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The Calling (Darkness Rising) Hardcover – 2012

4.3 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061797057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061797057
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.8 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #539,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Hardcover
All the supernaturals of Kelley Armstrong's Darkness and Darkest series combine for this impending conclusion.

For Maya, the worst part of the experiment wasn't the shapeshifter side effects, but being separated from her loved ones. Now that everyone thinks they are dead, and a fake funeral is put in place, the only solution to gaining their lives back is by striking a deal with the Cabals. But is negotiation possible or are they all running into a trap?

Having read the Darkest series, I was guarded as to how Armstrong would mix all main characters. Strangely, it was newcomer Ash -- Maya's long lost brother -- who held my intrigue the most. In his own aloof way, he helped her grow into a more decision oriented character. Not only is she the one to pressure the Cabals for a deal, but she also puts an end to the Rafe/Daniel love triangle that monopolised the series.

Although the ending is open to interpretation, most questions about their powers and the possibility of a cure are answered.
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Maya’s life was turned upside-down in The Gathering and things aren’t getting better in The Calling. Maya and her friends were shipped off their island to escape a forest fire, but the pilot isn’t heading to main land as he should. When the teens realizes the mayor was drugged they freak out and cause an helicopter crash. Something is wrong – really wrong- and so the teens flee the site and try to reach their parents, pursued by who knows who…

Finally some answers! The Gathering was all about questions, and The Calling finally brings some answers to the table. In the mist of a very traumatic event, the teens realizes someone is hunting them and they start to put one and one together. Daniel has always been able to rally people to his opinions, but what if there is more behind it? Sam gets weird vibes from some people, what is it about? And what of Corey’s migraines? Well, The Calling will give you the answers to almost all of those questions.

My favourite aspect of this second instalment was the fact that the teens took matters in their own ends. They are isolated in the forest, it’s freezing cold and they have to get back to civilization to get help. Easier said than done and Maya’s and Daniel’s leadership was the only thing keeping them together. Maya is having a very hard time mentally though. Rafe fell off the helicopter minutes before it crashed, so she has to deal with this loss on top of everything. I was really proud of her for holding on and Daniel was simply amazing supporting her along the way.

Happening over the course of 3-4 short days (which seemed like a small eternity for our heroes), the plot really flew by. It was all about survival and finding answers in the process so the pace was fast and furious.
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My biggest complaint about the first book in this series, "The Gathering", was that I found that as readers we were told very little about what the paranormal element actually was- I felt that we had to go out of our way to learn more about it- I personally read everything that I could get my hands on about this series through Tweets, blog posts, etc. (had I just picked this series up without ever having read any of Kelley's books before I would never have guessed that these books involved genetic manipulation on paranormal teens- I would have thought that it involved the Otherworld, Shamanism, or something of that nature). However, I didn't find that with this book whatsoever, I felt that we actually learned things in about the genetic manipulation aspect of this book (albeit not as much as we had in her "Darkest Powers" series, but still, some is better than none IMO)- furthermore, Kelley didn't answer questions with more questions in this book like I felt that she did in "The Gathering".

Additionally, I really enjoyed that there was a greater emphasis on the secondary characters in this book and that they actually impacted the storyline- rather than just being there for the sake of being there (like the annoying mindless best friend or the socially inept quiet boy who hovers in the background that seems so prevalent in the world of YA). In fact, Corey is really starting to grow on me, I feel like he brings a lot of much needed humour to the book. Not to mention I am entirely intrigued by what sort of paranormal beings they all are (I can't believe that it still hasn't been confirmed when there is only one more book left in the series!).
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Maya is back and as strong as ever. Only this time, she’s separated from her group of friends. We’re stuck alongside her as she experience one shocking revelation after another. Oh did I ever feel for Maya in this one. I have to admire how strong-willed and determined she was to do the right thing. I love strong female leads, and Maya has now been added to that list.

What can I say about the ending? It was definitely predictable, but nonetheless, I understood why she wrote it that way. I still would have loved an ending that shocked me though. Now that would be a book to be remembered. Also, I was pleasantly happy with who Maya picks in the end. Such a cute couple!

Another strong end to another YA trilogy, I know this won’t be Kelley’s last foray into teen books! Can’t wait to find out what Kelley’s next project is!
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