The Summoning – Kelley Armstrong

Armstrong, K. (2009). The summoning. New York: HarperCollns. ISBN:978-0061450549. Paperback. $5.35.

Annotation: Chloe has been able to see ghosts she was little, but when she is sent to Lyle House she discovers that there is more to this world than ghosts.

Are you afraid of the dark? Perhaps your basement? Chloe is. And it isn’t because she’s afraid of what isn’t there, but because she knows exactly what is. After an incedent of talking to a ghost at school, Chloe is sent to Lyle House, for other disturbed teens. It’s there she discovers that maybe she isn’t Schizophrenic like she thought and maybe she isn’t the only one with a unique set of abilities. But the nurses and supervisors at Lyle House are up to something other than taking care of the misfit teenagers, and Chloe only knows that because the ghosts in the basement told her. Can Chloe forget her past and learn to be unafraid?

I love this series. I didn’t think I would because, as I said before, ghost stories aren’t generally my thing, but I am learning to love them. This book is the first of a trilogy and overarching world series of Kelley Armstrong known as the Otherworld. I think this is a great horror/paranormal introductory because it’s a “clean” read and the characters, plot, and world are really well developed. If teens like Cassandra Clare or Melissa Marr’s books, they’ll most likely enjoy Kelley Armstrong’s and can even read her adult series when they get older. This book is rather inexpensive, but could be picked up at the library since it is a part of series, especially if you are like me and are unsure about ghost stories.

Awards & Nominations: 2008 Kirkus Review – Children — Starred Review, 2011 Young Reader’s Choice Award — Senior/Grades 10-12 (Nominee), 2008 Sunburst Award – Young Adult.

You can find Kelley Twitter and on her Author Webpage. She is extremely nice and usually gets back to you if you message her or her assistant!


Here is the official book trailer for The Summoning:


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Raised By Wolves – Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Barnes, J. (2010). Raised by wolves (1st ed.). New York, NY: Egmont USA. ISBN: 9781606840597. Paperback. $7.26.

6905534Annotation: Adopted by an Alpha after her family is killed by a werewolf, Bryn has always felt like an outcast of the pack. Bryn always believed she knew who attacked her family until she finds there are more teens like her out there and the attacker is still on the loose.


What if the past wasn’t repeating itself? What if it had never stopped? Bryn has always been different. As a human in the a werewolf pack, you’re used to different. She’s always known that the Alpha adopted her because a rogue werewolf killed her family when she was four; she had always assumed that rogue had been caught or killed. It isn’t until Bryn meets Chase on accident, a boy locked in a cage of the Alpha’s house that she realizes she assumed wrong. The rogue werewolf is still out there.

I love Jennifer Lynn Barnes mostly because she always writes such strong, Buffy the Vampire Slayer- like, female characters. She’s also good at world building and Raised by wolves is no exception. So if you enjoy novels by Richelle Mead or Andrea Cremer, you may also like this book. Since it is the first in the series and rather inexpensive, you can feel less guilt buying it or feel free to get it from your library if you are unsure. You never know with a series.

Awards & Nominations: Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award (RT Award) Nominee for Best Young Adult Paranormal/Fantasy Novel (2010).

You can find Jennifer on many social media platforms including Twitter, Tumblr, & Facebook.

Here is an interview of Jennifer about Raised by Wolves:

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What Happened to Cass McBride? – Gail Giles

Giles, G. (2007). What happened to Cass McBride?New York, NY: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. ISBN:978-0316166393. Paperback. $5.94.

Annotation: Cass has always gotten what she wanted until she ends up buried alive. Kyle has decided it’s Cass’ fault for his brother’s death and the only way for Cass to escape is to convince Kyle to set her free.

Cass awakes in the dark. In a box. Underground. She’s been buried alive by Kyle the brother of a guy she used to date. Before this Cass got everything she ever wanted, popular and privileged. In other words, she’s never had to work too hard for anything, until she has to fight for her life. Cass discovers that the words we use are more powerful than she imagined, and talking to Kyle is the only way she is ever going to convince him to let her go.

This book is one of the more chilling I’ve read because it could happen, unlike the ones about mythical creatures and powers. Cass and Kyle are multi-faceted characters who you aren’t supposed to actually love, but sympathize with anyway. For any reluctant readers that need pulled in quickly, What Happened to Cass McBride? would be a great, albeit scary, option because it is short and follows different perspectives. Although the book is cheaper, check your local or school library for a copy first or check out any of Gail Giles’ other books, which are almost all suspense/thrillers/

Awards/Nominations: South Carolina Book Award Nominee for Young Adult Book Award (2009), Missouri Gateway Readers Award Nominee (2009)

Find the book profile on Goodreads and the author on Teen Reads & Author page,

Here is Gail in an interview talking about What Happened to Cass McBride & her other book Don’t Look Behind You.









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