The Calling (Darkness Rising #2) by Kelley Armstrong
Young Adult/ Paranormal (shifters)
Hardcover, 336 pgs.
Published April 10th, 2012 by Harper
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).
Disclosure: I received this book for review purposes, all opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.