"A living science experiment, not only can I see ghosts, but I was genetically altered by a sinister organization called the Edison Group. What does that mean? For starters, I'm a teenage necromancer whose powers are out of control; I raise the dead without even trying. Trust me, that is not a power you want to have. Ever.
"Now I'm running for my life with three of my supernatural friends: a charming sorcerer, a cynical werewolf, and a disgruntled witch, and we have to find someone who can help us before the Edison Group finds us first. Or die trying."
©2009 KLA Fricke, Inc.; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
I'm in my 30s but LOVE YA paranormal books. My 13 year old niece and I share many books, and this is a Trilogy I can't wait to share with her.
Funny and heartfelt, the characters are mostly believable and grow on you quickly.
After finishing all 3 books I will say that I was disappointed to find out that Kelley Armstrong is not writing any more of these books, as it was meant to be only a trilogy. Several story lines are all tied up sweetly, but there are several others left hanging. A few things were never explained, even though they were mentioned and hinted at several times throughout the books. Still, cute books with minimal foul language (actually I can't remember if any bad words were used!) I also don't think there was any underage drinking, any drugs, and no sex! Perfect books for the young paranormal story lovers!
Okay - if you're looking for something shocking, new, utterly unique, and edgy - don't bother. This is just fun. Low on surprises or unexpected plot twists. But if you enjoyed the first book you'll like this one too. I, personally, have taking a great liking to the characters and am looking forward to the next instalment in the series. These books are escapism at it's best. A bit silly maybe, but almost more enjoyable for that.
Don't look for the raw sexuality of Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series, even if these do take place in the same world. This one is for a younger audience. But she still manages to do what I feel she does best - interesting characters and a fun world. And 'good guys' who aren't necessarily nice, but are all the more interesting for it.
The reader isn't too bad. She's the same one that read the first one and when I first began listening to that one - having been given the book as a gift - I rolled my eyes and was ready to turn in off in less than five minutes, convinced I'd never be able to stand her. But I got used to her surprisingly fast and I think that she does a good job of giving character to the characters and the feel of a teenage girl to Chloe voice. So, don't be put off by her little girl quality - she does a good job and I hope they'll have her read the next one when it's out.
This is the second book in an excellent series of coming of age novels. The three major characters in this book are learning to deal with things more difficult than first love and how to ace an algebra exam. These teenagers have been genetically altered to enhance certain paranormal gifts, and they were lied to. Teenagers want to be like everyone else. These kids are having to deal with more than growth spurts and spots. So if you can see ghosts, and ghosts can see you, do you admit it? Seeing things that are not there and admitting it can lead to institutions. So all of these children who have been enhanced, have different gifts and varying levels of the same "gift" finally come to a special school run by the people who enhanced them.
Putting them in a special school seemed to be an excellent way of monitoring all of the teens as they come into their talents. However, the kids are smart. They talk to each other, and some of them run. This book takes up the story of where they ran to, and the way they deal with their relationships to each other, to the adults they feel they can or cannot trust is fascinating. I agree with a previous reviewer that the narrator sounds closer to five than fifteen, but it is not very distracting, and it is helpful to be reminded that the characters are very young.
I enjoyed the first book in the Darkest Powers series very much, and this one is very good too. It is rare that an author can maintain tension without making the main characters "too stupid to live", or adding thunder bolts from on high to save them from tight corners. So the story is both fascinating and satisfying and comes to a firm resolution, although there is more to the story. I am so aggravated by B movie cliff hangers that I usually will not follow a series that uses them. The books in this group are very good as a series and individually.
Entertaining, believable relationships
I really enjoyed the development of the relationships between the characters.
She is a very engaging story teller.
There wasn't a particular moment, but I liked the overall development of the plot.
I love the characters of the book. I loved how Chloe was constantly challanging herself to be better and not just think about herself.
That I couldn't stop listening..
I loved that she had a good voice so you could lose yourself to the characters.
Yes. I believe that the second novel of the series was significantly better then the first. While, with the first novel, I felt like the book was trying to be something it was not (a scary, mental institution story), this book seemed to know exactly who it was and what it was doing. The intrigue that Armstrong creates by introducing the Edison Group as a highly secret, experimental organization created lots of intrigue in the novel. Chloe realizes that not everyone was what they would seem, and that even good people make mistakes, which added some dynamics to the main character and her relationships with others that was lacking in the first novel. Chloe's relationships with her friends and pseudo-enemies grows significantly in this second novel, and is enjoyable to watch. Overall, I think this book was better then the first, and has me excited to hear the last of the series.
While Morris tells the story well, her narration is still too child-like for a fifteen year old narrator. The main plot of the novel involves these teens being on the run and fending for themselves. Morris' childlike narration, that make Chloe seem more like she is ten then fifteen, makes it hard to imagine the girl being able to fend for herself. I more or less wish that a person with a more adult-sounding voice had been chosen for this narration, so as to make the character sound more believable as a strong fifteen year old teen, rather then hearing naive, scared girl's voice.
I am a huge Kelley Armstrong fan! She is an amazing author and thsi entire series was a joy to read. I love Chole she is a very strong young woman and she knows that her life is not going to be easy but she still fights to survive.
I love any paranormal books and Kelley Armstrong fits that bill with all her books.
When Derek changes into a warewolf the first time, Chole feels an attraction to him. She understands he two natures and wants to be there for him.
Same scene as above.
This book and series are amoung my favorites. More please!
I enjoyed this 3 book series. It's kind of an x-men genre, kids with special powers. Good guys, bad guys, adults vs teens. The person who narrates this book does a great job as she sounds very young herself, so she really brings the characters alive.
I followed the entire series and enjoyed the relationships between the characters. The author really kept me hooked
A lover of the printed and spoken word.
The story moves along nicely and there are some twist that make it even more interesting.
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