry story line. In this book there is drama, action and romance. This book may be very dry but it was an okay read, the next books in this series are much more interesting and better page turners so if you read this and don't like i suggest you stick around and read the next books in this series i give you my word that they are a better read.
Date published: 2010-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down!!! This book past all my expectations and really surprised me. I can't believe I had it sitting on my shelf for 6 months!!! Chloe wakes up one day and suddenly starts seeing ghost, which lands her in a group home for mentally disturbed teens. Once she is in the home her problems escalate and things get weirder and weirder. I think what surprised me so much about this book is the main male lead is a unattractive, moody loner, but you can't help but be pulled into caring about him. This is just so different from the paranormal romances and YA books that I usually read where the male lead is super hot and always knows the right this to say. It was refreshing to read something a little bit different. This book is well written and suspenesful. I can't wait to start the next one.
Date published: 2010-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creepy, in a good way. I loved this book. It actually kinda creeped me out which is impresive since for the past year and a half, all I have really been reading has been about Zombies and Vampires, and Warewolves, and Demons etc. This one is all about the supernaturals, and the Ghosts (although it does have the warewolves in it). I read this book plus the next one in a day. I could not put them down. Kelly Armstrong is imaginitive and she knows how to suck you in. The characters are amazing, and lots of twists and turns, unpredictable happenings (although, their were a couple predictable ones)...the only thing that bothers me about this another stupid love triangle...kind of. I am getting a little bored of the love triangle thing, but its not so active in this book which is good.
Date published: 2010-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! The Summoning By Kelley Armstrong The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong is the kick off in the Darkest Powers trilogy. It follows the life of fifteen-year-old Chloe Saunders, who is now in a mental house for troubled teens called the Lyle House. She is labeled schizophrenia, and she sees ghosts. But the thing is, she’s not schizophrenic. She’s a necromancer. Someone who can raise the dead. Her housemates have some type of supernatural power, too. And the Lyle House knows it, and wants to use their powers to take over the world… This book is amazing. It was written beautifully, with many intriguing moments. I followed along very carefully, and was held stuck reading until the very last word. This book proved that friendship and loyalty go hand in hand. From the planning events, to getting caught in a storage room, the character showed they would get out together- and alive. It is 390 pages, all filled with action, suspense, and supernatural events. The language Armstrong used was great for the teen level. I rate this book five (5) out of five (5) stars for the geniality, bravery, and hard-ship relation ships this book includes. As Chloe and Derek get caught- again- for trying to escape, Chloe stammers, “”E-escape? N-no. Derek and I were…” I gestured at the bushed. “He knew the code so we came outside to be alone and… you know.”” This is juts one of the many humorous moments where I had to stop reading and laugh. I recommend this book to ages twelve (12) and up for some mild language and disturbing scenes. Anyone about eighteen (18) or above should try Armstrong’s adult series, Women Of The Underworld. But there is no one stopping you from reading Darkest Powers. The Summoning is a great read, and whoever reads this will not be disappointed. By the way, this is a critique for it I wrote as a school project. Decided to let the worldd see :)
Date published: 2010-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great page turner, creepy factor is there! This book was great. I felt myself turning page after page and wanting to read more. Although the beginning wasn't what I quite expected, it wasn't such a bad thing and the ending was awesome and I am definitely going to add the sequel to my wishlist. The plot was great from beginning to end. It was well written, clear and had enough teasers, and although naturally all questions weren't answered some which bugged me the most were so I wasn't entirely left hanging. This book had a great way of gradually introducing you to the paranormal aspect of the plot, sort of as if you're Chloe herself and just learning about it with her. I like the way it's done as it makes it more realistic. The plot is darker than I expected and more serious for a YA book. The paranormal parts, especially when Chloe starts practicing her gift, has a skin crawling creepy effect and it's definitely well written to give you the goose bumps. The ghosts she sees, are also well done and their descriptions are chilling and menacing. I'm not that attached to Chloe even though she's the main character. I found as I read later into the book I suddenly became much more frustrated and I wanted to hit her upside the head for her stupidity at times. I'm surprised Derek has managed to keep his temper in check with Chloe bumbling about sometimes. Although Derek may seem abrasive, I actually like him the most in the book so far. He's surprisingly mature despite his surly manner and horrible attitude. He seems to be the strongest character, I think in the book. Tori was horrible and I was hoping Chloe would clock her across the face. Perhaps sometime I'll be satisfied to see Tori in a horrible demise. She's just an awful person and I hope I never meet anyone like that ever. Chloe does seem to develop through the novel although I don't think she really matures yet. I think perhaps because she doesn't really have all the information and facts concerning her and her "condition/gift". So, she still has room for development which I am looking forward to seeing in the next book. When I said the beginning wasn't what I expected, I meant that I expected a lot of paranormal activity to happen. It didn't. It was gradual, and even then there is bits and parts of it, but not as much as I thought. There's a lot of "real life" in the book and it adds realism to the plot and it's a refreshing surprise to read something like this. So it's not really a criticism, it was just interesting to read and something new to see, I think. Overall, a wonderful creepy page turner, mix in realistic life scenes and a huge cliffhanger ending, you'll want more from this series. A lot more.
Date published: 2010-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This will leave you begging for the sequel There is always something happening in this story. At first, I wasn't sure what pieces of information were significant and which ones were not, but it all fits quite well. This book has one heck of a cliffhanger; I've never felt so helpless by the end of a read. There are just so many loose ends and because of this, I didn't feel any sense of closure. This book left me begging for the sequel. Chloe seems to be a typical teen, albeit somewhat of a late boomer. Chloe can see ghosts and communicate with them. Specifically, she can raise the dead. If I were seeing ghosts right after having had my first period, I'd be freaking out too. She's believable and I didn't mind following along on the journey. The characters are pretty well written and the dialogue is great, but I felt something was missing, and I'm not sure what that is. Perhaps it's because so much of the action happens in or around the Lyle house that the setting of the story is pretty much "contained" except for the beginning and the end. Still, I wanted to read on to find out what happens next. Chloe is not the only one considered as a supernatural; there are others in the Lyle house. I won't reveal what their powers are. There's Simon, Derek, Rae . . . I like Derek the most though. He doesn't come off as likeable at the beginning and he keeps much about himself hidden, but as the story progressed, I grew to like him. I like how Simon is Asian, or more like half Asian. When I got to the part where he's talking about stereotypes and such, he's absolutely right. All in all, The Summoning is a good read. I like the premise of the book. I haven't read a book quite like this before. I bet this book is a great setup for the sequel. The author sure knows how to keep readers on the edge.
Date published: 2009-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book The book was a bit slow at first, but then it picks up in the middle and has you wanting more at the end.
Date published: 2009-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!! I thought the book was amazing!!It was very complex and there was a lot of action!
Date published: 2009-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Fun I really enjoyed this book. Kelley starts off the book by introducing us to Chloe, the main character. She is, or thinks she is, a normal teenage girl, until one day she starts seeing ghosts. From there she is placed into a grouo home for teens. Along the way she meets other kids her age who have supernatural abalities as well. They band together to break out of the group home. This book was a breeze to read, and really enjoyable. I liked being able to follow Chloe on her journey as she meets the other kids and finds out about her abilities.
Date published: 2009-11-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Rather Good I suppose this was a good book but I'm not entirely sure. I feel like the author had very little going on at some points then had random 30 paged periods of a bit too much action.The ending was of course to make you really want to read the sequel but it sortta put me off it. I guess it's an opinion sort of thing... I hated it and my friend adored it a little too much.
Date published: 2009-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book... I wish a little more would have happened...something more exciting but it's still a great read. I would recommend to anyone.
Date published: 2009-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slightly cliche, but still a great read. Okay, so I read "The Summoning" while also reading LJ Smith's "Dark Visions" and I have to say that the main plot of both stories were VERY similar (teens that get shipped off to an institution/home for "experimentation" who turn out to be supernaturally gifted) but I have to say that I was really impressed with Kelley Armstrong's writing. Though I have yet to finish Dark Visions (so I won't pass judgment on that one yet), I have to say that The Summoning was much more fast faced and forced me to finish the whole thing in one sitting. I found Armstrong's writing to be truly creepy in the beginning parts of the novel (being well beyond my teen years, I still felt the chill at the mention of possible ghosts lurking in the basement) which of course wins The Summoning some points for drawing the readers into it's world - a definitely plus for ANY novel. Secondly I liked the main characters of the story. They are all rather cliche (not at all multidimensional - each character gets a part to play and they stick to their labels) BUT, they get the job done and done right (no annoying love struck teens here that we would all rather see killed off...well, one but I'm SURE that's eventually going somewhere). I genuinely care that they get their happy ending...but whether or not they do is still to be determined in future novels. Which brings me to my next point...THE ENDING CLIFFHANGER! My god, Armstrong could not have picked a more climatic part to end the first novel. I finished The Summoning last night and have the Awakening on my desk ready to go right now. All I can say is I hope The Awakening does not end as abruptly as The Summoning...there's still a long wait for the next installment.
Date published: 2009-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Teen or young adults will love this So, at first, I really wasn't that much into it... but when the action really started to set in and when we got more into the plot, wow! Kelley Armstrong never disappoints. This is different, yet alike to her Women of the Otherworld series, but it's just as good, and it can also reach to younger readers. Really loved it.
Date published: 2009-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing I was very pleasantly surprised with this book. It caught my attention from the first page. It is well worth the read. It is good for all ages starting at about 10. A definite read if you like this type of book.
Date published: 2009-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING AWESOME!!! I think that this book will bring the dead back just wanting to read it. ;) But really this book was amazing to read and so far I can't wait to get the second one and read it. I love Liz Rea Chloe and everyone esle. R.I.P Liz if you are dead. Die Chole's aunt. that's all. XD
Date published: 2009-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Freaking Awesome! This is one of my fav books. I loved the book, iv read it 2 times, and the 2nd one too, and cannot wait the next 10 months for it to come out! T_T But when it does, ill be getting it that day :D cant waaait :D o, and i wish theres something going on between Chloe and Darek <3 ;P
Date published: 2009-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW My girlfriend recommended this book and was very pleased with it. Took me only a couple of days to read. Loved the characters and the concept behind the storyline. Very intriguing and I could not wait to get my hands on the second book.
Date published: 2009-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cliff Hanger Ending The book was good and well written. It wasn't until the last approx. 100 pages that I was really into it as the suspence and action picked up. I'll be reading the next in the series. YA Read.
Date published: 2009-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Teens will <3 this book ! a bit slow at first but it makes an amazing books for teenagers that like tales about the supernatural and such...i love this book(:
Date published: 2009-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A start to another great series! I read this book within a day and a half. Such a great, fast-paced story. I loved all the characters but I think that Derek is my favorite!! The ending was a huge cliff-hanger that leaves you hungry for the next book in the series, The Awakening.
Date published: 2009-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Everything a book should be! I absolutly loved this book. I'd recommend it more to the teen readers, but young adults might enjoy this book too! It was so different from anything I've read, very unpredictable!!
Date published: 2009-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from pretty good but not prefect I really liked this book and the idea. The only thing was I didn't like some of the charaters that much. The ones that I did like weren't in the book enough for me. I would reccomend this book for ages 12-15 maybe. I loved the idea but being seventeen I found it somewhat immature for me. Not that is was bad, just I wish I would have read it when I was younger. My sister, who's 13, loved it!
Date published: 2009-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wicked!!!!! This book is awesome, I was hooked at the first page. The characters are so cool, they have awesome powers that make them so unique. Chloe's life flips dramatically in the matter of a day, she is sent to a place for "crazy" kids, but really these kids are just so cool. Chloe can see ghosts, and suddenly they won't leave her alone, during her stay she makes friends, but later finds out more on exactly why they are there. The adventure picks up near the middle of the book, more ghosts start coming out, which was really awesome and spooky at the same time. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end, it was really exciting at parts, that only wanted to make you read more. I can't wait to see what happens next, in The Awakening!!
Date published: 2009-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed this book I really enjoyed this book can't wait till the next one to come out if there is a next book to this book I hope so.
Date published: 2009-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT!!!!! this book was amazing OMG!!!! i recommened this book. ITs filled with suspense and this book keeps you at the edge of your seat. This is a must READ book!!!!!!
Date published: 2009-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fearfully Good! I've read this book again for the third time now and honestly it's as good as when I read it the first time! Armstrong has a huge hit on her hands and movie director wannabe Chloe Saunders is one of those characters you aren't likely to ever forget! The other characters are equally good, a whole cast of characters that I would love to befriend! Well...except Victoria...I could be spared her 'friendship'. The pace of the plot is enough to keep you turning every page steadily, some parts faster then others, but always without being able to put it down! Watch out if you're afraid of the dark, you'll get just a bit more afraid after reading this one. I was screaming in utter frustration when I reached the end of this one, desperate to read the sequel (The Awakening). If you're looking for a great paranormal teen fiction to read, pick this up now! Don't wait. Don't think about it. Do it. You won't be sorry!
Date published: 2009-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling In The Summoning, Chloe Saunders finds herself in Lyle House, a home for teens with mental illnesses. Chloe at first wants to get better and get back home, bust she soon finds out that things are not quite as they seem. The story is full of intrigue, suspense, and will leave you wanting for more. I can't wait to read The Awakening the second book in the series.
Date published: 2009-07-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Sluggish & Dull The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong wasn't as action packed as one would expect. Sometimes it seemed as though the author had lost direction and the plot didn't move forward. The action begins to occur nearing the end of the book. It's unfortunate that you have to wait so long. This is the first book in her Darkest Powers Trilogy. I am still unsure if the story will imporve. I liked the characters but you learn very little about each of them and why they are in Lyle House. There seems to be a big bad entity in the story but unfortunately you don't find out much about it. In my opinion I believe the author could have cut a lot out and possibly made the trilogy into one or possibly two books instead. Book two has already been published "The Awakening" and book three "The Reckoning" is scheduled for a release date of May 1st, 2010 although it is subject to change. I am going to continue to book two and keep my figures crossed that it is more action packed and we find out more answers. The Summoning leaves you asking a lot of questions.
Date published: 2009-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better Buy the Second Book When You Get This One!! It's a good start on Armstrong's first YA book! It sure leaves a cliff hanger though! Most of the book is setting up the characters and what not, which is fine because there is a 2nd book to follow! YAY! When you buy the first, you better get the 2nd one too because you will be grabbing for the next! I have read her other books and I keep on thing the other characters will come into play. (ie: The Cabals!) It's a good/easy/fast read! Nice for the summer! hehe.
Date published: 2009-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First Time Armstrong Reader is Hooked! Reason for Reading: I've been wanting to read this author for sometime now but her adult series has a number of books in it and with all the series I already have going it's a daunting project and I thought this new YA series would be a great place to start and see if I liked the author before trying her adult books. Comments: Chloe was a normal teenager until the day she sees a very scary ghost of a janitor in the girl's bathroom and runs screaming down the school hall. Next thing she knows, she has woken up in an exclusive home for mentally troubled teens. She's told she has a mental condition and they only want to help her get better. The handful of other patients all seem nice enough, well except a couple who have major attitude problems, and she begins to adjust to her diagnosis. But Chloe (and the others) begin to realize that something isn't right. Chloe can still see dead people and the kids don't think it's because of any mental illness. In fact, quite a few of them seem to have rather special talents. Why are they always being threatened with transfer? What's so bad with being transferred? Why can Chloe see the girl who was transferred? This is an absolutely amazing read! You need one of those rubber page-flipper thingies on your finger so you can turn the pages fast enough when you read this. Kelley Armstrong has created an amazing world, which her website reveals is the same one in which her adult books are set. The mental home the teens live in has that boarding-school feel to it but with a much closer, tighter, oppressive atmosphere. While three of the teens stand out as main characters at this point, all six of them are fully realized and each given a background and believable personality. The plot starts off with a bang and just keeps going from there. Event after event keeps the pace moving very quickly then reveal after reveal towards the end will have you gasping in shock. There is an overhanging darkness throughout the book which we are briefly let into and by the end of the book we have some idea of what it is but no real knowledge of its depth except that it has evil intentions. The book does end basically mid-paragraph though not exactly with a cliff hanger as we know what is coming immediately next but it is one of those "to be continued" endings that I'm not partial to with everything left just at the crucial moment and leaving the reader dying to read the next book. Fortunately, I have the next book on hand and don't have to wait a year to found out what happens next but I do fear that book two will leave me in the same position. However, the book is just too darn good to take any marks off so it gets a full rating from me! This is the best teen novel I've read since A Great and Terrible Beauty (which I loved!) and this is by far the better book. If you read paranormal books, whether they be adult or teen, you'll love this. Go get it now! Highly recommended.
Date published: 2009-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Don't Stop! The book may start out a bit weird but please do not stop reading. By the end of the book, you will be begging for the sequel. Ghosts, magic, superhero strength?And are these people on Chloe's side or against her? Find out and read The Summoning!
Date published: 2009-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Start To A Teen Series I just finished reading The Summoning, and I must admit it was pretty damn good. I was a little timid about reading Kelley Armstrong, because the last book I read, Bitten, was a real struggle to read. The plot was great, but the writing was just terrible. However, I did enjoy The Summoning, and am looking forward to reading her next book in the series.
Date published: 2009-06-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Slow to start; never really gets there The plot is very promising, but it took forever to get into the point of the book! This should have been a shorter introduction of The Awakening, rather than a book separate in itself. There just wasn't enough "meat" to keep up the adrenaline.
Date published: 2009-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shockingly Great! I read this book after reading the Twilight series, and Wicked Lovely, and lots of other great books and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised! This book was really great and I'm looking forward to the sequel! Does anybody know when it comes out?
Date published: 2009-06-03
Rated out of 5 by from Love it Kelley Armstrong has really done well in the YA market with this book. I would totally recommend it over any of the Twilight books for sure. I've read her adult "Women of the Otherworld" series and for easy reads they're really good. This book takes place in the same universe and I found it very interesting to see how the powers, that are (for the most part) fully developed in her adult series, manifest in the younger crowd. I'm looking forward to the next installment.
Date published: 2009-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a surprize!! After reading the Twilight series, I thought I could never find a book as great as those were but I was pleasently surprized. I started to read The Summoning and I didn't stop until I was done. The ending leaves you wanting more. I am going to go pick up the second book today. But don't get me wrong, nothing can beat The Twilight series!!!!
Date published: 2009-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from um...WOW! When Chloe was younger, she lived in a house with a ghost in her basement. And they liked to scare her. Chloe's parents moved her away from the scary ghosts and now Chloe knows better. There are no such things as ghosts. And now, teenage Chloe Sauders has a dream.To live a perfectly normal life. One with friends, school and maybe even a special guy. Unfortunately, that is not going to be the case for Chloe. Instead, she starts seeing ghosts and knows that things will never be perfectly normal again. The ghosts plaugue Chloe; begging for her attention and driving her crazy. And as soon as she breaks down,. she's admitted to a special house for disturbed kids where she's diagnosed with schizophrenia and is forced to take medication for her disorder Lyle House.At first, Lyle House seems just like any loony bin. But soon, Chloe starts to understand that things are not what they seem to be. As she grows closer to Simon and his intimdating brother Dereck and Tori, a girl who happens to have an affinity for "fire," she finds that she's not mad...but maybe..actually psychic? The first book in a supernatural YA triology by Kelley Armstrong, the Summoning is Kelley Armstrong's first venture in the teen genre. And she makes the leap gracefully.Having read only one of her books, Bitten, the Summoning has convinced me to read more, at least after I worked my way through the rather unremarkable beginning. Chloe is a likable character; it is easy to relate to her and to sympathize with her. What I really liked about her is that we weren't just told things about her, we were also showed them. For example, Chloe has an ambition to direct and write movies. Instead of just stating this, the whole book seems as if Chloe is comparing it to a movie with the good takes and the bad takes. That was one of my favorite bits of the novel. The other characters in the novel are also interesting, especially because, at first, you think that every single person at Lyle House are all wackos too. The way that their respective relationships grow with each other and Chloe was fun to read about. Especially as more and more secrets were uncovered. The plot is fairly unique and pretty engrossing, especially action picks up near the end. And then it leaves us with a horrible and painful cliff-hanger. Luckily, the Awakening is now out in stores so you can get your hands on it as soon as you finish The Summoning. Overall, The Summoning is a fun supernatural read that many readers, YA and otherwise will enjoy. Be sure to pick this up next time you're at the bookstore.
Date published: 2009-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed this book I really enjoyed this book I can't wait to read the next book the only thing that I didn't like about the first book is the way it ended becuase it made you want to read more but you can't until you get the next book. Other then that I really enjoyed the book.
Date published: 2009-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Review Contains Massive Spoilers, Kids. Said spoilers are also mostly about Derek and Chloe, so do *not* read this review until you're done the book. Okay, that said, onto the review. This book is, without question, in the top five ranking of my favourite supernatural novels. It's creepy and engaging, and I didn't find it slow to start at all. Kelley's choice to give her narrator a background in film works amazingly well, as Chloe manages to pay heed to all of the horror movie cliches without being in danger of breaking the fourth wall. At one point, while doubting herself, she acknowledges that, were in a horror movie, the audience would be screaming, "Isn't it obvious? Ghosts are real, idiot!" It makes Chloe's slow acceptance of what she is and what her powers are that much more realistic, because while she doesn't immediately accept them, she also doesn't completely, utterly deny them from the get-go, either. She uses her brain, and forces herself to face harsh truths rather than kowtow like a good little girl when something obviously isn't right. Besides Chloe, my favourite character is, hands-down, Derek. When you first meet him, he seems like a jerk, a bully, who's very dangerous as well as superstrong. However, Kelley does an amazing job of making him a sympathetic character. I have to admit that one of my favourite elements in the book is the way Chloe and Derek interact. Their first major run-in with each other goes very, very badly. Let's just say that Derek doesn't always know his own strength and leave it at that. Fortunately, Kelley doesn't drop the ball in redeeming Derek without excusing him, and he and Chloe somehow manage to form a working friendship without either of them actually noticing it. At the end of the book, when Derek is officially revealed to be a werewolf, it's because he's beginning to change into one. Chloe finds him in the middle of an agonizing transformation; Derek is sweating and vomiting and shaking, his muscles are literally rippling under his skin, she can hear his bones cracking and creaking, and fur is growing from and then receding back under his skin. And Chloe stays. She isn't afraid of him. She has absolutely no knowledge of werewolves. For all she knows, Derek *is* going to fully change into one, and while she knows he's still Derek during the transformation, she doesn't know if he's going to be sane when it's all over. But it doesn't even cross her mind that he might hurt her; she refuses to leave when he repeatedly tells her to, and puts a hand on his arm to try to comfort him through his spasms. She doesn't see a monster, she just sees Derek. Let's be honest, here: what other character (beyond Simon, who already knows what to expect) would have stayed, let alone risked touching someone who was turning into a large carnivore? All of this is in direct, huge contrast to Chloe's aunt. Aunt Lauren, as Chloe calls her, has known about Chloe's powers the entire time. She also knows what Derek is... and she despises him for it. She tells Dr Davidoff that Derek should be put down like a rabid dog the second they find him, and that they should have done it years ago. The book ends on a massive cliffhanger, and now that we're so close to the sequel's release date, I'm going crazy waiting for it to come out -- especially since ten chapters of the book have been posted on HarperTeen, and all that did was make me desperate for the whole book. You can find said chapters here: I recommend this book to pretty much anyone who loves the supernatural genre and who loves strong female characters. Seriously. Pick it up. Right now. Why are you still here? Go read it!
Date published: 2009-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! The Summoning is a great start to what i'm sure will be a fantastic series. A must read for fantasy lovers.
Date published: 2009-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well done All I can say is that I am practically dying having to wait so long for "the awakening" to come out.
Date published: 2009-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was okay... I thought the book was okay, i could relate to the main charactor, but i couldn't really get into the book. The ending does build up excitement for the next book { The Awakening } which comes out in May. Over all this book was kinda a dissapointment because there were alot of great comments on the back so i thought it would be a good book.
Date published: 2009-04-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from it was ok I expected this book to be really awesome because of all the great reviews but overall it was just ok for me. I thought the book was a bit slow until the end. The ending does build up a bit of excitement for the next book.
Date published: 2009-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I am a Twilight lover and I also LOVED the hose of nights series and i found this book amazing i wait intill the next book
Date published: 2009-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome! Great book I couldnt put it down and I cant wait 4 the 2nd and 3rd!!
Date published: 2009-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Read I really love this book, it is quite different from the other teens novel wich is nice.Thought there's is somes flaws, it's a really good book, the charaters are nice and the dialogue fell real and there is some pop culture in it. I think the book was to short and the end of it was so cool, I can't wait to read the sequel!
Date published: 2009-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from pretty good it was pretty good. at parts, it really creeped me out because of all the ghost and zombies. there wasnt a lot of romance in it, but it was really addicting, and i finished it in 3 hours without putting it down! i would reccomend this book to preteens and teens who like fantasy and supernatural books.i can't wait for the next book!
Date published: 2009-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from absolutely stunning this book was astounding, it had all the makings for a great book. the plot captures you from sentence one, the characters make you feel as if you are right their beside them and the writing style is creative adn refreshing. it has twists in it that keep you guessing and watning more. i finished this book in one nigh and am now looking forward to the rest of teh series which is hopefully soon :)
Date published: 2009-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stephanie Meyer eat your heart out! I absolutley LOVE this book. I bought it after reading a review on Facebook and what can I say? I rushed out to buy it and from the moment I opened it I didnt put it down. I can hardly wait for the 2nd one to come out (Still 2 months to go.. May 09!). For anyone who enjoyed this book I would highly recommend the other books in her regular adult series
Date published: 2009-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of The Best! Kelley Armstrong has written one of the best YA paranormal books I've ever read. Her writing is so fierce that I got goosebumps in broad daylight-- twice! It was easy to imagine what the characters were going through, to actually put myself in their place. I'll just say Crawl Space and Boney Fingers UGH! Chloe is going crazy. Or is she? Chloe has always been afraid of the basement and things in the dark but it's only recently that she realizes just why she should be so afraid. After an incident at school Chloe is sent to Lyle House, a home for unstable teens. Just how unstable they are and why she fits in here is part of the mystery. When the truth is revealed a deeper darker secret is unearthed and Chloe must decide who she can trust and who can really help her. Chloe is stronger than she (or we) realize at first but the more she learns so do we and she becomes a character I think many will identify with. With a cliff hanger ending like no other you will be left grasping for more. Luckily The Awakening is on the way! This is a book you just HAVE to read for yourself. It's hard to describe without giving away all the good stuff.
Date published: 2009-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! I loved this book! I read the whole thing in one day! It was so addicting and I cant wait for the next one!! Chloe starts seeing ghosts one day and is admitted to a teen facility for those that suffer from "mental illnesses", however, the group home doesn't seem to be what Chloe was expecting... filled with lies, secrets and teens that think they're all going crazy... but every story has another side.
Date published: 2009-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! So like most of the others books I've read, this was reccomended to me by my best friend and I loved it. My friend abd I have pretty much the same taste in books so it's pretty easy to see what we each like. I'm actually rereading it for like the fourth time I think and all I can say is that I can't wait til The Awakening comes out in May!!!!
Date published: 2009-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Fresh I love Kelley Armstrong, because she rarely disappoints. The Summoning was a great start to the series. It was a really good idea, and I liked that she combined the Otherworld universe, but still kept the series seperate from that one. It’s one of my favourites from her.
Date published: 2009-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!! I didn't expect this book to be that amazing!!! I started to read the book with an open mind, and I became hooked instantly!!!! I read this book in 2 days!! I can't wait for The Awakening!!!! AMAZING!!!!
Date published: 2009-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Waiting for the sequel is killing me! Loved it from beggining to end and found myself so into the book sometimes that i forgot i was sitting in my room. I found it more interesting in the middle end when most of everything started to unravle its self altho the intro was great to and went fast enough that it didn't become one of those books i had to read through a couple chapters before finally getting into it.
Date published: 2009-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! What a change of pace for Kelley Armstrong! I have beena fan of her work since the very first book, but I was a little concerned but definitely excited to check out her new young adults novel. And was it ever good! The teens are relatable, funny and interesting, and the plot was as good as Armstrong has ever delivered. I really loved it.
Date published: 2009-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Extreme Cliffhanger This is the story of Chloe Saunders, a young teen who hits puberty and begins seeing ghosts. The trouble is that she can’t tell the difference between living and non-living, and she isn’t fully aware that she has this new ability. After an unfortunate incident at high school, she ends up in a group home for teens with mental disorders. She is quickly diagnosed and told that her ‘hallucinations’ will go away with time and medication. After talking to the other teens, she soon feels misdiagnosed but isn’t sure whether to believe that she is ‘crazy’ and hallucinating or actually seeing the ghosts of dead people. I found this book quite exciting and I could see it being made into a movie. It was a page turner for me because I absolutely loved Chloe’s attitude and sarcasm. Her aunt Lauren bothered me a bit because she didn’t seem to listen to Chloe. I really wanted her to show support as Chloe goes through these changes, whether she understood or not. I also really enjoyed Derek. He’s got quite the attitude as well but he seems to keep Chloe on her toes and he challenges her to think outside the box. Once you get past his rough exterior, he’s really not so bad. Read more at:
Date published: 2009-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Summoning Ok, so this book was definitely not what I was expecting to read. It totally took me off guard, in a good way of course. I REALLY loved this book. It is my first ghost novel I've read but I think it would be one of the best ones for a long time even though there aren't many out there to campare and contrast. I don't really want to give away any spoilers for this specific book because I think it's better to read and enjoy it yourself because their are LOTS of unexpected surprises. Definitely a must read book! I can't wait till the 2nd one comes out. I'm not sure yet however if the title has been officially announced but I do know that she is writing a sequel to The Summoning because there was an expert from it in The Summmoning.
Date published: 2009-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was the same excitement that I had during TWILIGHT <3 If you have read Twilight (which most of the worlds population has already!) you will ELL.OH.VEE.EE. this book. it was ... AMAZING! EXCITING! INTERESTING! &&. everything else put together. This is book is officially HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! It has magic and secrets that will never make you wanna put the book down. Or if you have put the book down pick it back up again! It is about a girl who see's ghost and gets sent to a youth home. Finding out later on that this "youth house" has secrets about its past and the people in it. It's a really good book, and i can't contain my excitement for the second one coming out this year! (2009) XD
Date published: 2009-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! Thos novel is simply stunning. A teen thriller, rush of adrenaline and mystery. A good novel if you liked the Twilight series, Hp or you just like fantasy!
Date published: 2009-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice intro to Kelley Armstrong...I am hooked The start was a bit slow, but once you get to the end you realize why :)....She leaves the story wide open and this book is a great intro to the characters, and the start of the story. I can't wait for the next one....
Date published: 2009-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Start To A New Series! This book pulls you in as soon as you glance at the cover. Chloe is suddenly seeing dead people and because there is no true explanation that can explain this, her father, aunt, and doctors believe she has schizophrenia; so she is sent to Lyle House, a place for troubled teens. However, Chloe soon learns that she has more in common with those teens than she first believed. In fact, they also have their own special abilites. This book kept me interested to find out more. Chloe has so much to learn and asks so many questions in this novel that I kept reading to find out if they were going to be answered. Some of them were, but others weren't (which makes me want to read the next one even more). The new friends that Chloe meets are so mysterious because you learn a bit about them, but you're still not given all the details. And I could not believe the ending. Things were just getting so interesting and then it suddenly ended. I can't wait to learn what happens!!!
Date published: 2009-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Left me frusterated - in a good way This book was so amazing. I loved every minute of it. The only thing is I'm very frusterated for the characters decision towards the end which makes me very eager to read the next book! I couldn't even believe the twist! I don't want to wait until May = (
Date published: 2009-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!! This book was absolutely amazing, this book made me desperate for more! I love the story itself. I cant wait for the second book...i want it to come out sooner! I fell in love with the characters especially simon lol. I recommend this book to any teen that read the harry potter series, twilight series, the mortal instrument series or any other books that are related to the magical worlds, supernatural or underworld. This book is a MUST read!
Date published: 2008-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can't wait till book two At first I was unsure I would like this book mostly because it was on the Bella book list, and also because the back cover made to seem cheesy. I read the first chapter and was hooked. I wanted to read it! the book itself was at a couple points cheesy, but every time it seemed to be going that way Chole would point it out which worked out great. I'll say that Kelly did a great job with her first teen novel.
Date published: 2008-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! WOW! This has to be one of my favorite books EVER! It has amazing characters, lots of plot twists, very unpredictable and VERY thrilling! A MUST read!
Date published: 2008-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG This book was SO good! I loved it! It was so intense and freaky and the characters are so great! I can't wait to read the next one! :D READ IT <3
Date published: 2008-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't put it down I absolutely loved this book. It was so engrossing that I read it all in one go, and though the ending is a cliffhanger (which was a tad annoying since I want to know what happens next right away), I still felt so satisfied when I finished. Armstrong has a great cast of characters who all have some mystery surrounding them and unique personalities, and there are several unexpected twists in the novel, one at the end which completely surprised me (and I'm usually very good at figuring out the twists beforehand). This book truly has all the elements you need to have a great book: suspense, great characters, good plot with twists that make sense, a bit of romance, and action. Please go to your nearest bookstore and pick this book up. I haven't read any books lately that I've been so taken with, so I really believe that this one's a good one.
Date published: 2008-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I'm a big Kelly Armstrong fan but was a bit weirded out thinking of her writing a teen series. Glad I picked it up, GREAT book, totally can't wait for the next in the series!
Date published: 2008-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Give me more, give me more I stumbled upon this book while walking around a thrift store. I know not the coolest place to be but I'm so glad I did. I have not read such good writting in such a long time. May can't come soon enough for me. I would recommend this to any book lover.
Date published: 2008-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from absolutely amazing!! my friend had read this book before me and told me to read it, and i'm totally glad i did. The Summoning is an amazing book filled with different supernatural creatures and whatnot! A must read!!
Date published: 2008-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read! I have to say that this was one of the best books I've read in a while. Just as everything starts picking up the books done. It defiantly leaves you wanting more. Too bad the next book is coming out 2009. I can't wait! For anyone that likes these type of books, I highly recommend you read it.
Date published: 2008-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMFG! BEST BOOK EVER! One of the very best books I have ever read. I cannot wait for the next one to come out. And it comes out in MAY 2009! DAMMIT! thats so far from now! Ugh! But I am like so in love with Derek I don't know why? Although hes all pimply I don't care? He just sound so damn sexyy! Anyways Best book ever and I am so totally obsest with DEREK! :3
Date published: 2008-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another book!? Does anybody know when the second is coming out or what its called!? this book was a-m-a-z-i-n-g!
Date published: 2008-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from O My Gosh!!! This book is so good, and I cant wait to read the next book! It ends off just when things are getting good, not that the whole book wasnt good because it was amazing! Defidently a must read for anybody who loves reading! I could hardly put this book down.
Date published: 2008-09-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A So-So Start to a Series I did enjoy reading this book, it was suspenseful and creepy! But it tend to be slow at times and was more of a part 1 rather then an entire book. The book ended at a climax, with no resolution or conclusion so I have no idea what happened! I haven't read the second book yet but I expect that the first two books probably should have been combined into one. I would recommend this book to teen girls. I feel a little too old reading this book, it was not quite what I expected, but I will continue on with the series (just because it left me hanging).
Date published: 2008-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book! This book was amazing i couldnt or wanted to put it down! It had a lot of suspensal moments! It leaves you wondering whats going to happen next! And it had a lot of funny momeents into the mix as well! iwas very glad i picked up this book! I highly recommend this book!!
Date published: 2008-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I summon you to read this book... Okay that was lame, I'll admit it. BUT this book isn't. I buy every book on a whim, and this one was after I'd spotted it in someone's top ten list of books to read while waiting for Stephenie Meyer's release of Breaking Dawn. Needless to say, I was impressed. I usually don't have much bad to say about, well, anything, but this book really was great. Slightly unpredictable (which is a good thing) and left me wanting more. I can't wait for the next book in the series.
Date published: 2008-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I had never heard of Kelley Armstrong before this, but when noticed this book, I thought it looked and sounded interesting. Once I began to read it, I really got into the story and the characters she had created and how unique they each were, I found it hard to put it down. Although this book starts off slow, it gets very interesting and completely pulls you into the story. By the end of the book, I was sad it was over. All in all a great book and very well written in my opinion, I will definitely check out her other novels and I highly anticipate the sequel to this novel!
Date published: 2008-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from really intense!! k, this book was really intense. Im not that crazy about the end becuase it just leaves u hanging and im not sure when a sequel will come out!! I personally thought it would be a little bit on the romantic side lol idk! i guess im used to vampire love stories!! anyway i liked it but i think the author should have ended the first book better!!!
Date published: 2008-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Leaves you wanting the sequel! The Summoning is a novel that is chilling and exciting. Great for any Stephenie Meyer fan. The Summoning is the story of a girl who is convinced something is wrong with her so she is locked up in a house for troubled teens. Not long after being in the house she realizes how disturbed the people are that run the house, and that she is not as much of an outcast as she thinks.
Date published: 2008-07-22
Rated out of 5 by from Really enjoyable, but somehow incomplete This was a great take on the paranormal world of Armstrong's books, but aimed at a teen audience. Chloe is seeing "ghosts" and the world quickly decides that she is schizophrenic. What I quite liked about what Armstrong did with Chlooe's journey is having Chloe more easily convinced of schizophrenia than seeing the spirits of the restless dead. There is a versimilitude here that is very appreciated. Chloe is sent to a home for troubled youth, but are those youth really troubled, or are they, like Chloe, instead special in some way? I really enjoyed this - but the ending wasn't an ending. It is possible to write a cliffhanger ending and still leave the reader satisfied with the journey, but this book, I'm afraid, didn't do that for me. It just stopped, and left me annoyed at the bluntness of the cliff. I will read the rest of the series, but I didn't need to be left hanging quite so abruptly - it felt forced.
Date published: 2008-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kelley Armstrong is Brilliant I've begun to have this firm belief that if it's written by Kelley Armstrong, then you just can't fail. She's followed up my favourite Women of the Otherworld series with her first novel for young adults. The wonderful thing about this book is that you don't have to have read any of her other work to appreciate this story or the Otherworld universe. The characters really stand on their own, and we are introduced to this world with supernatural people living among normal humans. We get to discover that some people aren't like everyone else and how this can sometimes be interpreted as children having emotional or psychological problems. It was great fun reading along as Chloe discovers her powers and uncovers mysterious secrets about her new group home. For anyone who has read Armstrong's previous novels, you can appreciate the small nuances or references in the story. You almost sort of feel like you're peeking in at what it might have been like for Clay, Adam, or Jaime as children. You appreciate the trials, confusion, and fear so much more knowing that there is a great big world filled with people like them, ready and willing to offer help. The characters are great, but mostly I was quite surprised at the fact that I couldn't nail most of them down. Usually, when I read a story, I can tell who's going to be a good guy and who's going to be someone the protagonist should be wary of in the long run. By the time I finished "The Summoning", I thought everyone was sketchy or shadey. I found everyone multi-layered and started believing that not everyone was as nice or as helpful as they seemed. This was a very welcome surprise. And speaking of the ending... you'll be cursing the fact that you don't have the follow-up book, ready and waiting. It's a great cliffhanger and definitely leaves you wanting more.
Date published: 2008-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Set up for adventure Kelley Armstrong does a great job of setting up what is going to be a fantastic series. After she has an episode at school (a burned ghost chases her down the hallway), Chole is sent to a home for special kids. Eventually she realizes that the "special" is supernatural powers, and that maybe everyone isn't who they seem. The first half of the novel is complete set-up for the series, and a lot of character development. Then the novel talkes off, and sets up for the forthcoming books. I hope they come soon!
Date published: 2008-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We have another winner What a great new edition to Kelley Armstrongs bookshelf. What I loved about this one was that it was different enough from the women of the other world series to not be a ripoff version for teens but has the same action that draws you and makes it hard to put down.It leaves you wanting more and not minding having to wait because you just know it will be worth it.
Date published: 2008-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A chilly summer read! A good story with enough twists to keep you guessing until the very end, where you are left with a cliffhanger that makes you beg for the next book to be released the very next day. Chloe Saunders and her newfound ghost-seeing talent land her in Lyle House, where she meets up with other 'problem kids.' She finds herself questioning her past, the past of the other kids, and asking what just might be going on behind the scenes that is being kept secret. Lyle House holds too many secrets, and it's time someone unburied them. An easy, flowing read that seems to be a good cross of Stephenie Meyer's 'Twilight Saga' and Meg Cabot's 'Mediator' series. Recommended to those who enjoy supernatural beings and happenings, and who don't mind waiting on pins and needles for the next installment! PLEASE NOTE: For those in the Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario area, Kelley Armstrong will be at the Chapters Waterloo location on July 20th, 2008 to sign copies of this book!
Date published: 2008-07-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Undecided..... This book is about this girl named Chloe who is sent to a place where 'disturbed' teenagers are nursed back to 'normal'. She is sent to Lyle House where the doctors there tell her that she may have schizophrenia, since she's able to see people who aren't there. As Chloe gets settled in at Lyle House, she begins to notice the strange and unexplained things that occur. Kelley Armstrong is an amazing supernaturalist author and I have always liked her work. I guess I'm not used to her writing for teens (this is her first) and while this book was good, it does not make it into my "great books" ranking. I found that the storyline stalled/drags on for more than two-thirds of the book, where Chloe settles in and becomes determined to go along with what the doctors tells her in order to get out of Lyle House ASAP. But then the last third of the book gets VERY exciting, so it makes up for the 'blah' beginning. It leaves you hanging at the end but in an odd sort of way. It's obvious that there be an inevitable sequel and I honestly do look forward to it, so I can find out how these loose ends are tied up. Enjoy! : )
Date published: 2008-06-28

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12 years earlier...Mommy forgot to warn the new baby-sitter about the basement.Chloe teetered on the top step, chubby hands reaching up to clutch both railings, her armsshaking so much she could barely hang on. Her legs shook too, the Scooby Doo heads on herslippers bobbing. Even her breath shook, puffing like she’d been running.“Chloe?” Emily’s muffled voice drifted up from the dark basement. “Your mom said theCoke’s in the cold cellar, but I can’t find it. Can you come down and help me?”Mommy said she’d told Emily about the basement. Chloe was sure of it. She closed her eyesand thought hard. Before Mommy and Daddy left for the party, she’d been playing in the TVroom. Mommy had called, and Chloe had run into the front hall where Mommy had scooped herup in a hug, laughing when Chloe’s doll poked her eye.“I see you’re playing with Princess–I mean, Pirate Jasmine. Has she rescued poor Aladdinfrom the evil genie yet?”Chloe shook her head, then whispered. “Did you tell Emily about the basement?”“I most certainly did. No basements for Miss Chloe. That door stays closed.” When Daddycame around the corner, Mommy said, “We really need to talk about moving, Steve.”“Say the word and the sign goes up.” Daddy ruffled Chloe’s hair. “Be good for Emily,kiddo.”And then they were gone.“Chloe, I know you can hear me,” Emily yelled.Chloe peeled her fingers from the railing and stuck them in her ears.“Chloe!”“I c-can’t go down there,” Chloe called. “I-I’ m not allowed.”“Well, I’m in charge and I say you are. You’re a big girl.”Chloe made her feet move down one step. The back of her throat hurt and everything lookedfuzzy, like she was going to cry.“Chloe Saunders, you have five seconds or I’ll drag you down here and lock the door.”Chloe raced down the steps so fast her feet tangled and she tumbled into a heap on thelanding. She lay there, ankle throbbing, tears burning her eyes as she peered into the basement,with its creaks and smells and shadows. And Mrs. Hobb.There’d been others, before Mrs. Hobb scared them away. Like old Mrs. Miller, who’d playpeek-a-boo with Chloe and call her Mary. And Mr. Drake, who’d ask weird questions likewhether anyone lived on the moon yet, and most times Chloe didn’t know the answer, but he’dstill smile and tell her she was a good girl.Chloe used to like coming downstairs and talking to the people. All she had to do was notlook behind the furnace, where a man hung from the ceiling, his face all purple and puffy. Henever said anything, but seeing him always made Chloe’s tummy hurt.“Chloe?” Emily’s muffled voice called. “Are you coming?”Mommy would say “Think about the good parts, not the bad.” So as Chloe walked down thelast three steps, she remembered Mrs. Miller and Mr. Drake and she didn’t think about Mrs.Hobb at all . . . or not very much.At the bottom, she squinted into the near darkness. Just the night lights were on, the onesMommy had put everywhere when Chloe started saying she didn’t want to go downstairs andMommy thought she was afraid of the dark, which she was, a little, but only because the darkmeant Mrs. Hobb could sneak up on her.Chloe could see the cold cellar door, though, so she kept her eyes on that and walked as fastas she could. When something moved, she forgot about not looking, but it was only the hangingman, and all she could see was his hand peeking from behind the furnace as he swayed.Chloe ran to the cold cellar door and yanked it open. Inside, it was pitch black.“Chloe?” Emily called from the darkness.Chloe clenched her fists. Now Emily was being really mean. Hiding on her–Footsteps pattered overhead. Mommy? Home already?“Come on, Chloe. You aren’t afraid of the dark, are you?” Emily laughed. “I guess you’restill a little baby after all.”Chloe scowled. Emily didn’t know anything. Just a stupid, mean girl. Chloe would get herCoke, then run upstairs and tell Mommy, and Emily would never baby-sit her again.She leaned into the tiny room, trying to remember where Mommy kept the Coke. That was iton the shelf, wasn’t it? She darted over, and stood on her tiptoes. Her fingers closed around acool metal can.“Chloe? Chloe!” It was Emily’s voice, but far away, shrill. Footsteps pounded across thefloor overhead. “Chloe, where are you?”Chloe dropped the can. It hit the concrete with a crack, then rolled against her foot, hissingand spitting, soda pooling around her slippers.“Chloe, Chloe, where are you?” mimicked a voice behind her, like Emily’s, but not quite.Chloe turned slowly.In the doorway stood an old woman in a pink housecoat, her eyes and teeth glittering in thedark. Mrs. Hobb. Chloe wanted to squeeze her eyes shut, but she didn’t dare because it onlymade her madder, made everything worse.Mrs. Hobb’s skin rippled and squirmed. Then it went black and shiny, crackling like twigsin a campfire. Big chunks fell off, plopping onto the floor. Her hair sizzled and burned away.And then there was nothing left but a skull dotted with scraps of blackened flesh. The jawsopened, the teeth still glittering.“Welcome back, Chloe.”OneI bolted up in bed, one hand clutching my pendant, the other wrapped in my sheets. I struggled torecapture wisps of the dream already fluttering away. Something about a basement . . . A littlegirl . . . Me? I couldn’t remember ever having a basement–we’d always lived in condoapartments.A little girl in a basement, something scary . . . Weren’t basements always scary? I shiveredjust thinking about them, dark and damp and empty. But this one hadn’t been empty. There’dbeen . . . I couldn’t remember what. A man behind a furnace . . .?A bang at my bedroom door made me jump.“Chloe!” Annette shrieked. “Why hasn’t your alarm gone off? I’m the housekeeper, notyour nanny. If you’re late again, I’m calling your father.”As threats went, this wasn’t exactly the stuff of nightmares. Even if Annette managed to gethold of my dad in Berlin, he’d just pretend to listen, eyes on his BlackBerry, attention riveted tosomething more important, like the weather forecast. He’d murmur a vague “Yes, I’ll see to itwhen I get back” and forget all about me the moment he hung up.I turned on my radio, cranked it up, and crawled out of bed.A half-hour later, I was in my bathroom, getting ready for school. I pulled the sides of my hairback in clips, glanced in the mirror, and shuddered. The style made me look twelve years old . . .and I didn’t need any help. I’d just turned fifteen and servers still handed me the kiddie menu inrestaurants. I couldn’t blame them. I was five foot nothing with curves that only showed if I woretight jeans and a tighter T-shirt.Aunt Lauren swore I’d shoot up–and out–when I finally got my period. By this point, Ifigured it was “if,” not “when.” Most of my friends had gotten theirs at twelve, eleven even. Itried not to think about it too much, but of course I did. I worried that there was somethingwrong with me, felt like a freak every time my friends talked about their periods, prayed theydidn’ t find out I hadn’t gotten mine. Aunt Lauren said I was fine, and she was a doctor, so Iguess she’d know. But it still bugged me. A lot.“Chloe!” The door shuddered under Annette’s meaty fist.“I’m on the toilet,” I shouted back. “Can I get some privacy maybe?”I tried just one clip at the back of my head, holding the sides up. Not bad. When I turned myhead for a side view, the clip slid from my baby-fine hair.I never should have gotten it cut. But I’d been sick of having long, straight, little-girl hair. I’ddecided on a shoulder-length, wispy style. On the model it looked great. On me? Not so much.I eyed the unopened hair color tube. Kari swore red streaks would be perfect in mystrawberry-blond hair. I couldn’t help thinking I’d look like a candy cane. Still, it might makeme look older . . .“I’m picking up the phone, Chloe,” Annette yelled.I grabbed the tube of dye, stuffed it in my backpack, and threw open the door.I took the stairs, as always. The building might change, but my routine never did. The day I’dstarted kindergarten, my mother held my hand, my Sailor Moon backpack over her other arm aswe’d stood at the top of the landing.“Get ready, Chloe,” she’d said. “One, two, three–”And we were off, racing down the stairs until we reached the bottom, panting and giggling,the floor swaying and sliding under our unsteady feet, all the fears over my first school day gone.We’d run down the stairs together every morning all though kindergarten and half of firstgrade and then . . . well, then there wasn’t anyone to run down the stairs with anymore.I paused at the bottom, touching the necklace under my T-shirt, then shook off the memories,hoisted my backpack, and walked from the stairwell.After my mom died, we’d moved around Buffalo a lot. My dad flipped luxury apartments,meaning he bought them in buildings in the final stages of construction, then sold them when thework was complete. Since he was away on business most of the time, putting down roots wasn’timportant. Not for him, anyway.This morning, the stairs hadn’t been such a bright idea. My stomach was already flutteringwith nerves over my Spanish midterm. I’d screwed up the last test–gone to a weekendsleepover at Beth’s when I should have been studying–and barely passed. Spanish had neverbeen my best subject, but if I didn’t pull it up to a C, Dad might actually notice and startwondering whether an art school had been such a smart choice.Milos was waiting for me in his cab at the curb. He’d been driving me for two years now,through two moves and three schools. As I got in, he adjusted the visor on my side. The morningsun still hit my eyes, but I didn’t tell him that.My stomach relaxed as I rubbed my fingers over the familiar rip in the armrest and inhaledchemical pine from the air freshener twisting above the vent.“I saw a movie last night,” he said as he slid the cab across three lanes. “One of the kind youlike.”“A thriller?”“No.” He frowned, lips moving as if testing out word choices. “An action-adventure. Youknow, lots of guns, things blowing up. A real shoot-’em-down movie.”I hated correcting Milos’ s English, but he insisted on it. “You mean, a shoot-’em-up movie.”He cocked one dark brow. “When you shoot a man, which way does he fall? Up?”I laughed, and we talked about movies for a while. My favorite subject.When Milos had to take a call from his dispatcher, I glanced out the side window. Along-haired boy darted from behind a cluster of businessmen. He carried an old-fashioned plasticlunch box with a superhero on it. I was so busy trying to figure out which superhero it was, Ididn’ t notice where the boy was headed until he leaped off the curb, landing between us and thenext car.“Milos!” I screamed. “Watch–”The last word was ripped from my lungs as I slammed against my shoulder belt. The driverbehind us, and the one behind him, laid on their horns, a chain reaction of protest.“What?” Milos said. “Chloe? What’s wrong?”I looked over the hood of the car and saw . . . nothing. Just an empty lane in front and trafficveering to our left, drivers flashing Milos the finger as they passed.“Th-th-th–” I clenched my fists, as if that could somehow force the word out. If you getjammed, take another route, my speech therapist always said. “I thought I sawsome-wha-wha–”Speak slowly. Consider your words first.“I’m sorry. I thought I saw someone jump in front of us.”Milos eased the taxi forward. “That happens to me sometimes, especially if I’m turning myhead. I think I see someone, but there’s no one there.”I nodded. My stomach hurt again.

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