Wrighty's Reads

I've always loved to read and enjoy a wide variety of genres. My favorites tend to be humor, mysteries, thrillers, chick lit, fantasy, paranormal, dystopian, young adult, children's books and most combinations of those previously mentioned.

The Summoning (Darkest Powers Series #1)

The Summoning - Kelley Armstrong As a freshman Chloe looked forward to her first year at her new art school. Since her mother died when she was a very young and her father travels a lot for work she is used to moving and new beginnings. This year she started out with the rest of the class so for once she wasn't the new kid. Her father has also promised that she can stay there until she graduates. It's an ordinary life but a happy life, until she starts seeing dead people. And they are everywhere.After an episode with a relentless ghost at school, Chloe is forced to spend time at Lyle House, a group home for troubled teens. When it's assumed that she has a mental illness she is determined to get better and stop her "hallucinations". But nothing is as it seems and as she gets to know her housemates she realizes that there are many secrets being kept. Chloe may not be so crazy after all some of those secrets are about Lyle House itself.This was a fast read that had me hooked from the first page. Everything was a mystery and I was eager to find the answers. This is the first book in the Dark Powers trilogy so there is a lot of background information. The suspense builds gradually as the characters and the plot develops. It's apparent that there is something more going on at this house and these kids all have a special reason to be there. Some were obvious but others took time to figure out.I did get frustrated with some of the characters actions and how slow they sometimes were to react. While being terrorized by ghosts and discovering deep dark secrets they were sometimes too calm and levelheaded for teens (for anyone!) under pressure. But I did get pulled into the story and was interested in learning more about the characters. I also enjoyed the references to Buffalo, NY, a city that's near where I live now and where I attended college. I would have loved more details of this familiar place. There is a twist at the end to set up the next book. This was Armstrong's debut novel for the YA genre.Book #1 - The Awakening Series

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