My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Summary (from Goodreads): 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!
My Summary: After being rescued from their burning town and evacuated by helicopter, Maya and a few of her friends realize they aren't as safe as they thought they were. When this knowledge leads to the pilot being knocked out and the helicopter spinning out of control, all seems lost.
An emergency landing in the middle of the forest forces the group to utilize skills they'd inadvertently been developing since childhood - and discover some new information about themselves and the mysterious company that ran their lives back home.
My Thoughts: I've been a huge fan of Kelley Armstrong's ever since I picked up The Summoning - her first YA book - almost four years ago and fell in love with the characters and the atmosphere of the world she'd created. I'm not ashamed to admit I was (and still am) a teensy bit obsessed with the series and the rest of Kelley's books (mainly her Women of the Otherworld Series). Her writing has this amazing flow to it, and her characters are always deep and interesting.
Basically, everything she writes is gold - and The Calling was no exception.
One of the things I loved about this book was that the author gave us enough info to form ideas about what was going on but left enough room for speculation. Kelley's books often have this effect - I had so many theories about what was going to happen in The Reckoning that I had to write them out and rationalize them to myself. In this installment we found out a little more about Maya's heritage and the reason Serena was killed. I personally liked getting to know the other characters better, and the twist near the end...
Final Thoughts: If you've never read anything by Kelley Armstrong, I suggest you get yourself over to a bookstore as soon as possible and pick up her Darkest Powers trilogy and the first two books in the Darkness Rising trilogy. They're great reads - especially if you're looking for a twist in your paranormal YA.