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The Calling (Darkness Rising) Hardcover – 2012


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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  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #417,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Paperback
This is the sequel to The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong, so go read the first book before my review or there will be spoilers.

The Calling was everything one can hope for in a YA paranormal series.

-It has a strong female character whom fights to survive and protect her friends.
-It has action and suspense
-It has chemistry between characters
Many of the things that were hinted at in The Gathering become more clear and some of the questions are answered. I find the middle books in Armstrong’s series’s to be less strong than the introductions and conclusions but they are enjoyable none the less. It looks like the end of this series will be a mash up with her other popular series that began with The Summoning so I highly recommend that fans read that trilogy in preparation for the next book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Selina on April 26 2012
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Really loved this book, read it all in one evening cause I just couldnt get enough (but i seem to feel that way about all of Kelley Armstrong books apparently :p). Can't wait for the last book of the trilogy to come out! :)
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By Anita Hamilton on Nov. 8 2013
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It was for my daughter and she has read the series up to this book. She said she could not put it down.
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By Brenda Crossland on April 27 2013
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I have most of the rest of her series and am delighted to get this one. Look forward to reading it.
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