Review: ‘The Calling’ by Kelley Armstrong

I received this book for free from requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘The Calling’ by Kelley ArmstrongThe Calling by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Darkness Rising #2
Published by Doubleday Canada on April 10th 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Source: requested from publisher
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.

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The book picks up right after The Gathering ended and boy did that book end well! Teens Maya, Daniel, Cory, Hayley, Nicole and Sam are all on the rescue helicopter with the pilot, mayor, and Rafe (who is unconscious). The plane goes down and Rafe is thrown out of the copter, as the rest of the teens survive the crash they head into the forest and decide to get back to the main land. Maya and Daniel lead the teens back to civilization only to find hidden truths to the powers that are growing inside of them.

Maya is a pretty relatable character, she would act how any teenager would if they found out they had power beyond their control. I liked Daniel. A lot more than I liked Rafe. I just couldn’t trust this new boy. We find another novel where the world as they knew it has hit the fan. Things aren’t what they seem in Salmon Creek and Maya is determined to find out what happens. I can’t stress enough how creeped out I get when characters have to survive on their own. Knowing how to find shelter, water and food must be hard if you lack the proper skills.

I feel this book did not answer most of the questions that I had, it only brought up more questions! I can’t wait until I read the final installment. Kelley Armstrong writes well and I can’t wait to hear if she has more books in the future.





  1. Susan T.

    February 23, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    I love her adult fiction and it sounds like her YA titles are awesome too!

  2. Florry D. (@florryalyna)

    November 10, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Wow! This book has to be something. You’ve rated it 5 /5.
    I also like the idea that The Calling did not answer most of the questions you had, it just brought up more questions.

  3. Jaime Lester

    May 26, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    I read the first book of the previous series a long time ago, and I really enjoyed it. But it has been a long time, and for some reason I never picked the second one up. I think, after seeing such great reviews for this series, I need to get to it already!

  4. Cali W.

    April 22, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Awesome review! Wow Five out of Five! I love Kelly Armstrong books! I am currently reading The Rising!

  5. Kai

    April 29, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    The covers in the series are just stunning…great review!

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