Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Book Review: The Summoning (Darkest Powers, Book 1), By Kelley Armstrong

The Summoning (Darkest Powers, Book 1)
By: Kelley Armstrong
ISBN: 0061662690
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When a sudden resurgence of seeing things that aren't there lands Chloe in a home for troubled teens, she must choose between accepting her mental illness or exploring the possibility that what she believes about the world is wrong.

The Summoning, book one in the Darkest Powers Trilogy, is a young adult, urban fantasy that includes magic, necromancy, and themes of mental illness. The story is told in the first person, moderately paced and includes a number of tense and creepy moments. Readers should be aware that the ending is abrupt and inconclusive.

The Summoning Contains:
  • A word starting with a b is changed to witch mid pronunciation
  • Theft
  • Various rule breaking
  • Use of drugs/sedatives to try to control people
  • References to a young woman getting her period
  • Brief reference to using cleavage as a pocket
  • A joking remark (in a non sexual context) about it being the first time a teen boy had a teen girl in his bed.
  • Two references to a teen boy only wearing boxers and having a naked chest.   
  • Two teens are falsely accused of doing something unspecified but of a sexual nature.
  • A character with a speech impediment is teased
  • References to a cut bleeding a lot.
  • Physical Violence (Includes someone being hit over the head with a brick and someone being thrown across a room.)
  • Dead and decayed bodies (unpleasant but not super gruesome) and gross descriptions of ghosts appearing as they were in death (eyes hanging out of sockets, burn damage, hanging victim)
The Darkest Powers Trilogy:
  1. The Summoning
  2. The Awakening
  3. The Reckoning

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