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The Summoning

by Kelley Armstrong

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Series: Darkest Powers (1)

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I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. Kids with superpowers! Awesome!

I love the adventure and the chase. The lies and the deceit. Kids working together agains adults. Power to the little people!

I was hooked from the moment I opened the book. It's an excellent series. I was on the edge of me seat. Those dead bodies rising out of the ground in that tiny hole. Scary stuff. It was excellent.

I can't wait to see how it all ends. ( )
  Shahnareads | Jun 21, 2017 |
The Summoning. Il richiamo delle ombre è il primo romanzo di una trilogia urban fantasy, molto famosa in america, chiamata The Darkest Powers (Il Ciclo di Chloe Saunders). Questa saga, composta da due trilogie in corso di pubblicazione anche all'estero, è ambientata nello stesso mondo di Women of the Otherworld - di cui la Fazi ha già pubblicato il primo, Bitten - in cui magia e soprannaturale si intrecciano e mescolano nel mondo moderno. Ci sono, infatti, stregoni, negromanti, uomini lupo... Insomma questa autrice ha deciso di sfrutta il suo stesso background per rivolgersi a due fette di pubblico diverso, infatti The Darkest Power è una saga diretta ai giovani mentre Women of the Otherworld è diretta ad un pubblico adulto.

Il romanzo inizia con le giovane e normalissima quindicenne Chloe che si reca alla scuola d'arte di Buffalo, dopo aver deciso di andare a vivere con la zia e di lasciare suo padre alla sua vita di peregrinaggi continui.

Come ogni giorno di reca a scuola in taxi e la sua vita è assolutamente normale e imperfetta come quella di ogni teenager, salvo che, finalmente, proprio quel giorno il suo corpo decide di crescere; Chloe diventa donna e ha il suo primo ciclo.

Proprio in concomitanza di questo evento la sua persona sembra risvegliarsi e, come quando era bambina, davanti ai suoi occhi appaiono persone invisibili a tutti gli altri. Chloe vede la gente morta, peccato che ai suoi occhi non è altro che un incubo tremendo e spaventoso che la porta a fuggire per tutta la scuola, fino a quando non la fermeranno convinti di aver di fronte un tipico caso di crisi isterico.

Chloe viene spinta a seguire un corso di recupero in una scuola speciale per ragazzi che hanno esigenze speciali, le dicono che è necessario per poter essere riammessa a scuola e lei, desiderosa di tornare a casa, farà di tutto per adattarsi alla situazione e per sfuggire alla situazione irreale nella quale è finita.

Peccato che non le sia possibile fuggire da se stessa e, che lo voglia o no, sembra proprio che il suo potere voglia essere usato e ascoltato, in ogni caso.

Improvvisamente Lyle House le appare più minacciosa che mai e dietro ogni viso tranquillo e disponibile degli adulti si cela un'ombra minacciosa che la inquieta.

Cos'è veramente il Lyle House? E perchè mai Derek vuole ad ogni costo entrare in contatto con lei? E Simon, per quale motivo si troverà al centro? A Chloe non resterà che dare ascolto al suo potere e fermarsi un attimo a sentire cosa le vogliono dire i morti.

E' un romanzo per giovani adulti (young adult), senza dubbio, ma indipendentemente da ciò ritroviamo una completezza stilistica nella Armstrong che affascina e incuriosisce anche un pubblico più maturo. Avendo letto anche il primo romanzo della serie Women of the Otherworld, è facile individuare la bravura di questa autrice che riesce a plasmare il suo stile con molta facilità in base al pubblico a cui è diretta la sua opera.

In Summoning ritroviamo una trama avvincente e intrigante quando basta a non far perdere al romanzo la freschezza e la linearità tipica dei romanzi young adult.

I personaggi sono tracciati con abilità benché, presumibilmente, lasciati abbastanza grezzi da consentire successive evoluzioni nei prossimi due romanzi che concluderanno la trilogia. La stessa protagonista, per una volta, non suscita sentimenti negativi nel lettore e, dopo pochi capitoli, non cade fra le braccia del damerino di turno.

Alcuni hanno accomunato questo romanzo a Evermore di Alyson Noel per quanto riguarda la capacità della protagonista di vedere i morti ma, onestamente il legame è piuttosto labile visto che i romanzi sono nettamente su due piani diversi con l'evidente predominanza di The Summoning.

In definiva un bel romanzo che denota un'originalità che sorprende e affascina; da attendere con ansia il seguito, senza dubbio. ( )
  Nasreen44 | Jun 8, 2017 |
I had no expectations going into this book. None. I didn't have time for expectations because I had two days to read a book between class quarters.

I have to say I'm quite pleased. I like the elements of the story. A girl who thinks for herself as the main character and a group of other characters who are just as interesting. There's just enough tease in the story to keep you guessing and it ends on a really good cliffhanger.

The read is quick, and I'm a slow read, so it was just entertaining enough and kept me going on my short break. I think if you like supernatural, paranormal and young adult novels you'll like this one. I don't want to get too much into it because it would be easy to give it all away (hence the four out of five stars). ( )
  wendithegray | May 1, 2017 |
This book was very....blah. Just blah. It had a lot of potential that wasn't at all realized. 2.5/5 ( )
  brideofsevenless | Apr 18, 2017 |
"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? " - back cover

Chloe does struggle realistically with her new "perception" - what she realizes is being a necromancer, summoning ghosts, but not until she has a melt down at her high school and her aunt (dad travels a lot) commits her to a home for teens with mental/emotional problems. While there she also meets some other troubled kids who -she eventually discovers - also have some sort of gift or power- and the tension mounts as they recognize they may NOT be there to get "help" but to be studied as phenomena because of their special abilities. Students who enjoy female protagonist led stories who have to navigate many problems and dangers will enjoy this series. ( )
  BDartnall | Mar 21, 2017 |
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The Summoning is Kelley Armstrong's (author of The Otherworld Series) debut young adult series book. The teenagers in this book, live in the same universe as the characters in The Otherworld Series, but we get a younger perspective of the already familiar world.

I absolutely love Armstrong's books and this one's no different. Armstrong recaptured her writing style, but for a much younger audience. For those who have read the other novels in The Otherworld Series, you can step right back into this world where you know supernatural creatures exist and you can just go along for the ride as Chloe discovers that the world around her is not as "normal" as she thinks.

Chloe is a great character to read. I think she identifies with a majority of teenagers in the fact that she doesn't feel like she fits with the "in crowd". She is strong and independent and really spreads her wings when she finds out that it's okay not to be "normal".

This "coming of age" novel is very fast paced and fun for all ages. It was really great to see how these teens dealt with their powers at a critical point in their mental and physical developments... and I thought puberty was hard!

I highly recommend this book for all Kelley Armstrong's fans and also for those who want to begin a journey into the world of the supernatural.
 

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Morris, CassandraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schechrer, CarrieCover photographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To my daughter, Julia, for enduring my questions on teen life without too much eye-rolling
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Mommy forgot to warn the new babysitter about the basement.
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He pivoted, gaze following me as I crossed to the shower and turned on the cold water, so it would drown out our conversation without steaming up the room.
"Great," he muttered."Now they're going to think we're showering together. Maybe we can just tell them we were washing off the crawl space dirt and trying to conserve water."
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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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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.

Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won't leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a "special home" for troubled teens. Yet the home isn't what it seems. Don't tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? It's up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House . . . before its skeletons come back to haunt me.

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After fifteen-year-old Chloe starts seeing ghosts and is sent to Lyle House, a mysterious group home for mentally disturbed teenagers, she soon discovers that neither Lyle House nor its inhabitants are exactly what they seem, and that she and her new friends are in danger.… (more)

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