Reviewed by Rabid Reads.THE SUMMONING 3 Stars Kelley Armstrong is 1 on my list of favourite authors thanks to her phenomenal WOMEN OF THE OTHERWORLD series, so I thought it was high time that I gave her Young Adult trilogy a chance Like most first installments, this audiobook has its share of flaws, but still managed to do a decent job of introducing the characters, and the DARKEST POWERS universe The paranormal elements were subtle in the earlier chapters which was kind of disappointing, and the author immediately painted all of Chloe s parental figures in a distasteful light which is a personal pet peeve of mine where this genre is concerned I did like how Saunders conquered her fears by putting everything into the context of a movie, it was very teenage overactive imagination, and I m confident that Derek and I will get along just fine There was of course a cliff hanger which twisted my arm into binge listening to all three.THE AWAKENING 4 Stars Book 1 focused on world building while as this one was all about the action the kids are still on the run from the Edison Group, Souza had his first encounter with werewolves and it did NOT go well, and living on the streets comes with its own set of challenges as well I ve enjoyed watching Chloe and Derek s relationship progress throughout this trilogy, they get lots of alone time in this installment, and their dialogue is definitely one of the highlights of this story Unfortunately this novel was somewhat bogged down by Tori s annoying POV, and the characters run in with the wolves gave me some pause because it took place near Syracuse, NY which is close to the North American Pack s home base, and none of the WOTO weres would have dealt with a youngin the way Derek was treated in THE AWAKENING Mutts Anyway, another quick and satisfying listen from Armstrong.THE RECKONING 5 Stars Chloe and co received some much needed coaching from Andrew s team, however that quickly backfired when the adults realized that their charges trump them by leaps and bounds in the power department I really hated Margaret, her insolence and insistence on pushing Saunders to crank up the juice resulted in a brilliant oh shit moment that served as her just deserts The author tied up the bulk of this series lose ends with finesse, and I knew from the get go that DARKEST POWERS was set in the WOTO universe, but in this installment that was finally confirmed with references to the various cabals, and how the story was linked to Savannah Adam s short in Kelley Armstrong s OTHERWORLD NIGHTS anthology I very much liked how the romance concluded, and some interesting new characters were introduced towards the end that have left me scrambling to place them the DARKNESS RISING trilogy perhaps NARRATION Cassandra Morris narration was appropriate for these audiobooks, her voice fit that of the fifteen year old MC s, and she incorporated Chloe s speech impediment into the dialogue admirably However, as the story progressed and the heroine evolved, the child like tone would have benefited from a slight adjustment I had zero issues with listening to these installments one after the other because the performance was homogeneous, and the character voices didn t deviate The pacing did Armstrong s writing style proud, and the built in creep factor that comes with seeing ghosts was always present I wouldn t hesitate to purchase another Young Adult title that featured Morris as the narrator. This series is set in the same world as Kelley Armstrong s Women of the Otherworld series, however that doesn t become extremely apparent until around the second and third books I read the first book and really wondered if it would be any good However, the fact that I sat around in bed and read the whole book non stop until I was finished says quite a lot This series is nothing like I ve ever seen Chloe is a 15 year old girl who just wants a normal life, though everything out of the ordinary ends up happening to her She is taken to Lyle house where she meets a group of people who are all thought to be mentally unstable as she too thinks she is, and throughout The Summoning she begins to learn about the brothers who are not actually blood related Derek and Simon, and about herself and the fact that she indeed sees ghosts, can talk to them, and even As Chloe discovers , along with Derek and Simon, as well as the other housemates, Rae, Liz, and the hateful Tori, some very bloody secrets are unraveled about Lyle House and it meant one thing They must run I ve said it before, and I will say it again, Kelley Armstrong does a fantastic job with weaving a storyline so concrete and absolute, with a world full of mysteries, and yet with very certain boundaries, that the world in her books become reality to the reader It s not a story with untouchable perfect characters, and supernatural races and beings who are indestructible On the contrary, there are limits and consequences that are very human to each of the races as well as the characters And not only is the world realistic, but the story and lead up to the realizations in the books are slow and steady and so well hinted that the books just come together perfectly Kelley Armstrong has yet to fail me in making a story that isn t realistic and down to earth, and not mention romantic The build up of the romantic plot is just as subtly and well done as is the action, almost as though the characters are guiding themselves through an adventure and not a story being told The characters are imperfect and human to the very raw emotion, and the relationships and interactions between them amaze me Though the sex and adult content are toned down many notches, as well as the change in writing style, compared to her adult series, there is plenty of humour and swearing to go around Along with suspenseful action, daring adventure, and the sutble build up of romance, this trilogy is by far the diverse urban fantasy supernatural series I ve ever read Loved it. Fight, I whispered, and it was all I needed to say 5 5 stars 3 I can t say enough great things about this book I just re read them and loved them all the same It s impossible to pick a favorite out of the three though Each book has qualities that makes you adore the series as a whole I think even though it touches on the cliche paranormal supernatural group of teens with powers category that a lot of y a does I think it s extremely original The writing is written pretty flawlessly kudos to Kelly Armstrong The characters are very developed and clear from the very first page Everything in this series is crystal clear One thing I liked in particular was that I didn t feel as if Kelly Armstrong pushed a relationship to be in the book from page one spoiler A good strong relationship was made throughout the series at a nice pace Overall, the point is that I can read this trilogy 50 times and still obsess over it Definitely recommend I have so much love for this trilogy Kelley Armstrong s spin on modern day necromancers grabs the attention and sympathy of the reader immediately Chloe Saunders has just hit puberty and her powers are starting to flair up She is haunted by dreams and ghostly specters that no one else can see After being placed in a home for psychologically disturbed teens, she uncovers a conspiracy that threatens her life and the lives of those around her This has to be one of the best series that Kelley Armstrong has written If you enjoyed this series, check out Kelley Armstrong s No Humans Involved starring necromancer spiritualist Jamie Vegas More necromancers please Spoiler alert Ah, Chloe, Chloe, Chloe I wanted to like you, I did You were certainly a lot likeable than the stereotypical Ever Bloom, aware of your own body than Bella Swan, and nicer and certainly SMARTER than Nora Grey Another good factor you weren t sixteen or seventeen, like them, and shudder Luce Price, who I hate to mention comparitavely in ANY review You were younger, but still depicted as smart and self aware I liked that about you.But I didn t like some things, as sad as it is I didn t like that the violent, rather overprotective and certainly jealous type Derek is the one you chose over his nicer, calmer brother, Simon I can potentially see a lot of abuse in the future of Derloe if they ever got serious er , which was something I was rooting for Chloe to realize by the end of The Reckoning But sadly, The Reckoning ends with Chloe, perfectly content, kissing Derek in a meadow Oh, death Oh, sorrow Skipping past Chloe Victoria Tori I liked her I did I thought she was just some bitch who was added simply for the effect of a catfight between Chloe and herself in TS, but she has depth her mother is a controlling witch literally who is never satisfied with her daughter, and this forces Tori into her mean state Luckily she softens up quite a bit after TA and is practically nice in TR I don t really remember it well, but I think Tori ends up being Simon s half sister, which was sad, because if Chloe Simon didn t happen, I was rooting for Simon Tori Another thing Aunt Lauren Evil Not evil Dead Not dead Ghost Not ghost I wish Kelley Armstrong had made up her freaking mind about what the heck she wanted Lauren to BE, because I sure didn t see any clearer concerning her character at the end of TR Another thing I wish there had been ONE adult in the whole thing, besides the disillusioned aunt, who wasn t evil and or slightly corrupt Do gooders who AREN T children are a nice touch, for future reference The time they spent on that house in TA seemed forced and dragging, rather like the time Harry, Ron and Hermione spent in the tent in HP7 However, the botched date between Chloe and Simon Derek whoever it was was nice I forget who the actual date was supposed to be with, but I remember that it was Simon who ended up insulted.Anothet thing again I liked how Chloe spent time with Derek and helped him with the transition between teenager and werewolf That was a nice touch, and added to both their characters.All in all, I kinda sorta enjoyed this trilogy, but there wre some things that could have been better, IMO. |Free Kindle ☤ Darkest Powers Trilogy (Darkest Powers, #1-3) ♷ The SummoningThe Darkest Powers Series, Book IAfter 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 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 The AwakeningThe Darkest Powers Trilogy, Book IIBook II In The Darkest Powers Trilogy Takes Us Deeper Into A World Where The Supernatural Intrudes On The Everyday With Riveting EffectIf 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 Group Of People Who Call Themselves 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 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 Gain Our Freedom Back Before The Edison Group Finds Us First Or Die TryingThe ReckoningThe Darkest Powers Trilogy, Book IIIOnly Two Weeks Ago, Life Was All Too Predictable But That Was Before I Saw My First Ghost Now Along With My Supernatural Friends Tori, Derek, And Simon, I M On The Run From The Edison Group, Which Genetically Altered Us As Part Of Their Sinister Experiment We Re Hiding In A Safe House That Might Not Be As Safe As It Seems We Ll Be Gone Soon Anyway, Back To Rescue Those We D Left Behind And Take Out The Edison Group Or So We Hope Omfg Wat een boek In een woord Prachtserie Ik hou van alle personages, zelfs van Kit, ja, die kwam maar laat in de trilogie van pas Maar balen van Tori s moeder Vond haar wel een bad bitch Die had echt ballen aan der lijf Owja, wat Chlo zelf betreft Geweldige personage Plottwists De plottwists zijn geweldig, ik zat daar echt van WTF Nee, echt Ok, ik moet meer weten nu Ook Chlo en Derek was een mooie plottwist, nooit verwacht Maar in een woord zoals ik net zei wat een prachtserie Een must read This was my favourite trilogy when I was 11 or 12 years old, and reading it again for the third time made me so nostalgic I was worried that it wouldn t be as good as I remembered, but it absolutely was The pacing is perfect and keeps things interesting, the writing is enjoyable to read, the characters are memorable how could I not love it Plus, the author, Kelley Armstrong, was born in my small Northern Ontario hometown, so I m an extra big fan.I really do think that the Darkest Powers Trilogy is completely underrated and should ve been as popular as Twilight, if not. This world and series was so really high quality YA that after I read it I immediately bought her first novel in her adult series Bitten or something It was really really really awful It s hard to believe that one writer could make two such entirely different impressions, but there you go I loved this Clean, plot driven, good character development, appropriate and believable romance, enough action, and a different fresh world without being weird The main character was interesting and a teenager without being annoying The romance was subtle and authentic Anyway, I liked it so much I m going to have to read it again.