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Summoning: Darkest Powers    by Kelley Armstrong order for
by Kelley Armstrong
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HarperCollins, 2008 (2008)

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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Kelley Armstrong, author of the bestselling Women of the Otherworld books, now brings fans the first entry in an intriguing YA series, Darkest Powers. Chloe Saunders' mother died when she was small, her father has been an absentee parent, often away on business, and her closest family member is her Aunt Lauren, a physician.

Otherwise, Chloe's life is relatively normal until she reaches a late puberty, when she begins to see ghosts, generally the needy, demanding sort. After an episode at her art school where a pushy ghost sends her into screaming hysteria, fifteen-year-old Chloe is diagnosed as schizophrenic and sent to Lyle House, a group home for troubled teenagers.

There, the nightmare that has become Chloe's life only grows worse as she discovers that each of her fellow inmates - Liz whose talent is out of control; Simon who can levitate; his 'unnaturally strong' brother Derek; Rae who controls fire; and snitch Tori - has an unusual talent, and that there's something very wrong with Lyle House, which is filled with unruly ghosts. Often questioning her own sanity, Chloe begins to investigate.

When Simon decides to break out of Lyle House and seek his missing father, who is part of a community of supernaturals, Chloe joins him. Then the story's long, steady build-up takes off into a crescendo of fast-paced action and betrayals. The ending leaves the reader full of questions and anxious for the next episode in this exciting new Darkest Powers series.

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