Thursday, April 12, 2012

Book Review- The Calling

I just finished reading The Calling by Kelley Armstrong for an Around the World ARC Tour.

Summary:

In The Calling, the sizzling second book in the Darkness Rising trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong pumps up the romance, danger, and suspense that left readers of The Gathering clamoring for more.  Maya Delaney’s paw-print birthmark is the sign of what she truly is—a skin-walker. She can run faster, climb higher, and see better than nearly anyone 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. Plentiful action and romance in this second installment in the Darkness Rising series will keep readers enthralled to the very last page!

So I spent the first good half of this book confused.  I couldn't remember what had happened in the first book, and this book took a while to explain it all well enough so that I remembered it.  And then the whole different side of the scientists thing--I got lost trying to keep everything straight.

This book was all action and not really any character development.  In fact, it was simply about their escape.  It felt like it should have just been the middle of one book, instead of a whole book long.  I think I would have enjoyed the book more if this had been the case.  I need some character story, not just action in my books.

Looking back at my last review, I did get some of my questions answered, but I'm still left wondering about Daniel and his feeling for Maya.  And I don't really get the appeal of Rafe.  I don't really remember him from the first book, but there was nothing really in this one that made me think that he was a good choice for Maya and I'm not really sure why she always forgives him so easily.

Oh, and I just got that these books are related to the Darkest Powers series (The Summoning, The Awakening, and The Reckoning!) and that the characters in both  might possibly join together eventually.  That alone will probably have me picking up the next book in the Darkness Rising series, otherwise I'm not sure that I would have.

I gave this book a rating of 3/5.

This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2012 Reading Challenge 150+: 32
2012 ARC Reading Challenge: 28
2012 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 29

*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.

2 comments:

  1. Since you like to read, I wondered if you might be interested in finding out more about cryptic crosswords. This is a link to a post I did recently which looked particularly at clues that involved anagrams. Cryptic Crosswords - Anagrams

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  2. I loved the Darkest Powers trilogy, but I've decided to wait until the last book in this trilogy is out then I'll just read it all together. I'm getting tired of having to remember what happened in the last book while I wait a year for the next book to be published!

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