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The Summoning: Darkest Powers, Book 1

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Slow but suspenseful teen supernatural fantasy.

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age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Loved the book

I really liked this book and the others in the series. It touches on some of the things that kids really worry about, like not fitting in, taking medication for a disorder (the am i really crazy idea) having a crush and so on. I really like the characters because they are so well developed, and they create such a good mix. There were a few gruesome parts describing the ghosts that Chloe sees. And the fact that there was some references to making out, but if you have been around teens or turned on the TV after 7 pm it is nothing that should bother you. Like everything I think that it depends on the reader. Parents preview it, if you think that it is too graphic, or don't like the content, then don't get if for your kids. But it is a really good book, my 11 year old fights me for Kelly Armstrong's novels when we find them.
age 11+

I loved this book! it was amazing! I would recommend it for maybe 12 or 13 years and up. 11 may be pushing it! It all depends on how scared your child is of ghosts and other supernatural beings. It can be a little gruesome in descriptions at times. Other than that, I would highly recommend it!

Is It Any Good?

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Author Kelley Armstrong takes her time to get this story moving. This is no slam-bang action-adventure, though it does get pretty exciting in the last quarter. Before that, the author gradually builds up Chloe's (and the readers) understanding of what is happening to her and around her, though the reader will get there long before Chloe does. By the end, though, Chloe and her friends have just barely begun on their journey to understand themselves and their world, which is quite different than what they have been brought up to believe. The cover picture, showing a hot girl in a low-cut dress holding a ruby pendant, may convince some boys that this book is not for them. That would be a shame -- with a touch of gruesome and edgy violence, and that last action-packed quarter of the book, along with ghosts, werewolves, and magic, boys will find just as much to like here as girls. Those who persevere through the rather slow start will find that this has more in common with Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment (if that were written well and had fewer plot holes) than it does with Gossip Girls: a group of kids with special powers trying to escape from scientists who want to experiment on them. A fun start to what should be an exciting new series.

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