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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Calling by Kelley Armstrong

The Calling (Darkness Rising #2)
Kelley Armstrong
Doubleday (Random House)
ISBN: 978-0-385-66854-5
Suggested Ages: 12+
Buy From Indigo
Release Date: April 10, 2012

Description: 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 Good Stuff
  •  Kelley is a truly gifted storyteller - she sucks you in from the first very paragraph and has you wanting more at the end
  • Maya is a truly enchanting realistic character. She has flaws, but she grows and tries her best
  • Fabulous dialogue and dry humour
  • So much character development goes into each and every character - all very distinct
  • Plenty of twists and turn & OMG moments
  • I love the dog & whenever he is put in peril I am at the edge of my seat going no please don't hurt him
  • The author really understands what it is to be young
  • The world she has created is so fascinating
  • She gives you a summary of the first book in the series for those new to the series without boring those who have read it
  • Love that its set in B.C.  - yes we Canadians love that shit -- we have issues about being ignored
  • The relationships between the friends on the run is honest and realistic
The Not So Good Stuff
  •  Missed the parents in this one - they were cool and involved parents - that is so rare in YA books (Yes I am bitter LOL!)
  • How long do I have to wait till next book - damn, this sucks reading these books so in advance of actually publication date (No not complaining - pls send me next ARC LOL!)
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"And if there are teenagers who actually respond to adults shouting at them, I've never met one."

 "Yes, you are. We just need to get this done, then you can have a breakdown. I'll join you."

"Yes, ma'am." He leaned down toward my ear. " I like when you order me around. It's really hot."

"Right." A soft, choked laugh. "Kind of ruins the dramatic effect if I'm storming off in the wrong direction, doesn't i."

"You were saved by a girl.  Horrible, isn't it?"
He slid out and looked down at my bare legs. "Not just a girl, but a half naked one. Not that's hot. If I'm still unconscious, don't wake me, okay?"

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Like most of Kelley's books, you could read this and not be lost from not having read the first book in the series -- but do yourself a favor and get the first boo
  • Fabulous for both the teen and adult reader
 5 Dewey's

I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review


  1. Wow, talk about excitment! I was almost running with the group the whole time I was reading this in a wonderful follow up to The Gathering.

  2. I agree Eesti - it was like non stop action and almost felt like you were there