Review: The Darkest Powers

This was originally posted on another one of my blogs that I no longer update.

The Darkest Powers Omnibus (includes The Summoning, The Awakening, and The Reckoning)
Kelley Armstrong
2010
Doubleday Canada
978-0385670517 

I was very excited to read Kelley Armstrong’s Darkest Powers trilogy. Why? Because she’s well-known, successful Canadian author, and until  recently, I had never read any of her books. This trilogy was on my “must-read” list for some time, but school kept me from reading them for a while.

The books tell the story of Chloe, a teenager with a special ability – she can raise the dead! Chloe’s newfound powers lead to some admittedly strange behaviour that lands her in a group home. But Chloe isn’t the only one who’s special. Her new friends have their own special abilities, too, and now an organization called the Edison Group is hunting them down to try to control their powers. Can Chloe and her friends escape?

What I liked about the series is that unlike some YA heroines, Chloe is fairly competent. She can take care of herself anf stand up for herself. Her stuttering did get old after a while, especially as her confidence build. At times she’s a bit too much of a “good girl” but overall she’s a strong character. The books were full of twists, which kept me turning the pages. Although one of the characters is a werewolf, it was nice to read a supernatural series that wasn’t all about werewolves and vampires. A necromancer is an interesting choice for a heroine and gives teens who love paranormal something a little different. Also…

*spoiler*

I also liked that Chloe didn’t end up with the obvious love interest. It was refreshing that Armstrong didn’t go the predictable route.

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