The Awakening (Darkest Powers Series #2)

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If you had met me a few weeks ago, you probably would have described me as an average teenage girl?someone normal. Now my life has changed forever and I'm as far away from normal as it gets. A living science experiment?not only can I see ghosts, but I was genetically altered by a sinister organization called the Edison Group. What does that mean? For starters, I'm a teenage necromancer whose powers are out of control; I raise the dead without even trying. Trust me, that is not a...

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Overview

If you had met me a few weeks ago, you probably would have described me as an average teenage girl—someone normal. Now my life has changed forever and I'm as far away from normal as it gets. A living science experiment—not only can I see ghosts, but I was genetically altered by a sinister organization called the Edison Group. What does that mean? For starters, I'm a teenage necromancer whose powers are out of control; I raise the dead without even trying. Trust me, that is not a power you want to have. Ever.

Now I'm running for my life with three of my supernatural friends—a charming sorcerer, a cynical werewolf, and a disgruntled witch—and we have to find someone who can help us before the Edison Group finds us first. Or die trying.

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Chloe Saunders thinks of herself as a living science experiment; other people regard her as more than a little crazy. Within a few weeks, she has been transformed from an average teenage girl into a sometimes out-of-control necromancer running for her life. When not seeing ghosts or raising the dead, Chloe is plotting strategies with her three closest associates, all supernatural: a werewolf, a witch, and a sorcerer. The middle volume set in the realm of Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld.
Children's Literature - Jeanna Sciarrotta
The second book of Kelley Armstrong's new series, "The Darkest Powers," will not disappoint her readers in the least. As the story begins, Chloe Saunders is being contained by the Edison group after her failed attempted escape from Lyle house, in the last novel. As in the first book, she is still struggling to deal with her power as a necromancer. With a little help from the ghost of Liz, she is quick to obtain some new information that leads to a second escape with enemy-turned-ally Tori Enright. The girls soon meet up with fellow Lyle House escapees Derek and Simon and the story quickly picks up as they struggle to elude their would be captors. The Awakening is a captivating second book in this up-and-coming series. The characters are believable and well developed with the one weak point of the overly alluded to but under-explained relationship between Chloe and Simon and later between Chloe and Derek. Hopefully, book three will give some answers about the romantic aspects of these superhuman teenagers. Reviewer: Jeanna Sciarrotta
Melanie Hundley
The Awakening, the second book in Armstrong's Darkest Power series, begins with Chloe, Derek, Simon, and Tori on the run after their escape from the sinister Edison Group. The four teens each possess a power that the Edison Group wants to control. Chloe talks to ghosts, Derek is a werewolf, and Simon and Tori are sorcerers. In addition to dealing with their powers, the four teens also deal with the usual teen issues—Chloe likes Simon but she also likes Derek. Tori has a crush on Simon and Simon has a crush on Chloe. Derek is oddly protective of Chloe but struggles to show how much he cares. Compounding Derek's teen angst are his developing werewolf powers. The Edison Group tracks the teens to their hiding place, so they split up to escape. After they regroup, they leave the city, heading for an adult who may be able to help. Reviewer: Melanie Hundley
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—When Chloe Saunders escapes from a group home for troubled teens, she has no idea that she'll be dealing with a treacherous aunt; a nascent werewolf; a prissy witch; guns, guards, and ghosts; and the harsh everyday realities of being a teen on the run. She'd come to terms with the fact that the home was obviously not your run-of-the-mill state facility, or she wouldn't have discovered her powers as a necromancer or found the witch, Tori; the warlock, Simon; and the werewolf, Derek, also in residence. Now the four of them and the ghost of the recently deceased telekinetic Liz, are trying to find the one adult who can help them. Things are complicated by Simon's diabetes, Derek's imminent transformation, and Tori, who, despite her magical powers, is best described by a different word, which rhymes with witch. Armstrong does an admirable job of walking the fine line between making things too easy for the group and putting unnecessary obstacles in their path. Separating them from the adults, she delves into character and relationships among the teens, giving this title a depth that some supernatural fare lacks. It is easy to read out of sequence, and even surpasses its predecessor, The Summoning (HarperCollins, 2008). If you buy it, teens will read it.—Cara von Wrangel Kinsey, formerly at New York Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
A small group of supernatural teens escapes The Edison House, a malevolent scientific organization bent on their destruction, and embarks on a desperate journey to find the one man who might help them. The second installment of the Darkest Powers series hits the ground running, leaving readers tripping, stumbling and racing to keep up. Armstrong's vermiculate plot will exhilarate even readers new to the series, although they will miss the crucial character development found in The Summoning (2008). Chloe, the narrating necromancer, shares the agonies of life with scary, uncontrollable powers. Derek, a brutally earnest werewolf, suffers terribly during his changes. Bratty Tori and sweet Simon harness their magic in erratic fits and starts. Teens grappling with their own transformations and alienating individuality will certainly follow these characters to the book's final pages and into the next volume. Dark alleys, undead bodies and bountiful blood will cause shivers, while Chloe's chemistry with both boys will raise readers' pulses. (Supernatural thriller. 12 & up)
ALA Booklist
“Armstrong has some fun toying with supernatural teen thriller conventions, and the taut pacing should please fans of the exploding genre.”
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“A page-turner. Readers will anticipate the book to follow.”
From the Publisher
“[The Awakening] hits the ground running, leaving readers tripping, stumbling and racing to keep up.… Will exhilarate even readers new to the series.”
Kirkus starred review

“Armstrong has some fun toying with supernatural teen thriller conventions, and the taut pacing should please fans of the exploding genre.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061450556
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/23/2010
  • Series: Darkest Powers Series , #2
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 101,620
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kelley Armstrong

When librarians finally granted Kelley Armstrong an adult card, she made straight for the epic fantasy and horror shelves. She spent the rest of her childhood and teen years happily roaming fantastical and terrible worlds, and vowed that someday she'd write a story combining swords, sorcery, and the ravenous undead. That story begins with Sea of Shadows.

Armstrong's first works for teens were the New York Times bestselling Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising trilogies. All of her novels for teens have been New York Times bestsellers. She lives in rural Ontario with her husband, three children, and far too many pets.

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Chapter One

When the door to my cell clicked open, the first thought that flitted through my doped-up brain was that Liz had changed her mind and come back. But ghosts don’t open doors. They will, on occasion, ask me to open one, so I can raise and interrogate the zombies of supernaturals killed by a mad scientist, but they never need one opened for themselves.

I sat up in bed and rubbed my bleary eyes, blinking away the lingering fog of the sedative. For a moment, the door stayed open only a crack. I slid from the bed, tiptoeing across the thick carpet of my fake hotel room, praying the person on the other side had been called away and I could escape before these people started whatever experiments they’d brought me here to –

“Hello, Chloe.” Dr. Davidoff beamed his best kindly-old-man smile as he pushed the door wide. He wasn’t that old – maybe fifty – but in a movie, I’d cast him as the doddering absent-minded scientist. It was an act I’m sure he’d worked on until he got it just right.

The woman behind him had chic blond hair and a New York suit. I’d cast her as the mother of the nastiest girl in class. Which was cheating, because that’s exactly who she was. Mother of Victoria – Tori – Enright, the one housemate we’d left out of our plans when we’d escaped from Lyle House, and for good cause, considering she was one of the reasons I’d needed to escape.

Tori’s mom carried a Macy’s bag, like she’d just been out shopping and popped in to conduct a few horrific experiments before heading to lunch.

“I know you have a lot of questions, Chloe,” Dr. Davidoff said as I sat on the edge of the bed. “We’re here to answer them for you. We just need a little help from you first.”

“Simon and Derek,” Mrs. Enright said. “Where are they?”

I looked from her to Dr. Davidoff, who smiled and nodded encouragingly, like he fully expected me to turn in my friends.

I’d never been an angry kid. I’d never run away from home. Never stamped my feet and screamed that life was unfair and I wished I’d never been born. Whenever my dad told me we were moving again and I needed to transfer schools, I’d swallowed a whiny “but I just made new friends,” nod, and tell him I understood.

Accept your lot. Count your blessings. Be a big girl.

Now, looking back at a life of doing what I was told, I realized I’d bought into the game. When adults patted me on the head and told me I was so grown-up, what they really meant was that they were glad I wasn’t grown-up enough yet to question, to fight back.

Looking at Dr. Davidoff and Mrs. Enright, I thought of what they’d done to me – lying to me, locking me up – and I wanted to stamp my feet. Wanted to scream. But I wasn’t going to give them that satisfaction.

I widened my eyes as I met Mrs. Enright’s gaze. “You mean you haven’t found them yet?”

I think she would have slapped me if Dr. Davidoff hadn’t lifted his hand.

“No, Chloe, we haven’t found the boys,” he said. “We’re very concerned for Simon’s safety.”

“Because you think Derek might hurt him?”

“Not intentionally, of course. I know Derek’s fond of Simon.”

Fond?
What a strange word to use. Derek and Simon were foster brothers, tighter than any blood brothers I knew. Sure, Derek was a werewolf, but that wolf part of him was what would stop him from ever hurting Simon. He’d protect him at all costs – I’d already seen that.

My skepticism must have shown on my face, because Dr. Davidoff shook his head, as if disappointed in me. “All right, Chloe. If you can’t spare any concern for Simon’s safety, maybe you can for his health.”

“W-what ab-bou–” My stutter cropped up most when I was nervous, and I couldn’t let them know they’d struck a nerve. So I tried again, slower now. “What about his health?”

“His condition.”

Apparently I wasn’t the only one who watched too many movies. Now they would tell me that Simon had some rare medical condition and if he didn’t get his medicine within twelve hours, he’d spontaneously combust.

“What condition?”

“He has diabetes,” Dr. Davidoff said. “His blood sugar levels need to be monitored and regulated.”

“With one of those blood testing things?” I said slowly, thinking back. Simon had always disappeared into the bathroom before meals. I’d thought he just liked to wash up. I’d bumped into him once coming out as he’d been shoving a small black case into his pocket.

“That’s right,” Dr. Davidoff said. “With proper care, diabetes is easily managed. You weren’t aware of it because you didn’t need to be. Simon leads a normal life.”

“Except for one thing,” Tori’s mom said.

She reached into the Macy’s bag and took out a backpack. It looked like Simon’s, but I wasn’t falling for that – they’d probably bought a matching one. Sure, she pulled out a hoodie I recognized as Simon’s, but he’d left behind a whole closet of clothing at Lyle House. Easy enough to grab stuff from there.

Next came a pad of paper and pouch of colored pencils. Simon’s room was filled with his comic book sketches. Again, easy enough to –

Mrs. Enright flipped through the sketch pad, holding up pages. Simon’s work in progress. He’d never have left that behind.

Finally, she laid a flashlight on the table. The flashlight from Lyle House – the one I’d watched him put into his bag.

“Simon slipped going over the fence,” she said. “He had his backpack over one shoulder. It fell. Our people were right behind him so he had to leave it. There’s something in here that Simon needs much more than clothing and art supplies.”

She opened a navy nylon pouch. Inside were two penlike vials, one filled with cloudy liquid, the other clear. “The insulin to replace what Simon’s body can’t produce. He injects himself with these three times a day.”

“What happens if he doesn’t?”

Dr. Davidoff took over. “We aren’t going to scare you and say that if Simon skips a single shot, he’ll die. He’s already missed his morning one, and I’m sure he only feels a bit out of sorts. But by tomorrow, he’ll be vomiting. In about three days, he’ll lapse into a diabetic coma.” He took the pouch from Tori’s mom and set it in front of me. “We need to get this to Simon. To do that, you need to tell us where he is.”

I agreed to try.

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  • Posted March 3, 2009

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    Amazing book!

    Chloe Saunders is back in the second book of the Darkest Powers series. If you haven't read The Summoning yet read it before reading this review. SPOILERS.

    At the end of the first book Chloe and Rae go to Chloe's Aunt Lauren for help, not knowing that she is working for the very group that they are trying to escape from. As a result, Chloe and Rae end up locked in a high security warehouse that houses the Edison Groups many experiments. Luckily, Derek and Simon are still on the run and on the lookout for Chloe and Rae.

    After encountering ghosts of some of the former Lyle House occupants Chloe decides to take matters into her own hands and figure out a way to escape, this time for good. With the help of Liz's ghost and a trapped demi-demon Chloe manages to find more information about the Edison group and how she can possibly escape from them.

    Once away from the Edison group Chloe is forced to face the reality of living on the run with nowhere and nobody to turn to other than Tori, Derek, and Simon. Her father has posted a $500,000 reward for her safe return and the Edison group is no longer worried about keeping any of them alive.

    Will Chloe and the others be able to outrun the Edison group or will their luck finally run out? Will Chloe ever figure out what her true feelings are for Derek and Simon?

    The Darkest Powers series is full of paranormal happenings, betrayal, and budding romance. I highly recommend this series for any fans of the Twilight series. Definitely not the same story line but just as good.

    16 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

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    I loved this book.

    I recommend this book. IT IS AWESOME!!! The story line kept you on edge and alert. The author makes the book hard to put down. You can get lost in this book. I finished it in one day because I couldnt put it down. I hope you fond this review helpful.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2009

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    Amazing

    Chloe Saunders used to think that she was a normal teenage girl. Recently, she found out that she is a walking science experiment. She is a necromancer, and can see ghost and raise the dead. She was sent The Edison Group to get better, when they were the people that started it all. She is now on the run with three of my supernatural friends - a charming sorcerer Simon, a cynical werewolf Derek, and a disgruntled witch Tori. We have to find someone who can help us gain our freedom back before The Edison Group finds us first. Or die trying.
    The Awakening was just as good as The Summoning, if not it might be even better. The characters were more developed and more interesting, in the book. The plot was amazing. I liked the parts of them being on the run. It was pretty original. The writing was well done. I can wait for more from her. I think that I will have to check out a few of her adult books. I recommend checking out this series.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2010

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    Great Read

    The book the Awakening was even better then the summoning. While in the summoning you are kept wating a bit to progress to the big exciting part the awakening starts off pretty well. I enjoyed this book very much and could not put it down, it is a fast read (for me I guss) and is written really well. I would suggest this book for grades six and up becuse you have to pay attention to certin events well to understand things. Overall very good book. If you are looking for something to keep you entertained it is a good book for the job

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

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    Great follow-up story

    If you read and enjoyed "the summoning" you absolutely need to read this one. You'll also be waiting for the next one in the series. The characters are developing well int he story line and even though they have different "powers" young adults can still identify with the characters and see themselves in some of the internal struggles they face. An enjoyable read for adults to share with their students and children.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2009

    Disappointing

    I awaited anxiously for this book to come out...what a disappointment.
    The first book was much better, this continuation in the series did not offer enough to satisfy my curiosity. Not enough questions answered. The story dragged on and was anticlimatic. Hopefully the third book overcomes this bump in the series.

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

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    The Awakening

    Chloe and tori escape from the edison group.they meet up with derek and simon. they go to find simon and derek's dad friend who can help them find their dad. derek and chloe get closer and reach a understanding. great book, scary and great story. can't put it down. love it. can not wait 4 next book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2009

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    I LOVE this series!

    Oh my gosh! I pre-ordered this novel about 6 months ago and I was so excited today when I received it. I read it in four hours! It was so GOOD! I love the chemistry between Chloe and Derek. I cannot wait until the third and final novel of the Darkest Powers series comes out...The Reckoning. I hope I do not have to wait too long.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

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    The adventure continues..

    The Awakening starts off right where The Summoning left off and right after reading that first sentence there's no stopping you until you've finished the book.
    *WARNING if you haven't read the first one the following might spoil it a bit for you so go read The Summoning!! Don't worry though I won't spoil Awakening for you*
    Chloe and Rae were captured because Chloe's Aunt Lauren betrayed her. Now Chloe has to find a way out of this new place the Edison Group has locked her into and find Derek and Simon especially since Simon has a little dark secret that acquires immediate attention. The Edison Group is a group of people who genetically modified a bunch of kids with supernatural abilities. These people are obviously not good people since, as we learned, they are responsible for the death of Liz and possibly other kids.
    As we all know would happen, Chloe finds a way out (!!!!). She reunites with Simon and Derek of course. Ahhh Derek!!! I love him!! :D ehem Anywho....They all have to find the one person that might be able to help them and that's Andrew, an old friend of Derek and Simon's dad, thing is they're not sure if he'll still be there after all those years especially since Andrew and D&S's dad had a "falling out". That's not the only problem though. On their journey they get separated, encounter werewolves, crazy people trying to kill them, and much more fun fun fun!! :D
    This sequel was much more fast paced than the second one and I loved it!! The story just keeps getting better and better there is never a dull moment. Unfortunately like all great things, it must come to an end, and of course it did which made me soo sad :( but extremely anxious to know what will happen in the third and last installment in the Darkest Powers series. I'm very good at picturing whatever it is I'm reading in my head so it's like I'm watching a movie and I miss it!! I can still "see" it in my head and wish I could go "see" the third book already! hehe
    I'm so glad Kelley's writing and creativeness is amazing otherwise I don't think I would like this book as much. :) I am a huge fan of the fact that she wrote this series in the POV of Chloe it just makes it better and I would not like it any other way.
    I just LOVE Derek, he's one of my absolute favorite male protagonists. In pretty much every YA book you pick up there's always this perfect hot guy, but Derek is different and I ...LOVE that!! I'm rooting for this guy :D He hasn't really shown any feelings towards Chloe, at least not obvious ones, but I think Kelley's planning it so that in the third he does end up with her, but who knows? We can only hope hehe

    And I'm really curious about what's up with her necklace changing color.
    -tvandbookaddict.blogspot.com

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

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    This is why I TRY to start series after all books are published...

    I am going to die waiting until May 2010 for the next book in this series. If you read the first one, be prepared for some major character development and to fall even more in love with the characters, and possibly rooting for some you didn't think you would root for. The story and the dark past of the Edison Group/Lyle House becomes much more developed in this second installment of the Darkest Powers series. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves the urban fantasy/young adult genre. You will be hooked on Kelley Armstrong!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2009

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    Wow! It was awesome

    You go through an emotional rollercoaster with Chloe Saunders when she discovers the dark secret of her past, that she can see and talk to ghosts! A very gripping book, that you can't put down. It was awesome!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    Rating and also a note to miss/mister it was terrible

    I absolutely love this series!!! Just starting the second series!!!

    NOTE TO PERSON THAT SAID THIS BOOK WAS TERRIBLE: if it was so terrible, then why'd you give it three stars??? If i thought a book was terrible i'd have given it one star. :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2012

    I loved it. The plot was amaing. I didnt like when she was stuck

    I loved it. The plot was amaing. I didnt like when she was stuck at the lab as much, but only because Derek and Simon wernt there but i guess that just made me love them all the more, making me keep reading to find out when she finally gets back to them and how happy she was. This book was amaing from begining to end. But when she finally caught up with them it was my favorite becuase Derek and their chemistry was back. I love Derek so much! I espically loved the solo parts she had with Derek. these two characters deffently belong together. I loved how he needed her and how she needed to help him. i espically loved when they both left the bus and the others for him to change. Yeah its needed but i love how as soon as he said what was happening she was up and ready to go with him. No matter what happened. I think i loved this part because it was chapter upon chapter of just Derek and Chole. Derek is deffenly my pick for Chloe, and my favorite character other then Chloe who won my heart from the start. I guess thats why i loved this book so much becuase we got to see them share and be together and stare inot eachothers eyes and just... amazing. Love Derek. Love Chloe. Love them togther. Love this book! You have been reccomended.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2010

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    I LOVED IT

    i am in a liveing nightmare!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i just read this book and i loved it.
    but i NEED the the 3rd book im in suspence.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2010

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    This book kept me AWAKE!

    After the first series book, the story in this installment just took off. I enjoyed every page and couldn't put it down. I literally read it in one day! The struggles that the characters go through and the realization that everything that is happening to them is bigger then they ever imagined keeps you going full speed ahead. A wonderful READ!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2010

    The darker side of Ghostwhispering

    This series is a unique one, Its has a little bit of everything in it from Ghosts to Werewolves. It reminded me alot of the Ghostwhisperer TV series but kind of more of what would happen if someone thought you were crazy. This series has alot to with mystery and challenges of life and even love. If you are looking for something unique to read for change I would recommend this series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2010

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    One of My Favorites!!!

    This is one of my favorite series right now! It gives a whole new twist of fantasy and paranormal. My favorite character would have to be Derek, just because of his attitude and his outspoken voice. Each character is unique. I only have a few complaints about this book. One- I wish Chloe the main character would of been a bit older, because sometimes during the book she acts and sounds somewhat immature. Second- A little some romance would of been nice, there's been a hinted romance Between both Chloe and Derek and Chloe and Simon throughout both books, but it never seemed to get past hand holding and a lingering glance, I just hope she ends up with one of them (preferably Derek, just because they seem to understand each other more, and they seem a lot alike with they're thinking. I don't see much of a future for Chloe and Simon, there's nothing necessarily romantic there in my option, just really good friends). And Thirdly- I wish each book would be a bit longer, I wouldn't have minded the shortness, but I found out recently- and to my disappointment- that there was only going to be one more book- Coming out in May- so I was really sad, because I felt like I was just getting to know the characters and there story seemed to unfinished. I just don't know how the author is going to fit so much into one little book considering how the other were so short, and some much information seemed to be withheld. But anyway this book- and the other book before this one- completely rocked! I've been going on the author's website one the 1st and 15th of each month to read a new chapter to the next and last book in this trilogy. You'll love these books there amazing. I hope the author writes more YA!

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  • Posted September 8, 2009

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    Good YA series!

    Kelley Armstrong's YA series is really great for those that are looking for the same paranormal theme but want a different take (no sparkly vampires!). I actually enjoy it much better then her Adult Series. The second book really hit it's stride and it felt more consistant and moved at a much better pace then the first book. I for one when finished was counting the days for the 3rd book in the series.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2009

    The awakening

    a lot more action than the first...way cooler

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  • Posted April 10, 2009

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    The second Darkest Powers teen urban fantasy is a terrific tale

    Ever since the Edison Group genetically reengineered her (see THE SUMMONING), teen Chloe Saunders her life is out of control. First there is the out of control "dark powers" of being able to raise the dead without trying. Being a necromancer causes havoc with one's social life. Second there are ghosts who are everywhere further devastating her social life.------------

    Having escaped for now and having been betrayed by those she trusted, Chloe is not sure who is friend from foe especially amidst the living. With help from beyond and from the paranormal, Chloe learns more about the Edison group operatives and scientists who are coming for her, dead or alive. At the same time her dad has announced a $500,000 reward for her safe return, which brings out the whackos. Her only hope for survival is her special friends Tori, Derek, and Simon, but that places them in danger. ------------

    The second Darkest Powers teen urban fantasy is a terrific tale as the heroine has learned the hard way from her previous escapades trust no one, but to survive the Edison Group Chloe will have to rely on her friends. The story line is fast-paced as supernatural events continual to occur. There is also a hint of romance, but who Chloe chooses between the brothers Derek and Simon remains up in the air as safety is the first requirement. Although it would help to first read THE SUMMONING to better understand how far Chloe has come and how far she must go to survive and not necessarily win, readers will enjoy the paranormal action of THE AWAKENING.---------------------

    Harriet Klausner

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