The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

The Summoning (Darkest Powers, Bk 1) by Kelley Armstrong

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.

I have had this book and the second book in the series on my shelf for a while now, but put off starting the series because I get burned out on paranormal easily sometimes.  I finally put the second book in a game on PBS, so I really need to read them now in case someone picks it.  It took me a little while to actually get the book open – I carried it around with me for a couple days and read something else in the mean time.  But I am glad I read it!

The story is really easily to fall into.  Chloe is likable and the world around her is interesting.  Lyle House is creepy and mysterious.  I really grew to like Rae, Simon, and Derek as the story progressed and we learned more about them.  I am glad that I already have The Awakening ready to read because the ending opened up so many new questions!  I want to know what is going on with the adults and find out more about each of the Lyle House residents.

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