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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Jaime's Review of The Calling by Kelley Armstrong

From the Harper Teen website. http://www.harperteen.com/
A part of the synopsis I changed as not to spoil anything from book 1 if you haven’t read it.
Maya Delaney's paw-print birthmark is the mark of what she truly is……. 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 changes even more. 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 Calling by Kelley Armstrong, the second novel in the Darkness Rising trilogy is as action packed and engaging as the first! A must read if you’re a fan of Mrs. Armstrong’s novels.

The Calling picks up immediately after the first novel ended. After Maya and her friends are kidnapped and their helicopter crashes they stop at nothing to get home to their parents and to unravel the mysteries of their powers. I really like the heroine Maya she is strong and funny but she has flaws that make her more relatable. I also love her best friend Daniel normally I fall for the bad boy and while Rafe is definitely hot, mysterious, and definitely gets my blood boiling; I am really drawn to Daniel he’s sweet and caring and gorgeous!

Maya and her group of friends all have to face their own issues and face loss together while trying to evade the groups that are hunting them. What I enjoyed the most about this book was the small hints and clues that related to Armstrong’s trilogy The Darkest Powers series and a sense that maybe in the third book we’d see a bit of some of our favorite characters from that series. The cover art is beautifully done the model on the cover is exactly what I imagined Maya to look like.

And now a passage from the book that had me cracking up!

When I finally stopped talking, she said, “Are you crazy?”

“Hey!” Sam said.

“No, seriously. You think you’re going to change into a cougar? Maybe in thirty years you’ll start thinking college boys are kinda hot, but that’s the only sort of cougar you can turn into, Maya. Anything else is nuts.”

   If you’re a fan of paranormal YA with mystery and romance The Calling is for you! It comes out April 10th so make sure to pre order your copy!

Add The Calling to your Goodreads shelves. 


  1. I was slightly afraid to read this, but I just had to! You revealed nothing! Agggh!!! The end of The Gathering killed me. I heard that in book there there would be a mix of the series characters. I 'm dying for that book already! So glad you enjoyed this one. And am skipping the passage until I read it, or it will make me move this to the top of the pile! :)

    1. Dude you just made me snicker! The passage isn't even spoilery ;)

  2. I haven't read any of Kelley's books yet. I own several but I haven't gotten around to reading them. Nice review! I'm pretty sure I have The Gathering, but I'll have to check and get on that!

    1. You definitely do! I love Kelley's books and they're sooo quick and easy to read!

  3. HUGE Kelley Armstrong fan! Really looking forward to this book. I love Derrick in Darkest Powers and am REALLY hoping to see him again! Maybe in 3? Great review!

    1. Oh me too! I'm really hoping! I miss Derrick and Simon :)

  4. Love the review and excerpt! I love Kelley's books and have read them all! I have this pre-ordered and can't wait to get it! Only about a month and a half to go now! I'm most looking forward to book 3 though, just to see if the two groups do meet and how they react to each other! After all Maya and Rafe shift into a big cat and Derek a wolf! That could be interesting! Lol!


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