The Summoning 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.
Chloe Saunders is a normal teenage girl, until she starts to get the nagging feeling that someones watching her and she can't understand why she's so afraid of the basement.
But it all starts to become clear when she's at school, or so it seems.
When she nips to the ladies toilet to hear someone crying in the stall next to her. Though when she looks under the cubical, there are no feet in the one next door to her. Looking around the room she realises that there is no one in the bathroom with her, but the crying still continues.
Running out scared, she bumps into a janitor, though his face is all burnt and twisted and he smells of death and dirt. He starts to chase after her but she can't get away. In all this panic, she runs into a room and the teachers have to pin her down. Soon enough her auntie and father ship her off to a 'special home' for troubled kids.
Here there seems to be people as strange as her, many nurses and a counsellor of some sort. But there's something wrong about the place, something that doesn't feel so secure, though she can't quite place her finger on it.
Though things start to drastically change when she shares a room with Liz, a young sweet girl with a haunting problem that only her and the children in the house believe. Until she got angry and threw a pencil at the nurse. Except it wasn't her that threw it. There was something or someone trapped inside her, wanting to get out.
Soon things get worse as children are shipped off to hospitals for the ill and the nurses start to cover there tracks. As Chloe starts to find out more about the kids that live in Lyle House with her and the strange powers they have also, they go on a mission to find the children who have been taken and to find out what's really happening to them after they go.
Seeing ghosts and decapitated bodies where ever she turns, Chloe must learn to control her power and get to grips with that it's never going to change. But the more she talks to Simon and Derek, other kids from the house and the dead also. Things start to fall into place, drastically and deep into place.
One thing is for sure, be careful who you trust in life. As not everyone is who they seem.
The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong, is the first novel within the Darkest Powers series, that follows the lives of troubled kids as they are placed into a "safe" home, so they won't hurt anyone else. Though things start to go drastically wrong very quickly.
Well, I loved this book so much that I can't wait to read the next instalment of the series! Though I must finish my current read at the moment! I finished this book in three days as I just couldn't get enough, which I'm sorry that I didn't get the review up earlier or that it's not a very good one, I didn't want to give it all away! I can tell you now that I was shocked at the end of the book!
I really enjoyed this book, and even though it is a YA book, I did feel quite freaked out by the story line, which just made me want to read more horror / thriller books! Kelley Armstrong has written this fantastically with her wording and I couldn't get enough.
The way she captures the characters is good also, I must admit when I first started reading it was that:
"Oh god, this is going to be a book about a stroppy "messed up" girl who is trying to find herself and her friends go on adventure, yay!"
But I stuck at it and read all the way thorough it till the end and I'm glad I did as I loved it. I hope that you pick it up and enjoy it too!
I will give this book 9.5 out of 10