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The Calling

Book rating: 03 Paperback Darkness Rising

By (author) Kelley Armstrong

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  • Publisher: ATOM
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 22mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 4 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1907410473
  • ISBN 13: 9781907410475
  • Sales rank: 16,561

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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 including local bad boy Rafe, with whom she shares a dangerous, powerful secret. Now, Maya and her friends have been forced to flee from their homes during a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set. After a terrifying helicopter crash, they find themselves stranded in the Vancouver Island wilderness with nothing but their extraordinary abilities to help them get back home. But can Maya really trust her friends? And can she learn how to control the frightening new gift she has discovered before it controls her?

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Kelley Armstrong is author of twelve international bestselling Women of the Otherworld books, the highly acclaimed Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising YA series, two mainstream thrillers about a hit-woman, and two short story collections. She lives in rural Ontario, Canada, with her husband, three children and far too many pets.

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By Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books) 21 Sep 2014 3

I wanted to read this one because I enjoyed the first and I like Kelley's writing. It picked up right where the last one left off, and it continued with a bang.

It slowed down some after but it still kept my attention. We find out more about the powers of the teens and Maya has no choice but to face what she realized about herself, That she has healing powers over animals and that she shape shifts into a cougar. She has always understood cats and had relationship with the animals, so much that she helps her dad with the hospital for wounded animals.

Her friendship with Daniel was strong again in this one, and we see further proof that he is a leader, and has influence over them, Daniel is such a nice guy and I like his character. Rafe was in this one but we are in a lot of suspense with him and his sister and he's not really as big a character in the first part, We instead get a closer look at the others in the helicopter with them: Sam, Nicole and Corey.

The action did start to pick up and threw in a lot of twists and surprises. There were betrayals and of course they never knew who was telling the truth and who was out to get them.

Like the first, the book just kinda ended. I know that the third will pick right up, but its still hard not to get at least some closure. I mean I know why it stopped at sort of that place, but a little more or a little less would have been great. I will definitely read the last and excited to get time.

Bottom Line: Good 2nd book but some of the typical middle book issues.

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Praise for The Darkest Powers trilogy: "The suspense rarely lets up, and fans of Armstrong's adult Otherworld novels will enjoy the parallels between Chloe and her supernatural friends' adventures and those of their grown-up counterparts. Bring on the third novel.""Quill & Quire "(starred review) "Terrifying ghosts, smatterings of gore and diverse teen voices will prompt young adults to pick up the next in this series. . . . Teen readers might scream loud enough to raise the dead.""Kirkus "(starred review)