Title: The Summoning (Darkest Powers Trilogy #1)
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Release date: July 1st 2008
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My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again.
All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don't even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost - and the ghost saw me.
Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won't leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a "special home" for troubled teens. Yet the home isn't what it seems. Don't tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? it's up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House...before its skeletons come back to haunt me.
This is the second time I read The Summoning by author Kelley Armstrong and this trilogy is set in the same world as her adult series Women of the Otherworld. I did read several books of her adult series before I read this book and I do not know if that has anything to do with it, but I LOVED this book! I declare myself a fan of Kelley Armstrong, I love both series.
The Summoning is narrated by Chloe Saunder a fifteen year-old girl, she´s studying at an art school and her dream is to become a screenwriter and direct a Hollywood film, but that dream is ruined when she sees her first ghost and nobody believes her and and her family think that she have a nervous breakdown, so she is sent to a home for "troubled" teens. There she meets other patients that are there for some unknown problem, since this house has a policy that their patients do not discuss their diagnosis with others. But Lyle House, is some sort of boarding school/house where the patients receive psychological help, a tutor (to help them to catch up or not fall behind in classes), and they also have to do chores around the house.
Among the patients at Lyle House, Derek is 16 years-old, he has attitude problems and his foster brother Simon is 15 years-old, is a popular guy, Tori is 15 years-old she´s, the typical popular girl who mistreats everyone, Rae likes to play with fire (literally) and Chloe´s roommate Liz is a good girl and she´s Tori´s best friend.
My favorite character is Derek Souza, he has bad temper, he isn´t interested in interacting with anyone other than his brother, but underneath all that there is a guy very protective, strong, extremely intelligent. Team Derek!!
Overall, The Summoning is a very good first book, with action, adventure, mystery, paranormal elements, with unexpected twists (as this was the second time I read it the twists were not so unexpected), excellent and lovable characters. And with a cliffhanger ending. I highly recommended it.