Review: The Calling by Kelley Armstrong

Title: The Calling (Darkness Rising #2)

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Release Date: April 10th, 2012

Published by: HarperCollins

Read: June 27th, 2012

Pages: 326-eBook

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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.

What I thought:

One thing I have to comment on first, was that it’s been a while since I read the first book. I’m very glad the author added little bits of information for what happened before, so I wasn’t completely lost.

After being rescued in the helicopter after the first book, things go wrong and they end up crashing. Trying to survive and get home is their top priority, especially since they’re being chased by a group of people. Maya knows she’s a skin-walker, part cougar (not the older woman kind), and her abilities include hearing better and seeing better in the dark than others. This helps her lead her fellow teens into the woods, and away from the crash, with Daniel helping to rally everyone. Of course, only she knows about her special abilities.

As they journey, they have to fight hunger, thirst, and the possible wild animal that could find them for dinner. They start finding out things, connect the info together about who is after them and why. Maya isn’t the only talented person there like she believed, and we start to find out exactly what the Medical Center back in town really was.

I loved that this was connected into the author’s world, with mentions of the Cabal and the little bit from her other teen series (Darkest Powers Trilogy) and what happened with that experiment. I loved how both stories kind of tie together in a way too.

There was lots of action in this, Maya was an awesome character and I loved her more in this than the first book since she starts to develop more, in her way of thinking and also with her powers. I’m very happy with how it ended, and I really can’t wait to see how the next book is done, especialyl with the hint at the end of the book.

Although this series isn’t my favourite out of all of them, it’s still very good and well written and will definitely keep you wanting to finish it in one sitting. I’m super excited to read the next one in this series!

Recommended for Paranormal fans.


2 comments on “Review: The Calling by Kelley Armstrong

  1. I still need to read the first book in this series, and I loved the Darkest Powers books so hopefully these are just as good. Good to hear that this series ties together with Darkest Powers. Sounds like a fun action-packed read!
    Love your new blog header by the way, Kelsey – it really pops!

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