Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Darkest Powers Series

Okay, so after flipping through a US Weekly magazine, my sister came upon a book ad that just said "Falls in love with a werewolf. Magical powers. Yadda, yadda, yadda." Of course, my sister shows me the ad and says "This is PERFECT for you!" After looking over the series and summaries, she's right! It IS perfect for me. I haven't read the series yet but once I am done reading my Sylvia Plath biography and the City of Bones (yes, I'm trying to get into that series, too), I will start on the Darkest Powers series.

It seems as the series is about a girl named Chloe who has special powers with ghosts. She get's instituitionalized because of an outburst and meets people like Liz, Rae, Derek, and Simon. She soon falls in love with a werewolf and discovers what her powers truly are.

There are three books to the series: The Summoing (Book 1), The Awakening (Book 2), and The Reckoning (Book 3). They all look good, I've read the synopsis of all three and I'll post them for you right now, just read the first if you don't want any spoilers!

The Summoning:

A well-written opening to a paranormal series. Chloe, 15, has the ability to see dead people, but before she can figure out what is happening, she has a breakdown, is diagnosed with schizophrenia, and placed in a group home. She befriends some of the teens at Lyle House and tries to accept her treatment. However, two of her more mysterious housemates suggest that maybe she isn't crazy. Derek tells her to look up necromancy on the Internet, and she finds out that it's the ability to communicate with the spirits of the dead. He appears to have superstrength, and his foster brother has magical powers. Chloe's roommate, who causes things to fly around the room when she becomes angry, is taken away to a hospital and never heard from again. When she returns in Chloe's visions, Chloe suspects foul play, a misgiving confirmed when the dead speak to her again and reveal that they were "supernaturals" who were experimented on, killed, and buried in the home's basement many years before. Together with her new friends, Chloe escapes Lyle House, only to be betrayed. This suspenseful novel sets up a secret underworld where some people support and help supernaturals, while others persecute them. Armstrong combines bits of horror, teen relationships, and a dash of mystery to create a page-turner. Readers will look forward to the next installment. Amazon
The Awakening:
The Reckoning:
They all sound pretty good, I'm thinking of doing a chapter by chapter, book by book thing with them on here. And, probably do the same with The Mortal Instruments series starting on Thursday. So, grab the City of Bones novel, the first one of the Mortal Instruments series, it looks like this:
Chloe’s a teenager who likes Simon, but maybe likes Derek, and definitely hates Tori, who crushes on Simon, who kind of cares for Chloe. Sounds pretty typical. Except that Chloe’s a necromancer, Derek’s a werewolf, and Simon and Tori are sorcerers. Following The Summoning (2008), this book in the Darkest Powers series has the teens on the run from a shady organization whose murky involvement with their manifesting powers is unclear, but definitely not for their betterment. There’s nothing terribly original here, but Armstrong has some fun toying with supernatural teen thriller conventions, and the taut pacing should please fans of the exploding genre. Amazon

My name is Chloe Saunders. I'm fifteen, and I would love to be normal.

But normal is one thing I'm not.
For one thing, I'm having these feelings for a certain antisocial werewolf and his sweet-tempered brother—who just happens to be a sorcerer—but, between you and me, I'm leaning toward the werewolf.
Not normal.
My friends and I are also on the run from an evil corporation that wants to get rid of us—permanently.
Definitely not normal.
And finally, I'm a genetically altered necro-mancer who can raise the dead, rotting corpses and all, without even trying.
As far away from normal as it gets. Barnes & Noble

And here's the synopsis of the book!:
Join me back here to start reading these two new series with me! :)
When Clary Fray witnesses three tattoo-covered teenagers murder another teen, she is unable to prove the crime because the victim disappears right in front of her eyes, and no one else can see the killers. She learns that the teens are Shadowhunters (humans who hunt and kill demons), and Clary, a mundie (i.e., mundane human), should not be able to see them either. Shortly after this discovery, her mother, Jocelyn, an erstwhile Shadowhunter, is kidnapped. Jocelyn is the only person who knows the whereabouts of The Mortal Cup, a dangerous magical item that turns humans into Shadowhunters. Clary must find the cup and keep it from a renegade sector of Shadowhunters bent on eliminating all nonhumans, including benevolent werewolves and friendly vampires. Amid motorcycles powered by demon energies, a telepathic brotherhood of archivists, and other moments of great urban fantasy, the story gets sidetracked by cutesy touches, like the toasted bat sandwich on the menu of an otherworldly restaurant. The characters are sporadically characterized and tend toward behavior that is both predictable and slightly repellent–Clary finds out who her real father is about 200 pages after readers will have it figured out. Despite the narrative flaws, this version of New York, full of Buffyesque teens who are trying to save the world, is entertaining and will have fantasy readers anxiously awaiting the next book in the series. Amazon


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  2. I just bought the Mortal Instrument series, but I haven't started reading them yet...I have heard they are good though. The series you mentioned sounds good. Have you read the Gemma Doyle Trilogy? It's written by Libba Bray and starts with A Great and Terrible Beauty. SUCH A fantastic trilogy! I love love love it!

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