Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Review: The Calling by Kelley Armstrong

The Calling (Darkness Rising #2) by Kelley Armstrong
Maya Delaney's paw-print birthmark is the mark of what she truly is -a skin-walker. She can run faster, climb higher, and see better than nearly everyone else. Experiencing intense connections with the animals that roam the woods outside her home, Maya knows it's only a matter of time before she's able to Shift and become one of them. And she believes there may be others in her small town with surprising talents.
Now Maya and her friends have been forced to flee from their homes during a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set. Then they're kidnapped, and after a chilling helicopter crash, they find themselves in the Vancouver Island wilderness with nothing but their extraordinary abilities to help them get back home.
In THE CALLING, the sizzling second book in the Darkness Rising trilogy,New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong pumps up the romance, danger, and suspense that left readers of THE GATHERING clamoring for more.
Publishes in US: April 10th 2012 by Harper
Genre: ya para
Source: library
Series? Darkness Rising #2
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    I wanted to read this one because I enjoyed the first and I like Kelley's writing. It picked up right where the last one left off, and it continued with a bang. 
   It slowed down some after but it still kept my attention. We find out more about the powers of the teens and Maya has no choice but to face what she realized about herself, That she has healing powers over animals and that she shape shifts into a cougar. She has always understood cats and had relationship with the animals, so much that she helps her dad with the hospital for wounded animals. 

    Her friendship with Daniel was strong again in this one, and we see further proof that he is a leader, and has influence over them, Daniel is such a nice guy and I like his character. Rafe was in this one but we are in a lot of suspense with him and his sister and he's not really as big a character in the first part, We instead get a closer look at the others in the helicopter with them: Sam, Nicole and Corey. 

     The action did start to pick up and threw in a lot of twists and surprises. There were betrayals and of course they never knew who was telling the truth and who was out to get them. 

    Like the first, the book just kinda ended. I know that the third will pick right up, but its still hard not to get at least some closure. I mean I know why it stopped at sort of that place, but a little more or a little less would have been great. I will definitely read  the last and excited to get time. 

Bottom Line: Good 2nd book but some of the typical middle book issues.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
What animal would you shapeshift into?


  1. Ah too bad it slows down. I'm curious about her series, I should try it!

  2. I hate when a book just ends! I'm glad you liked this despite the middle book issues. Thanks gor the review!

  3. It sounds like the second book is just laying the groundwork for the third. I hate when that happens, but unfortunately, it's necessary.

  4. I'm halfway through Armstrong's Darkest Powers series, and although it's good, it's no where near on par with her Urban Fantasy books. I plan on tackling this trilogy soon-ish, so thanks for the insight. It doesn't seem like ending's are not this author's strong suit in YA.

  5. Another favourite author of my friend, I'll doubtlessly be given this to read at some point.

    I quite like the idea of a bird, an owl in particular for some reason.


  6. I've been back and forth with this series, but it does sound good, so I might have to eventually pick it up! Despite the ending for you, I'm glad you really enjoyed it and can't wait to pick up the third book!!

    Lovely review! :)

  7. Ah, the sophomore slump...that's too bad. Especially since it's Kelley Armstrong. I'm glad you liked it overall and will stick with the series.

  8. Well maybe book 3 will be full of action.

    I wouldn't mind being one of Armstrong's wolves. i love the way she writes them.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

  9. I hope the next books is just as fun and has a better ending, in case it is going to be the end of the series ;) I do love a good ending, and although open cliffhangers are fine, even they have an element of closure to them! Nice cover as well ;) If I had to shape shift into an animal it would probably be an owl ^^

    Check out my review and giveaway: http://olivia-savannah.blogspot.nl/2014/09/waiting-for-dusk-book-review-giveaway.html

  10. With those endings, it is nice that you can just dive right in and keep reading.

  11. I haven't read any work of Armstrong as of yet but this series seems very interesting. I wonder how book three might unfold and wrap everything up... have you read it already?

  12. Yeah I totally agree with you here. It was a really good read, but it still had some issues that bothered me. Great review, Brandi :)


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