Review: The Calling (Darkness Rising #2) by Kelley Armstrong

 The Calling (Darkness Rising #2) by Kelley Armstrong

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.

The Gathering, the first book in this trilogy, was a great start. It was a YA novel full of the supernatural and Native American lore, with some romance and a bit of suspense. The Calling on the other hand was mainly a suspense. I was excited all the time with all the little twists throughout the whole book. It was very action-packed, and there were some parts that gave me goosebumps.
The characters found themselves in a rather extreme situation, and so they gained a bit of complexity. They very portrayed nicely. I have to admit I'm not the biggest fan of Daniel. He is a nice and kind guy, but I'm just not crazy about him. Even though his little confession made him more interesting.
I really like Rafe, he is the mischievous guy with slightly arrogant grin, but he is caring and loyal.
And Maya, the main character, is very likable. With her love for animals and nature, I can't help but really like her. She is a strong female character who is able to be a leader when needed, but she is definitely not flawless. Then again, there is some self-reflection when it comes to her character, which is nice to see.
This is also one of the very few YA novels where I'm really enjoying the romance part.
There was no big climax at the end, but the story progressed a lot. I cannot wait for the last book!


1 comment:

Preet @ A Written Rhapsody said...

I have yet to start this series but have heard great things. It looks like a really different take! Great review.

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