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After years of frequent moves following her mother’s death, Chloe Saunders’s life is finally settling down. She is attending art school, pursuing her dreams of becoming a director, making friends, meeting boys. Her biggest concern is that she’s not developing as fast as her friends are. But when puberty does hit, it brings more than hormone surges. Chloe starts seeing ghosts–everywhere, demanding her attention. After she suffers a breakdown, her devoted aunt Lauren gets her into...

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After years of frequent moves following her mother’s death, Chloe Saunders’s life is finally settling down. She is attending art school, pursuing her dreams of becoming a director, making friends, meeting boys. Her biggest concern is that she’s not developing as fast as her friends are. But when puberty does hit, it brings more than hormone surges. Chloe starts seeing ghosts–everywhere, demanding her attention. After she suffers a breakdown, her devoted aunt Lauren gets her into a highly recommended group home.

At first, Lyle House seems a pretty okay place, except for Chloe’s small problem of fearing she might be facing a lifetime of mental illness. But as she gradually gets to know the other kids at the home–charming Simon and his ominous, unsmiling brother Derek, obnoxious Tori, and Rae, who has a “thing” for fire–Chloe begins to realize that there is something that binds them all together, and it isn’t your usual “problem kid” behaviour. And together they discover that Lyle House is not your usual group home either…

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Praise for Kelley Armstrong:
“Witty and original. She’s at her best when examining the all-too-human dilemmas of being superhuman.” The Globe and Mail

“[No Humans Involved is] hard-to-put-down entertainment.” Booklist

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Chloe, the 15-year-old narrator of this opener in the Darkest Powers trilogy, Armstrong's (Women of the Otherworld series) first YA novel, hasn't seen ghosts since she was a little girl-until the day she finally gets her period and starts seeing ghosts everywhere. Almost immediately Chloe is sent to a small group home, Lyle House, and diagnosed as schizophrenic. Readers will forgive these familiar and even formulaic plot devices, however, given Armstrong's well-timed revelations of paranormal activity at Lyle House. What is the eminently sane Chloe to make of her new peers, especially the antisocial Derek and his foster brother, who offer their own diagnosis-that she is "supernatural" like them? Are they psychotic or scheming to get her in trouble, or could their idea help explain why certain disruptive teens are mysteriously transferred from Lyle, never to be heard from again? Drawing on elements dear to horror lovers (secretly buried corpses, evil doctors, werewolves, telekinesis), Armstrong adds a stylish degree of suspense. The ending, while still a cliffhanger, brings with it a chilling closure. Ages 12-up. (July)

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Children's Literature - Amalia Selle
As book one in the "Darkest Powers" series opens, Chloe Saunders is living an ordinary teenage life. Her day-to-day worries include boys and her own appearance. Everything changes when is confronted by the ghost of a janitor. Chloe panics. Her father and aunt are as convinced as everyone else that Chloe is seeing things that don't exist. Packed off to Lyle House, an upscale mental home for rich teenagers, Chloe half-convinces herself that her therapist is right in saying that she is a schizophrenic. Yet her uneasy relationship with the brothers Simon and Derek causes her to question the veracity of what she is being told. Is she a mental case? Or is she someone who can communicate with the dead? The surprising twist at the story's end promises a thrilling second book. This first book delivers excitement and mystery, yet manages to leave the reader with as many questions as they had at the start. This is a well done, although typical, ghost story. Reviewer: Amalia Selle
KLIATT - Janis Flint-Ferguson
High school student Chloe is having a mental breakdown. She thinks that she is seeing people whom no one else is able to see. More than that, she believes that she is seeing dead people. In the aftermath of her breakdown, her Aunt Lauren, a local doctor, arranges for her to go to a small group home for troubled teens. While there she begins to realize that it's true that she is able to see the dead people and they do have something to tell her. However, if she ever wants to leave Lyle House, she can't let too many people know what she sees and what she hears. The other students at Lyle House are an odd mix. Simon's only problem seems to be that he and his adopted brother Derek have been abandoned by their father. Derek is a big kid whose shadow looms large and who doesn't seem to know how to control his own strength. Chloe is afraid of him and he doesn't seem to like her much either; that is, until Liz has a psychotic seizure and is removed from the house. Something about that incident doesn't feel right to Chloe or to housemate Rae, who is there for starting fires. Tori is the last of the housemates and she seems to have a crush on Simon, though he does not return her attention. But all of these teens share something else, some supernatural powers. It becomes increasingly apparent that Lyle House is not the group home that it seems to be; it harbors a dark, secret past. This is the first of a proposed trilogy so it lays out the conflict and the characters for the volumes to come. By the end of the novel, there is enough suspense and uncertainty to have readers clamoring for volume two. Reviewer: Janis Flint-Ferguson
VOYA - Domina Daughtrey
When fifteen-year-old, aspiring movie-director Chloe Saunders awakens one morning, startled after having a terrifying dream, she has no idea that her life is about to forever change. Chloe suddenly begins to see things that no one else can-ghosts. Although she tries to distract herself from these apparitions, Chloe realizes that she cannot escape them. After a ghost-related incident at school that causes faculty to restrain her, Chloe finds herself at Lyle House, a small mental facility for teenagers, under the premise that she is there for a two-week evaluation. At first, Chloe reluctantly accepts her diagnosis of schizophrenia, takes her medications, and works toward her release. As the days go by, however, Chloe realizes that actually things are not quite what they seem. Chloe not only uncovers the fact that she is not mentally ill but also that she is a necromancer. She comes to understand that the other teens at Lyle House have unearthly powers as well. After she and her friends from Lyle House run away, Chloe discovers even more truths-Lyle House is not the mental facility it appears to be and the one person she trusts the most has betrayed her. Suspenseful, well-written, and engaging, this page-turning Darkest Power series opener will be a hit with high school students. The plot thickens nearly perfectly with each chapter, and Armstrong leaves readers with an awesome cliffhanger ending that will have them climbing the walls for the sequel. Reviewer: Domina Daughtrey
School Library Journal

Gr 6 Up

A well-written opening to a paranormal series. Chloe, 15, has the ability to see dead people, but before she can figure out what is happening, she has a breakdown, is diagnosed with schizophrenia, and placed in a group home. She befriends some of the teens at Lyle House and tries to accept her treatment. However, two of her more mysterious housemates suggest that maybe she isn't crazy. Derek tells her to look up necromancy on the Internet, and she finds out that it's the ability to communicate with the spirits of the dead. He appears to have superstrength, and his foster brother has magical powers. Chloe's roommate, who causes things to fly around the room when she becomes angry, is taken away to a hospital and never heard from again. When she returns in Chloe's visions, Chloe suspects foul play, a misgiving confirmed when the dead speak to her again and reveal that they were "supernaturals" who were experimented on, killed, and buried in the home's basement many years before. Together with her new friends, Chloe escapes Lyle House, only to be betrayed. This suspenseful novel sets up a secret underworld where some people support and help supernaturals, while others persecute them. Armstrong combines bits of horror, teen relationships, and a dash of mystery to create a page-turner. Readers will look forward to the next installment.-Corinda J. Humphrey, Los Angeles Public Library

Kirkus Reviews
After seeing a ghost in her school, Chloe Saunders arrives at the Lyle House, a home for troubled teens, but specters keep surfacing, causing her to question both her sanity and supposedly safe surroundings. Readers of Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series for adults will recognize a familiar landscape, occupied by a strong female narrator and tightly drawn supernaturals. Revelations come at a wonderfully measured pace, pulling readers deep into Chloe's psyche and a world where necromancers, werewolves and sorcerers struggle with humanity. All the Lyle House teens grapple with emerging supernatural powers, but the narrative discloses little, keeping readers guessing at their conditions until the heart of the novel. Difficult supernatural transformations align perfectly with teen experiences; after all, uncontrollable bodily changes and a fearful recognition of one's own power both comprise the scary journey to adulthood. Terrifying ghosts, smatterings of gore and diverse teen voices will prompt young adults to pick up the next in this series. Armstrong's nail-biter ending will, too: A failed escape attempt leaves Chloe imprisoned and attracted to two supernatural brothers. Teen readers might scream loud enough to raise the dead. (Fiction. 14 & up)
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“...splendidly haunting, with hair-raising suspense, disturbing effects, and a running undercurrent of unease.”
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“Suspenseful, well-written and engaging.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"...splendidly haunting, with hair-raising suspense, disturbing effects, and a running undercurrent of unease."
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
“...splendidly haunting, with hair-raising suspense, disturbing effects, and a running undercurrent of unease.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“...splendidly haunting, with hair-raising suspense, disturbing effects, and a running undercurrent of unease.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385665346
  • Publisher: Doubleday Canada
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Series: Darkest Powers Series , #1
  • Pages: 400
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Kelley Armstrong

Kelley Armstrong is the author of the internationally bestselling series, Women of the Otherworld. In 2007, she launched a mainstream crime fiction series with Exit Strategy, which was published simultaneously in Canada, the United States, and the UK. Kelley Armstrong lives in rural Ontario with her husband and three children.

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12 years earlier...

Mommy forgot to warn the new baby-sitter about the basement.

Chloe teetered on the top step, chubby hands reaching up to clutch both railings, her arms shaking so much she could barely hang on. Her legs shook too, the Scooby Doo heads on her slippers bobbing. Even her breath shook, puffing like she’d been running.

“Chloe?” Emily’s muffled voice drifted up from the dark basement. “Your mom said the
Coke’s in the cold cellar, but I can’t find it. Can you come down and help me?”

Mommy said she’d told Emily about the basement. Chloe was sure of it. She closed her eyes and thought hard. Before Mommy and Daddy left for the party, she’d been playing in the TV
room. Mommy had called, and Chloe had run into the front hall where Mommy had scooped her up in a hug, laughing when Chloe’s doll poked her eye.

“I see you’re playing with Princess–I mean, Pirate Jasmine. Has she rescued poor Aladdin from the evil genie yet?”

Chloe shook her head, then whispered. “Did you tell Emily about the basement?”

“I most certainly did. No basements for Miss Chloe. That door stays closed.” When Daddy came around the corner, Mommy said, “We really need to talk about moving, Steve.”

“Say the word and the sign goes up.” Daddy ruffled Chloe’s hair. “Be good for Emily,
kiddo.”

And then they were gone.

“Chloe, I know you can hear me,” Emily yelled.

Chloe peeled her fingers from the railing and stuck them in her ears.

“Chloe!”

“I c-can’t go down there,” Chloe called. “I-I’ m not allowed.”

“Well, I’m in charge and I say you are. You’re a big girl.”

Chloe made her feet move down one step. The back of her throat hurt and everything looked fuzzy, like she was going to cry.

“Chloe Saunders, you have five seconds or I’ll drag you down here and lock the door.”

Chloe raced down the steps so fast her feet tangled and she tumbled into a heap on the landing. She lay there, ankle throbbing, tears burning her eyes as she peered into the basement,
with its creaks and smells and shadows. And Mrs. Hobb.

There’d been others, before Mrs. Hobb scared them away. Like old Mrs. Miller, who’d play peek-a-boo with Chloe and call her Mary. And Mr. Drake, who’d ask weird questions like whether anyone lived on the moon yet, and most times Chloe didn’t know the answer, but he’d still smile and tell her she was a good girl.

Chloe used to like coming downstairs and talking to the people. All she had to do was not look behind the furnace, where a man hung from the ceiling, his face all purple and puffy. He never said anything, but seeing him always made Chloe’s tummy hurt.

“Chloe?” Emily’s muffled voice called. “Are you coming?”

Mommy would say “Think about the good parts, not the bad.” So as Chloe walked down the last three steps, she remembered Mrs. Miller and Mr. Drake and she didn’t think about Mrs.
Hobb at all . . . or not very much.

At the bottom, she squinted into the near darkness. Just the night lights were on, the ones
Mommy had put everywhere when Chloe started saying she didn’t want to go downstairs and
Mommy thought she was afraid of the dark, which she was, a little, but only because the dark meant Mrs. Hobb could sneak up on her.

Chloe could see the cold cellar door, though, so she kept her eyes on that and walked as fast as she could. When something moved, she forgot about not looking, but it was only the hanging man, and all she could see was his hand peeking from behind the furnace as he swayed.

Chloe ran to the cold cellar door and yanked it open. Inside, it was pitch black.

“Chloe?” Emily called from the darkness.

Chloe clenched her fists. Now Emily was being really mean. Hiding on her–
Footsteps pattered overhead. Mommy? Home already?

“Come on, Chloe. You aren’t afraid of the dark, are you?” Emily laughed. “I guess you’re still a little baby after all.”

Chloe scowled. Emily didn’t know anything. Just a stupid, mean girl. Chloe would get her
Coke, then run upstairs and tell Mommy, and Emily would never baby-sit her again.

She leaned into the tiny room, trying to remember where Mommy kept the Coke. That was it on the shelf, wasn’t it? She darted over, and stood on her tiptoes. Her fingers closed around a cool metal can.

“Chloe? Chloe!” It was Emily’s voice, but far away, shrill. Footsteps pounded across the floor overhead. “Chloe, where are you?”

Chloe dropped the can. It hit the concrete with a crack, then rolled against her foot, hissing and spitting, soda pooling around her slippers.

“Chloe, Chloe, where are you?” mimicked a voice behind her, like Emily’s, but not quite.

Chloe turned slowly.

In the doorway stood an old woman in a pink housecoat, her eyes and teeth glittering in the dark. Mrs. Hobb. Chloe wanted to squeeze her eyes shut, but she didn’t dare because it only made her madder, made everything worse.

Mrs. Hobb’s skin rippled and squirmed. Then it went black and shiny, crackling like twigs in a campfire. Big chunks fell off, plopping onto the floor. Her hair sizzled and burned away.
And then there was nothing left but a skull dotted with scraps of blackened flesh. The jaws opened, the teeth still glittering.

“Welcome back, Chloe.”

One

I bolted up in bed, one hand clutching my pendant, the other wrapped in my sheets. I struggled to recapture wisps of the dream already fluttering away. Something about a basement . . . A little girl . . . Me? I couldn’t remember ever having a basement–we’d always lived in condo apartments.

A little girl in a basement, something scary . . . Weren’t basements always scary? I shivered just thinking about them, dark and damp and empty. But this one hadn’t been empty. There’d been . . . I couldn’t remember what. A man behind a furnace . . .?

A bang at my bedroom door made me jump.

“Chloe!” Annette shrieked. “Why hasn’t your alarm gone off? I’m the housekeeper, not your nanny. If you’re late again, I’m calling your father.”

As threats went, this wasn’t exactly the stuff of nightmares. Even if Annette managed to get hold of my dad in Berlin, he’d just pretend to listen, eyes on his BlackBerry, attention riveted to something more important, like the weather forecast. He’d murmur a vague “Yes, I’ll see to it when I get back” and forget all about me the moment he hung up.

I turned on my radio, cranked it up, and crawled out of bed.

A half-hour later, I was in my bathroom, getting ready for school. I pulled the sides of my hair back in clips, glanced in the mirror, and shuddered. The style made me look twelve years old . . .
and I didn’t need any help. I’d just turned fifteen and servers still handed me the kiddie menu in restaurants. I couldn’t blame them. I was five foot nothing with curves that only showed if I wore tight jeans and a tighter T-shirt.

Aunt Lauren swore I’d shoot up–and out–when I finally got my period. By this point, I
figured it was “if,” not “when.” Most of my friends had gotten theirs at twelve, eleven even. I
tried not to think about it too much, but of course I did. I worried that there was something wrong with me, felt like a freak every time my friends talked about their periods, prayed they didn’ t find out I hadn’t gotten mine. Aunt Lauren said I was fine, and she was a doctor, so I
guess she’d know. But it still bugged me. A lot.

“Chloe!” The door shuddered under Annette’s meaty fist.

“I’m on the toilet,” I shouted back. “Can I get some privacy maybe?”

I tried just one clip at the back of my head, holding the sides up. Not bad. When I turned my head for a side view, the clip slid from my baby-fine hair.

I never should have gotten it cut. But I’d been sick of having long, straight, little-girl hair. I’d decided on a shoulder-length, wispy style. On the model it looked great. On me? Not so much.
I eyed the unopened hair color tube. Kari swore red streaks would be perfect in my strawberry-blond hair. I couldn’t help thinking I’d look like a candy cane. Still, it might make me look older . . .

“I’m picking up the phone, Chloe,” Annette yelled.

I grabbed the tube of dye, stuffed it in my backpack, and threw open the door.

I took the stairs, as always. The building might change, but my routine never did. The day I’d started kindergarten, my mother held my hand, my Sailor Moon backpack over her other arm as we’d stood at the top of the landing.

“Get ready, Chloe,” she’d said. “One, two, three–”

And we were off, racing down the stairs until we reached the bottom, panting and giggling,
the floor swaying and sliding under our unsteady feet, all the fears over my first school day gone.
We’d run down the stairs together every morning all though kindergarten and half of first grade and then . . . well, then there wasn’t anyone to run down the stairs with anymore.

I paused at the bottom, touching the necklace under my T-shirt, then shook off the memories,
hoisted my backpack, and walked from the stairwell.

After my mom died, we’d moved around Buffalo a lot. My dad flipped luxury apartments,
meaning he bought them in buildings in the final stages of construction, then sold them when the work was complete. Since he was away on business most of the time, putting down roots wasn’t important. Not for him, anyway.

This morning, the stairs hadn’t been such a bright idea. My stomach was already fluttering with nerves over my Spanish midterm. I’d screwed up the last test–gone to a weekend sleepover at Beth’s when I should have been studying–and barely passed. Spanish had never been my best subject, but if I didn’t pull it up to a C, Dad might actually notice and start wondering whether an art school had been such a smart choice.

Milos was waiting for me in his cab at the curb. He’d been driving me for two years now,
through two moves and three schools. As I got in, he adjusted the visor on my side. The morning sun still hit my eyes, but I didn’t tell him that.

My stomach relaxed as I rubbed my fingers over the familiar rip in the armrest and inhaled chemical pine from the air freshener twisting above the vent.

“I saw a movie last night,” he said as he slid the cab across three lanes. “One of the kind you like.”

“A thriller?”

“No.” He frowned, lips moving as if testing out word choices. “An action-adventure. You know, lots of guns, things blowing up. A real shoot-’em-down movie.”

I hated correcting Milos’ s English, but he insisted on it. “You mean, a shoot-’em-up movie.”

He cocked one dark brow. “When you shoot a man, which way does he fall? Up?”

I laughed, and we talked about movies for a while. My favorite subject.

When Milos had to take a call from his dispatcher, I glanced out the side window. A
long-haired boy darted from behind a cluster of businessmen. He carried an old-fashioned plastic lunch box with a superhero on it. I was so busy trying to figure out which superhero it was, I
didn’ t notice where the boy was headed until he leaped off the curb, landing between us and the next car.

“Milos!” I screamed. “Watch–”

The last word was ripped from my lungs as I slammed against my shoulder belt. The driver behind us, and the one behind him, laid on their horns, a chain reaction of protest.

“What?” Milos said. “Chloe? What’s wrong?”

I looked over the hood of the car and saw . . . nothing. Just an empty lane in front and traffic veering to our left, drivers flashing Milos the finger as they passed.

“Th-th-th–” I clenched my fists, as if that could somehow force the word out. If you get jammed, take another route, my speech therapist always said. “I thought I saw some-wha-wha–”

Speak slowly. Consider your words first.

“I’m sorry. I thought I saw someone jump in front of us.”

Milos eased the taxi forward. “That happens to me sometimes, especially if I’m turning my head. I think I see someone, but there’s no one there.”

I nodded. My stomach hurt again.

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They’re smart, sexy, and supernatural. They’re the men and women of the Otherworld -- a realm of witches, ghosts, and werewolves who live unseen among us. Only now a reckless killer has torn down the wall, trapping one very human woman in the supernatural cross fire.

Robyn Peltier moved to Los Angeles after her young husband’s sudden death, trying to put some distance between herself and her memories. Though she’s still grieving, the challenges of her new life as the PR consultant to Portia Kane -- the world’s most famous celebutante wannabe -- can sometimes be amusing, even distracting. But when her client is gunned down in the back room of a nightclub, Robyn is suddenly on the run as the prime suspect in the murder. And as more bodies pile up around her, it seems like only Hope Adams, Robyn’s best friend, and Hope’s somewhat spooky boyfriend Karl are on Robyn’s side. Hope Adams follows the kinds of stories whose headlines scream from supermarket checkout lines. But the difference is that Hope’s stories are even weirder -- and they’re all true. Though determined to help Robyn, Hope knows it’s only a matter of time before her friend is caught. But it’s not the police Hope is worried about. For Robyn has gotten herself in the middle of a turf war between two powerful Otherworld cabals who’ll spill any amount of blood -- human and inhuman -- to protect what they consider theirs for all eternity. And the only way Hope can keep her friend alive is by letting her enter a world she’s safer knowing nothing about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2009

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    The Summoning

    Chloe Saunders's life is flipped upside down the first time she see a ghost and it sees her. She's sent to Lyle House, a place for troubled teens. There she meets Liz, Rae, Tori, Simon, and Derek, five seemingly normal teenagers - well, as normal as teenagers with psychotically problems can get, that is.
    But things aren't what they seems like in Lyle House. A place where its secrets could end up killing you. Incidents begin happening, raising suspicions on what's really going here.
    With the help her unstable powers and a couple of ghosts, Chloe starts to uncover secrets about herself, the other residents, and Lyle House itself. She finds out enough to know that she has to escape.
    At first, I kept saying, "I'm not going to review this. I'm not going to review this." What do you know, I'm reviewing this. After a few hours, I realized this was the only thing I kept thinking about.
    The first few chapters were a bore. I was about to give up on this book, but instead, I skipped them - which should have really annoyed me, but with this book it didn't for some reason - and kept reading.
    Things got interesting when Chloe arrived at Lyle house. At that point, the story never seemed to drop and it just kept going and going. Situations between the characters really draw you in and keep you in up until the end.

    18 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2008

    Better than twilight!

    This book was so much better that the Twilight Saga! It was full of action and suspense the whole time! I can't wait for the Awakening!

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2009

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    AMAZING Book!

    I absolutely loved this book! I couldn't put it down. I read it in one day, almost in one sitting but sadly I had to go to school. <BR/>I think my favorite thing about this book is how Chloe is just like a normal teenager except that she can see and talk to dead people. Her mom died when she was young and her dad is always away on business so she is normally alone, except for a few friends and her aunt Lauren who tries to fill in for Chloe's mom. She usually keeps to herself so when things start to get weird she can't really tell anyone. <BR/>So, at the beginning Chloe is in a school for the arts and she is just like all the other people in her school, except a little bit of a late bloomer. On the same day that she gets her first period she also sees her first dead person or at least the first person that she knows is dead. After being chased through the school by a dead janitor, Chloe is sedated and sent to the hospital and told that she must spend at least two weeks in Lyle House, a group home for unstable teens. <BR/>Once in Lyle House, Chloe meets some interesting people such as Liz, Rae, Simon, and Derek. Derek is a little scary at first, always sneaking up on Chloe and accidentally throwing her across a room. Once she gets to know him, though, she realizes that he is just like her and can't control his powers. At first, Simon seems like he is just in the group home to stay with his brother, Derek, but once she starts talking to him she realizes that he is a supernatural also but his powers aren't as obvious as Chloe's and Derek's. Liz also seems to have some powers but she never realizes that she is controlling them. She is transferred shortly after Chloe arrives because instead of getting better she seemed to be getting worse. Rae also may have powers but it was really hard to tell. She was placed in the group home shortly after giving her mom first degree burns when she never had a lighter or anything else that could have caused them. <BR/>There are others in the group home, such as Tori and Peter, but Peter gets sent home after Chloe arrives and Tori is the group's resident witch and not in the supernatural way. Tori believes that because her mom is on the board of Lyle House she can do and get whatever she wants but Chloe interferes with her plans as soon as she arrives. Tori manages to get Chloe in many terrible situations, some potentially deadly, but it's only because she doesn't want her mom to be disappointed in her. Tori doesn't play a really big role in the story, all she really does is get everyone in trouble.<BR/>Chloe, Derek, Simon, and Rae discover Lyle Houses' secrets and realize that, maybe they aren't there because they are crazy but because of their powers. They realize that they need to escape and that they need to do it soon. Once out, though, things don't go exactly as planned. They are hunted down by the nurses and owners of Lyle House and chased through warehouses by guys with tranquilizer guns. Once the girls escape and find a safe place they think things are going to get better but none of them realized that someone close to them betrayed their trust. <BR/>Of course, I'm not gonna say who. That would give everything away. I truly loved this book and if you really want to know how it ends you will just have to find a copy to read. This book is first in a new series by Kelley Armstrong. The next book, The Awakening, will be out on April 28.

    11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2009

    I Don't Recommend To My Friends

    I thought it was slow, boring, immature, and dead. I kept waiting for something to happen but it never really did. I thought the writing was too young as well. Not the kind of book for me or any of my friends.

    10 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2008

    LOVED this book!

    I was just a barnes and noble one day looking for some new books to read and the cover of this book caught my eye...it sounded interesting so i bought it but read all the other books i bought first...i was a little iffy about it at first but the more i read the more i loved it...i read the book in less than a day and will def. read it again! I cant wait for the next books to come out! I'm looking forward to see what happens next!

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2010

    Excellent read for all ages

    I found this book on accident in Walmart, of all places. I bought it because it was cheap and the back flap made it sound interesting. I am so glad that I decided to pick this book up.

    It is a great read full of twists and turns and suspense. The author does a wonderful job of making the characters come alive and creates a fun journey for the reader filled with all sorts of surprises. This book is incredibly fun to read, it has witty and funny moments and also times where you will be at the edge of your seat rooting for your "friends" to overcome whatever adversity they face.

    If you are looking for a fun summer read, this is definitely a book you won't want to pass up.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2008

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    You must read it!!

    This book is now one of my favorites. I loved how Chole(the main character) was just like any normal 9th grader. If your thinking about reading please do. This book was amazing. I can't wait for the seguel to come out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2008

    An Exciting New Novel

    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful: 5.0 out of 5 stars An Exciting New Novel, July 1, 2008 From when Chloe Saunders was just a little girl, she saw ghosts. Of course then, she thought they were only nightmarish imaginary friends. And her life seemed to become almost normal when they moved out of that haunted house and after her mom died. But when Chloe hits puberty, she starts seeing the ghosts again. Now she's forced to stay in Lyle House so she can learn to cope with her 'schizophrenia.' But the other kids at Lyle House have also been incorrectly diagnosed with mental problems. There's a reason certain doors remain locked and there special kids are gathered in this institution. As Chloe works to uncover these sinister secrets, she starts to question everything around her, from her 'schizophrenia,' to what happened to her roommate who was taken away, and even to her mother's death. My first reaction after finishing this novel was WOW. Kelley Armstrong does an amazing job of connecting Chloe's past with her present and weaving the other characters' stories in as well. the story was highly suspenseful and action-packed and the exciting twists and turns kept me guessing. The novel focuses mainly on plot, so there isn't much characterization, but the suspense, secrets, and action were more than enough to hold my interest. I most definitely recommend this novel, especially to fans of the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson or the Uglies and Midnighters series by Scott Westerfeld. The Summoning will be part of a trilogy, which I am very excited about.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 12, 2009

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    Glad I picked this book up...

    I'm not in high school, so I was a little nervous that I just wasted my $ but I was pleasantly suprised. This is a good series that has me itching to find out what will happen to the kids. If you enjoy an easy read with a good storyline then read this series...

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2011

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    Awesome tale

    Great plot! Couldn't put it down. I started one night and read till morning.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

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    Solid Supernatural Characters

    The Summoning is not just another Twilight knock off. The characterization is strong; the characters are individuals with personal motivations for their actions. The love interest is not who is it appears at first glance--this plot twist, among others, will keep readers returning to this series. Fans of YA Supernatural like City of Bones will enjoy.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2010

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    Great page turner, creepy and not what I expected

    This book was great. I felt myself turning page after page and wanting to read more. Although the beginning wasn't what I quite expected, it wasn't such a bad thing and the ending was awesome and I am definitely going to add the sequel to my wishlist. The plot was great from beginning to end. It was well written, clear and had enough teasers, and although naturally all questions weren't answered some which bugged me the most were so I wasn't entirely left hanging. This book had a great way of gradually introducing you to the paranormal aspect of the plot, sort of as if you're Chloe herself and just learning about it with her. I like the way it's done as it makes it more realistic. The plot is darker than I expected and more serious for a YA book. The paranormal parts, especially when Chloe starts practicing her gift, has a skin crawling creepy effect and it's definitely well written to give you the goose bumps. The ghosts she sees, are also well done and their descriptions are chilling and menacing.

    I'm not that attached to Chloe even though she's the main character. I found as I read later into the book I suddenly became much more frustrated and I wanted to hit her upside the head for her stupidity at times. I'm surprised Derek has managed to keep his temper in check with Chloe bumbling about sometimes. Although Derek may seem abrasive, I actually like him the most in the book so far. He's surprisingly mature despite his surly manner and horrible attitude. He seems to be the strongest character, I think in the book. Tori was horrible and I was hoping Chloe would clock her across the face. Perhaps sometime I'll be satisfied to see Tori in a horrible demise. She's just an awful person and I hope I never meet anyone like that ever. Chloe does seem to develop through the novel although I don't think she really matures yet. I think perhaps because she doesn't really have all the information and facts concerning her and her "condition/gift". So, she still has room for development which I am looking forward to seeing in the next book.

    When I said the beginning wasn't what I expected, I meant that I expected a lot of paranormal activity to happen. It didn't. It was gradual, and even then there is bits and parts of it, but not as much as I thought. There's a lot of "real life" in the book and it adds realism to the plot and it's a refreshing surprise to read something like this. So it's not really a criticism, it was just interesting to read and something new to see, I think.

    Overall, a wonderful creepy page turner, mix in realistic life scenes and a huge cliffhanger ending, you'll want more from this series. A lot more.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    Scary things at Lyle House

    I found this book to be totally different than I expected. It tells the story of a young girl who can see dead people. Its these visions that get her kicked out of her art school and into a mental institution. But the other teenagers at this institution are very special, like her, and she soon learns that this hospital has a very bad history. This is the first in a series by Kelley Armstrong and is a very dark and chilling novel. After reading only a short passage, you feel how drab and dreary the hospital and surroundings must be. Well written and if you are a fan of supernatural abilities, this will be a book you will tear right thru.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2009

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    The Summoning buy it now

    I am not a young adult anymore but still love reading all kinds of books. I already loved Kelley Armstrong's books for adults so I had to check this one out. I finished it in less than a week and was disappointed when it was over, I went out and bought the second book in the series the day it came out. I usually like to wait for paperbacks as they take up less space on my limited bookshelf but I just had to buy both of these right away, hardback and all.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2009

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    THRILLER and SUSPENSEFUL!! :)

    I loved this book.once i started reading this book i got hooked.This book did not disappoint me it was good from the beginning.I read this book in only two days.If you are thinking about buying this book i think you should.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2008

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    Reviewed by Margaret Waterman for TeensReadToo.com

    "A banner week for me. Getting short-listed for the director spot. Nate asking me about the dance. My first period. And now my first criminal act. After I fixed myself up, I dug into my backpack for my brush and emerged instead with the tube of hair color. I lifted it. My reflection in the mirror grinned back." <BR/><BR/>Chloe Saunders is a very special girl. Not just because she has an in-depth and intense obsession with movies, filming, and directing. Not just because of her unusual home life. She is special, because on top of all this, Chloe Saunders can see ghosts. <BR/><BR/>On the day of her first period, she goes to the bathroom and skips class. She dyes her hair, feeling particularly rebellious. Upon exiting, Chloe sees a strange man wearing an old custodian's uniform, who follows her around school. She thinks she is in trouble for skipping class... <BR/><BR/>When he starts to talk to her, she ignores him. He gets angry, and deliberately shows her his face... and she sees it is burned so badly she can barely distinguish his features. When he disappears into thin air, she starts making a scene and freaking out, and school officials round her up. When she accidentally punches a teacher, they sedate her and take her to the hospital. <BR/><BR/>From there she is sent to Lyle House, which is a place for troubled teenagers. There she meets a wide variety of people - a pyromaniac, a girl with a poltergeist, an unusually moody girl, a boy with extremely bad people-skills, and a boy who, strangely, she finds nothing unusual about. As her new friends' stories unfold, Chloe begins to question the <BR/>motivation behind Lyle House. <BR/><BR/>With everything from ghosts and magic to romance, humor, and growing up, THE SUMMONING will have you laughing, wondering, and in disbelief. This book has many plot twists that will keep the reader guessing throughout the course of the novel. Kelley Armstrong uses great characterization and dialogue, which makes THE SUMMONING an overall good read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2008

    Amazing!

    This book started out well and ended even better!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 4, 2008

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    Excellent YA from Kelley Armstrong

    This is a YA novel from Women of the Otherworld series author Kelley Armstrong. While it clearly takes place in the same universe (ie, the same rules are followed), it's not part of that series. However, you will find all the necromancers, half-demons, sorcerers, werewolves, and so on, you've come to expect from Armstrong- just with a YA slant.<BR/><BR/>This book follows the story of Chloe, a teen necromancer just beginning to come into her own powers, unaware of what she is and what that means. The onset of Chloe's abilities leads to a major meltdown in school, which in turn leads to her placement in a house for mentally ill teens. Once at Lyle House, Chloe discovers that some of her fellow patients are as unusual as she is, and the game is afoot.<BR/><BR/>This is absolutely the first novel in a series, and ends on a cliffhanger. However, Armstrong offers some interesting characters, a few big plot twists, and a good set-up for the rest of the series. Hopefully, if she chooses to shift POVs in each book as she does in her adult series, this series will give her the opportunity to write from the guys' POV (I would love a Derek book), something I know she wishes to be able to do with the WotO. Either way, I'm looking forward to the next installment.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2013

    Love this book and this Series. Chloe is so cool and relatable i

    Love this book and this Series. Chloe is so cool and relatable i love the romance and how vivid the picture is painted in your head, it immediately captures you and sucks you into Chloes world. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    BEST BOOK EVER, and best series! Perfect start, middle and endin

    BEST BOOK EVER, and best series! Perfect start, middle and ending! I'd defiantly recommend people this book! 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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