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The Awakening

Number 2 in series (Darkest Powers)

By Kelley Armstrong

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Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Published In: UK, 04 May 2009
Chloe Saunders used to be a normal teenage girl - or so she thought. Then she learned the shocking truth - she is a walking science experiment. Genetically altered at birth by a sinister group of scientists known as the Edison Group, Chloe is an aberration - a powerful necromancer who can see ghosts and even raise the dead, often with terrifying consequences. Even worse, her growing powers have made her a threat to the surviving members of the Edison Group, who have decided it's time to end their experiment - permanently . . .Now Chloe is running for her life with three other supernatural teenagers - a charming sorcerer, a troubled werewolf and a temperamental young witch. Together they have a chance for freedom - but can Chloe trust her new friends?

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Chloe Saunders is on the run and raising hell - literally. The second book in the stunning Darkest Powers trilogy, The Awakening is a powerful and gripping story from bestselling author Kelley Armstrong.

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Kelley Armstrong is married with two children. She lives in Ontario.


Gr 9 Up-When Chloe Saunders escapes from a group home for troubled teens, she has no idea that she'll be dealing with a treacherous aunt; a nascent werewolf; a prissy witch; guns, guards, and ghosts; and the harsh everyday realities of being a teen on the run. She'd come to terms with the fact that the home was obviously not your run-of-the-mill state facility, or she wouldn't have discovered her powers as a necromancer or found the witch, Tori; the warlock, Simon; and the werewolf, Derek, also in residence. Now the four of them and the ghost of the recently deceased telekinetic Liz, are trying to find the one adult who can help them. Things are complicated by Simon's diabetes, Derek's imminent transformation, and Tori, who, despite her magical powers, is best described by a different word, which rhymes with witch. Armstrong does an admirable job of walking the fine line between making things too easy for the group and putting unnecessary obstacles in their path. Separating them from the adults, she delves into character and relationships among the teens, giving this title a depth that some supernatural fare lacks. It is easy to read out of sequence, and even surpasses its predecessor, The Summoning (HarperCollins, 2008). If you buy it, teens will read it.-Cara von Wrangel Kinsey, formerly at New York Public Library Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

"The Awakening' is an even better read than 'The Summoning.' Chloe and her fellow supernatural teens struggle to find someone who will help them combat the group that's trying to take them hostage, and there's never a slow moment in their journey or a false line in Armstrong's writing.' Charlaine Harris

EAN: 9781841497112
ISBN: 1841497118
Publisher: Orbit
Dimensions: 18.3 x 16.2 x 2.5 centimetres (0.13 kg)
Age Range: 5-9 years
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The second book in Kelley Armstrong's teen fiction "Darkest Powers" trilogy, The Awakening continues the misadventures of 15 year old Chloe Saunders and her friends from Lyle House.

Being teen fiction, Armstrong has cut out all the bodice-ripping from her Women of the Otherworld series, and what you're left with is teen hormones, longings to "hold hands", and an actual storyline. One thing that has surprised me with this series - it is actually a lot gorier than her Otherworld series while set in the same supernatural world. While these books are safe for teens to read as far as some forms of censorship are concerned; it does deal with some pretty scary concepts - so if you're buying this for your teenager, make sure they're not the type to require the night light on.

Really enjoyable read though, even if you do spend the whole book waiting for Chloe to finally get a backbone. Recommended to all Kelley Armstrong fans, the brave adolescents and those old enough to know better.
Belinda Chiew on
Much better than the 1st book! This one picked up the pace and ramped up the story lines.
Some bits are rather disturbing and are not for the faint hearted though

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