Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

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Armstrong, Kelley. The Summoning. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2008. Print.

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A high school freshman finds herself committed to a group home for unstable teens after seeing ghosts in Kelley Armstrong’s The Summoning, the first book in the Darkest Powers series.

“Ghosts aren’t real. Ghosts are for crazy people. What I saw were hallucinations, and the sooner I accepted that, the sooner I’d get out of here.” (78)

Fifteen-year old Chloe Saunders can see ghosts. After a frightening episode at her art school, she is hospitalized and moved to a group home. However, Lyle House is not all that it seems.

Is Chloe schizophrenic, like the doctors say? Her roommate Liz says she’s haunted by a poltergeist, and is transferred from the home. She appears to Chloe later, and both of them are shocked when Chloe is able to move her hand through her arm. What secrets does Lyle House hold? Who are the other teens that are in the group home with her? Are they all mentally ill, or is there something supernatural going on? Who can Chloe trust? The twists and questions pile up in The Summoning, and you’ll want to race to the end. If you’re hungry for more, dive into the rest of the Darkest Powers trilogy.

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