Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Review - The Summoning (Darkest Powers Trilogy #1) by Kelley Armstrong

Title: The Summoning (Darkest Powers Trilogy #1) (Amazon)
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: 2008
Pages: 390
Genre: Y/A
Source: Library

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” behavior. And together they discover that Lyle House is not your usual group home either…

Kim’s Take – This book just didn’t really do anything for me. It wasn’t a wasted read but I found myself trudging through it and hoping it would get better.

There were a lot of unique characters who have powers that are never fully covered and I guess that left me wanting more information. I’m glad this is a trilogy because, despite this first book, I will read the next just to see where the story goes next and to learn more about the powers each of the characters possess. Maybe the trilogy just had a slow start. The book started out pretty good but I lost interest the farther I read. With the exception of the last few pages which had a few exciting surprises. Enough that I hope the next book picks right up with the same excitement.

Again, it’s not a wasted read and it has gotten a lot of great reviews.  I hope you like it more than I did and will let you know if things improve in the second book.

Kim’s Rating – 3/5


  1. I actually love this book and series!
    For me it was different, I thought it started slow, got better, kind of dulled for a bit and then the ending was very action packed.

    :) I hope you like the rest of the series. :D

  2. I read The Summoning awhile ago, and I wasn't too impressed with it either. I pretty much agree with you, about the whole thing. But hopefully The Awakening will be better! :)

  3. I loved this series! I can read it over and over again! I hope you pick up the next book!