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So, I decided to pick up one of my old books so I don’t have to buy a new one yet because I want to save my money for the fairyloot special edition sales in May. I started with the Darkest Powers trilogy. 100 pages in and I was wondering why I did this to myself. I didn’t remember the story which was good because I got to experience the book again but I couldn’t remember why I had all 3 books in the trilogy.
Trigger warning: mental health
All Chloe Saunders wants is a life like any normal teenager – the chance to get through school, make friends, and maybe meet a boy. But when she starts seeing ghosts, she knows that life will never be normal again.
Soon the ghosts are everywhere, demanding her attention. When Chloe finally breaks down, she’s admitted to a group home for disturbed kids. At first Lyle House seems okay, but as she gets to know the other patients – charming Simon and his ominous, unsmiling brother Derek, obnoxious Tori, and Rae, who has a ‘thing’ for fire – Chloe begins to realise that something strange and sinister binds them all together, and it isn’t your usual ‘problem kid’ behaviour.
And they’re about to discover that Lyle House is not your usual group home, either . . .
Chloe is a normal 15 year old girl – oh what it felt like to be 15, I don’t know about you but I am glad to not be that age again. Chloe lost her mother at an early age, all she had was a father who didn’t have much time to stay at home and look after her. Unlike the rest of her friends, Chloe hasn’t seen her menstrual period yet, until one day her red visitor arrives along with other unwanted and unexpected guests which results in Chloe being sent to a group home for troubled kids.
Within a few days of being in the home, Chloe realises it is not a normal group home and more is going on in the background. What could it be?
At first, I was questioning why I liked this book in my teenage years but as I read further, I found myself wanting to discover what the mystery is along with Chloe. It took a while but I was eventually pulled into the story. The vibe and writing style of the book is very reminiscent of the first decade of the 2000s because it uses phrases to describe mental health that would not be tolerable today.
The language structure of the book was very easy to follow with simple sentences, which I appreciated as I mostly read this book after a long 9-5 and when my toddler was asleep. It was definitely an interesting read and I can’t wait to find out how Chloe will get herself out of the hospital she has been locked in by her aunt.
My favourite quote
“Take a picture,” I snapped. “It’ll last longer.”
I can just picture the tone of voice this would be said with, coming from a teenager and the eye roll they will try to hide as well while making this comment. The quote brings back memories of my teenage years and the angst that went with it which I think sums up the spirit of this book.
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