Review: The Calling by Kelley Armstrong

The Calling (Darkness Rising #2) by Kelley Armstrong
Young Adult/ Paranormal (shifters)
Hardcover, 336 pgs.
Published April 10th, 2012 by Harper
Source: Publisher

Please note this is second in a series, the description, as well as my review may have slight spoilers for the first book.

Maya and her friends–all of whom have supernatural powers–have been kidnapped after fleeing from a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set, and after a terrifying helicopter crash they find themselves pursued by evildoers in the Vancouver Island wilderness.

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, The Gathering, and while I often feel a bit burnt out on the paranormal in young adult books, this is one series I truly do love.  I feel the characters aren’t cliches, they are all unique and very strong, the setting is fabulous as it’s in British Columbia, and the paranormal theme feels unique to me.  Kelley Armstrong is a fabulous writer with a fantastic imagination but I think this series is my favorite of all hers so far.

One big reason for my love is Maya.  She’s a character I can really stand behind.  She’s brave and tough and is able to completely stand on her own.  Yes, she appreciates help and people by her side, but she’s able to survive on her own and do things that many girls wouldn’t ever conceive of being able to do.  I also love the other characters, especially Daniel.  He’s a true friend who’s there for everything Maya needs him for.  And while Rafe was absent for a good portion of the book he’s also a fabulous character who brings that bad boy attitude to the table.

This book was constant action.  The kids are running through a good part of it and while I loved the action I would maybe say that I wish the story would have moved on just a bit sooner.  But somehow the author kept me riveted while over half of the book is them running from the bad guys.  But what I really am dying to know is, who is bad and who is good?  Are all these other people bad or is someone out there good?  I guess we’ll have to wait to get more answers.

This is a fabulous young adult series I highly recommend to young adults and adults alike.  This installment was pretty clean (one steamy scene but nothing happened other then a kiss).

4/5 stars!

Disclosure:  I received this book for review purposes, all opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.

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  1. OMG *hyperventilating* I just got this one and i can’t WAIT to get into it. Kelley is my fav. author and this sounds like another great one! 😀

  2. Oh my Gosh I can’t freaking wait for this one to read. I was so in love with the first book and I loved Maya fiercely! I am so happy to hear that the second one is as awesome:))

  3. I need to read this series! I love her Women of the Otherworld series, but I haven’t gotten to her young adult books yet. Maya sounds awesome, I think I’ll really like her as a protagonist! Fabulous review as usual Candace!

  4. I love this series too but i’m still not sure If I like this series or her first YA series more. I love Maya & Daniels characters too and i’m glad they were together throughout the whole book even though I did miss Rafe! I put my review of this up in the beginning of March on the blog if you want to check it out!

    ~Paige @ Comfort Books

  5. I am so excited that you loved this book Candace. I have this on my reading schedule very soon. I enjoy Kelly Armstrong’s writing, so I am sure I will love it too!

  6. I need to start her Darkest Powers series. I own the first two books in that and the first two in her adult series but have yet to read her writing.

    I’m thinking I must change that as soon as I can.

    Glad you really like the series and the characters. :)

    Thanks for the great review.

  7. I read Kelly Armstrong’s name everywhere, but I haven’t read one of her books. I have to do that. So you think this series is the best. I’ll give it a try. Thank for the review!


  8. Ahh this is a series I HAVE to get started on already!! I’ve been seeing this cover all over the place and it’s so flipping gorgeous, and plus everyone is saying how awesome the story is so… yeah! Going to be reading these soon!

    Also, I’m a new follower and I have no idea how I wasn’t already– I think every time I stop by your blog I’ve just assumed I’ve been following you forever because it’s fabulous haha, but anyways I am now for real 😉

    Happy reading!

    Lea @ LC’s Adventures in Libraryland

  9. You know I loved it too! Maya is so great. She’s probably one of my favorite MC’s of the series that are out now. I can’t wait for book 3!

  10. Ooo, sounds like some delicious tension fill possibilities could build up between Maya and the good friend and the bad boy!!!

    I have yet to read anything by Kelley Armstrong, but I’ve heard great things. I know what you mean about feeling burnt out by YA para, so it’s good to know there are still some out there that have got it right.

  11. You are getting burnt out by YA Paranormal books??? I can’t get enough…I only get burnt out if they start to become too similar. I like a new story and new characters. I haven’t read Kelley’s books yet but I have her Darkest Powers books and I believe I also have The Gathering. I’m determined to get around to reading them by the summer. *fingers crossed*

  12. This sounds like a fantastic book that I would enjoy!! :) I read her book “The Summoning” and really liked it… time to invest in a new series (= Thanks for the review!

  13. I have only read Armstrong’s YA (the Darkest Power series and The Gathering) but I always hear great things about her adult series, going to have to check them out! You’re right, her books move at a very fast pace, they seem to go by in a blink of the eye! Too bad not more Rafe in this book though…great review Candace:)

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