Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Darkest Powers by Kelley Armstrong

The Summoning - Chloe Saunders used to have a pretty normal life. But that changed on the day she met her first ghost. Locked up in Lyle House, a group home for troubled teens, she finds out that there's more to the home's teen residents than meets the eye. Will Chloe be able to uncover the dangerous secrets of Lyle House...or will its skeletons come back to haunt her?

The story is told from Chloe's point of view, so as the reader you get to go on the same self discovery journy that she does. When Chloe is sent to Lyle House she meets a wonderful band of misfits, each with their own unique story and troubles. Derek, the over protective dark and misterious boy, along with his brother Simon, the cute artists everyone should fall in love with, are the only ones with a clue as to what is going on. Then there is Rae, the girl from the wrong side of the tracks, Tori, the daughter of one of the Lyle House administrators, and Liz, the girl who is afraid she has a poltergist. Put them all together and you have the cast of a wonderful and amazing story.

The Summoning

The Awakening - If you had met me a few weeks ago, you probably would have descried 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 ws genetically altered by a sinister orgaization 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.

In the first book Derek, Simon, Chloe, and Rae manage to escape, but it isn't long before Chloe and Rae are back in the hands of the Edison Group. It isn't long before Chloe escapes yet again, only this time to be accompanied by Tori. After they meet up with Derek and Simon they embark on a journey to find Derek and Simon's dad. All kinds of hijinks ensue. This second books takes you on an amazing ride, trying to deal with all their powers emerging. How will the series conclude?

The Awakening

The Reckoning - My name is Chloe Saunders. I'm fifteen, and I would love to be normal. But normal is one thing I'm not. For one thing, I'm having these feelings for a certain antisocial werewolf and his sweet-tempered brother-who just happens to be a sorcerer-but, between you and me, I'm leaning toward the werewolf. Not normal. My friends and I are also on the run from an evil corporation that wants to get rid of us-permanently. Definitely not normal. And finally, I'm a genetically altered necromancer who can raise the dead, rotting corpses and all, without even trying. As far away from normal as it gets.

This book concludes the story of Chloe and her marry band of misfits. I won't go too much into it because I don't want to give anything away. Let me just say that if you haven't picked these books up yet, there is no hope for you. Kelley Armstrong is a masterful story teller.

 The Reckoning

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