2 Young Adult Book Reviews

Posted September 21, 2017 by Lily B in Reviews / 30 Comments

2 Young Adult Book ReviewsThe Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Darkest Powers #1
Published by HarperCollins on July 1st 2008
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal
Pages: 390
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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Rating:4 Stars

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.

I am still having trouble believing that I have not read all of Armstrong books, none of the ones that I have picked up have disappointed me and every time I open the cover I know I am going to be pulled into the story.

The Summoning delivered just that on top of some nights of lost sleep.

The book follows Chloe Saunders, and how her life changes when she finally hits puberty and all the sudden she starts to see ghosts. She ends up in a house for troubled children and is told she has a medical condition and needs to be treated. When her secret comes out a few of the teens in the house come forward and Chloe starts to realize maybe it’s not a house for children with a medical condition and maybe not everything is as clean cut as it seems.

This was wonderful. I enjoyed Chloe and the other “troubled teens” I loved the writing. Yes, it felt a bit slow initially but it did pick up for me. Still, I cannot complain, I savor Armstrongs writing, it’s just so amazing, I really need to read all of her books.

If you are looking for a series to start this fall, enjoy books about ghosts and teenagers with special abilities in the supernatural I highly recommend this book. There even seems to be a slow burn romance. There were parts in here that I would not recommend reading in the dark if you are easily scared.

Already waiting for book 2.

2 Young Adult Book ReviewsSomething Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
Series: Something Strange and Deadly #1
Published by Harper Teen on July 24th 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Steampunk
Pages: 388
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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Rating:4 Stars

There's something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia. . . .
Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about.
Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she's just read in the newspaper:
The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.
And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor . . . from her brother.
Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she'll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including the maddeningly stubborn yet handsome Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

Oops, I am a little behind on this author. I own her Truthwitch series book, but I decided to pick up this one due to the fact that I love a good paranormal during this time of year.

Something Strange and Deadly did not disappoint. It gripped me and threw me into the world from chapter 1 and I found it hard to put it down.

This follows a young girl named Eleanor fit and her brother is missing, her mother wants to marry her off because they are running out of money, and a necromancer has raised the dead that come out and attack the public once in a while.

Eleanor does not believe that her brother would abandon them so she sets out to find him and get’s involved with the spirit-hunters because she feels that the necromancer has her brother.

Overall, this was a great read, perfect for the season and even a bit atmospheric. It is also quiet character driven and you really had to like Eleanor. There is also a slow burn romance.

I did like Eleanor but I also found her reckless at times. I understand why she did the things she did, but yeah. Interesting series. Will be looking forward to book two.

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30 responses to “2 Young Adult Book Reviews

  1. Both of these series are/were favorites of mine. In fact the first was my first Armstrong read and it made me a fan. Now I love her adult series, she is such a great writer. So glad you are enjoying both of these as well!

  2. Don’t throw your dirty sock at me, but I still haven’t read any of Armstrong’s books. πŸ˜‰ I know they are good and I have this one at the top of my list to read of hers.

    Oh, I get into the ghostly, witchy, and atmospheric reads this time of the year too.

    Glad they were both good ones, Lily!

  3. I’ve never read susan Dennard but I love that cover, and it sounds like a great Halloween read. And I’ve enjoyed the Kelley Armstrong books I’ve read.

  4. I loooove Darkest Powers, it stood out when everyone else was doing vampires and werewolves. Something Strange and Deadly didn’t work well for me, I remember wanting more steampunk from it and it was mild at best.

    • I def did not realize it had steampunk in it until I started reading it and was like.. ha. But I see how people would want more of it in it if that is the direction the author decided to go with. Glad you enjoyed Darkest Powers, makes me even more excited

  5. Oooo, I’ve read these! I remember liking SSAD but I didn’t enjoy the rest of the series. :/ The third book especially hurt.

    I read The Darkest Powers series – for me it was only okay. At this time in YA publishing, there were a lot of books with the same type of story structure… And a lot of them had love triangles. This one was no exception. Still, the books were okay. The series ended well and that’s always a good thing. πŸ˜€ Great reviews, Lily!

    Have a lovely weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • yeah I heard SSAD book 2 was weak, probably why I have not been in a hurry to check it out.. but.. I started it so I feel like I should finish it.

      Hah I guess because of that I am glad I amr eading Darkest Power now πŸ˜€

  6. Can you believe I still have to try both of these series? I’m no stranger to Armstrong’s books, but I’ve only read some of her adult novels so far. Might be nice to catch up with the Darkest Powers this Halloween πŸ™‚

  7. The Darkest Power series has been recommended to me so many many times. It’s been a huge favorite for lots of readers. I’m planning to read the first book soon. Glad that you loved it. Hope the second book is even better. Awesome review. 😁❀️

  8. I read the Darkest Powers trilogy several years ago and while I don’t remember many details I do remember that I really enjoyed it. And I definitely remember that it got seriously creepy in parts. So glad you enjoyed it!

  9. I love the Darkest Powers series too Lily! I read it a few years ago and binged them all almost over an entire weekend, I was completely drawn in. The storyline isn’t anything new in young adult but she’s such an incredible author that her books are virtually impossible to put down. I haven’t read Something Strange and Deadly though, I think I’ve just pushed older series aside in favour of newer series and I typically enjoy young adult paranormal romances. Great reviews Lily, so glad you enjoyed these both and looking forward to seeing what you think of the next books in each series <3

  10. Oh wow! Darkest Powers is on my TBR and I’m so thrilled to see you giving it a good rating! I really want to read an Armstrong book because I keep hearing awesome things!

    AAAnd antother author I keep hearing about and really need to read is Dennard!!! A Pranormal Steampunk sounds awesome too. I really need to read Truthwitch too! But you’ve made this one sound like it should be right up there in what I need to read soon!

    Excellent reviews!

  11. The Summoning just sounds like one of those books that would be slow-paced, but not in a bad way. The ghost-seeing and troubled teen house that isn’t what it seems does sound interesting!

    The second one sounds good with the slow burn romance and the necromancer aspect! I wasn’t expecting it to have zombies from the cover lol.

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